Food for Thought — Limited Supplies

  • Food for Thought — Limited Supplies

    Posted by DeepSouth on November 26, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Do you have food in your pantry or are you growing something to help you through 3 months of Limited Supplies? That is the first step to being self sustainable if a LCE or life changing event happens. Health, finances, weather, loss of job, etc. LCE can be anything that affects the way you live now.

    CJS replied 3 months ago 41 Members · 72 Replies
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  • Pirogue

    Member
    November 26, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Watching your videos helps tremendously! We stay reminded, motivated, and entertained 👍. I now know anything can happen at anytime and wreck all you have worked for no matter what it is or how well you prepared but I feel you have to do it any way.

    • LukeStory

      Member
      November 27, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      I agree

  • Carl

    Member
    November 26, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Yupper…Always can improve. But when it happens I go to war with the army I got not the army I want.

  • BiggKidd

    Member
    November 26, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Having food put away is great and necessary but in my opinion to really cover the bases you also have to be raising food. Pretty much enough of everything can be ramped up from minimums in short order. So I’m not saying you have to be constantly growing enough of everything all the time. You do however need to be growing or in position to grow seasonally. Now animals / livestock really need to be on hand as well. Lets face it you aren’t likely to make it without a supply of meat. I have always kept animals to breed if nothing else. In other words I sell or give away most of their offspring. My livestock are true food insurance in my way of thinking.

  • MadDog

    Member
    November 26, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    We have a 4 prong approach: 1 year in freezer, 1 year canned, Spring and Fall garden, and livestock (cattle, hogs, and chickens (meat and laying).

  • JerseyGiantChick

    Member
    November 26, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Have been working on it for so many years now, for our family and friends but also a community (Kindergarten and school, so the family can find the way to our community).

    Also going to ask if I can help out the Fire department, with the water and food supply because in those scenarios they must provide the people.

    Next week we are getting our first supply potatoes (25 kg bags a breed) from a farmer in our area, than we are letting the children be tasting the breeds so they can tell us with ones they like the most. Hard boiled ones, for cooked, salad, backed and purée.

    Plan is to do so with vegetables, meat, eggs (commig from a farmer next to us) and milk so we can also make yogurt and cheese.

    And so on for grains, for bread and co.

  • greatgran

    Member
    November 26, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I lost my husband of 51 years 17 months ago. I I hadn’t been watching DEEPSOUTH and prepping I don’t know what I would have done. I knew something was coming but didn’t know what. God just led me to be prepared a few years before I found DEEPSOUTH Homestead and it confirmed to me what I was doing was needed to be done.

    • JerseyGiantChick

      Member
      November 27, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      Bless you by preparing, wish you a kind community in you area and if you do not have already that you will find one her on freesteading.

  • coastalredwoodhomestead

    Member
    November 27, 2022 at 1:33 am

    After watching your channel for a few years I have been preparing my food storage and by the grace of God he has us well supplied for awhile. Thank you for teaching me and my family how to prioritize our lives and homestead and we love fellowshipping with you God bless you both

  • LadySnickerdoo

    Member
    November 27, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    We have been working hard to increase our food supply in our pantry. We also have a lot of meat in our freezers but I have made sure we have enough jars if we need to can it. We have also greatly increased the size of our garden and I have been trying to grow a lot of our food. We are preparing in other ways as well but food is one of our main focuses.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    November 27, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    I think we’re going to be okay for at least 6 months if we could only rely on what we have in storage, but I plan on foraging a lot which I have actually prepared for as well. When I started prepping, I started collecting weeds/herbs I found growing wild in my area and transplanted them to my property so I wouldn’t even have to leave to harvest them. Those will be part of our diet especially in spring. In my prepping, I mostly focused on items that would be hard for me to get or make like butter, powdered milk, sugar, rice and grains. Over the next weeks I’m planning to can more ready made meals like soups and stews.

  • Raspberry

    Member
    November 27, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    We are definitely good for 3 months, working towards 6 months and then a one year’s supply.

    • 1PhillyGirl

      Member
      December 23, 2022 at 11:00 pm

      We’re in the same boat. Learning, preparing and storing as we go!

  • Brake3476

    Member
    November 27, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    We are stocking up on deer now. Put tow hogs away earlier and have pigs on the hoof as well as rabbits and chickens. I’m not the best at gardening but have greens and onions growing. Stocked a few commercial canned vegetables. Shouldn’t starve. Told hubby if the power goes down I will be canning meat like a crazy person.

