Grandparents and survivalists measure their wealth differently compared to the Gameboy generation when it comes to a disaster food supply. If you are one of the people who is highly concerned about the emergency preparation, a huge disaster food supply is a great wealth. For instance, imagine a hurricane, earthquake, or flood that may disrupt the infrastructure such as transportation for several weeks. Once most people panic due to the closure of grocery and food stores, you will be sitting on a vast supply of your emergency food. It feels like abundance and opulence – wealth.
It is never too late to build up emergency food stocks. I’m addressing a situation where you are hunkered down at your house, or you have reached your bugout location. A foundation component of an emergency preparedness plan is the stock of food.
Before you build up a good food stock, the following menu selection principles are applied:
1. Stock canned and dry goods in a dry, cool, and dark environment which is especially crucial if any of your canning is done in glass jars because light tends to break down protein and vitamins in food.
2. Ensure your choice of selections are shelf stable. In facts, dry and canned foods are the best. The freezer will maintain your food for two or three days, in the case of power outage.
3. Just stock emergency food that you will want to eat.
4. Select variety of foods because they prevent monotony and enhance balances in your diet.
5. It’s not advisable to pick small containers because they are accompanied by high unit cost, but also useful in avoiding waste.
If you have no food supply waiting in your pantry, it’s a splendid time to focus on building up an emergency stockpile quickly. However, you can add healthier options at your leisure. Alternatively, you can find duplicates locally and shop around or create a food plan, by making a list and buy the highest quality items available and finally repackaging them to ensure they live a longer shelf life.
How much do I need?
There are various ways to calculate food storage, but it’s better if we break it down by serving size because it’s the most practical. It’s not recommended for you to rely on what a package calls serving size, but consider the appetite of your family. Be sure to include a variety of different foods such as three protein servings, five starchy carbohydrates, seven vegetables and fruits. This diet or disaster food supply is for an individual; you have to multiply according to your family size.
The biggest issue in deciding what food to stockpile is that you don’t know the type of disaster likely to strike making it not clear on what to buy. Dues to this, I base my purchases on the assumption that nothing will be available making it better to have it on hand. In facts, if you think about it for some minutes, it’s the best way which makes sense.
Note that stockpiling is based on you bugging-in but not bugging-out. During a crisis or state of emergency, most people will end up bugging in so having appropriate food stock make sense. In case you have a private bug-out location, it is great to duplicate your home stockpile at this place.
Most food you purchase in various groceries is packed with a short idea of buying it and finally using it in a relatively short period. If you are planning for an emergency food stock, you have to repackage most of what you purchase to avoid spoilage. Note that what you are required to stock in your store are just staple foods. It’s possible to make a relatively nutritious and balanced diet out of canned food, grains, and beans. When you properly package for storage, the food will stay for years and still be nutritious and tasty once you take them out.