September 24, 2013
I realize that living on food storage requires some adjustments to my thinking. I have (probably literally) tons of food that will sustain life. In an emergency, I’d be thrilled to have wheat to grind into flour, oats, rice, dry pasta, potato flakes, powdered milk, dehydrated vegetables, dry beans, salt, vegetable oil, etc.
BUT, living well can be a little more tricky. Once you have the above life-sustaining items, there are other things that ought to be added to make life WORTH living.

1. Sugar (for Americans especially. We eat a lot and it makes an easier adjustment)
2. Spices and flavorings: (Cinnamon, Garlic powder, chili powder, pepper, cumin, vanilla, maple extract, vinegar,(for laundry and cooking), soy sauce, ranch dressing mix, gravy mix) 
3. Peanut butter. (You’ll get tired of wheat bread if you don’t have anything to eat it with).
4.Cocoa powder
5. Parmesan cheese
6. Dry onions
7. Active dry yeast
8. Baking soda for both laundry and baking.
9. A source of eggs. (I am using powdered eggs I stored 10-12 years ago, and they work fine in most instances. You won’t want to eat them plain, but they’re good for baking. I learned that baby chicks (ordered on line or at a farm store) will be producing eggs within 5-6 months, depending on the breed. Roosters are generally mean. Get hens and play a recording of a rooster crowing to give the hens hope. A friend contains her chickens in a wire dog cage at night and lets them wander in a fenced area during the day.
10. Borax (mix with baking soda to make a good, effective laundry soap.
 Clean clothes are IMPORTANT!
11. Liquid Dish Soap (even if you have a dishwasher, dish soap is versatile for all types of cleaning) (just don’t put it in your dishwasher)
12. Tomato products. (Be it tomato powder, (which I haven’t tried) to paste or sauce, tomato adds vitamin c and flavor to make all those beans and rice go down better!

As you prepare for emergencies, consider what the nature of the emergency is likely to be. There is a distinct difference between how we prepare for a disaster like a tornado or earthquake and how we prepare for losing our income. If you have no electricity, it will be a while before you need to grind grain. If you lose a job, you’ll need quantities of wheat flour far more easily produced by an electric grinder.      

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