It seems like there’s two sediments when it comes to food storage.
1. Short term storage — aka, food that you “use” (many people say this is food you rotate through into your regular eating habits)
2. Long term storage — food that will keep you “alive” (most people buy this and let it sit in their garage, under their bed or in their shed until they move, it gets rodents, or they die).
Frankly, it’s frustrating to me. I don’t really do #2. I only buy food that we will use and rotate through. I also am obsessive about making sure that I rotate through my storage. I could probably live on our food for year, if properly portioned, and I was caught at the right time. It does tend to flux with sales.
No, I haven’t weighed it see if we have the proper amount per pound of human or whatever it is. I figure my time is better spent using my resources wisely.
I’m all for storing rice, dried beans, popcorn, etc. Things that store for a LONG time. But, I would only store if I am going to eat it, and that means rotating through it. Which means, at some points we will most likely have more then at other points. And of course the beauty of these items is that when it’s cheap you can buy a LOT of it. Most likely even cheaper then you’d get it at the cannery.
I guess I just don’t know if the two can co-exist. I think if you look at #2 from a different perspective it can easily fit into your #1 (especially if you’re cooking from scratch a great deal of the time, if you’re not — it would be hard to fit #2 in). Rice, beans, oats, sugar, — they’re all a part of my #1 storage. I do store them for longer than 3 months, most likely.
Last night was enrichment on food storage, and while I found it interesting, and it did make me want to take stock of things a little better, I left frustrated that I just don’t have the will to buy wheat or measure my rice by the pound to see if we have “enough”. 🙂 Thoughts anyone?
** FYI: Enrichment is a meeting for LDS women, in our ward we have it monthly. Mostly we focus on making ourselves better women. Last night’s was on food storage, sometimes we do crafts, we’ve had them on the past on photography, gardening, etc. It’s an amazing idea. Genius church leaders.