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What is your approach to stockpilling?
Sun 27-Sep-09
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With the economic climate as it is.  More people want a cushion to help if made redundant, forced to lower wages or shorter hours.

Or, with fuel prices gaining momentum again (supposed to be £1.25  litre just before xmas, *groan*).  Food will become more expensive.  And for the first time in years we are looking at black outs in Britain, maybe only for an hour or so, but that is enough if you need to eat, by using the BBQ or a camping stove to cook you can do get round this.

With this in mind I have been trying to stock pile enough food so that if PB (the main bread winner in our house), loses his job we can potter along quite nicely.  I am aiming for a month.  Mostly easy cook food, that I can get out of a can.  And with the aid of our kelly kettle make cous cous

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Kettle

So what do you stock pile and why?  Does anyone else have a cushion?

Sun 27-Sep-09
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I think we do have to think seriously about stockpiling now due to the economic climate, and the ever looming redundancy's that are hanging over our heads and think this is a brilliant topic to have running.

I do not have a pantry but I am lucky enough to have my own little shed which I use to store household equipment etc... and I am now beginning to stock up on tin foods in the shed and things that little mice cannot nibble their way into... Also keeping the odd extra loaf, food item in my freezer.

Taking advantage of the special offers in the supermarkets, buy one and get one free, get three for the price of two and all of that help to add to my stockpile.

Then we have the jams and preserves that I have prepared in the last few weeks.

I think that we can all learn a great deal from each other and this topic will prove to be very helpful over the weeks and months ahead.....

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Sun 27-Sep-09
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Yes we have a cushion. I've been stockpiling like mad. Bottling fruit and tomatoes from the garden, bottling fruit when it's on sale. Dehydrating food - tomatoes, celery, spinach, mushrooms, squash, carrots, courgettes, lemons, oranges, apples, pears. Freezing a bit of food too. The dehydrator is brilliant, as dehydrated food takes up so little space. So if anything is marked down that we like I'm grabbing it and dehydrating like a madman.

I really want the larder to work for us this year and cut down the need to constantly motor into town. Soon it will be cheaper to have stuff delivered from the supermarket than drive there.

Sun 27-Sep-09
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My friends at work were a bit taken back by my pantry.  I have a cupboard I bought at the YMCA for £30, (cheaper than a kitchen carcass from ikea), which we use as a pantry.  They were like you are mad!  LOL you are so funny.

I also have a stockpile of toilet rolls and washing powder that live in the loft.  And other toiletries, soap, deodrant, shampoo.  All bought when on offer.  And only the products we use, else it would be a waste of money.  ANd costly if it gives us a rash etc

I have a LARGE box that is a first aid kit.  to which I have recently added, cold and flu remedies, headache pills etc.  Keeping Swine flu in mind.  Not sure I trust Tamiflu, heard too many horror stories at work, who I am sure were misdiagnosed on the phone.  

I started this as it is a bit like watching house make overs, or come dine with me.  You secretly want to know what everyone else has. Smile 

Sun 27-Sep-09
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When I was in England I always stockpiled food, especially for over the winter months as we lived in a village in Derbyshire which did mean that if it snowed it was a pain to get to the shops so always made sure I had milk powder, flour, potatoes, sugar and tins of beans. I used to make my own bread so I didn't freeze it but just ensured I had plenty of yeast in the freezer or in a jar. I am gradually building up my stock here in Latvia but not so much for the winter as they managed to keep open last year despite the snow but more because of flu. I am not the panicky sort but I think it is sensible that if for some reason the supermarkets did shut for more than a couple of days there is still enough food in the house to see you through.

It always used to make me laugh that people were unable to cope with the supermarkets being shut for a whole day over Christmas.

Sun 27-Sep-09
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The medicine chest is a good idea. I must check that ours is up to date. I'm a bit suspicious of tamiflu too.

We have storage shelves in the barn groaning with jars as well as a larder.

