The following list contains ten items that should be kept in your pantry for your emergency food kit. For some, these are just common sense food items to have on hand; but for others, they may not know what to keep or the importance of having these things handy. This list will provide you with a quick reference guide as well as give you an idea of how much of each item you need to store away. Here is a list of the top 10 emergency foods:
- Bottled water- Buy a case of bottled water every time you go shopping for groceries and keep them in your pantry or place of storage. the best kind of water to have is filtered water because these not only provide water in case of an emergency but they also remove harmful bacteria and other contaminants. Alkaline water is the best kind of water to have as it can restore the body’s balance after an illness or sickness.
- Coffee beans – If you are a coffee drinker, this is an absolute must to have on hand! Beans such as these will keep much longer than pre-ground or instant.
- Dried beans – Beans of any kind (kidney, black, etc.) can be dried and then stored for long periods of time. They can be used in soups, stews, or simply rehydrated and eaten. Dried beans are inexpensive and easy to store for long periods of time.
- Dried fruit and nuts – Pasta sauce or canned tomatoes with pasta in a jar or small cans of tuna. These may also include canned vegetables, soups, stews, chili beans, and refried beans in jars. Stews should be packed in #10 Cans to avoid leaks from punctures. Beans can be found in plastic pouches less likely than glass jars susceptible to breakage during transit.
- Rice – White rice can be stored in much the same way as dried beans; however brown rice will not last nearly as long. There is some debate as to whether or not white rice should be included in a food storage program. I will not go into that here but feel free to do your own research on the subject.
- Rolled oats – Keep these for quick and easy breakfasts and snacks! Cornmeal – Keep this for making cornbread or coating chicken in order to fry it.
- Dried flour – Never buy canned biscuits again!
- Sugar – Absolutely necessary for baking. If you don’t want to buy the big bags, powdered sugar is a great alternative to keep in stock. Cocoa is also good for an energy boost without having to use coffee beans (if you are sensitive to them).
- Spaghetti noodles – Although they may not be the most nutritional food in this list, they do provide a quick and easy dinner when stored properly.
- Salt – Keep salt on hand for many uses such as flavoring foods and preserving meats. Salt can also be used as a de-icer to safely walk on ice.
Some things to take into consideration when preparing your food storage pantry:
You can purchase non-hybrid seeds and start a garden in the time of need. In addition to your stored food, having a supply of cash on hand can help with emergency expenses as well.
You may want to consider purchasing a few books of useful recipes that you can refer back to if needed.
Hope this list helps!
Some other Items I also recommend:
Powdered milk is a must; peanut butter, jelly, and canned meats packed in water or oil are other good options to have.
Canned meats include tuna, chicken, beef stew are great to have on hand for emergencies they are packed with protein and are convenient. Canned vegetables include carrots, corn, peas, green beans, etc. These also come in handy during long-term emergencies since they provide dietary fiber that you need to survive long-term.
Canned foods– Have a variety of canned goods (foods that require no cooking) on hand so your family will have the option to eat something if you lose power or when a disaster strikes. Some recommended items are soup, chili, vegetables, fruits (these can be eaten without cooking) tuna fish, and canned meats.
Hard candy– These are good not only for giving you some quick energy but they will also preserve your teeth from the acidity of drinking water that may have a lot of lead in it. Honey- In a survival situation you will use more energy than you ordinarily do every day. If there is a disaster, it will be that much worse. Honey has calories and nutrients that can help give you the energy you need to get through a crisis. Hard candy- These are good not only for giving you some quick energy but they will also preserve your teeth from the acidity of drinking water that may have
Good recipes to get thru emergencies are the main thing.
A good recipe that is high in protein is chicken stew for example. Chicken, carrots, potatoes, onions, sometimes tomatoes in a can are all easy to find in your local grocery store.
Ingredients: 2 cans of chicken or 3 pounds of chicken cut up into small pieces (I use thighs always cheaper) 1 small bag of baby carrots 1 onion chopped 4 cups water 5 medium baking potatoes
So is having a few cooking/canning books on hand, and websites that talk about what to do with your food after you open it.
The biggest thing I would say is to START NOW! Don’t wait until some disaster happens and then rush around trying to get everything together quickly. Start slow, have a plan, build a pantry slowly.
Why do you want emergency foods on hand? With the current state of affairs in the world today you can never be too prepared for an emergency. Maybe it is just a natural disaster or power outage, but maybe it is a much bigger disaster. The main thing is to be prepared.
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