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How time’s have changed

Todays weather is bad. Snow has been falling on and off for the last couple of days. 2 nights ago we had about 5 – 6 inches just overnight. Infrastructure, as normal in the UK is grinding to a halt.

Trains are either cancelled or running a reduced service. Many schools are closed. Trucks are jack-knifing on roads, including main routes through the UK. People are panic buying food etc, which leads me onto the reason for this post.

While listening to the local radio this morning, I heard an interview with a woman who made a very good point which I have never thought about before. She mentioned the reason people panic buy these days is that, in recent years, the consumers would buy for this time only. Maybes a daily or weekly shop. Compare this to back in the 70’s or 60’s when families used to keep food in the larder or pantry for times when there were shortages for whatever reason, be it weather or strike action etc. They were prepared.

I remember my family’s larder being full of tins. Everything from baked beans and spaghetti in tomato sauce, to tins of fruit or honey and packets of rice or spaghetti and everything in between. Anyone would this my family were stock piling for an armageddon or something. My mother also always had 1 or 2 loafs of bread in the freezer as well just in case.

These days normally, we are lucky if we have enough food in the cupboards and freezer to last a few days. Personally, I put part of this down to newer houses being smaller and more compact and not having as much storage space. The houses are poorly built these days. Breeze block with brick skins, where the only pantry / larder is a large, chipboard, tall floor standing kitchen cupboard. no solid stone, cool larders, unlike the solid brick house’s of years gone by.

Maybe’s places more likely to get bad weather, should consider getting a larder built into their kitchen or old coal house for times like we have at the moment and have them stocked with non perishable and long life goods.

What is you’re opinion? Leave a comment below.