Consumer vs Producer Prepping
I burned myself last night. It’s a fairly extensive scalding of my main hand. I was trying something a little bit new with our Sunday roast. Slightly different pan, slightly different method. I don’t know where my head was, but I grabbed a 350 degree handle, with the expected results. Thankfully I didn’t spill dinner and husband was able to finish things up and serve.
In my mind, dinner was excellent, it was a successful go at that method and my day or so of pain is well within the bounds of what I’m willing to pay to keep producing high quality meals for my family. My brother’s comments were what sparked this post though.
“This is why you should just get the rotisserie chicken from the store. You spent 2 hours of your life, plus a perfectly good layer of skin to produce something that the grocery store makes more cheaply and just as tasty. ”
We definitely have two different versions of prepping. In his version, his time is valuable, and he specializes in certain skills, and those are his most valuable skills
. All others, he would rather spend the money he makes buying the products from someone skilled (at least marginally) in the making of that product. Anything beyond the bare necessities is just not worth his time to improve upon. He’s what I call a consumer prepper. His plan is to buy what he needs to survive
. MRE’s, freeze dried, bulk purchases, etc. It’s certainly a valid way to prep. He IS going to be better off if something HTF and he has a pantry full of bought food, than his completely unprepared neighbors for instance. It’s just not the kind of prepping
I’m comfortable with.
I prefer to be a producer prepper. I aim to make what I need with my own two hands. ‘Need’ of course must remain tightly defined, my time is not infinite. But food ranks pretty high up on the Need list. I figure if I can’t grow, harvest, store, prepare
and cook my own food, what kind of prepper am I? What better use could my time possibly go to, beyond feeding the people I love tasty wholesome vitamin packed food? This is literally the building blocks of life we’re talking here. Skills like baking, fermenting, and heating raw meat to a more edible state, they all keep me out of the frozen food aisles and more in control of what my family is eating. And this is not to say that it’s a woman’s skill set either. Far from it. These are important enough that husband is fluent in most of them too, in fact he bakes better than I do.
In reality of course most of us fall on a continuum between the two polars. Depending on the skill/product in question. We may make our bread but buy our pickles. Or smoke our own meats but purchase all the veggies. Where do you think you fall? Are you aiming to switch? Are you specializing in certain skills first?
– Calamity Jane