This is an article on tips for building food storage during calamities and disasters. When caught in such situation, bearing the right ways to maintaining food safety and storage should be vital for your family. Now in order to do this, a list of what foods to store and how to handle them is necessary. It should be able to prevent chronic illnesses to take place and other problems.
What to do Before Planning a Food Supply
- Be sure to keep a good enough number of non-perishable foods that can last in at least three days.
- Pick foods chosen by your family. This way everybody will get a fair share of the food supply.
- Take note of everyone’s diet plans. Know what to include and not to add.
- Don’t add thirst enhancing foods. This should prevent any added water consumption and prolong your water storage.
- Choose the ones with high liquid content or are the not so dry foods like salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods.
What are Advisable to be Inside Your Food Storage
- Water supply can be just one gallon for each person’s personal hygiene, cooking and consumption necessities in a day.
- Ready-to-eat canned foods (like fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, pasta, meat and meat mixtures or beans) and, of course, with one or two can openers.
- Soups can be canned or “dried soups in a cup”.
- Smoked or dried meats such as smoked hams, jerky and commercialized ground beef.
- Dried fruits and vegetables like dried mango, strawberries, raisins, fruit leather, carrots and corn.
- Bottled, canned or powdered juices, which can be vegetable or fruit extracts.
- Powdered, canned, evaporated milk or the non-perishable pasteurized milk.
- Staple foods are, also, necessary. Such as rice and grains, cocoa mix, various types of instant potatoes, yams, taro, peas, baby corns, pickles, sugar, salt, pepper, coffee and tea.
- DIY instant cereals, hot cereals, crackers, oats and hard taco shells.
- High in energy foods like protein or fruit bars, granola bars, peanut butter, jelly, nuts, trail mix, lentils, beans, oats, bananas, almonds and chocolate.
- Snacks like candies, cookies, soft drinks and other forms.
- Your vitamins supply.
- The baby food and staples.
- Or, any comfort or stress foods, a person can eat in passing.
Depending on the food type, a maximum length of storage can vary from eight to thirty months. To site a few, canned potatoes can last up to thirty months, while the already prepared flour mixes reach only about eight months in shelf life.
We don’t want our family to experience any calamities and disasters but we can’t foretell the future on what is going to happen. As a mom, we should also put into consideration or should I say make it our priority to prepare for any uncertainties that may cross our life. It’s better be prepared than sorry.