Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Preparedess Principles By Barbara Salsbury

Okay the geek part of me is coming out of the closet.
I am a food storage nut. I have, from day one of my marriage, worried about, studied, and purchased food storage. When we lived in Logan we had an all day power outage and we were able to dig a pit in our backyard and cook with a Dutch oven and feed us and our neighbors. I also stocked up on food storage every chance I got when we lived there. Every one of my friends over a month’s time said that their leaders had spoken about food storage. I took it to heart and purchased more than I normally would of flour and rice and other things.
When we moved and took all of it with us I was a little confused. I had suspected a disaster because of the feelings I had. It turned out that two years later my DH who had just graduated from BYU this time was laid off and spent 6 weeks looking for a new job. We lived off of that food for those 6 weeks except for perishables. Now with the sell of our old house I have managed to almost finish our food storage for a family of eight.

Do you know how many 45 roll boxes of toilet paper you need for a year for eight people?
21!!!! Where do you put them all? Don’t know, still trying to find out.

If you have EVER wanted a comprehensive book about food storage and emergency preparedness this is it.

Preparedness Principles by Barbara Salsbury.

I was excited to read this book, it is truly a find. There is so much information she has prepared and presented in this one book. Its 356 pages are chock full of information on emergency’s, food storage, water storage and purification, gardening, making storage in the home and 72 hour kits. It has recipes in it to use with your storage, even how to make a simple cottage cheese out of powdered milk.

This book is a well written, easy to read reference. It has a bare bones chart for basic food storage that I have used myself for figuring out how much I need to buy. There are diagrams on how to store your food in a small space. (Think of the movie, The RM, the bed out of boxes and mylar packages. ) How to build shelves on the inside of closet doors. Indoor and container gardens. And lots of other information. The book is also peppered with quotes from people from all over. They are very thought provoking.

In all, it was a pleasure to read. And I will be recommending it to my family and friends. It would be a good Christmas present for those you care about.

You can buy the book by using the link in my side bar.


Tristi Pinkston said...

Michelle, would you like to participate in a tour I'm setting up for Stacy Anderson? Drop me a note and I'll fill you in.

Laurel said...

Yep the toilet paper that we have no room for is in the way all the time :P
But oh well I am glad we have it.

Jodi said...

Thanks for the book recommendation! I am just starting to get a handle on this whole food storage thing so it will be great to have an all-inclusive guide for me. And 21 boxes of toilet paper ... yikes!

Mary said...

Loved your review. I did one on the same book. Unfortunately, my review was pretty dry because I followed the website that cautioned about doing the review in first person. For these blog reviews, I think it is the best way to go Next time...
Great job. Mary

Anonymous said...

I appreciatedd such a great review. I always knew that someday toilet paper would be as valuable as gold, at least that's what your readers have proven. Ha Ha. I am happy to know that all the hard work and effort is proving to be halpful. Thanks agin.

Barbara Salsbury

Cindy Beck, author said...

Loved to hear about you building up your food storage. It gives me motivation. Although, I don't know where I'd even put 5 boxes of TP, muchless 21!

Thanks for the book review ... sounds like a great book.

C. Michelle Jefferies said...

What is sad is I only have about 11 of those 21 boxes and they are everywhere, in my family room, storage, kids rooms..... I laugh at the thought of calling Sams Club and ordering 11 or so boxes of TP and then hauling them from Provo to Castle Dale! :) Everytime I go to Wal Mart I clean them out of buckets. I'm sure they dread seeing me coming. We get the wierdest stares when we pull two carts of flour, rice, beans etc. to the checkout.

However, I feel more relaxed the closer I get to the end. I know I am doing something right.


Marilyn said...

Great job Michelle! I can't imagine trying to get a year's supply of preparedness food plus other items for eight people!!! You will be blessed. I too feel much more relaxed about economy problems and my family's welfare the more I stock up on food storage.