Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Some Food "Storage" for Thought ~ Pantry Series

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Thoughts on Pantry Preparedness...

“Food security is not in the supermarket. It's not in the government. It's not at the emergency services division. True food security is the historical normalcy of packing it in during the abundant times, building that in-house larder, and resting easy knowing that our little ones are not dependent on next week's farmers' market or the electronic cashiers at the supermarket.”
~ Joel Salatin, Excerpt from

"And let them gather all the food of those good years that come,
and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine,
which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine."
~ Genesis 41:35-36

"There be four things which are little upon the earth,
but they are exceeding wise:
The ants are a people not strong,
yet they prepare their meat in the summer…"
~ Proverbs 30:24-25

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer,
and gathereth her food in the harvest."
~ Proverbs 6:6-8

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself.
But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.”
~ Gen. George S. Patton

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

"The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty."
~ Proverbs 22:3

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  1. A terrific collection of quotes -- each an inspiration to start or maintain that pantry. Thanks, JES!

  2. I love these quotes! For some reason, the question of food storage and preparedness has come up a lot lately for me. I have friends who feel that we should "trust God" to provide for us (which to them means no food storage at all). And while I agree wholeheartedly in trusting God, the story of Joseph storing up the food kept coming to my mind. I believe that we should choose to prepare for hard times. That doesn't mean we aren't trusting God, it simply means that we are choosing to be good stewards of the abundance He has given us.

    1. Well said! We mustn't forget also that food storage was normal before the birth of the grocery store. Were the pioneers any less faithful? Your well-stocked pantry could be a blessing to someone else one day too if hard times strike… Thanks for sharing here today!

  3. Oh these are very good and wise quotes! Being prepared is biblical.

    Amy Jo

    1. I must agree… As long as we don't become obsessed or a hoarder, it is very wise and prudent.

      Have a wonderful week! ~ JES

  4. Words full of wisdom, Jes. Thank you for sharing with us. I especially liked the one from Benjamin Franklin - excellent!

    Hugs to you!

    1. Good old Ben! Such a witty chap :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh Jes, can I use the first quote by Joel for my upcoming Happy Friday post?
    Great quotes, and I would have to agree with the previous comments that food storage or storing food is a biblical principle. It was common knowledge that one would store the years harvest for the next year. It was also a law given in Leviticus that the Israelites would store two and a half to three years, -this is my guess of how much food they would need to store- worth of food for the sabbatical year of the land.


    1. Of course! It would be perfect for that :) and thank you for sharing the extra biblical insight. I was not aware of it being in the law. I am going to have to do some sleuthing in Leviticus!

    2. It's in Leviticus 25..pretty much the whole chapter speaks of it. But Lev. 25:21-22 says, "Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years. And you shall sow in the eighth year, and eat old produce until the ninth year; until its produce comes in, you shall eat of the old harvest."
      So it seems like they would have to store enough food for 2-3 years. Although Lev. 25:5-6 kinda confuses me on if they would be able to gather what would naturally grow and eat it. It's interesting in the least.

    3. Thanks! I went and read it… It looks like they CAN NOT each what grew naturally… Very interesting! Thanks for pointing this extra biblical reference out! I may and read it online in an easier translation than my KJV...

  6. You've got me thinking about how our seasons in life change.

    Our kids are grown and on their own now, so purchasing/growing/storing for 2 people (my husband and me) is different than it was years ago... yet... if our adult kids needed something or we were in a time of crisis (weather, etc) and they joined us at our home, I would not have enough stored to sustain us all even for a few days. Hmmm.

    Our family "plan" in time of crisis is for all to make their way to our home because of where we're situated. I need to give more thought to storing enough for at least a few days. Thanks for the prompting.

    1. Thanks for sharing! Food storage is a real blessing when others are blessed by your efforts, that is for sure!

  7. I love these quotes! I have been giving a lot of thought to being better prepared this year. I did not plan well for our seasonal storage, and we ran out of frozen veggies recently. But I would really like to round out our food storage, and give more thought to longer term storage also.

    1. Thanks for sharing here today Jennifer. We are working on the same things here :)


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