I noted in a previous post that I'm in the middle of putting together an emergency plan for my family. Who knew how extensive it would be? How involved? There are sites out there for every imaginable calamity. I try to avoid the survivalist sites as they are often doomsday, and political in nature.
Of course there is absolutely no guarantee all of my hard work will be there for us in the event of an actual emergency. The fact that we sit right on a fault line reminds me that in the best case scenario I will be prepared, and my family will not need immediate emergency services, leaving more resources for those that do. In the worst case scenario I won't be in need of any type of services, and someone else will be able to use all my hard work.
My dehydrator is working perfectly, and I'm having fun dehydrating broccoli, corn, peas, mushrooms, etc. My plan is to have some in mason jars in my pantry to use as backup to fresh. After doing enough for my pantry, I will create my own special soups, with everything complete in the package - just like what you buy in specialty shops - only I can use organic veggies. I can't wait for the farmers markets this summer, and I hope to have a small potted garden of my own. But it's just as easy to spread out frozen veggies and dehydrate them that way. Frozen is often picked at the height of freshness and already blanched for you - keeping the pretty color when you dehydrate.
With the huge storm passing through much of our country today, it reminded me that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature - always, no matter where we live. Just ask Australia and Pakistan. They have been dealt catastrophic blows. Egypt is now having transportation issues, and their ATM's are out of cash. It behooves all of us, that have the ability and wherewithal, to put something away for a rainy day.
That being said - a word to the wise - do not dehydrate five trays of chopped onions in your house! Even our bath towels are odorous!