Your Own Food Storage Checklist!
Storing food in case of an emergency is essential for keeping you and your family safe. While you hope you never have to use your emergency food supply, it’s better to be ready than just plain out of luck in case something does go wrong. However, food storage can also be thought of as a way to protect your family against hard financial times – not just natural disasters or times when you need to stay in your home for safety reasons. Having an ample supply of food will ensure that you and your family won’t go hungry.
When it comes to food storage, canned protein sources should be very high on the top of your list. You need protein for long-term energy, and without it, your body just won’t function right. Consuming protein regularly can also regulate how much you eat and reduce cravings for things like sugary snacks – something that can be important if you’re in a situation where you can’t access outside food. There are a variety of different options when it comes to canned protein, and mixing and matching to keep from getting bored of eating the same thing is a good idea. Examples of canned protein include canned fish like tuna, salmon or sardines, canned meat like beef or chicken or even canned beef or pork wieners that can be eaten at room temperature or heated and added to warm dishes.
The foods you need to buy the most of for emergency food storage are beans, rice and grains. These foods should be transferred to long-term storage containers, and you should have an ample supply for every member of your family. These three foods can provide you with almost all of your essential vitamins and nutrients, though you will need more in your stockpile of goods.
Canned Vegetables and Fruit
Vegetables and fruit provide your body with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. For that reason, you need a supply of canned vegetables and fruits. Pick multiple items, but choose things that you like. It’s also a good idea to have a fair supply of canned citrus fruit so you’ll get all of your necessary vitamin C.
Another important part of your food storage kit should be already prepared meals that are packaged and stored at room temperature. You don’t need to build your whole emergency food supply around ready-to-eat meals, but having them can important, especially the first day after or a disaster or when you simply don’t feel like cooking. A two to three day supply of ready-to-eat meals should be fine along with all of your other food in storage.