It’s official. No more shopping for us! Well, at least until life is back to normal. Maybe that’s just a month or maybe it’s through the summer.
I’ll explain why we’re doing this, then show you what our food situation is at the outset of this crazy challenge. I’ll update you with new posts and videos throughout however long it ends up being, showing what we’re eating (and describing what we wish we were eating) including recipes we’re making to keep our food storage staples interesting.
And of course we invite any of you to join us!
Why are we choosing to eat what we have and NOT go to the store?
Yes, I know stores are still open. I’m not worried that they will run out of food. Sure, there will be hiccups in the supply chain and they might not have all of the things you’re looking for, but I imagine there will still be food.
That being said, there are two main reasons we are choosing to live off of our storage and not shop for food through the duration of the coronoavirus pandemic.
First, we are taking this health situation seriously.
It may not turn out to be as terrible as the experts have predicted. That would be great!
But it might. And if we can do a little something for the greater good, then we are happy to do our part by keeping eight people from getting infected and possibly transmitting the disease to others. We’ll just stay home.
Thankfully, we are all healthy and don’t have any pre-existing conditions that would make us particularly susceptible. Still, we feel like the responsible thing for our family to do is just stay home.
Since grocery stores these days are one of the highest trafficked places, they are a great place for transmitting stuff. I would feel especially sad to contribute to the problem when we have actually prepared for this day.
Not this specific day per se, but we have prepared for events in which we would need to have food storage (natural disaster, job loss, crazy world health crisis, etc).
Which brings me to the second reason we’re choosing not to visit a grocery store for a while.
Second, this is a great chance to test our food storage preparedness.
We’ve done no-spend challenge months where we have gone the entire month without grocery shopping. We managed just fine.
If you’ve checked out any of our monthly grocery haul videos or posts, you know that we don’t shop from a particular menu, but rather just shop to replenish the ingredients and staples in our pantry. That way we can cook any of our normal meals.
Since we keep a pretty well-stocked pantry, going a month without shopping isn’t too bad, but we haven’t tested out what it would be like to live on our long-term food storage (you know, wheat, rice, beans, etc). We want to see how it goes and learn what things we would like to have in our food storage so that after this is all over we can work on improving our family’s food preparedness.
In short, we will treat this experience as our “dry run.” Surely this won’t be the last time food storage has the chance to save the day.
How long will this food storage challenge last?
I wish I knew!
But part of the challenge is not knowing.
Not knowing how long it will last encourages us to ration the “good stuff” and get creative with the boring stuff right from the beginning.
So depending on how long this all lasts, this challenge may be easy (if it lasts for a month of so) or difficult (if we’re sheltering in place until July). Only time will tell.
Our pantry, food storage, and freezer inventory
As I was taking inventory of what we actually have in our pantry, food storage, and freezer, I made videos to document everything.
Want to see? Here’s what we have in the deep freeze in the garage:
Here’s what our pantry, cupboards, and long-term food storage looks like
And here’s a current look at our fridge and freezer. This one is a little embarrassing as I didn’t clean anything before taking this video, so it gets pretty real.
Updates and an Invitation
I plan to share updates to show you what we’re eating as well as what we are missing. Hopefully we can all learn from this experiment.
If any of you are in a position to do a similar challenge I invite you to join me! I would love to share ideas on how we’re using our long term food storage during this crazy time.
Stay healthy out there friends!