As I perused the shelves of the last bookstore in a three-county radius, I spotted a small paperback that promised to guide the reader through the tricky world of food storage. The back of the book, titled Food Storage For Self-Sufficiency And Survival, said that if I was well prepared I’d be well fed. This sounded logical enough to me. I bought a copy and brought it home for a read, unsure whether this compact little book on food storage would satisfy me or turn my stomach like so many other survival books being churned out these days.
The book’s author, Angela Paskett, is a blogger, teacher, radio show host, prepper, and busy mom. She’s also a food storage enthusiast who has been practicing what she preaches for more than fifteen years, according to her bio. The book initially caught my eye with its numerous charts, lists, and illustrations. After a careful read, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. This book walks novice and expert preppers alike through easy-to-read tips, tricks, and procedures for stocking food in 72-hour kits, creating short-and long-term food supplies, storing water, canning food, packaging dry foods, staying organized, and using a food supply to feed a family. The book demystifies the realm of oxygen absorbers, desiccant, recycling food-grade buckets, and many of the other topics that leave the self-reliant crowd rushing to Google.
I particularly like the menu planning worksheets, storage list sheets, and the food volume calculator, which you can use to figure out how much your family would actually need. And even if you don’t stock up before the grid goes down, this book can still offer some help. There are sections on providing your own food through foraging and farming, and methods of cooking without utilities. The book is well written, easy to use, detailed without delving into minutia, and I’m sure it will soon become the dirty and dog-eared reference guide that I keep going back to when I forget the lifespan of my dried figs.
Was there anything I didn’t like about the book? Not really. The section on wild food could have been a lot longer, but that was bonus material anyway. Since it wasn’t exactly on-topic for a book on food storage, the reader should consider himself lucky to have any mention of foraging at all. This handy reference book retails for $18 in the US ($20 in Canada) and it would be a bargain at twice the price.
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