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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Food Storage Thoughts

why is it some folks are just so hard headed? No matter how you try to explain it, the words just don't get thru to them. This evening I was having a food storage conversation with a couple preppers. We were discussing storing corn that can be ground up for cornmeal. Now, the corn I use for cornmeal isn't a type of corn readily available thru normal channels. I grow my own. so, most folks store whole kernel popcorn to grind. It works okay and makes decent cornmeal. That wasn't the snag point tho. The problem came in where the people I was having this conversation with did not understand that grinding their corn into cornmeal and then storing in the freezer was not a very good option. They argued that it was the best way to keep it fresh and not moldy. WRONG. The best way to keep it fresh and not moldy is to keep the whole kernels in an air tight bucket and only grind what you intend to use right then. A freezer is not a good option for an emergency situation!!! The ice storms, thunderstorms and weather like the inland hurricane we suffered thru down in the southern part of the state very often knock the power out for several days. 2 winters ago we were out of power for 3 weeks during the big ice storm. The roads were covered with several inches of ice and downed trees, how does a person expect to make it to the gas station-which is also out of power- to fuel up a generator to keep your electric supply going? What about in the summertime when something like the inland hurricane comes along and knocks power out for 10 days? It was 90 degrees during that power outage.......

Like I've said so many times before..... at least half of being emergency prepared is a mind thing. having the mindset to be able to handle any type of situation no matter what happens. You must stop thinking like a sheep does and learn to think outside the box. The power will go out and with it goes the water supply, your food in the fridge and freezers, the wash machine, the air conditioner, the heater and the electric motor on your grain grinder!

So please consider all sides of any emergency you can think of when you choose to prep for them. Common sense goes a long, long way when it comes to being prepared for anything.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For my husband and I it was a breaker went. I was in the hospital for 11 days and my husband was staying at night with me and coming home for quick trips. The whole full size freezer full of food was lost. It was good we had a stash of canned goods to carry us when I got out of the hospital. During recovery my husband had only to reach on the shelf for the needed food items. Like you said be prepared in a variety of ways.

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