Several years ago National Geographic Channel started a reality series called Doomsday Preppers. I freely admit I love to curl up and laugh at the people on the show. Bug-out bags, out of the world theories about what would cause panic, families who lived with a prepper, and their rating system at the end of the show I loved all of it and enjoyed a good hour of humor.
Hubby was always interested in doing some “mild “prepping and I forever told him no. Then the last several years of an Imperial Presidency, a porous Southern border, and Ebola making it to American shores in an uncontrolled manner have made me change my mind somewhat.
About a month ago, hubby discovered a bulk foods website that didn’t seem over the top or catering to the “prepper” community. We both looked at the site and decided to take the plunge. First shipment arrived and it wasn’t anything super exciting dried beans for soups and chili, mixed nuts, and snack food items. The shipping was more than reasonable so why not take a gamble?
The gamble paid off with that first batch of 15 Bean Soup I made. The beans were fresher and more flavorful than any soup mix from the grocery store. That simple soup and the news led to the decision to order more and replenish and stock up the pantry and house. So we placed the order and I realized I had another big task ahead of me, the EPIC cleaning of the pantry.
There are the contents of my pantry in a completely disorganized mess, well a portion of them anyways. I found several duplicates, expired cans, and a lot of tea. Took me a day or two to finish the clean-up but it was totally worth it. All the old spices and expired goods were tossed and the kitchen was emptier but I had a clean slate to begin restocking the kitchen.
The restocking has begun.
The biggest issue with buying in bulk is long term storage of food items. We’ve made an investment in storage containers. The storage containers are as big an investment as the food but one we have both decided was worth the cost.
There is my much more ordered pantry. Duplicates noted, everyday items in a much more accessible location. The hall pantry, not pictured here, is also cleaned and stocked. The long term storage items have stored in the hall pantry. The items are not as accessible but when you are short like me, it helps when your husband is 6’2 and can reach anything.
I restocked my herbs and spices from Bulk Foods despite the experts’ opinions on only buying as much spice as you can reasonably utilize in three months. Let’s be honest, the commercially available herbs and spices in grocery stores aren’t all the fresh or tasty. I can honestly report, that every spice and herb I’ve opened and stored are a thousand times better than anything I’ve ever purchased in a grocery store.
The herbs and spices have re-inspired by love of cooking and baking. The smells from the herbs and spices alone are intoxicating. For the first time in years, I made Lemon Tarragon Chicken last night and it was amazing. The combination of lemon pepper that isn’t light on the lemon and tarragon that smells heavenly. We both enjoyed the chicken immensely, unfortunately there weren’t leftover to make sandwiches today. Next time I will make a much larger serving.
No we haven’t turned into crazy peppers’ that are fearful of an apocalypse or an Ebola plague running rampant through city streets. However, we have taken some wise precautions that we will utilize in our daily lives rather than keeping them squirreled away for a rainy day that may not ever come.