Some people seem to think that preppers stockpile food and supplies and it’s a waste of time and money. Prepping obviously isn’t for everyone and there’s no crime in not doing it but it’s the people who think their way of doing things is the ONLY right way to do things that send me over the edge. If you don’t want to prep, that’s fine . . just don’t come to my house looking for food or supplies if you ever need them. If you don’t want to prep, please respect those who do. Just because you don’t see the value in it, doesn’t mean there’s NO value in it.
The preppers that I know . . we all eat what we buy or can. We use what we store. If I find green beans on sale for 50¢ a can and I buy 200 cans and you see them for the same price and buy 3 cans and then the rest of the year, you pay 89¢ (or more) for a can each time you want green beans, whose plan makes the most sense to you?
If I’m cooking roast beef and gravy for dinner, I can make one or I can get out the huge pot and make 5 roasts and can all the leftovers. Same amount of time (less really because the roast gets tender in the canner). Then any time I want roast, instead of getting a roast out of the freezer or buying one at the store (I probably bought the 5 I canned when they were on sale), seasoning it, browning it and cooking it for however long, depending on whether I’m using the stovetop, the pressure cooker, the crockpot or whatever or . . I can open a jar of perfectly seasoned and tender roast beef, heat it up for about 5 minutes and serve it. Which plan makes the most sense to you?
Today for lunch we were having leftover smoked brisket. Literally at the last minute, I wished I had some pinto beans, I grabbed a jar of home canned pinto beans, perfectly seasoned, opened them, heated them up and in 5 minutes, we had home cooked pinto beans. Without having home canned pinto beans, I would not have put homemade beans on the table in 5 minutes. Also, the beans I canned have salt, homemade jalapeno pepper powder and cumin. That’s it. Here’s the ingredients list from one brand of canned pinto beans.
Do you know what Calcium Disodium EDTA is? According to the website, Food Construed, calcium disodium EDTA is made from formaldehyde, sodium cyanide, and Ethylenediamine. It’s probably perfectly safe but I don’t think I need it in my food.
So, which plan makes more sense . . using storebought pinto beans or using yummy home canned pinto beans?
That was my last jar of home canned pinto beans so you know what I think I will do this afternoon? Yep, I have 2 – 25 pound bags of dried pinto beans so I think I’ll get some out and make a double batch of canned pinto beans!
As preppers, I assure everyone that we are not buying and hoarding but we are buying, getting good deals, and having what we need on hand and we’re just fine . . we’ll use every drop of what we have whether there’s a zombie apocalypse or not.