Groups Hold Workshop on Storing Food for Winter & Emergencies
Our area was spared the worst of Hurricane Sandy's wrath, but some people know all too well what it's like to be without power for an extended period of time. When the lights go out, doing the right things quickly can help keep your food safe.
Safe food storage was the focus of a workshop Monday night in Albemarle County. "The Resilient Pantry" workshop taught people how to make sure their pantry is safe and they are prepared if the unthinkable happens.
Lorrie Delehanty with Transition Charlottesville Albemarle said, "This is to teach you how to set up your pantry, how to maintain your pantry, how to rotate your stock. The kinds of foods that are available for emergency and for long-term storage."
There was no charge to attend the workshop, but people were asked to bring a canned food item for donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Transition Charlottesville Albemarle and the Charlottesville Trade School will present "The Resilient Pantry" as part of their monthly reskilling series.
Local residents are invited to attend a workshop on best practices for storing food at home. The workshop aims to help attendees properly store food for winter use and emergencies. The event is open to the public. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item for donation to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
On Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m. at The Bridge PAI, Lorrie Delehanty of Transition Charlottesville Albemarle will share information on calculating how much stored food a household can use, organizing a pantry, rotating pantry stock, protecting stored food from pests with appropriate containers, and finding affordable sources for storable food.
Lorrie grew up on a farm and has years of experience with food storage and preservation including home canning, pickling, and drying food. She estimates that her pantry - a designated corner of her basement – contains about a season's worth of home canned goods, commercial canned foods, and dry goods.
"Food storage is not only important for winter and emergencies, it's something your grandmother would yell at you for not doing," Lorrie said. "Any one grocery store has at best 3 days' worth of food. In an emergency like a hurricane or ‘snowmageddon,' without deliveries coming in from outside, that supply could be wiped out."
Transition Charlottesville Albemarle and the Charlottesville Trade School will present "The Resilient Pantry" as part of their monthly reskilling series. On the second Monday of each month, TCA and CTS host a workshop designed to reintroduce "heirloom" skills that have fallen into disuse in the United States in recent generations. By teaching practical skills such as bicycle maintenance, making herbal lotions, and vermicomposting, the two local organizations hope to help workshop participants become less dependent on manufactured goods and more confident in their own abilities.