Just one of the first thoughts that crosses most individual’s minds during times of crisis is types of food available. They wonder if they have enough food at home to last through the situation and in most cases they do not, because prepping for emergencies is not the norm. So, most people decide to rush to the grocery store to grab whatever food that they think they’ll need.
Some issues can arise here in this situation. In one situation, you may not have access to the mall. Roads may be closed down or inaccessible due to inclement weather. Another more common problem is that the store itself may be closed since most employees are already at home. Of course, if the supermarket is open, you may find out that the shelves are empty and the majority of the goods you need are out of stock.
All scenarios are common and should highlight the significance of storing your own food just to weather any emergency for a few days. Here in this post, you’ll be given eight useful tips to storing food for most emergencies. As long as you stick to them, you should be fine.
1. 30 Days
Essentially, you need to store enough food that will last you for a month. While this may seem extreme, it is a good measure to aim for. You can survive most disasters with 30 days of food supplies. Only the worst disasters will require more food and if that holds true, by that time there will probably be some type of food aid provided by the authorities.
Do note that when storing the food, you should take into consideration the needs of all of your family members and be sure you have ample amounts of supplies to cover the entire family. You have to store food for your pets as well.
2. Rotate your meals
When storing your food, place the newest items in the back and the older stores in front. If there’s a crisis, make sure that you take in the older food stores first. It’s a great idea to have a record book to monitor when you purchased the food and the expiry dates. This will make it a lot easier to track your stores.
Your food stores should be tightly sealed and do not expose it to heat and rodents. Ensure that your stores are in a dry and cool environment.
4. Store foods you like
Ideally, the food items you store should be what you and your family enjoy eating and also make sure that the items are nutritious. It is a good idea to also stock some treats like chocolate, canned fruit, etc. During urgent situations, these food items will lift your spirits and give you an emotional ‘break’ from the stress of the situation.
5. Rotate your food stocks
Monitor your food stocks and consume them when they’re close to expiration. Replenish the food immediately. This way, not only will you prevent the wasting of your food but your food supplies will not have expired without you knowing.
6. Know what foods to store
Some food choices like milk, bread and eggs do not have a long life span. Storing these foods will be a headache. You should prioritize freeze dried foods, canned food, uncooked rice, flour, meals ready to eat (MREs) and other foods that have a longer shelf life and contain the nutrients you need.
You may possibly think about getting food that can be chilled or frozen but there is always the possibility that your home may experience a power outage during a crisis and you’ll need to quickly consume the food in the refrigerator.
7. Utensils and paper plates
During a crisis, you’ll need to conserve water. Use disposable plastic utensils and paper plates. Do remember to have garbage bags stored as well.
8. Spices and condiments
Do remember to store ingredients and sauces for your food. On the occasion that you want to cook, using spices, salt and sauces can make a world of difference in how your food tastes. There is no need to suffer with bland meals.
The 8 prepper tips above are just scraping the tip of the iceberg, but they’re a good starting point if they are followed. Just the fact that you are getting ready for any possible emergency makes you that much more prepared to handle whatever may come your way. Learn as much as you can about prepping and apply what you learn.
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