Emergency Food vs. Food Storage
In the event of an emergency of some kind, a healthy person can survive on about half their normal food intake usually for an extended period of time without any food for several days. Unlike water, food can be safely rationed.
Keep in mind that there’s a difference between emergency food and actual food storage. There’s no need to go to your local grocery store and purchase foods you’re unfamiliar with in order to adequately prepare your food supply in the event of an emergency. You can, however, use dry mixes, canned foods, and other common staples in your kitchen pantry. In fact, eating familiar foods is actually very important. They serve to keep your spirits up and make you feel safe during times of stress. Furthermore, canned foods do not require any special preparation, water, or cooking as well. Here are some relatively short-term plans for storing food.
Short-Term Food Storage
Whether it’s an actual emergency or not, you should ideally prepare a food supply list that will last for at least a few weeks. The simplest way to create a 2-week stockpile of food is to simply multiply the amount of essential foods you already have on your shelves right now. The Ready Store is a goldmine of tips and information on all your food storage needs.
- Keep the food properly covered at all times
- Store food in a cool, dry area; preferably in the dark
- Before using any food, first thoroughly inspect it for any signs of spoilage
- Carefully open cans and food boxes so you can tightly and properly close after use
- Try to consume foods before they expire or go bad. Replace bad foods with fresh foods and write the date on them with a marker. Place the older supplies towards the front of your storage area and put the newer ones in the back
- Store opened packages of nuts, dried fruits, and sugar into airtight cans or screw-top jars in order to keep them fresh and protected from pests
- Securely wrap crackers and cookies in plastic bags and store them in airtight containers
- Build a unique storage unit in order to store your food supplies
Best Kinds of Food Supplies to Use in Emergency Situations
In case disaster strikes, try to avoid certain foods that are particularly high in protein and fat as well as stocking salty types of foods since they tend to make people thirstier. Familiar, or ‘comfort’ type foods, can lift your spirits and give you an overall feeling of security during difficult times. Try to consider the tastes and needs of your family in general. Remember, canned foods are the ideal storage food since they require the least amount of preparation (don’t forget a can opener). Include a list of foods that are high in nutrition and calories and that everyone will enjoy.
Choose foods that don’t require any cooking, preparation, or refrigeration and contain little to no water in them. Keep in mind that lightweight, compact foods are easy to handle and also to store. Consider eating canned foods with a good amount of liquid content, whole grain cereals, and salt-free crackers.
Here’s a more extensive food supply list:
- Canned soup, milk, and juices
- Canned, ready-to-eat vegetables, fruits, and meats
- High energy foods, including granola bars, crackers, trail mix, peanut butter, and jelly
- Tea bags and instant coffee
- Instant meals like cups of soup or cups of noodles are recommended, although they need water to prepare
- Packaged beverages, such as the ones in foil-lined boxes or foil packets work great since they’re sealed tight and keep for a very long time.
- Canned goods for snacks work well since they usually twist open or have pull-top lids
- Comfort foods, including cookies, candy bars, sweetened cereals, and hard candy
- Freeze-dried foods are usually lightweight and tasty, but also need water to prepare
- Dried foods are satisfying and nutritious, but have considerable amounts of salt, which makes you thirsty
- Use compressed food bars since they’re nutritious, tasty, lightweight, and store well
- Make special preparations for individuals on special diets, elderly people, and foods for babies
Note: Don’t forget a can opener. In fact, bring two in case the first one fails. Without a can opener, you’re in big trouble!
Keep your ample supplies of fresh water and non-perishable foods in a convenient storage place. Also, have your items packed and ready to go just in case there’s no time to collect the food from your kitchen if disaster strikes quickly. Store enough supplies to last for several days to a few weeks.