Friday, October 23, 2009

I Can't Believe It's Food Storage - Crystal Godfrey

When I think about food storage, I immediately have two very frightening thoughts.

1) How can I do it?

2) What will I make with it?

I'm starting to overcome the fear of how to do it. By taking it a little at a time and tucking things behind my pots and pans, I'm accumulating it slowly but surely and finding places to keep it. But then that leaves the question - what will I make with it? Will we starve to death in a houseful of food because I never learned how to cook with the food on hand, a pathetic death while surrounded by cans of wheat?

"I Can't Believe It's Food Storage" takes out that fear. In the first place, the author talks about storing actual food. That's right - the food items in here are all every day, common sense items. No longer does dehydrated celery reign supreme - we're talking chocolate chips and stuff. There are recipes for your more standard food storage items, but with this book, you realize a little more that you need to store what you'll eat. And believe me, if I'm living on my food storage, I'm going to need some chocolate in there from time to time.

I appreciated the organized, positive approach the author takes in explaining how to set up the food storage system. It doesn't feel so overwhelming, and it actually sounds a little fun ... if a word like "fun" really can be applied to food storage. The process is broken down into chunks and made manageable. It's not, "run out and buy everything today," but rather, go at it with wisdom and planning.

There are a lot of books on the market about preparedness, and I've read a lot of them. I would definitely recommend this one over many of the others. For usability, the optimism of approach, and the flat-out yumminess of these recipes, this one belongs on your personal preparedness shelf.

(This book was published in 2009 by Walnut Springs Press.)

This book was sent to me by the publisher, free of charge.


Kimberly said...

This book sounds like a must have for our household. My hubby is a passionate storer of foodstuffs and I'm a hopeless yet hopeful cook. Very helpful review, Tristi!

Lee Ann Setzer said...

The problem is figuring out how to store the chocolate chips--a "supply" is however much I have on hand, plus a couple of handfuls more!

Framed said...

Rats, I just bought a food storage recipe book from Deseret Book. I've have to look into this one as well. Most of my food storage is piled up in the laundry room or under the spare bed. I do have 8 big cans of dried food bought at Walmarts sitting on the counter. Lucky for me, there is another spare bed.

L.T. Elliot said...

That book's totally for me. I need "easy" when it comes to food storage. Super easy would be preferable. ;)

Jenny said...

This is a fun book to read. I love how it made me feel like I could do food storage and actually use it.

Jen said...

Some people I know get really creative with dry pack canning. They were canning M&M's (because if there's a food shortage, we can't survive without chocolate) and even dollar bills!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure *when* you last tasted dehydrated foods, but in the '70s they tasted a lot like cardboard. But, since then, low-temp dehydration has been perfected, and THESE DAYS, you can't tell rehydrated foods from fresh or fresh-frozen. (There's *far* more available than celery!).

The advantage to using dehydrated foods is space-savings. You can store 2-3 times more than wet-packed foods in the same amount of space.

Bruce Hopkins
Best Prices Storable Foods

Tristi Pinkston said...

Bruce, it's definitely true that dehydrated food has come a long way. Most of my food storage is dehydrated because I don't have a lot of space and I need to conserve all that I have, and I want my storage to last longer.

Dollar bills and M&Ms? Wow, that is pretty creative, Jen!

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