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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Food Production and Storage


From the Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball:

“The Lord has urged that his people save for the rainy days, prepare for the difficult times, and put away for emergencies a year’s supply or more of bare necessities so that when comes the flood, the earthquake, the famine, the hurricane, the storms of life, our families can be sustained through the dark days.

“We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard. Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters. Study the best methods of providing your own foods… If there are children in your home, involve them in the process with assigned responsibilities.

“I hope that we understand that, while having a garden … is often useful in reducing food costs and making available delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, it does much more than this. Who can gauge the value of that special chat between daughter and Dad as they weed or water the garden? How do we evaluate the good that comes from the obvious lessons of planting, cultivating, and the eternal law of the harvest? And how do we measure the family togetherness and cooperating that must accompany successful canning?

“…we would do well to listen to what we have been told and to follow it explicitly.”
How do you collect food storage when a member of your family has food allergies?
You must figure out what they can eat and preserve it and store it.

Buy alternate food items like oats, spelt and rice. Make sure that foods that cause an undesirable reaction are replaced with safe foods. Grow a garden. Decide how you will provide bread, if desired, using the ingredients that are tolerated. Acquire what you need for them as soon as possible.
You can do this, and your family depends upon you to do it.


And also, did you know that Campbell Soups has a whole gluten free line?

Since our Father in Heaven asks that we make every effort to accumulate enough food supply for our family, where do we store it?

First of all, you want a place that is low in humidity (as much as possible) and cool, which leaves out the garage! All dry pack canning items can be stored in their sturdy white boxes and stacked six high in most closets. That’s roughly 180 pounds of something to feed your family that has a footprint of only 13 x 18 inches!
Check out your closets: Determine what clothing or sports equipment or Christmas decorations can go elsewhere and save the cool and dark places for your food.
Under Beds: You can fit at least 3 “under bed” plastic storage containers under your beds! They’re great for pint size canning jars and 16 oz. canned foods like tomato sauce, beans, etc.

Behind furniture: You can store behind a couch that’s been pulled about 18 inches or less from a wall.
Make a Table: Put three boxes of canned wheat on top of each other with a pretty cloth and make a nice table out of it.
Cupboards: Check in your cupboards and storage cabinets throughout the house. Give away items you no longer use, and use the remaining space to store your dehydrated or canned foods!

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