If you really think about what meals we all prepare, the pantry needs these simple items I will list below. I want to make this really easy for anyone wanting to know how to get started with food storage. I bet most of these items are in your pantry already. You may even have some that I do not have in my pantry. I tend to buy enough canned food for a family of eight when there is only two living here right now. I was raised by a mother that made sure we always had extra food for anyone who might stop by to visit our family. There’s always food for one more, right? Please remember, you do not have to buy #10 cans. Buy what you eat and eat what you buy.
Sometimes people can be overwhelmed when you talk about what you need to know about food storage. For those who have a few questions, I will try and take you step by step today on where to start with your food storage. Please don’t go out and buy a pallet of food, cases of food you have never tried or could not possibly eat in your lifetime. The first thing you need to do is think about what you eat every day. Yep, every day. We usually all have breakfast, lunch and dinner, right? Let’s throw some snacks in because I know kids are snackers, and so am I. I use my food storage every day, not just for disasters waiting to happen. I receive emails from people telling me they wish they had had instant milk or cereal or pasta, and other items when they had an ice storm last year. The same would be true if it had been a hurricane or an extreme rainstorm with flooding, the list goes on and on.
I want to talk today about why you need to buy more than one flashlight for your home or car. This may seem so silly, but it’s not, let me explain. Sometimes we may visualize a disaster happens when the sun is shining outside. Well, the truth is a disaster or unforeseen emergency can happen at any time of the day or night. We need more than one flashlight for the reasons outlined below. It doesn’t have to be an earthquake or tornado prompting the need to be evacuated as shown in the news clips below. Flashlights have been a mainstay for years for use around the house and yard. For short periods they provide just the amount of light to get by. If you need light for longer periods you’ll want candles or lanterns. Just plan to be prepared for loss of power from many causes.
Do you sometimes wonder how to get organized in your home and yard? First of all, where do I start, right? Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out where to start the organizing. Should I start with my bedroom, the living room, the den, the kitchen or garage? Don’t forget the yard this time of year will need some special attention as the leaves change color and the garden needs to be cleaned out. We need our gardens to be ready for planting again when the time is right next spring.
When I hear the word Dutch oven, the first thing I think about is peach cobbler. Oh, and the breakfast with eggs, bacon, shredded potatoes and cheese. Can you smell the charcoal briquettes, right now? I can feel the fresh air flowing through my front screen door today and I am starting to see the leaves turn colors. Oh, how I love fall! When I think of autumn I think of cooking outside in my Dutch oven, like right now!