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#185012 - 10/12/09 01:37 PM Stored Food Comes In Handy
Jesselp Offline
What's Next?

Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 263
Loc: New York
While not a disaster, much anguish was averted this Sunday night thanks to my food storage preps.

The family and I were late getting home from our weekend adventures, and had to grab take-out Chinese food on the way home. We ate dinner, let the kids play for a bit, and then it was time for bed.

I went to the kitchen to prepare two sippy cups of milk and to my horror, there was no milk in the fridge. When I pointed this out to my wife, she gave me a silent look that let me know that this was my fault, I had to fix it, and if the kids wound up hysterical, I'd have to deal with that too. (Come on guys, you know that look.)

There was no way I was making it back out to the grocery store and back without the kids suffering a meltdown. It was past their bedtimes already. And those of you with kids know that you vary the bedtime ritual at your peril. (My sons are 3-years and 16-months old, and they drink milk before bed.)

Into the pantry I went, where I pulled out a carton of Parmalat shelf-stable milk. Was it the "fresh", organic milk we usually feed the kids? No. Was the crisis of crying kids averted? Yes.

Did I get thanks and praise from my wife for having the foresight to store shelf-stable supplies for the future? Not really, but every time my preps make our lives easier, it makes it easier for me to make my next purchase.

Moral of the story: Food storage is not only for major disasters. Sometimes it averts the minor ones, too.

Have a great week, everyone!
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#185016 - 10/12/09 02:17 PM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: Jesselp]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
We used to be able to buy milk like that here but the stores quit selling it because they didn't sell enough.
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#185019 - 10/12/09 02:48 PM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: scafool]
comms Offline

Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1502
Loc: Mesa, AZ
Ain't that great when you just walk into the storage and pull out the immediate need item?

Good job.
Don't just survive. Thrive.

#185026 - 10/12/09 03:36 PM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: comms]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2196
Loc: Beer&Cheese country
Well done! I had a similar episode this weekend. Was doing a 24-hr shift at the hospital, and the subway closed at 5pm! Seriously, who closes that early?

Anyway, since no dinner places were open, to my "MRE" (nasty civilian version) for Chix noodle soup and a power bar. Tasty.

#185040 - 10/12/09 04:39 PM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: MDinana]
benjammin Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
Yes, one by one my new co-workers are realizing that my food stash is pretty handy.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#185114 - 10/13/09 04:16 AM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: scafool]
Alex Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 03/01/07
Posts: 1034
Loc: -
Originally Posted By: scafool
We used to be able to buy milk like that here but the stores quit selling it because they didn't sell enough.

Ask for it often at your favorite store. I've asked 3 times at my local Costco (like "do you have it?"). They've started to sell it by the big buckets just 2 month later. Or you can always shop online.

#185126 - 10/13/09 06:27 AM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: Alex]
2005RedTJ Offline

Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
I keep a big box of powdered milk in with my supplies. I guess it's about time I try it out.

#185163 - 10/13/09 03:44 PM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: 2005RedTJ]
comms Offline

Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1502
Loc: Mesa, AZ
I just bought some powdered milk last weekend for the stockpile. i have enough now for many, many gallons.
Don't just survive. Thrive.

#185168 - 10/13/09 04:26 PM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: comms]
Still_Alive Offline
Finally, I am a

Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Utah
I'm always dipping into the emergency chocolate stash in our food storage!
“Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.”
W. Edwards Deming

#185172 - 10/13/09 04:51 PM Re: Stored Food Comes In Handy [Re: Still_Alive]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
If you've got chocolate, it's always an emergency!


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