Adam and I were talking about how we can make the food storage more convenient to…well…store. We don’t want to use shelves because we want it to be portable. So, for now, everything is in three Rubbermaid-type containers with lids and two of his old footlockers.
Adam had an idea — which, as usual, I grumbled about initially until I saw how good it was — that we should put a few complete days in each box rather than separating in categories. Fortunately for me, my wonderful husband knows that he only has to put up with my grumbling for a few minutes or so. Yes, dear, you are right. Sigh…
But on to the boxes…
I have not been able to invest yet in mylar storage bags (which I’d really, really love to), so I’ve started to separate the dry goods into 1 and two day supply rations. They take up much less space, and I don’t need to have a big open bag of starch ready to pour out all over the place to get ruined. This herculean effort has become my new project. Caroline likes it, too. (insert parental eye-roll here) She’s not nearly as helpful as she thinks she is, though.
Here’s my progress so far:
This is what my boxes look like after having to stash things away to discourage Caroline from reorganizing them…again.
I managed to get one complete box done, containing 4 days worth of food. Astonishingly, considering how much food there is, we only have those four complete days. Is there enough to survive on for a month or two? Yes, of course. But not thrive. To me, true survival means having access to complete nutrition over the course of a day (or at least spread out over a week).
I don’t think I’ll be keeping the drinks in there; they’re really heavy. The box itself will be easy to transport and relatively weather resistant. The only trouble will be how many boxes we’ll need! I mean, we’re feeding six people, here! If I stash 4 days per box, I’m looking at about 22 boxes! Even if I break it down further into 5 days per box, I’ll have 19 boxes. That’s a heck of a lot of storage!
With the two different types of storage boxes I have, two boxes contain one week’s worth of food, which, if you think about it, is pretty amazing for six people!
And…here are some links to a few more articles that help explain WHY we are doing all of this: