Jamie asks: How long will pasta last? I find conflicting info about this. Some sources say virtually forever, as long as it’s kept dry, dark, and bug free. How would you know if it’s bad? Is it ok to store it in the original bags, inside a tin with tight lid, & some bay leaves added? Would you share your thoughts on this, the length of time for storage, & best way to store, please?
SURVIVAL MOM: No, pasta certainly doesn’t last forever. Old pasta gets crumbly, not to mention the nutrients that are lost over time. Old food loses flavor, texture, the appearance can change, and it loses nutrients.
How to store it? All food needs to be stored in a way that protects it from light, oxygen, humidity, pests, and heat.
From Ann: I am from Malaysia and have been following your blog for a short while. Thank you for all the sharing and knowledge. As you may know, Malaysia is considered to be a, “safe,” country. We don’t have natural disasters like storms, earthquakes, volcanoes. Thus, there seems no reason for us to prep. After reading your blog, I feel blessed and appreciate the things I have.
As December is approaching, there comes the concern if Mayans are correct. Due to uncertainties, I am following your advice. I am slowly stocking up food, medical and survival supplies. My target is 2 weeks supply. I do not share what I’m doing with my friends. They definitely think I’m crazy! How can the world end so easily? Sometimes I do doubt if I’m paranoid. On the other hand, how sure are non-preppers that nothing will happen? Right?
SURVIVAL MOM: Ann, you can rest easy. The world is absolutely not going to end on December 21. Modern-day Mayans have been interviewed by various researchers, and they have never heard of such a legend!
Now, bad things can happen anytime, anywhere, and that’s what you should be preparing for. I know what it’s like to live in a place that doesn’t have the traditional disasters, but man-made disasters can happen anywhere. These would include acts of terrorism, civil unrest, personal crises (job loss, severe injury or illness, for example), and even something like a house fire. Malaysia may have fairly tranquil weather, but freak storms can appear out of nowhere and cause power outages that could last for days or weeks.
So, you’re on the right track! A 2-week supply is a good idea, since it would probably take about that long for workers to repair damaged infrastructure and relief workers to begin reaching most affected people.
One possibility that you may not have considered is a worldwide economic depression. You’ve no doubt heard of the decline in America’s once-healthy economy and the loss of the dollar’s value. Sadly, many nations depend on a strong, vital American economy, and if/when that topples, it will affect the entire world. For that reason alone, you should continue focusing on your efforts to prepare. Once you’re satisfied that you have a good 2 week’s worth of goods and supplies, you might as well set a goal of an additional week, if possible.
You’re very smart to keep this secret. If something does happen, you’ll be able to provide for the needs of your loved ones, and, depending on the size and extent of the crisis, you may be able to provide some assistance to others. Best of luck to you!
If this should happen, you can assume that your vehicle will be accessible, even if it stops running for some reason. In winter conditions, if you can’t seek shelter elsewhere, your vehicle will be the safest place to be. Therefore, this is where you should start preparing for this scenario.