Tuesday, 27 May 2014

10:35 – Barbara is starting her 4-day week, which she says always seems longer than a regular 5-day week. I’m doing admin stuff and building some biology kits.

Our food storage project is progressing. Yesterday, I decided to check the lds.org site to review their recommendations. I was surprised to see that they’d entirely revamped their suggested food storage, apparently back in 2008. They used to recommend a one-year supply of food, mostly dry grains and beans and so on. They now recommend a 3-month supply of canned goods and other foods you regularly eat, along with a one-year supply of the long-term storage stuff. They’ve also hugely increased their shelf-life estimates for many products, although they’re still far too pessimistic about many items. For example, they list white sugar properly stored as being good for 30 years, when 300 years is more like it, if not 3,000.

Also, I either never knew or had forgotten that lds.org has a physical store out near the airport, about half an hour’s drive from us. They carry lots of stuff in #10 cans for long-term storage, and the prices are quite reasonable. Their hours are quite limited–9 hours a week or so–but they are open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. And they’re happy to sell products to anyone rather than just church members. I guess their attitude is that the more people who are prepared for emergencies, the better.