Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Sacred Cow
First off, let me state that I am a firm believer in having food storage. I have studied it, practiced it, use it, and store it. I have a label on my blog for "food storage obsession."
But my question is:
Who came up with the amounts of food necessary to store per person?
400 pounds of grain per year per person?
We have faithfully and diligently followed that recommendation for years.
We have wheat and rice and oats stuffed into every corner of our houses.
But, case in point........
She told me that when she and her husband were first married, we had given them a 50 lb bag of rice for a Christmas gift (which they loved!) So if the calculation holds true, that 50 pound bag should have lasted them about a month.......
She still has probably a little less than half of it left, almost six years later.
Of course they eat other things besides rice every day.
Another case in point.....
We bought a couple hundred pounds of white rice when one of my sons was a baby. We ate a LOT of rice, two or three times a week. We appreciated that rice when times were tough. I had a big family full of kids to feed.
That baby is going to turn 23 years old next week. I still have over half of it left.
I know that we should have these things set aside in case of emergency. I believe in storing what you eat, and eating what you store. But the amount of space it takes to store this much food for a large family is a lot, and I'm wondering if the quantities are a true reflection of what we should be eating. Should the amounts be scaled down a bit so we don't have dusty basements full of decomposing food that has been wasted instead of eaten????