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Friday, May 7, 2010

Shelf Reliance - Mama's Advice & Baby Steps

Today’s blog is a guest post from Becky and Rachel, two amazing sisters and Shelf Reliance team members. Becky and Rachel work as Shelf Reliance Independent Consultants, teaching families in their communities how to think differently about food storage and plan for their potential needs. Read along as these two share some ideas and baby steps with all of you.

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We all know what our mamas said: Get your food storage ready — you just never know!” Back in the day, a couple of years ago really, you basically had 2 options: (1) buying cans from the grocery store, packed in liquid, that only last 1 to 2 years, or (2) buying basics-only from a local dry pack or wet pack cannery (for those who even had that option in their states). Being limited to those two options is a thing of the past!

Have you ever wondered how the heck you are going to cook all those dry red beans and feed it to your sour-faced children with a smiling face? Do you have a wheat grinder for all that hard red winter wheat you keep buying? Do you even know how to make bread? Are you storing water? Do you have a camp stove? It’s time to take a hard look at what you really are willing to feed your family when the time comes. Sure, you can make due with chicken noodle soup and crackers. But how long will that last before your kids start throwing it at you?

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Many people tell me, “Well, we’ll eat it when we have to.” I’ve thought about that a lot. Consider this: all the cast members of the reality television show Survivor go without food, other than rice, for about 30 days. Their bodies are in a truly desperate situation. Then, they are given some kind of yucky food eating challenge. Though they’re in a situation where they “have to” eat up for further rewards or a chance at $1 million, and though their bodies are in crisis mode where any food would be better than no food at all, many of the contestants fail without even trying. What did they put on the line? Their health, hunger and $1 million dollars. Do we even have half the constitution that those people have? I know I don’t. It’s better to store food you’ll be happy to eat, as opposed to the food you only hope you’ll be able to stomach one day.

I think when the time comes that you have to use your food storage, whether because of a job loss or natural disaster, you would much rather have food you’ve enjoyed all along, things like chicken salad, blueberry pancakes, or brownies. You can do this! Food storage can be easy. There are lots of recipes in the THRIVE Kitchen, a section of, along with YouTube cooking demonstrations from Shelf Reliance cooks and a recipe book coming out soon. Just take baby steps.

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Shelf Reliance offers just-add-water brownie mix. The powder lasts 20 years sealed in the can. No need to have eggs or oil on hand.

We also sell freeze dried meats. These are dices of REAL, fully-cooked meat that has been freeze dried. Just add water to reconstitute, and it becomes the normal, everyday meat you’ve always loved. These meats last 25 years in the sealed can, 1-2 years when opened.

What about something like blueberry pancakes? We have 6 Grain Pancake Mix and Freeze Dried Blueberries. All you need is the water. And if you don’t have the stored water you’ll need, consider buying some Steri Pens, filters, or water purification tablets so you can use the water you find.

Food storage can be manageable and not a source of frustration. Let us teach you how.

Thanks to Rachel and Becky for joining us today! For more information and insight from these two great ladies, visit Check them out and learn how you can attend, host, or teach Shelf Reliance Home Parties in your area (along with all the crazy deals you can get on food storage and shelving). Have a happy Mother's Day!



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