I know that everything feels so danged postapocalyptic these days, with food shortages creating havoc in other countries, and even being felt here in the U.S. But does that mean we should start stockpiling essentials?

I am more the optimistic and lazy grasshopper type than an anxious and industrious ant. But for those inclined to put some food by, you could certainly do worse than to study this thorough how-to on putting together a pantry.

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