My Food Storage Deals: Need a good laugh?

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>> Thursday, July 23, 2009

A friend of mine sent me a link to a bulletin board discussion on Americas Test Kitchen's website where several ladies were discussing MY food storage room. I was practically rolling on the floor I thought their commentary was so funny! I never realized how strange food storage would be to someone who was not used to seeing our 'bizzare' way of life :) Isn't the internet amazing? People across the U.S. are discussing my basement--wierd!

Here is some of the highlights of this MULTIPLE page dialogue--just in case you need a laugh!

Lady 1: It's always nice to know there are crazier people out there than me! Take a look at this ladies pantry (and then it linked the readers to our blog)

Lady 2: Youch! There's some serious food down there. I could store toilet paper like that,but I don't know about food! The idea is enticing, but all that sodium makes me nervous.

Lady 3: Where do those people live, the moon! I'd rather let the grocer store it for me.

Lady 1: Yeah, that's in the GOOD GRIEF category. Yowza!

Lady 2: Whoa! It is very tidy though, but very wierd. I think this lady was toilet trained with a cattle prod. I bet she has a freezer for an end table (funny enough I did at one time!!)

Lady 3: I am all about hoarding, but when your hoarding is symmetric, there is a problem.

Lady 4: I bet it's tied to religious beliefs. I bet she's LDS. What else would you expect from a group that was persecuted and trekked across the country? You've got to plan pretty well about what to put in the wagons going at walking speed!

Lady 1: Well, that makes sense--a lot of crazy behavior can be chalked up to religion--it's nothing wierder than forgoing pork, lent, or eating fish for 40 days out of the year.

Lady 2: I do wonder about her food choices though (Stove TOp Stuffing), I'd love to see the lard of a Mormon woman who does this blog!

It goes on for even longer, but I thought that would make you laugh--it did me! Hey, I may be a 'lard of a woman' and 'come from the moon' but when times get tough, they may rethink who the 'crazy' one is :) Haha!!


Tiffanie July 23, 2009 at 9:54 PM  

That is funny---if you aren't someone who gets offended:) I never really saw it from the crazy perspective---I am completely jealous of your pantry!

Caroline July 23, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

Yowza, these ladies are mean-spirited!

holi July 23, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

They might want to remember what RUDE is! I love the way your room looks and I am not mormon but apparently I am one of those other crazy religions.... :)


Kristen July 23, 2009 at 10:18 PM  

Or they have never been at home with 3 kids on a bad snow day and need something to fix for dinner! Let them laugh, I say anything that keeps me from having to make an emergency run to the store with my kids is a good thing! :)

cathy bubert July 23, 2009 at 10:26 PM  

We have family in New Orleans area. After Katrina hit all the neighbors went to my LDS sister-in-law's house and were grateful that she was "crazy" enough to have a pantry and freezer full of food!

germanjules July 23, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

some people just don't get it...i'm glad that you are laughing...thanks for your example to all of us "weirdos"...i'm right there with ya! (lds mom in michigan)

Jeannetta July 23, 2009 at 10:40 PM  

LOLOLOL, not to mention RUDE! Holy cow!
You know, the Internet has made us a ruder people; we no longer have to look someone in the eye and discuss their life, nor do we have to let them see it in our own handwriting. Sigh.
I think I must be from the moon as well, and as for the fatuous remark "lard of a woman", I am not even sure I understand the meaning. Good grief!
I LOVE your pantry, and there are a LOT of us crazy religious people who do :D

Kelsey July 23, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

You know, I never thought about what people who aren't LDS or who don't do any type of food storage think about me(or you) storing food. I never thought anything of it, I guess it's kind of a spectical...but as you said, which is perfect, they won't be laughing when there grocery store has no food, but we do. I guess I can become the grocer, but instead of low low prices, I'll be charging $100 for that box of stove-top that they will so desperately want. From one Mormom larded lady to another, good grief!!

Alli Blue July 23, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

I am glad you can laugh about this! It's funny, but at the same time, I think these women have "pantry envy"!!! Keep on, keepin' on!

Lynn July 23, 2009 at 10:58 PM  


AMEN sister! Love the LAST line you said. So true. Let's see who will be wishing they hadn't just let the "grocer store it" for her.

So sad actually. Wish they would see the light.