Mon 28-Sep-09
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I am just starting to do this as we have decided to take the approach of quality of life rather than material possessions. So price comparing and checking out all the special offers. As we live in a rented house I cannot do anything to the small garden therefore growing my own is limited. However we do have a spare bedroom with a cupboard in which will become the pantry for tins etc.

I must police myself though and make sure that it is everyday goods that we use and not be tempted by the alluring one offs ~grins~

Mon 28-Sep-09
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I have heard/read alot about having a small book or a palm pilot in one case, so you can check prices on things as you shop in the supermarket etc.

Do any of the readers here do this?

I notice when things like canned tomatoes go up in price.  I commented on this at work and was meet with blank stares.  then they all titter and laugh. 33p and 36p are a big difference.  if this is applied to your whole shop then 3p here and there makes a massive difference.  I get so frustrated with this.

We are making a real effort to over pay the mortgage, so this forum is invaluable to us.  I read every post to find if there is anything that will help us.  Like minded people together pushing forward.  I love it that I am not the only one

Mon 28-Sep-09
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Thanks Danny.  this is already something we have thought about, along with teaching photography and jewellery making.  we have thought about offering a day or a weekend lunch included, home grown food.  We just need to sell this tombstone round my neck of a house.  and then we can move forward.  We wont be able to afford anywhere like the kind of house we want if we dont have a side line.

I may take you up on some website work.  watch this space! Wink  Thanks for thinking of this for us though.  many a sleepless night has been had

Lets hope the house sells before Christmas so we can get in somewhere before the growing season starts.

P.S. this is so not to do with stock piling!

Mon 28-Sep-09
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S.O.L. said:

I have heard/read alot about having a small book or a palm pilot in one case, so you can check prices on things as you shop in the supermarket etc.

Do any of the readers here do this?

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I don't have one of these but a site I find interesting is this one

http://www.supermarketownbrandguide.co.uk/intro.php

It is not about prices but quality, though tread the info about the site. It is handy for the links to the reatilers sites and quickly checking what the special offers are.

Psst always wanted to try archery as well Smile

Mon 28-Sep-09
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LOL OK you guys can be our experimental rats for us running archery weekends.

Back to the stock piling and other exciting things

2 blogs for you

James I have followed for a few years now, half genius half crazy man, and I say that in the fondest blogging what that I can muster.  Love your blog James you know I do...Wink  He is currently off somewhere, buying a small holding.  Danny you will love the blog as I think his back  ground is engineering and he makes things like battery rechargers from solar garden lights!  Yes for real.  the guy is a freecycling junky.  And he blogs about how to and take pictures along the way.  Check him out here

http://the-goodlife.blogspot.com  also please remember to leave any comments no one likes lurkers.  But she is the queen of mean, that is what she calls herself.

I dont have a patch in these frugal gurus.  Enjoy their sites.

Mon 28-Sep-09
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We have one of the old fashioned pantry's.  Have always kept a stock pile of dried/tinned food - enough to last us a month or so.  This was originally done because we live in the sticks so possibility of getting snowed in - alas it's never happened thoughFrown.  This year we've done it more with Swine flu in mind - so have also stocked up on medicines etc.

I guess the trick with stock piling is to ensure that you constantly rotate the stuff so that it gets used before it goes out of date.  In the past I haven't always been good at this so have lost a lot of stuff.

This year I am begining to make my own stuff - pickles, chutneys and the like.

Mon 28-Sep-09
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how do you keep your dried food?  do you leave it in the original packaging?  or decant it into smaller jars etc? 

Tue 29-Sep-09
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To date we have always left it in the original packaging, although recently I've had a little visitor in the pantry so am currently rethinking my strategy!

Tue 29-Sep-09
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Thanks everyone for your replies to my glass jar question.

I reckon that the only way to stop your hoard being nibbled by mice is to store it in glass jars.

BTW thanks for those links S.O.L. will check them out after supper.

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