I read an article just yesterday advising us to declutter our stockpiles. It included items like clothing, books, unused items … AND… any excess foodstuffs and takeout accessories (plastic spoons, salt packets etc..). Are they crazy?
Right now, like a mama-hen you’re either ‘feeling the need’ to increase your stockpile of food and supplies or you’re like the article, cleaning out the excess.
Now is not the time to get rid of excess foods. You don’t know if this is all over, or whether the current circumstances will allow food production to be at a mainstay or wither with the sun.
Part of a prepared lifestyle is achieved by having foodstores put back, just in case. This will mean different things to different people. For some it might mean having a few cans of soup in the pantry, for others it might mean a couple weeks, a month, or as a certain religious establishment suggests, a year’s worth.
You can rely on a freezer. But what if the power goes out? Are you prepared to ‘can up’ the meat you’ve put back? Not everyone can pressure can or has the means to do so.
Are you seeing shortages still in your local grocery? I noticed last week during my regular grocery shopping trip just as many holes as there were a couple months ago.
In fact, one store had NO cans of corn. There were very few cans of spaghetti sauce… etc… What have you noticed?
So what can you do aside from buying what you can find? Take a hint from the preparedness minded folks and start dry canning.
To do so, you’ll need to source canning jars. I prefer the wide mouth ones (as I have no dishwasher and I can’t get my hands into a regular mouth jar to wash them). It’s true that canning jars are selling as fast as they hit the stores so if you can find some, get them.
You’ll need a Foodsaver with a hose attachment and a jar sealer. A regular mouth jar sealer for the regular jars and a wide mouth sealer for the wide mouth jars.
Buy dry goods such as rice, beans (all kinds), oats, instant potatoes, dry milk and the like. Buy the big bags. You then pour the contents into the jars and use the jar attachment on your Foodsaver to vacuum seal the jars. (The jars come with the lids. If you’re finding used jars you’ll need to source the lids.)
Date and store in a cool dry preferably dark location. These items will keep for ages!
Foodsavers also work with Foodsaver bags for storing smaller amounts of dry goods and for freezing foods.
If you don’t have one… check Amazon, the Foodsaver site as well as Ebay. The time and money spent now will certainly come in handy on a future ‘hungry’ day.