The thing is: we don’t eat the kinds of foods that one can store. A large chunk of our grocery purchases consist of fresh fruit, frozen vegetables (not the square carrots!), and cheese. Whenever I feel all penitent and motivated to store more food, I always hit a wall due to the discrepency between what we eat and what can be stored. Thoughts:
(1) We could store the storable equivalents of what we buy (that is, dried fruit, freeze dried vegetables, and powdered cheese). But not only would this be more expensive than buying the less processed equivalents, the quality wouldn’t be similar. We buy lots of extra sharp cheddar and feta, but the only flavors of cheese dust I have ever seen are ‘white’ and ‘yellow.’
(2) We could change our eating habits. Is this really a good idea? Sure, whole grains and beans and other storable things are good for you, but so are fruits, veggies, and cheese.
(3) We could store the stuff that stores, eat what we normally eat, and then either throw out or donate our storage as it nears the end of its lifetime. Expensive, perhaps, but otherwise reasonable.
As you might imagine, this isn’t so much a practical issue for me, but rather a theological one. That is, I wonder if there is something in the practice of food storage that should tell us something about what God wants us to eat. My interpretation of that would differ tremendously based on which of the options I select above. (1) suggests to me that God wants us to eat yucky food, (2) that our current diet is not the best, but at least (3) could have some charitable components to it.
And, by the way, what IS this obsession with storing wheat? Other foods are similarly priced, story about as well, and provide comparable nutritional value. I find it comical to think of all these women who normally buy Wonderbread trying to grind wheat by hand, bake it, and convince their families to eat it in an emergency situation. I have visions of my neighbors dead amongst piles of wheat, while we happily (OK, tolerably happily) eat rice, beans, and an eclectic mix of spices.