I will use coupons, but I am not extreme. I believe in being prepared, but I'm not a doomsday-er. So why do I store food?
Food storage means peace of mind. Not just peace of mind in the event of a major natural disaster, but peace of mind in the event of lesser challenges. The stress that comes with unemployment, illness, or even just "I'm-in-the-middle-of-a-recipe-and-now-realize-I'm-out-of ____" can be decreased or eliminated with food storage.
Food storage embraces the tradition of saving for a rainy day. Though the actual process of preserving food can take time and effort, having food stored harks back to a simpler way of life.
Food storage provides a creative outlet. It's validating to realize I can take various ingredients, throw them together (with the help of recipes), and end up with a delicious product.
Food storage brings people together. My oldest son's brown-bag lunches piqued the curiosity of one of his friends. Next thing I knew, my son asked me if I will teach his friend how to make bread. (Apparently I was called a "hard-core" bread baker, because I ground the wheat.)
Do you have food storage? What do you store? How do you use it?
Thankful thought: Thanks for the wisdom of the past, which still proves wise today.