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Food Storage for One Year

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I have been working over the last few months on my food storage. I have been working to rotate our food better and use up foods that are not shelf stable. Our family has always had a rather large pantry with enough food to last us quite a long time. Over the last year I have done a lot of reading, but just never seemed to be able to figure out to know if we have enough food to last 6 months or a year or less? I know, I am really not good with math figures and the answer seemed to elude me. However, the solution to my question is so simple! I don’t know why I didn’t see this before! In fact, one of my favorite websites on food storage has an Excel spreadsheet that you can download for free to help you determine your needs. I just never paid attention to it!

If you have not seen Glenn Beck’s program, I highly suggest you watch it – daily. I have my DVR set to record each episode so that even if I am not able to watch it at 5:00 pm each afternoon, I can catch up later. For instance, this particularly episode, which aired on October 28, 2009, will curl your toes if you pay attention to this quote (italics mine):

We don’t really have an inflation problem right now, but back in the ’70s under Jimmy Carter, for two years we printed too much money. We added 13 percent more money to our money supply for two years. Remember how bad the inflation was? And we started down a socialist utopia with Jimmy Carter.

To stop it, what did we have to do? Fed Chairman Paul Volcker came in and, in an effort to suck all the money back to the Fed and out of the system, he had to raise interest rates.

Remember, the banks have all of this money on the sidelines right now. As soon as they release it into the system, from that time, it usually takes about two years for the money glut to cause inflation.

After printing 13 percent more money for two years, we had runaway inflation of 12 percent. So Volcker raised the interest rate to 20 percent, because whenever you borrow, let’s say, $100, you’ll then owe $20 — the Fed then takes that $20 and destroys it to get it out of the system and bring inflation back down.

So we had to have a 20 percent interest rate for a 13 percent increase in the money supply for two years. In the last year or so since Lehman Brothers failed, we have increased our money supply by 120 percent.

How high will our interest rate have to be to pull all of that money back out of the system?

The reason I bring this up is that our real debt, as I pointed out, is $105 trillion. You and I both know we can’t pay that back, so how do you pull this money back in without completely shutting down the entire economy? Can you afford a house with a 30-year interest of 35 or 40 percent? How about a car payment? How many business loans will be taken out with 25 percent interest rates?

You can’t. Everything stops. So how do you keep an economy, based on buying — not building — going when you can’t borrow money? You don’t. It’s the real reason that Chris Dodd wants a cap on credit cards today. They must have your credit cards working. They must have you spending.

Here’s what I think they’re doing: They will pay off the debt by printing enough money to pay off $105 trillion. It’ll be worthless, but we’ll give the Chinese and the rest of our debtors, their money. And those people that we’ve sold stuff to will come and take their assets.

But then what’s left to restart the country? We have to have something to back our currency. Well, what about gold? There are $200 trillion in investible assets in the world and just $800 billion in gold to back it. So you can’t go back to the gold standard; you need something to buy stuff with — we can’t barter forever.

So, we have to have money and we have to base it on something. Let’s go back to the people who taught us in the last century what we do when there’s an out-of-control money supply: the Weimar Republic in Germany. What did they do? After their currency had become so worthless that they had printed 2 trillion-mark bank notes and their economy collapsed, they dumped the mark, switched to the rentenmark and backed it with real estate — land.

Well, there’s certainly enough land and resources in America that we could back our currency that way as well, but the government would have to own all the land.

Hey, good news! Between Fannie and Freddie, the federal government already owns 55 percent of the mortgages in this country. And coupled with all the federal land grabs for parks, polar bears who are crowded but endangered and all the oil we’re not drilling for or coal we’re not mining, you might be able to base a currency on all that. And what a deal for China when they come in to “help.”

I hope I’m absolutely wrong about this, I honestly do. But think about this: Who would the new “regime” responsible for this “new America” have on their side? Who would the federal government, after they’ve destroyed your future and that of your children, who would they have on their side?

