The other day I was looking at my shelves full of home canned food, feeling all smug and superior - right up to the point where I actually did an inventory. Turns out I don't have enough full jars to feed two of us for a year. And in a crisis situation where I was feeding several family members, the food in jars would be gone quickly. So much for smug superiority.
When I figured the amounts needed to feed two people, I went with pint jar size. Figuring one jar each of meat and vegetables daily for the main meal, it would take 365 pints of each for one year. If we had soup for lunch 3 times weekly, I would need 312 pints of soup, as one pint is a meal for one person. If we added fruit to our diet, dividing one pint between two people twice a week, I would need 104 pints. That's over 1100 pints of food. And that's not counting foods like tomatoes, pasta sauce, chicken broth and other foods used to make different dishes.
Granted, there are other foods in storage like pasta, rice, beans, cornmeal and oatmeal, along with flour and yeast for making bread. And there are cans of tuna and salmon along with other store bought food in cans.
Thing is...it is easy to fool ourselves into thinking we have enough - to become complacent. I have 15 family members, including grands and spouses. I doubt that all of them would come knocking on my door in an emergency situation, but even if half a dozen of them did, I would be hard pressed to be able to feed them for any length of time.
Now is not the time to slack off. The world around us grows more insane by the day.
Keep on prepping.
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