Who knows what the future holds ?! If we knew, day after day, what challenges would arise, we would never be surprised. Unfortunately, life does not work that way. Those who prefer to look ahead and prepare for “just in case” scenarios are often portrayed as fringe lunatics, ready for the final judgment. Just a few of the “normal” situations that can arise when it makes sense to get emergency rations for your family include: job loss, temporary layoffs, prolonged damage from a storm, or a power outage blocking your family home. Or maybe you just want to be in a position to help another family in need if the opportunity presents itself. Then there are the Armageddon-type scenarios that haunt the minds of some, and there is no better way to allay these fears than to look ahead and prepare for the worst. Whatever your reasons for anticipating and preparing emergency portions in the face of difficult times, we are here to help you create the best emergency food for your family.
Determine your needs
First, develop your preparation strategy. If you’re just starting to prepare for emergencies, you may not have more than one or two days of food in your closet. If so, building a thirty-day food supply is a good starting point. If you already have 30 days of emergency rations, the next step could be to prepare emergency food for six months or years. The important thing is to start somewhere and build your supplies until you’ve put together the best emergency food you can make.
Who do you feed?
Do you have children at home? teenagers? An old man or an old man? Children will need special nutritional methods, such as milk or formula, while older adults may also have some unique nutritional needs. Describe on paper for which you are building a food source and any special things for which you or yourself need to prepare. Then think about what it takes to feed that person for a day.
Once you’ve written down what it takes to feed one person a day, you’ll need to multiply that by the number of people and the number of days you prepare for it.
What do they like to eat?
There is no need to live for a month on anything but rice and beans. You don’t want to keep food for three months that your family wouldn’t touch with a six-foot bar, just because it’s cheap. It might bring you to life in question, but you’d like to have fun with it if possible. So remember your likes and dislikes while you plan. Don’t forget to think about food allergies as well. In an emergency situation, you don’t want to experience an allergic reaction from cross-contamination, so it’s best to avoid problem foods at all if possible.
Types of emergency fees
There are dozens of ways to build great emergency food. These kits come in single portions or for one month of food for one person.
Another way that requires some planning and management is to simply take what you buy and use it weekly, and start creating a lasting deal. If you usually use three cans of beans, two cans of mac and cheese, and a jar of peanut butter each week, buy twice as much and reserve extra for your emergency food. Then manage your inventory by turning it over so that your food stays as fresh as possible. Freshness will be a major advantage in a long-term disaster, as you will depend on your emergency rations for months or even years.
Home maintenance is another less expensive way to build your own emergency food. Preservation has become a lost art, so if you don’t know how to do it, you’re not alone. Storing food in glass jars requires a bit of learning and effort, but it can allow you to keep delicious homemade food for years. Make sure you know which foods require pressure cooking versus waterproofing methods to preserve them. Canned goods are best stored in cool, dark places between 50-70 * F (10-21 * C) and are safe to eat for years after canning.