There are stores here with curbside service and, if we were hungry, I would use those services but for now, we’ve chosen to stay completely at home. We have everything we need, though there are a few things we wish we had, and I’m sure that list will grow as time goes on.
We do stay prepared more than most, for several reasons. The most pressing reason is probably my detest of shopping. When I do go out, I like to buy all I’ll need for as long as is feasible.
I have learned to stop looking at recipes shared on Facebook because I want to make everything I see and even with a well stocked pantry, there are things I don’t have.
Most years I have tomatoes growing in the greenhouse but last Fall, I didn’t plant any so we do not have tomatoes. We have lettuce in the garden so our salads consist of lettuce, sprouted greens, basil leaves, boiled eggs and a bit of cheese. Not a bad salad but lettuce and cucumbers would be nice.
I’m definitely not saying we did better than others. I’m pretty happy with what we’ve done to become a little more self-sufficient. I’m sure there are people who would look at us and see us as beginners. We’ve definitely learned a few things in the past few days and I’m sure we’ll have more to learn as the days turn into weeks.
The Good Things We Did:
As I saw what was happening in China, and saw it begin to spread, I imagined that things might get bad here and ordered dry milk because milk is a weak link for us. The Nido Fortificada is a full fat milk so I ordered two larger cans to try. I wanted to be able to make yogurt with it so I tried it and it worked fine. I need milk for cooking and for cereal and the Nido Fortificada worked great but by the time the milk got her and I tried it, there was no more to be found. The problem is that there’s about a one year shelf life, due to the fat content so it isn’t a good option for long term storage. I do have other non-fat dry milks but they aren’t our favorites for cereal and I doubt they’d make decent yogurt. I’m glad I was able to get the two cans of Nido Fortificada. I’ll probably make just a quart at a time, unless I’m making yogurt.
We order toilet paper once a year, when we find it on sale. The reason for this is that the better prices are usually at Sam’s Club. We have to drive almost two hours to Abilene to go to Sam’s Club and when we go there, we have a million places to stop and a lot to buy so there’s no use filling up the car with toilet paper and paper towels. We had placed our annual order in November so we were well stocked with toilet paper and paper towels. So we weren’t having to try to track down toilet paper.
I’m thankful that we don’t eat out much and prefer eating at home. The restaurants here have to close tomorrow. They can have drive thru service but no eating inside. I know people who rarely cook. I guess they can get drive thru service but we’ll be eating at home.
Areas That Need Improvement:
My biggest failure was flour! I have plenty of wheat to grind but for things like biscuits, cookies, cakes, I need all purpose white flour and I hardly had any of it. It doesn’t keep that long; I can’t get my favorite brand here and I dropped the ball on having enough flour to get us through for a while.
I wish I had freeze dried more celery and onions. We’re going to run out of fresh veggies, including onions and celery. I have some onions I’ve freeze dried and some I’ve bought but no celery! It isn’t going to be life threatening but I wish I had celery.
Like I said . . we’ll learn more as time goes on but for now, I’d give myself a C+ on my prepping efforts.