Deal of the Week

Special Offer for ChrisMartenson.com Readers from The Ready Store

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 8:59 PM

We are pleased to announce that The Ready Store is offering PeakProsperity.com members a special discount of 30% off their DELUXE 2-Week Supply of Food Storage package.

If you are just starting to build up your long-term food storage or need to add some variety to your current deep pantry or DIY food storage, this is a great way to get started. These freeze-dried meals and foods are very convenient and easy to prepare. The meals have a shelf life of 20-30 years and come from the two most trusted brands in the industry: Saratoga Farms (TM) and Mountain House (TM). By simply adding water, you’ll be able to add additional food resilience to your food storage plan.

The offer gives you the following: 1 can Scrambled Eggs, 1 can Beef Stroganoff, 1 can Pasta Primavera, 1 can Hearty Beef Rotini, 1 Can Super Sweet Corn, 1 Can Banana Slices.

Specifically, The Ready Store is offering us:

  • A 30% discount on the DELUXE 2-Week Supply of Food Storage (savings of $56.99 off the list price)

    *Note: Long-term food storage systems and products differ greatly by size, quality, servings, etc and are non-standard.  This makes long-term food storage pricing inconsistent across product lines and package offers.  As a longtime CM.com merchant, The Ready Store has agreed to provide price matching if you find this product offered at a lower price with an established vendor. 

Click here to take advantage of this offer and use this Coupon Code: CHRIS2WEEK, exclusive to PeakProsperity.com readers. Offer will be valid until midnight on Friday, February 24th.

Having extra stored food on hand for emergency situations and other unexpected events is a key component of building resiliency into your life. 

Here's the excerpt from the WSID Guide that discusses the importance of storing food:

Storing Food

Everyone should have a minimum of three months' worth of food stored.  It's cheap; it's easy; it's a no-brainer.

Three good reasons for storing food are:

  1. Because it's cheap
  2. Because it's prudent
  3. Because your great-grandparents would yell at you for not doing it

Once upon a time, there was a person in every community whose job it was to ensure that sufficient food stocks existed in their town to carry the people through the winter.  Their job was to travel to all the farms and granaries, total up all the food, divide by the number of people in town, and assess whether the community would be able to make it through the winter.  In fact, it is only very recently that we have lost this function, and today most people think it rather odd to even wonder about food security.

But for all of human history, and even up until about a hundred years ago in the United States, this was not odd at all.  In fact, the reverse—going into winter without ensuring a local store of food sufficient to feed the community—would have been considered incomprehensible.

After I examined the "just-in-time" delivery system that keeps us fed in this country, I began to grow concerned.  Most communities have, at most, a total of three to five days’ worth of food on hand in their local grocery stores and supermarkets at any given time.  In other words, if delivery trucks stopped rolling into town and everyone then went down to the store to buy what they needed, the stores would be stripped bare in no time at all.  I've seen this happen several times living down in hurricane country—which were formative experiences I can tell you—but for people who haven't seen this dynamic at play it may sound quite foreign.

The list of things that could disrupt the food-distribution chain is frightfully long.  Fuel scarcity, flu epidemics, terrorist events, martial law, and economic breakdown are but a few of them.  So our food-distribution system is best described as both highly cost-efficient (with low inventories and rolling stock) and extremely brittle.

Step 1 - The Deep Pantry

Given this knowledge, Becca and I decided that putting some food into storage made sense.  The first step that you should take is to simply take a peek at your current pantry and then buy more of whatever is in there.  This is called the "deep pantry" strategy, and it is simple and easy.

The first rule of increasing your food security is to buy what you already know you like to eat.  Obviously you should consider the storage limits for the foods you would seek to store, as there is no sense in buying three years' worth of something that has a shelf life of 12 months.  And this strategy requires some sort of a rotation process, but it need be no more complicated than simply placing newly purchased items at the back of the shelf while pulling forward the items that are already there.  As an added bonus, when the price of food is rising, buying food in advance of when you plan to use it is a real money-saver.

But once the deep pantry is stocked up, then what? 

Step 2 - Long-Term Storage 

Having researched food storage for a while, we discovered that we could store food in a manner that would last for thirty years and would cost us less than $3 per person per day's worth of food.  A burst of concerted effort and we would not have to think about food security again for up to 30 years. 

So we made that a priority.  But instead of sweating it out alone, we held a food-storage packing day with fourteen local families and made a grand old time of it.  Many people opt to buy food already prepackaged for long shelf storage; there are many sources providing such products.

Today we have eight months’ worth of food stored for our entire family, plus additional food set aside in case it will be needed by anybody else.  It's been a year since our food-packing day, I have not worried about food security or storage since then, and I won't have to think about it for twenty-nine more years.  All for $3 per person per day.  That is the cheapest peace of mind one can buy. 

There are a lot of resources to help you decide what foods to store, how much, and where to get them.  Knowledgeable members in our community forums have amassed links to many of the better providers. 

And if you’re the ‘set it and forget it’ type who gets peace of mind by purchasing everything in one fell swoop, there are convenient food storage kits available for a variety of time lengths and budgets.  We like the packages offered by The Ready Store, many of which offer complete daily meals and a 30-year shelf life:

Whether you decide to store a little food or a lot, I encourage you to get started right away.  If the idea of food insecurity has been gnawing away at the back of your mind, you might be surprised by the amount of relief you feel at having taken the relatively simple and inexpensive steps that I've outlined above.  I was.

And make sure you have sufficient resources available for cooking your food if access to conventional power sources becomes unavailable.  We’ll have more on cooking/heating/lighting in an upcoming post.

These first steps are only a start toward increasing personal resilience through food security by building a deeper pantry and developing a food storage plan.  Much more can be learned about growing, preparing, storing, and cooking food in our community discussion forum.

There is an incredible wealth of guidance amassed there by many PeakProsperity.com members who are passionate and experienced about developing personal and community resilience – and many are happy to help answer questions posted on the forums.  So please consider joining the forum discussion if you have questions.  And if you’re one of those experienced forum mavens, thank you for all that you’re doing to help new members start on building resiliency into their lives.

We encourage you to take some time this week to evaluate your current deep-pantry and long-term food storage.   Look at what what you are missing, what you have used from your stored food, and what needs to be rotated out. Take stock of what you have and what you need to add to give you nutritionally balanced meals and variety in your stored food. 

We hope you continue to find these offers on essential resiliency items a welcome addition to the news and other articles on the site. We will continue to work hard at bringing your the best offers available on items popular with our readers.

cheers,
Jason

Full disclosure: Based on our existing relationship with The Ready Store, PeakProsperity.com will receive a small commission if you purchase through this special offer. This will not impact the price you pay (in fact,as the offer states, you're getting an exclusive price discount not available to the public-at-large). The proceeds we receive will be immediately invested to fund new features and functionality for this site.

We’d also love to hear any feedback based on your first-hand experience with the products and vendors that we recommend through these special offers (and elsewhere on this site). Our goal is to ensure that we’re doing our utmost to offer the best guidance for utility, value, and service.

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