Anyway.....thanks for the GREAT laugh! Keep up the GREAT work you are doing. You are AWESOME! You lard of a Mormon woman you. LOL!

The Greedy's July 23, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

WOW all I can say is some people are SO rude!!! You know they will be the first ones knocking on the door when they have nothing to eat!!! Just reading it kinda makes me mad.
I think more people should have food storage, then maybe they wouldn't be so dependant on the government when they fall on hard times. (but that's another blog post) Good for you for laughing about it!!!

p.s. I LOVE your basement and wish I had one. :)

Jennifer July 24, 2009 at 12:04 AM  

I'm glad you're not offended! I was feeling a little offended by reading it because I LOVE your site and what you do and I think you're wonderful! You have helped me so much, I hope to have the "crazy" food storage that you have and because of your site I'm getting closer all the time. I love watching my food storage grow and saving money every time I'm at the store. When people give me weird looks at the store and the manager has to come over and approve the sale items then you know you had a good day shopping! Thanks for all you do and helping all us "crazy" people prepare for the future! I don't know what I would do without your site, I look forward to Wednesday when all the ads are up and I get to go shopping! I love it!

Tiff July 24, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

Thanks for posting that. It made me realize why we are encouraged to store enough not only for our families, but also our neighbors.

P.S. I'm jealous of your "symmetric hoarding" - I could only hope to be so organized!

Meredith July 24, 2009 at 6:06 AM  

Wow! I think my feelings would have been hurt!

I believe absolutely in food storage. However, I'm not doing it for any religious reason, but for a myriad of other reasons. Starting with I live in Hurricane Country, and ending with a childhood filled with hunger at various points because my dad lost a job again.
To me, food storage just makes sense, what about a bad storm in their area shutting down roads? What about a pandemic? What about if YOU are just too sick or poor to go grocery shopping? Right now I have a friend who's husband just left her and their 5 children, and while she works, it's not enough to pay bills AND buy food, and since she works for the government, she isn't able to get food stamps. A lot of my extra food has been going over to her house while we try and find a trustworthy roomate. It's a good thing I *do* have extra food, or children that I love dearly would be going hungry.

You aren't weird (and I'm not either) some people just live thinking ahead, and I don't believe that can be a bad thing.

onlymehere July 24, 2009 at 6:43 AM  

Being LDS myself this made me laugh. It's funny though, my non-LDS friends say that this is the best common sense they've ever heard.....storing food for emergencies and they don't even live in Utah!! I have a blogging buddy in earthquake country (California) who decided to put together 72 hour kits for her family bz it made good sense to her! Thanks for the laugh, oh, and I love this blog and my pantry looks pretty similar to yours! Cindy

Bellen July 24, 2009 at 6:54 AM  

Keep on doing what you're doing - including giving me a big laugh to start my day. I'd love to see any of 'them' in an emergency - health, weather or economic - and survive, or even function. Bellen

Catey July 24, 2009 at 9:18 AM  

Thanks for sharing-this was a hilarious way to start the day! (thought I'd LOVE to see the whole thing!) Like you we've been in a situation where we lived off of our storage for a while, and boy were we glad we had stocked up! Sometimes it feels refreshing to be "peculiar". :)

I love that this made you laugh instead of hurting your feelings!

Another "lard of a Mormon woman" who is grateful to have a food storage

Danette July 24, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

That is too funny. Thanks for posting that. One day they will be wishing that they had did what we are doing.

Brooke and Mike July 24, 2009 at 10:14 AM  

I think what you do is inspiring and smart. Thanks for all you do.

outoforder2day July 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

It's a shame that people look down on folks that want to have food on hand. Let alone that they're so judgmental of others. Guess they never had to worry where there next meal would come from.
Great basement and keep it up!

Sheryl July 24, 2009 at 11:11 AM  

I was just watching Oprah yesterday and there was a woman who stocked food, and Oprah made her give some away!

To me it is strange to NOT have a large and full pantry (or in my case, pantries).

Hot Foil July 24, 2009 at 1:16 PM  

I once had a coworker say to me "You know you really can't take it with you when you die." He thought I was storing it to take to heaven.

I had to laugh; people just don't understand why we store food. They will soon when the grocer’s shelves are empty or too expensive. We live in a land and time of plenty. FAMINES STILL HAPPEN!

