Preparing for an Emergency is really important for my family. We’ve made a big effort and sacrifice while our family was young and quickly growing to get a full year’s supply of food storage with long term foods that wouldn’t need to be replaced often.
Simply having this food storage in our home has been a weight and stress off our shoulders as we know that should some emergency or disaster come our way, whether that was financial or otherwise, we would have these basic foods on hand to provide for ourselves and our friends as needed.
We’ve actually found since then that we have begun to use and actually rotate some of these basic foods like the rice, beans, noodles and wheat.
A great way to start with your own personal food storage is to create a emergency food list of all the essential that your family will need to live off of. You can start by taking the recipes you use in your every day meals and plan out how much of each ingredient you would need to recreate those meals over a 3 month period of time.
Then, just add these ingredients to your shopping list and slowly build up your supply to a 3-month shelf stable foods. Extra meats can be stored in a chest freezer as well.
For perishable goods, find ways to substitute other ingredients or add in powered varieties of products like milk and butter. You’ll be surprise how often you’ll come to use this food storage as a great way to come up with a weeknight meal when you are “out” of groceries and can depend on these staples you’ve built into a food supply.
Then, you can round out your food storage after you have your basics prepared by adding in some freeze dried food storage which is perfect for a 72 hour kit and for simple to prepare meals when that inevitable emergency hits.
What tips and methods have you used to prepare your family and build an emergency food supply?