You’ll say: Let us fix it; let the free market fix it. But we’ve already seen those in the government don’t believe in you or the free market. The government is going to say: Let the world fix it. They’re already saying that — and when you watch Friday’s show on global warming, you’ll see how they’re laying the groundwork for this.

Don’t fool yourself. Read history. During the American Revolution and the Civil War, we needed allies: People who would fight and supply money. Our government is making those allies: Russia, China, Venezuela. But don’t you think China would be willing to come over here to protect this government, from its people under those circumstances? For a piece of our oil, coal, mineral reserves and land? And to be part of one, big, happy global family?

You bet.

So it boils down to this: What if the dollar collapses in the next three, five, eight years? What if, this is the plan? Does it matter?

My goal is to have enough food to last one year and then rotate it so that we always have fresh foods to eat. We have a large family, so my stockpile will reflect that. But regardless of how large your stockpile needs to be, the method is the same!

Make a list of your family’s favorite meals that can be prepared from pantry stable foods. Then, decide how often you want to eat each meal each month. Finally, make a list of the ingredients you need to prepare the meal and multiply this by how many times you want to eat it per month times twelve months.

So, in other words, if you want to eat chili once a month for 12 months you need to have enough dried or canned beans, tomatoes, and seasonings to make a pot of chili. If you want to have cornbread to serve with your chili 12 times a year, you need to have enough cornmeal, flour, baking powder, powdered milk, etc. to make cornbread 12 times during the year. Recipes calling for eggs will need an appropriate substitution assuming that fresh eggs were not available – either powdered eggs or an egg substitute.

Easy! After you make your meal list, you’ll need to make a shopping list. You probably will not be able to buy all of your year’s supply of food at once, but as you plan your meals, set aside extra grocery money each month to build up your food supply. As you use food from your food storage, be sure to make a note to purchase those items on your next shopping trip!

How do you stockpile and are you preparing for a major downturn in the economy?

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6 Comments

  1. We have tried to keep a deep pantry since the 1980s.

    Right now, we are on a fixed income and because of medical bills, have very little to spend on groceries.

    When we receive a financial gift or when my husband gets seasonal work at our university's book store, we stock the pantry. As I put on my blog all the time, a pantry is insurance you can eat.

    I agree completely with what the future probably holds (sad but true). When Beck was still on CNN, he asked two financial experts what they recommended to invest in... they said "canned food".
  2. We stockpile, and then I also shop for 3 months at a time. Using the dried beans and rice and the canned meats that I have on hand, cooking frugally, I could probably make it a year. I probably could go 6 months with the frozen meat.

    I remember about 6 months ago learning how rice prices would skyrocket. We went and bought all of the brown rice we could find.

    I just blogged about my most recent grocery trip today. How interesting that I came across your blog posting about it at the same time! Prices have risen so much in the last year, I don't look forward to the next three years.
  3. I'm so glad that I found this blog and people that show my husband and I are not absolutely bonkers; that other people believe the same way we do! I've been working on our pantry myself. I've always been a hoarder, but I'm trying to be an organized one. There are a lot of companies you can purchase from that will sell you food that lasts for 5-10 years, all sealed up, to see you through bad times. My husband and I planned on investing in some of that to supplement our current supplies and what we can grow. I've tasted some before and some of them aren't bad at all!
  4. This article is interesting - I see the other posts are from 2009 and now it's 2011, but prices are still going up and the economy more uncertain than ever! Anyway, I too am trying to plan ahead for feeding my family in the event of some event(s) which would cause us to have to be self sufficient for quite a while. I am writing just to give a food storage hint I learned a few years back when living in an old farm house. Whenever you wish to store grain products, especially whole grain ones, put your purchase in the freezer at least 2 days before placing them in storage with the rest of your food. This will kill any "flour moths" that came in with your purchase. If you get these moths, they are very hard to get rid of. Then store your grains in airtight containers.
  5. I haven't seen this before. Thank you. I have been trying to get a pantry, but just couldn't for some reason figure out how to do this. You made it easy peasy. Thank you. And that flour tip thank you.

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