Living Off Our Storage for a Month

Well it has been a month now since my wife went shopping for food for us.  Living off our storage was easier than we thought.  I credit this to the fact that my wife has been rotating grains and legumes into our diet on a regular basis.  With a few exceptions, we eat what we store.

The biggest thing that we noticed, while we had plenty of canned and dehydrated vegetables a few fresh ones would be nice.  We will have to increase the size of our garden.

Some of our friends that tried it ran into problems.  One of the biggest was time; they discovered it takes more time to cook from scratch.  Others ran out of specific items and found weaknesses in their storage plans.

My wife kept a list of all the items she used and we will now check this against our inventory to see if we spot any weaknesses.  In particular, anything we are using faster than expected.

Overall, it was a good exercise and I would recommend that you try it.


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6 Responses to Living Off Our Storage for a Month

  1. T in TX says:

    Can you share some ideas of what you have been eating? I have been looking forward to hearing how your one month experiment turned out. Thank you.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    You are lucky to have such a good wife

  3. admin says:

    You are right I have a very good wife. Right now she is helping me prepare some posts on our experiences and those of some of our friends on living on your preps for a month. These will be posted in about a month.

  4. judy says:

    I too have taken that challenge and found I missed fresh vegatables. My solution has been to store and use sprouts. The seed stores very well and for long periods if properly packaged. I started with mung beans, to add to any stir fry, and have since added alfalfa, radish and brocoli. I must admit I like sprouts more now than when I started using them. I just use screen, mason jars and bands, soak first for 8 – 12 hours and then rinse 2, or 3 times a day. By day 3 or 4 you have actual greens. They are said to be up to 40X more nutritious than the mature veggie, also a huge incentive in hard times.

    • Prepardness Mom says:

      Hi Judy, thanks for all the good advice. I thought about sprouting also, but family things came up and it wasn’t done. I agree that it’s the fastest way to get greens. Am really serious about planting a winter and summer garden, but in are area the water is expensive, so i have to come up with a good watering solution. Root vegetables seem to last the longest in winter and we love them anyways so thats the plan. Thanks for your comment. I love our readers to write.

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