YLSNED: Food storage for hard times

Ok, I’m going to venture into a new feature called “ya learn something new every day.” You see, I actually do learn something new almost every day, and I thought I might as well be sharing.

Technically, I have a confession. I learned this one yesterday. It will have to do.

Short version: I didn’t know LDS (aka Mormons) members are encouraged to store a year’s worth of food for hard times. Here’s a link to a food storage calculator that will help you determine how much is recommended for your family.

Long story: I have a confession. I have this odd affection for doomsday/apocalyptic/conspiracy theory television. I love nothing more than to curl up on the couch for a Sunday evening of end-of-the-world prophecy. This subject came up in the show I was watching last night.

I’ve known families (non-LDS) that certainly manage stocked shelves. I’ve never really done it, and moving close to a grocery story 15 years ago sealed the deal. I tend to shop every couple of days for what we need, except for the beef I like, which I have delivered. I can’t say I’ve known anyone to do it in preparation of hard times, though. It seemed to be more of a learned behavior, or even a little compulsive behavior, that created the desire for stored food supplies.

You’ve not been much for talking back lately (I know, I’ve not been one for writing!) but I’m very curious about your pantry habits. Do you stock up? Do you actually use it, or does it go to waste?

Also, I’m kind of a little curious if anyone shares my draw to doomsday television. Someone else must like it, or it wouldn’t be on so often!


  1. No on the TV genre, yes on the pantry. I figure there is no way to anticipate things like power outages or floods that might isolate us regionally.

    I’m certainly not up to LDS standards. My goal is to be able to live out of the pantry for 90 days or so. Still working on that; right now we’d go the distance, but not in a balanced-diet fashion. Potable water is a challenge.

    I even keep bank accounts on separate power grids so I have some chance of driving to an ATM that still works. That one was more by accident than plan, but I’m sticking with it. Didn’t imagine that the whole banking system was teetering on the brink.

  2. Cindy,

    Glad you’re back.

    We are not mormons, but we sometimes get asked if we are since we have six children.

    Just like many mormons, though, we do practice some food storage as part of general preparedness.

    I put a pic. up on my blog of a part of our pantry in case you are interested. I also included some links that we visit that cover these topics.

    And when I say “we” I really mean my wife since she is the expert in this area.

    Like you, my wife also enjoys a good conspiracy and/or end times themed television show. The TV miniseries of Stephen King’s The Stand that they did a few years back is one of her all time favorites.

  3. What a great post! (Folks, if you click on Jeremy’s name, you are sent to the site.)

    I’m glad to know there’s at least one end-times junkie out there.

  4. Like most dispensational fundamentalists (I’ll let the interested Google it themselves), I expect to be gone by the time it gets serious.