Ready for the next part of the challenge. Bec has been running wild over at her blog this week with the Aquire part of the challenge. Check out her posts for the week.
Acquire – Step One (Task 1 – Consider what you will need)
Acquire – Step Two (Task 2 – Set up your Storage area, Task 3 – Gather & Make an Inventory of What you Have)
Acquire – Step Three (Task 4 – Gather Items for Stay at Home supplies)
Acquire – Step Four (Task 5 – Put together Emergency Kits for Evacuation)
and my post for the week Acquire #1 (Task 1 – Inventory).
So far, so good I hope. The next task is to begin to stockpile. Bec has already covered off the basics non-food items to collect in step 3, so I won’t repeat it. However, what sort of food would you need for a short crisis? Will you have enough for a month, preferably at least 10 weeks? Where do I start I hear you asking? Well, there are many lists out there and here are a few good references that I have referred to in the past.
- Julie at Towards Sustainability wrote “What’s in my Stockpile” (a great list)
- Australia’s Emergency Pantry List has an Interactive Pantry List that you can fill in.
- Rhonda at Down to Earth wrote “Saving money with a stockpile“, which was the first time I encountered the concept.
- University of Sydney’s site called “Food Lifeboat“, has a very good list that details how much food is required each day, and a shopping list to help you prepare for 10 weeks.
All very informative lists and all of them should give you some ideas.
Start off with a few items you don’t have, especially if you are strapped for cash. Each week buy a little extra once you have figured out what you need. You will soon find that you will have a substantial stockpile ready for use and any crisis that I hope does not eventuate. It doesn’t have to be expensive when you stockpile because good bought in bulk are often discounted. Just do your own sums when you go shopping. If you have a bulk food co-op close by, then that is the ideal place to start.
So what do I stockpile? Well the list is long, so how about I just show you via photos instead! Just remember to click to enlarge.
This is our main stockpile cupboard. Shelf two has cleaning and personal hygiene products. Shelf 3 has cereals, tinned food like tuna, potatoes, beans, corn, baked beans, spaghetti, coconut milk, chickpeas and a few other. Shelf four has flour, sugar, sauces, pastes, UHT milk. The floor has rices, toilet rolls, and non-stockpile items. Have a closer look below.
Turn a full 180 degrees on the spot and you see the pantry cupboard, which also hold lots of stockpiled goods.
Home brew beer, cordials and vinegar
Onion, oils and a kite (never know when you are going to need to fly a kite to release some stress)
Pasta and potatoes,
Preserved fruit and vegetables, and dried lentils.
Jams and honey,
Don’t forget the wine. I always have a few on hand.
Nice and neat, so you can see at a glance what you have.
All the stuff in cans are ready to eat if you cannot heat them. Don’t forget to keep a couple of can openers at hand!
And finally, don’t forget some protein. If you eat meat, then get some canned as it last longer and you are not reliant on the fridge/freezer if the power goes out. If you are a veggie, then you will have lots of beans, and dried pulses on hand.
Now one thing I haven’t shown you is the stock feed for the chickens. If you have animals don’t forget them in the scheme of things. I have two spare 20kg bags of feed the shed for the chooks, so we are kept in fresh eggs in-case of emergency. If worst comes to worst, I would let them forage around to find lots of bugs and weeds. Don’t forget your dogs and cats food as well.
As stockpiling is a personal choice, I am not going to give you a list to follow. Everybody’s diet is different, so the great thing is that you get to choose what you want. Go for it, and remember that Rome was not built in a day. Our stockpile took about a year to collect, but simple to maintain once you have all your needs. Maintenance or Restock & Rotate is a post for next week.
I hope you have fun.