Saturday, April 3, 2010
LET'S GET STARTED!
So I have introduced you to convienent food. I hope you are well acquainted because now you have to become really good foods to make it work! The best way to start your convienent food store is to start little. If you start with small things, then you can get a feel for it and then add a little more and a little more until you are 'gung hoe' and you are searching the net and local guides on where to purchase the best bulk buy wheat, pasta. and the like. You can even start 'gung hoe' if you want, but I would guess that most of us are watching our budgets much the same as our waistlines, so I will put it down one step at a time.
In a lot of natural disasters and other occurences like these, most people turn to water. Water is such an important part of our survival. So your goal is to keep as many large containers of soft drink or juice. Don't concern yourself with milk containers, these won't last long. 2L soft drink or juice and even those ones that carry upto 4L are best. Wash them out. Then fill them up with regular tap water and a few drops of regular uncented bleach. The bleach kills any microscopic bacteria and life forms from the water and because you are only using a small amount it is fit for human consumption. Store your water in a cool dry place, like the garage, under the stairs, a spare pantry shelf(congratualtions if you do have one!!) anywhere in your house that you can think of. Water like this can be stored for a good couple of years. Its good to check the water at least once or twice a year to make sure its doing well. If you haven't made use of it after a couple of years, by all means if it makes you feel better, use it and restore.
Water is very important in cooking. So its good to stop and think about how much you will need not just for drinking but also for cooking. This is just a start. It is best to have larger water stores, like the 10L canisters you can get from camping stores. We fill ours up and use it when we go camping then restore water again when we return. Before you start getting overwhelmed is is not realistic to store water for a whole year, but if you can store enough water to help you over a 2 week period you are doing well. From my research an adults needs about 55L of water for a 2 week period for drinking. Add extra for cooking. If you are storing a couple of bottles a week and a couple of the larger canisters, you can reach your goal in no time and you will have a very convienent store of water!