In order to make sure you are prepared for any emergency, it is important to have a high-quality food supply on hand. When planning your food supply for an emergency, you should consider the type of emergency you are likely to face and your family's dietary needs. You will also need to weigh the costs of long-term food storage against the benefits of having ample supplies in case of an emergency. It is recommended that you have at least three days of ready-to-eat meals in case of an emergency; it is best, however, if those meals do not need cooking. Non-perishable items like canned goods, fruits and vegetables, pre-packaged meals and snacks like granola bars and trail mix
all make good options. Jerky, peanut butter and just about anything else that can be eaten without cooking should also be kept on hand. Other items such as protein powder
and meal replacement bars are especially useful during extended emergencies since they are inexpensive but provide essential nutrients if no cooked food is available. In addition to these non-perishable foods, you may want to store some long-term items such as rice, dried beans or wheat berries for the longer term. These should be stored in airtight containers in a cool dark place like a basement or pantry; if proper conditions are not maintained then moths or other pests may damage them over time. It's important to keep track of expiration dates on long term storage items; these foods typically have a shelf life longer than regular foods but will still eventually expire after months or years from their packaging date. Additionally it’s important that any perishable items are carefully stored so they remain safe for consumption even after long periods of time without power. Having a stockpile of food can help in the event of a natural disaster or any other emergency. Food that has a long shelf life, such as canned goods and dry staples, should be given priority when stocking up and ensuring that you have a sufficient supply for any potential emergency. Taking into account the nutritional value of the food, let's look at the different types of food that can be stocked up for emergency use: canned goods, dry staples, protein bars, freeze-dried meals, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, nuts and seeds, powdered milk, and dried fruit. Jerky is also an excellent option for stocking up on protein during an emergency situation. Non-perishable food items are essential components of an emergency food supply – they do not require refrigeration and can be stored for long periods of time. It is important to have a variety of non-perishable foods on hand in case of a power outage or other emergency situation. Most non-perishable food items have a long shelf life, are versatile and can be prepared with minimal effort. The following is a list of some common non-perishable food items that are ideal to have in an emergency food supply: canned goods (meats, vegetables, beans etc.), dehydrated fruit and vegetables, dried beans, lentils and nuts, freeze dried meals/fruits/vegetables, grains (quinoa, barley, wheat berries etc.), jerky, long shelf life dairy products such as powdered milk and cheese spread, peanut butter, rice and pasta, soups and stews in cans or pouches. It is also wise to store an ample amount of bottled water; it’s typically recommended that one gallons be stored per person per day. In addition, you should consider having back up cooking equipment such as a camping stove with fuel canisters or other alternate heat sources. By being prepared with these essential items you will be able to provide your family sustenance during an emergency. Canned foods can be a great way to stock up and maintain a long-term food supply. Depending on how you choose to store them, canned goods can last for years. Canned fruits and vegetables are shelf-stable and nutritious, as much of their nutrition is preserved in the canning process. Fruits such as peaches, pears, pineapple and cherries are often canned in light syrup or juice; for vegetables you'll find everything from carrots and potatoes to beans and corn on the shelves. Make sure to check expiration dates occasionally as some cans may begin to rust if kept too long. When storing canned food for prolonged periods of time focus your purchase on high-acid foods that are packed in water or natural juice with no added salt or fat; low-acid items – most notably meats like chili or beef stew – should be avoided since they require pressure-canning which carries greater risk than water-bathed (or boiling) methods used for high acidities. Freeze-dried foods have become increasingly popular with preppers and survivalists due to their ease of use, long shelf life, and the convenience of complete meals in a can. Freeze-dried options are available for vegetables, fruits, meats, and dairy gives your food supply a great degree of versatility. When it comes to freeze-drying water is removed from the food which helps to preserve its nutritional value as well as increase its shelf life; all you need to do is add water and in minutes you have a complete meal that requires minimal preparation. This can be especially useful during an emergency when you don't have access to basic ingredients such as fruits or vegetables. Some widely available freeze-dried meal options include: fruit (applesauce apples bananas blueberries), vegetables (corn green beans), meats (hamburger crumbles chicken breast), dairy (milk powder). Dehydrated foods have been dehydrated to remove the majority of their moisture content making them a great option for long-term food storage. They are lightweight and low in bulk so they can be stored in smaller spaces; dehydrated foods retain most of their original nutritional content flavor and texture when rehydrated with water. Common types include fruits (apples apricots bananas blueberries cranberries mangoes peaches pears pineapple strawberries), vegetables (asparagus broccoli carrots celery corn green beans mushrooms onions peppers potatoes spinach squash sweet potatoes tomatoes), meats (beef chicken pork turkey), dairy (cheese powder yogurt powder).