The Payne Family July 24, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

Wow, those women were a little rough! It's so funny to see how other people think. I've grown up my entire life with parents who were very diligent in storing food. It's not weird for me but I bet it would be if you haven't heard of it before. Still, I'm sure if these women tried it out, they would be converted. Storing food is smart in so many ways... shop the sales and stock up, in case of emergencies, less trips to the store, always have things on hand, etc. Who wouldn't like having a grocery store in their own house? You always have what you need and you don't have to do last minute shopping to prepare a meal for your family. It's just smart! I'm grateful for your website and all the time you put in to help us prepare. You are an inspiration and hopefully one day I can be called crazy for my food storage "symmetric hoarding".

Brent and Amy July 24, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

Being raised LDS and also having a mother who "stocked up" when things were on sale, having extra food always made sense to me. Having lived mostly off of our food storage when my husband lost his job only made my belief in having food storage stronger. Some people choose to put their security in a bank, I choose to keep my security in the form of food. I seriously get stressed out when we are running low on common items. Instead of mocking your pantry they should be taking notes. In this uncertain economy people should be looking for better ways to provide for their families. A few of these made me laugh and I am greatful that I will be the one laughing saying "I told you so" while I'm feeding their hungry families during an emergency.

Madam Chow July 24, 2009 at 4:01 PM  

You have a great attitude to laugh at this! Personally, although I am not a member of the LDS Church, I really respect the priority to provide for your family and prepare for the worst. Anyone can lose a job. My mom grew up in the Depression, and she was very big into storing food and preparing. Love your blog, and I plan on trying out the crescent rolls in a previous post very soon!

admin July 24, 2009 at 6:59 PM  

Same thing happened to me a few months ago. On The Nest some folks felt my stockpile was "crazy" and that I "must have mental issues".

I never responded to them, but I did comment on my blog here

A fair amount of people also signed up for my rssfeed and emailed me for stockpiling tips. Some people appreciate a stocked pantry, and some people appreciate one stocked for pennies on the dollar even more.

Sorry about the admin log-in. Blogger does not like blogs that don't have the word blog or wordpress in the url.

Ann @

bsurrounded July 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

Those comments just make me so very grateful for a prophet who instructs us to have a food storage. I really appreciate all you do to make doing that so easy and economical.

Brenda July 25, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

Well, you certainly are being gracious, because I call those comments MEAN! You go go girl! I love your blog and your stocked basement. And, since reading your blog, my storage room is looking more and more like yours! So, I guess I'm a "lard of a woman" too, whatever that means. You just keep doing what you are doing!

Yancey Family July 25, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

That's awesome. Thanks for posting. My neighbor lost his job and couldn't find another one for nearly a year. I know that she was so grateful for her food storage and it made me realize that it's SO important.

queenbuffness July 26, 2009 at 6:29 AM  

Sheesh! I'd rather be crazy than mean and rude! Wonder why I'm surprised when people are so unkind? Hmm, UNkind, UNprepared...seeing an interesting theme going here!? And re:your beeeutiful pantry I have a pic of it as my computer wallpaper to keep me focused on what I want my unfinished storage room to look like when I grow up! Keep up the great attitude and keep us lard ladies all posted!

Fackrell Fam July 26, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

Oh My GOSH! I cannot believe what I just read! Mormon or not...have these ladies ever heard of Hurricane Catrina or other world disasters that you probably couldn't make it to a grocery store? I swear some people are so dense that they have time to make fun of other people, but it is like you said, when something happens, you will be the one lauphing! you are so awesome Shandra!

Rachel July 26, 2009 at 7:40 PM  

I only have two things to say about that:
2)If ye are prepared ye shall not fear!

Good Luck to them!

Jodie July 27, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

I agree with everything everyone else just said!! What also makes me a little upset is that I like America's Test Kitchen! I have learned some great things from that show. Don't they even realize that a part of their audience may be lds. UGH! I can't stand stupid people. Anyways, you have helped me so much! I love seeing my food storage grow! Keep up the great work!!

Meg July 27, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

Wow, you people who say they'll be grateful when there's no food and they're living off your food storage are nice;I don't think I'd be sharing with someone so mean!! I'll be laughing in their face and loving how I was a lunatic to stock up my pantry.

