Mom Prepares Blogger of the Month: Survive on Storage

Preserving fruit can save you money and give you peace of mind. Image by marmit

Food storage is so critical – whether you’re saving up food in case of a tough economic spot or for the apocalypse, storing dried, preserved, canned, salted and pickled produce is a brilliant way to prepare for anything. This month, we’re featuring one of our favorite food storage blogs – Survive On Storage, or SOS.

Interview with Survive on Storage

We had the chance to ask Karen, Survive on Storage founder, a few questions about the site, and discovered that we like her site even MORE now that we have had the chance to talk to her!

Our first question: Karen, what inspired you to start this blog?

There have been times in my life when circumstances—a new baby, bad weather, impassable roads, lack of money (I could go on)—prevented us from getting to the grocery store. We had to make do with whatever we had on hand. We learned the hard way that it was easier to buy, for example, an extra bag of flour or a can of corn and slowly build up our supplies than to go without. We also learned that it made more sense to stock up than to drive several miles to the store every time we ran out of something.

The idea for the blog was triggered when I realized that we have an entire generation of people who can’t cook a meal, don’t understand the basics of survival (that is, how to provide for food, clothing, and shelter), and never plan for the future. So the blog is intended to teach people the importance of food storage, as well as what to store, and how to prepare it.”

Yes! That’s why we chose her as our Blogger of the Month – she’s a lady after our own heart! She’s been providing this great information to her readers since January of 2011, and her blog has been growing ever since. Keep up the good work, Karen!

As the author of a food preservation blog, what do you think is the most important aspect of food storage?

The most important aspect of food storage is the security it provides. In the years since Hurricane Katrina, I’ve paid more attention to the dozens of stories about how hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, and other natural disasters have affected the lives of people world-wide. I know how quickly grocery store shelves are stripped bare whenever a disaster occurs. Having at least a few days’ worth of food can make the difference between comfort and misery, and possibly, life and
death. But, having a supply of food can also help you save money—something that’s particularly important in these difficult
economic times.”

We agree, again! Karen, is there anything else you’d like to add?

“I see too many people intimidated by the prospect of storing food. They watch shows on television or read stories online and feel overwhelmed; they don’t know what to buy, how much, or how to store it. To those people, I’d like to say: Don’t be freaked out and don’t let confusion lead to inaction. Unless you’re wealthy, you’ll need to start small. If you see a particular food item on sale, buy an extra one, and put it in storage (just don’t buy something you won’t eat). You owe it to yourself and to your family to start now, start today, don’t wait a second longer.”

One last question – Where can our readers find you, other than your blog?

“Sitting in my office facing another deadline! All joking aside, we currently do not have a Facebook or a Twitter account, but we
encourage everyone to visit our blog,”

Do you have any questions for Karen?

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