A while back on my Facebook Page, I asked “If the grid went down today, how long would you be able to go without having to search for food or water?” A few of you said 3-6 months or more… but most of you said less.
I would urge you all to strive for more — always. Food storage is one of the major areas where preparedness and homesteading overlap. While preppers tend to hoard food in case of extreme situations and emergency, homesteaders do it more to sustain their food supply through the lean winter months. Either way, food storage means peace of mind for everyone.
“Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival” by Angela Paskett is not a generic manual on stocking dehydrated meals that have 10-year shelf lives. It’s the guide to storing foods your family loves so you can eat well no matter what challenges life throws at you!
Angela is the founder and blogger at FoodStorageandSurvival.com, and has been actively storing food with her family for over fifteen years now. She hosts a weekly radio show and teaches workshops on preparing families for emergencies and storing and preserving food including preparedness fairs, civic groups, churches, and online. She’s definitely no slacker that compiled a bunch of information she read on the internet – she writes about what she knows. That applies to her blog and her book.
When the opportunity presented itself to get this book, I jumped! I figured I already had a pretty firm grasp on what I needed to do to get prepared with my food storage, but I learned a lot more thanks to Angela! She covers what to store for different situations (like for your bug-out bag, and for short and long term emergencies) and different methods to store it as well as tips on storing water and how to use it all when the time comes.
One of my favorite sections of the book is the chapter on organizing the stores. In it, she immediately tells you about “the seven enemies of food storage – temperature, light, oxygen, moisture, pests, handling, and time.” Throughout the book Angela teaches you how to combat these problems, but this particular chapter talks about how to prepare your storage areas as well as your individual packages. The biggest lesson to be learned from this section is “less than ideal beats not at all.” Just because you don’t have the very best area with all the bells and whistles to store your food doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it anyway. Get started now, and improve as you go!
Angela gives you different references and sources throughout the book to help improve your stores and to solidify what she’s telling you in the book, but there’s more! One of the coolest things is the appendix area where she has actual checklists and worksheets to help you better prepare and organize your food storage as well as links to where you can actually download them online and print them out.
Overall, this book is great for beginners and will help even the “best prepared” people learn a new trick or two to get their food in order. I definitely recommend this book to rookies and veterans of food storage.