Your website is amazing and I hope you're proud of all you've done and all the families you have helped. I'm in awe!

That pancake recipe is amazing by the way. No chemical aftertaste like most pancake mixes, and so good with blueberries!! Just made them this morning, again, while I read about those crazies on America's Test Kitchen. Funny, I even subscribe to one of their magazines and it's my favorite food magazine ever....

wilkinson_fam July 27, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

In this economy, who is the "strange one" to not prepare for hard times? Thank goodness for our inspired leaders that help us protect and provide for our precious families. I'd rather be a Mormon than a Moron!

Alice Wills Gold July 28, 2009 at 10:47 AM  

Seriously, why do people have to be so mean...especially online? At least do your mean gossiping in private.

Deanna Little July 28, 2009 at 5:53 PM  

Being an LDS convert I must admit I had those thoughts but now all my non member family and friends know where they will be able to go to make it if needed. I have even gotten my mom to get a deep freeze! You know you are a true convert when you are excited about getting a deep freeze! Even though they are talking somewhat sarcastically to say the least, you know that they will end up learning more than they ever would have just due to curiosity. They probably said that "they would never become mormon" like I did as well and look where it got should be careful what they judge because you usually end up becoming it...In this case it would most likely be a good thing.

Adhis July 28, 2009 at 8:49 PM  

I agree with Jeannetta in that the internet has made for some "brave" rude people.

As far as being a lard of a woman, did they not see your video? You're clearly no lard.

Considering how long I've lived on this earth, I don't know why I am still surprised at how ignorant some people reveal themselves to be.

Infertility Goddess July 30, 2009 at 8:21 AM  

It's the story of the ant and grasshopper.

You know they will be the first ones knocking on your door when it "hits the fan" and there is no more food to buy.

Heather July 30, 2009 at 9:28 PM  

you are very nice to be in such good humor about the forum. "Fools mock, but they shall mourn." (ether 12:26) comes to mind when I read some of their comments about wanting the grocer to store their food for them. We rely way too much on others to sustain us, I think. I'm not perfect at food storage but we are making a big effort to get things stored.

We were visiting Orlando when Hurricane Charley hit. We headed to the grocery store to just get some water and a few things... and seriously - the store was about emptied. You certainly wouldn't want the grocer to be storing for you then.

Good work with all that you do to assist others in making themselves self-reliant.

keylimer July 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM  

I, too, am extremely jealous of your food storage room. I had to go get my hubby so he could watch the video and learn (hint, hint...I want, I want). But your organizations skills are amazing, too. I finally have some space in the home we just moved into to "hoard" some I just need to find the energy to do it. Where can I buy that on sale? (BTW - those ladies comments are a hoot. I'm glad we "Mormons" can take it as it comes. It helps to know where the counsel to be prepared comes from.)

Melissa August 3, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

Wow I think I would have been offended!
I've never commented but this thread compelled me to.
I don't live in Utah (or any other state that your service services) nor am I LDS. However you amaze me! Because of your blog I've saved money on groceries and have my own food storage system. Although not even close to as fancy as Texas it's rare to have a basement so we have to make do!
I love your recipes, the deals you get and your personality!!

Angela August 4, 2009 at 2:53 AM  

I love that they had a problem with how tidy it was as well. Hilarious!!

Sylvia August 4, 2009 at 8:15 PM  

I also have pantry envy and think you've done an AMAZING job!!! I LOVE it and now can't wait to read your blog!

Great work!

The DeMille Digest August 12, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

Ditto, Ditto, Ditto to all that has been said!

Karen Scoffield August 12, 2009 at 5:24 PM  

I just got a good laugh reading this post! I love "the lard of a woman" comment. Really? Who doesn't eat stove top. Hilarious! Way to be a good sport about it and are a lot of people's hero even if it isn't them :)

Lindsay Lakin September 2, 2009 at 4:04 PM  

Before starting my food storage (which was just a few weeks ago that I really got committed) I can't tell you how many times I was 1/4 short of sugar or flour when making something and had to run to the neighbors. Thank goodness they were prepared! I guess it does seem weird, but then again if I had a cable TV show I wouldn't need to worry about shopping the sales and stretching my family's food budget- but I still would. I'd rather spend money on shoes! :)

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