Just one of the primary thoughts that crosses people’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 many cases they really don’t, because prepping for disasters is now what most people do. These people then begin to rush to the food store to grab whatever food that they think they will require.
A couple of issues can arise here in this situation. In one situation, you might not have access to the store. Roads may be shut down or inaccessible thanks to inclement weather. Another more common problem is that the grocery store itself may be closed since most employees are already at home. Of course, if the supermarket is still open, you may learn that the shelves are empty and a lot of the products you need are already gone.
All scenarios are common and should highlight the significance of storing your own types of food just to weather any emergency for a few days. Within this short article, you will be given eight useful tips to storing food for most emergencies. As long as you stick to them, you should be fine.
1. 1 Month
If at all possible, you need to store enough food that will last you for a month. While this might just seem extreme, it is a good measure to pursue. You can survive most extreme situations with a month worth of meals. Only the most awful disasters will require more food and if that holds true, by that time there will certainly be some kind of food aid provided by the government.
Do note that when storing your food, you should bear in mind the needs of all your loved ones and be sure that you have ample amounts of supplies to cover your whole family. You will want to store food for your pets as well.
2. Rotate your types of food
When storing your food, place the newest foods in the back and the older items in the front. If there’s a crisis, make certain that you eat the older food stores first. It is a smart 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 food stores.
3. Store meals properly
Your food should be sealed tightly and do not expose it to heat. Ensure that your stores are in a dry and cool environment.
4. Store foods that everyone in your family likes
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 a few treats like chocolate, canned fruit, etc. During urgent situations, these types of foods will lift your spirits and give you an emotional ‘break’ from the stress of the emergency situation.
5. Rotate your food stocks
When they’re close to expiration, monitor your food stocks and eat them right away. Replenish your food asap. 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 kinds of food to store
Some types of food like bread, milk and eggs do not have a long life span. Storing these foods will be a headache. You should prioritize freeze dried foods, uncooked rice, canned food, flour, meals ready to eat (MREs) and other foods that have a longer shelf life and contain the nutrients you need.
You might take into consideration getting food that can be frozen but there is always going to be the possibility that your home may experience a power outage during a crisis and you’ll need to quickly consume the foods in the refrigerator.
7. Paper plans and utensils
During a crisis, you will 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. In case 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 eight prepper tips above are just scraping the tip of the iceberg, but they’re a good starting point if you follow them. Just the fact that you are preparing 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.