  • J.w.oldner

    Member
    November 27, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    I am trying to get going I am two years behind. My wife od 30 y ears passed 4 years ago this December and it sort of put me off then I sold every thing and bought ten Ackers it’s been tough getting it ready to start. I am limited on how much I can do at a time but steady moving that way. Planted last year and out of season freeze killed it all. Going after it again this year. We not only have to prepare for food but also a complete none government economy. At a point there will be no resupply of any thing. If we can’t produce it we will not get it. There will be no power no fule no ordering on line. I had hoped I would never see this happen but here it is and the powers that be ate behind it. No fule no tractors . They will destroy much forest and water supplies just as they did in vietnam. They will still have everything. Power fule so forth. They have been building in mountain cities and underground hwys for many many years. This is what we are up against . Do not think for one minute they ate just going to let us make it. It will be a challenge to survive. Looking for others around oklahoma to network with.

    • JerseyGiantChick

      Member
      November 27, 2022 at 4:15 pm

      You are doing good, keep on preparing.

    • MulberryGardens-Christina

      Member
      November 28, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      We’re in Texas, but just miles from Bryan County OK, if you are in the south. 🙂

  • The-Jesus-People-Homestead

    Member
    November 28, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Yes I have Canned Up Both Veggies And Meat The Last 3 Years …. I learned To Can When I Was Nine Years Old… My Parents Always Said No Child Of Theirs Could Leave Home Unless They Knew How To Raise Their Own Food , Hunt Their Own Food … And Store Their Own Food .. Thank God My Parents Raised Me The Same Way My Grandparents Who Were Dirt Farmers Raised Them … I Got Married And Left Home At Age 15 .. Swearing I Would Never Garden Again , Farm Again Or Can Again … LoL 😂🤣 … My Daddy Told Me I Would Come Back To Farming … He Was Right , Once It’s In Your Blood .. You Always Come Home To What You Know .. And Are Smart Enough To Want To Learn Even More .. (Cynthia) The_Jesus_People_Homestead

  • MulberryGardens-Christina

    Member
    November 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    I was just thinking on this this week. I’ve always tended to keep a stocked pantry, bc we tend to have lean times most years, and I could stretch our budget by not having to buy many groceries for months at a time. And also with 5 little ones, I always buy in bulk for a cost savings. Putting things up has been a slow and steady process for me. I have to be very intentional bc we have an income of about $500 a week. We’ve also lived years in a 3rd world country, and I have the habit of buying something when you can actually find it and being prepared to not see that item again for a LONG time, if ever.

    I calculated that at our current rate of consumption I have 54 weeks of beans and 60 weeks of rice. I’m not sure how long it would last if we leaned more heavily onto those items, like we did overseas. I started learning to can this summer, and have 120ish jars canned so far… I know, it’s baby progress, but I have a hard time learning something new without having someone to do it with! Slowly I’m trying to learn to can new things. I have 3 gallons of lard put up from our first pig we butchered a few weeks ago. If we can keep freezers going, we have that pig, 5 turkeys, and we will process about 60 meatbirds in the next few weeks. I need to learn to can meat. I’m realizing how fast I’m starting to go through my jars and trying to figure out where you put them when they are full, lol! I just finished up my 5th summer garden, so I’m still a gardening newbie, but I have learned a LOT in those 5 years and hope to keep increasing my harvests. I currently have about 5000sf of garden space, and I will try to expand it more over the winter.

    How do you figure out how much salt and sugar you need? I’ve just been buying 10lbs of salt anytime I make it to a Costco, and we have a few big bags of sugar, but I really don’t ever use sugar unless I’m fermenting something. So, I don’t know how much I might depend on it in an LCE. To note how often I use it, I just finished off a bag of sugar that I opened over 2 years ago. 😉

    I have three 5 gallon buckets of flour, but not much in the way of whole grains. The only mill I have is on my vitamix, so if there’s no power I would be using a mortar and pestal.

    I find that since I am not in the habit yet of trying to put up enough food for the year, that I’m still struggling to figure out how much I use of different things. How did you figure out how much you needed of what? 🙂

  • Emeraldwaters

    Member
    November 28, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Good evening Danny and Wanda, working hard to add mire raised beds and plant in large containers I can move if to cold. Zone 8 here.

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