When it comes to preparing for an emergency, having an emergency food supply is essential. Taking an inventory of what you already have on hand is the first step in getting started. You can use my free printable to track your food storage inventory and take note of the type of food your family enjoys or uses the most. Once you have an idea of what you need, you can calculate how much of each food you will need for your emergency food supply.
Foods that are preserved for the longest time, from six months to 25 years, are ideal for stocking up. With a list of these foods, you can take advantage of offers and buy them when they become available. It's important to remember that natural disasters can cause people to overbuy, so it's best to plan ahead. I have a comprehensive guide to the best (and worst) freeze-dried foods for storage, which covers everything you need to know about selecting and using this type of emergency food supply.
To ensure that your food supply lasts as long as possible under the best conditions, it's important that you not only store it properly, but also preserve it. The best survival foods are those that will keep you full for a long time and last a while on the shelf. Canned food is a great way to add variety to your emergency food supply, whether it's homemade canned food in mason jars or store-bought canned goods.The Department of Homeland Security recommends having a basic emergency supply kit and an emergency food supply kit with enough food and water to last 3 days. I'm going to show you how easy it is to start building a backup food supply for your family in the event of an emergency.
If you know how to cook from scratch, non-perishable dry goods are by far the most cost-effective way to build an emergency food supply. Keep a record of your emergency food supply and all your important information for an emergency in this printable emergency planner. An emergency food list makes it easy to keep track of how much food you have and when it goes bad so you can replace food without having to waste it.The shopping list mainly includes non-perishable canned foods with some perishable foods that are easy to find and store. When shopping for your emergency food supply, look for items that are high in calories and protein such as meats, beans, and pasta.
It's also important to buy a variety of foods so that you can prepare for any type of emergency.Building an emergency food supply doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming. With careful planning and budgeting, you can easily create a backup plan for your family in case of an emergency. By taking advantage of offers and stocking up on non-perishable dry goods, you can create a cost-effective emergency food supply that will last for years.