Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Old food is still food in Nashville

I've mentioned previously that my family believes in food storage. The level of having a years supply of food has not been achieved, but we are easily into the 7-8 month range. I'm comfortable with that number but still will increase it.

Most people who believe in food storage are viewed in two ways.

One is a camouflage clad individual who mutters about those communist Chinese armies across the border in Mexico, or worse. A mad max camouflaged garbed person who wishes to live out the movie based dreams of his youth.

The other image is a religious nut who is waiting for the second coming in his cross adorned bunker while masturbating over the latest Oral Roberts/Pat Robertson tracts about the NWO.

I'm far from these images for many reasons. The big one is 1929.

Now without doing a whole post on the Great depression and it's after effect in the lifestyles of the ones who lived it. You likely have some family stories of a relative who lived during the depression. Your old aunt Emmy who always kept massive amounts of food because she said she would not go hungry like she did as a kid. The strange Uncle who gardened and canned more then he could ever use. They were raised in a nation of "needs" instead of a nation of excess. They remembered the suffering and have no desire to ever relive those times again.

The effects of those years changed peoples views towards being prepared. They went into the roaring twenties living high on the hog, and the fall was hard. No security blanket and no food.

Oh there was food, but with no money and no job that was the same as no food. Peoples formed into food lines and several generations were effected.

I cannot look into the future and see what will happen. What I can do is look into the past and see what went wrong and what I can do to make things less painful if another depression or something else occurs.

Because of that I believe in, and enjoy my food storage.

Most of our food is in small grocery store sized cans. Aldi specials, and other case lot sales have fleshed us out nicely. With the grocery store purchases we believe in buying what you use. No cases of beets or asparagus on my shelves. What we have are cans of soup bases, soups, tuna, hams, multiple fruits, and some canned milk. This makes it easy to cycle it by using it.

The grocery store cans are normally labeled as good for 1-2 years. That number is pretty close but the reality is that in this litiginous nation they undercut the numbers. I'm comfortable that we use it fast enough that it will not go bad before we enjoy it.

We also have an eclectic grouping of larger #10 cans of long term storage food. These are normally self canned or canned by companies who's market are people like me.

We have canned ourselves a lot of items, but it is what we have inherented and purchased that may be of interest to some.

About 4 years ago my wife's grandfather died. He was a Mormon who believed in a year supply of food. Long long ago he had made a large purchase of canned goods from a company named Sam Andy. A unit package like this list shows. This was about 25 years ago, and for that time the boxed cans sat in the garage or basement.

When he died we inherented several cases and we were leery if some of it was good. Certain items will last forever almost. Beans and white rice have storage times given in decades. Some items, like milk, have shelf lives that are just a few years.

Well I HAD to try some of the old stuff. We slowly opened a can of 25 year old powdered milk. The smell was ok, and it had not clumped, so we mixed it up.

Damned if it did not taste alright. Not as good as normal milk, but not bad. I still have some in the fridge and use it for cooking. Since then I have enjoyed milk and dates that are easily 25 years old. Sick sounding I agree, but old tasty food is still tasty.

Several days ago I saw a link to this add offering Y2k surplus food storage for sale.

jodi ray rayjodi@hotmail.com
7/31/06 15:02

We have 250-300 boxes of alpine-aire food systems
from Y2k. They have a 20 year life spand on them.
We have been paying climate controlled storage on them. Need to sell we are moving. Will sell all or some. Great for camping or just around the house. Nashville, Tn. Pick up area.
Since Alpine Aire is a brand that I have read about often I decided to check it out. Last night my wife and I went and purchased 10 cases of this food. With a shelf life of 10-20 years for most of it, it will be good for a long long time.

My wife and I picked mostly entrees and a few specialized items. We avoided beans, rice, and oats as we already are comfortable in those areas. The entrees are mainly ones that would go good with a bed of rice or homemade bread.

I am doing this post because she still has many many cases still left to buy. This would be a great way to start a basic food storage program without going broke. I recommend that a years supply is out of the range of most people. Cost wise, storage capacity, and mobility required for jobs make it hard to do.

I do recommend a basic three month supply. This deal would be a good way to start.

A great depression is not needed to give you a kick in the arse. Right now if you lose your job how long can you make it with the food in your pantry? A few months in the closet could be the line between going broke, or just living tight.

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