By Heather O.
I was reorganizing my pantry the other day (yes, my life really is that exciting), and I came across a can of Pork and Beans. Not just any can of Pork and Beans. It was THE can of Pork and Beans, a can so big that it could probably feed our entire block if a meteor hit earth, all grocery stores were obliterated, and we were all starving to death. Which is probably the only time I would ever actually want to eat the dang things.
“Why do we have such a big can of Pork and Beans?” I asked DH, as I continued to organize, and discovered yet 3 more cans of Pork and Beans. It was like a little Pork and Beans party, right there in my kitchen. The things you uncover when you organize.
“I bought them. You know, for food storage.”
“So, if there is a disaster, we’re going to be eating Pork and Beans? Aren’t we supposed to stock our food storage with things we would actually eat?”
“I like Pork and Beans. They’re good for you.”
Really, I have no idea what universe DH is referring to where Pork and Beans are considered a health food. Maybe it’s the same one where Oreos have no calories, and Ding Dongs are full of antioxidents. Hmm, maybe I should find a way to get there.
But despite my intial surprise at finding such things in my pantry, I have to admit, I was impressed that DH was thinking in terms of food storage, and I’m grateful that he would take the time to help us prepare for, um, whatever. And even though Pork and Beans make me want to gag, J would probably dig ‘em.
I have been doing some more canning (I got a little bit ambitious in the apple orchard this weekend–any good apple recipes, anyone?), and it has me thinking–what do I actually want to be eating in the case of an emergency? Pork and Beans? Chicken Noodle Soup? Twinkies? (After all, isn’t the shelf life of a Twinkie like 27 years?) Also, I know that food storage just doesn’t come in handy during a disaster. A woman at church bore her testimony about how she and her family of 4 lived off of her food storage for a few months during a financially trying time. She said her kids got used to drinking powdered milk and eating apple chips. Wow.
But impressed as I am at her temporal prepareness, I hope I would have something a little tastier if we ever had to go through that.
Our ward is taking a trip to the cannery next month, and so I ask you all, women of the world, what should I get? What’s in your pantry? What do you have stashed away in your food storage that you would actually enjoy eating, should the time come when you would actually have to partake?
And if you do find yourselves hungry at a trying time for the world, c’mon over to my house. We’ll be having applesauce. And Pork and Beans.
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