Preparedness for when

edited 8 November 2012 at 8:54AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • fuddlefuddle Forumite
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    Just thinking jko. I wonder how she would take to gathering a prep box. You supply the box and a few odds and ends to get her started. Label it a hamper, make it as appealing as you like etc. It might be a fun way to engage her into prepping for no wheels/lights out etc
  • Yep, good idea about calling it a ' hamper box' you could also say its what trendy people are doing???
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  • jk0jk0 Forumite
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    Well, there's an idea. What should I put in Mum's hamper? Bear in mind it needs to be light enough to be lugged about by someone who is too weak to twist the top off a pineapple.
  • I give my parents and my MIL food hamlets every year... For the last few years, as I thought at least they would use what we had bought, not put it into a cupboard and then given to a local charity as a raffle prize lol..

    I put basics in there, with some nice tins of salmon,ham etc, and every day stuff..
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  • fuddlefuddle Forumite
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    Not knowing what your mum's tastes are I would opt for visually appealing/treat items. A nice candle, lovely little lap blanket, jams/chutneys crackers etc. I know it sounds a bit ott but I suppose it's like a child who resists - appeal and engage ;) Good luck!
  • fuddlefuddle Forumite
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    Frugalsod have I read you are going down the clean eating route? I was wondering how yourself, and anyone else, is managing to prep in terms of food storage.

    As a way to eradicate my digestive issues I am going down the Primal eating route (2 weeks in and a marked difference) but my stocks are full of beans, flours, pulses etc. I am using them up for the rest of the family but once they are gone we will be switching.

    I am looking into coconut flour for baking and tapioca flour for flat breads etc but aside from that I am at a loss at how the heck to prep really. So far I am thinking nuts, seeds and dried fruits, tinned mackerel and tuna but after that I'm drawing a blank.

    I need to food hoard
  • jk0jk0 Forumite
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    I give my parents and my MIL food hamlets every year...

    Does MIL like cigars? :)
  • jk0jk0 Forumite
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    This is interesting. Takes about an hour to watch:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2xIbXHhVSs
  • jk0 wrote: »
    Does MIL like cigars? :)

    :rotfl::rotfl:

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  • fuddle wrote: »
    Frugalsod have I read you are going down the clean eating route? I was wondering how yourself, and anyone else, is managing to prep in terms of food storage.

    As a way to eradicate my digestive issues I am going down the Primal eating route (2 weeks in and a marked difference) but my stocks are full of beans, flours, pulses etc. I am using them up for the rest of the family but once they are gone we will be switching.

    I am looking into coconut flour for baking and tapioca flour for flat breads etc but aside from that I am at a loss at how the heck to prep really. So far I am thinking nuts, seeds and dried fruits, tinned mackerel and tuna but after that I'm drawing a blank.

    I need to food hoard
    Well with most things I buy fresh so minimal stores, but I will get more frozen once I have moved. At the moment running down food stores to make the move easier.

    The clean cooking is about getting rid of junk and additives in the food so until I have cleared all the other items in the cupboards I still have plenty of other food types. So I am running those down so my food bill per month has been minimal. It is also a matter of forcing myself to rotate stocks that I already have. In fact once I am in a position to restock I will do it slowly to stop me from over stocking certain items. At the moment I have lots of jars of curry paste but as I use them up I will be switching to making curries from spices and without pastes. The switch from curry sauces to curry pastes has saved a fortune but not sure if making curries from scratch will further increase the savings, but will eliminate more additives. So at the moment my plans involve clearing old food stocks and when I do replace them opting for a clean cooking option.

    With flour I freeze for 24 hours then put in an air tight food drum. I have drums for rice and fancy flours for pasta and rye etc. I also have a large drum for dried food. I might combine my flour drums eventually and then have an extra one for dried emergency food rations.

    Things like eggs and milk I will get locally and I do not anticipate a complete loss of food access via stores. If things get really bad all I can cope.

    Look at Greece they have still had food on sale throughout the crises. Yet the new taxes have been on processed foods so a person on a clean cooking diet would be less impacted, as 1Tonsil demonstrated. Over time the processed items that I still get will gradually be replaced if possible by home made varieties.

    So at the moment I might make a big batch of chilli and then store most in lock and lock containers and freeze them. I can then pull out individual portions as needed. This has the advantage of cutting down red meat as lots of lentils are used and portion management.

    So my preps are still have one foot in normality, but if things deteriorated I have a few months of dried food rations in an air tight food drum as a back up. I have a small snow peak gas stove and a couple of gas canisters for starters. Next year I will be looking at alcohol stoves and meths options for camping and as a back up.
    It's really easy to default to cynicism these days, since you are almost always certain to be right.
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