When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, there was a global shopping craze happening in retail and grocery stores. Shoppers were seen trying to salvage the last of supplies and pick up as many items as they could. But does this mean shoppers were picking the right things?
Water supplies and safe food are a primary concern following a pandemic or a natural disaster. Stocking up on the right food items (non-perishable) will help you weather the hard times with less stress. If the disaster is illness-related (case in point the pandemic of 2020), you want to have high nutritious foods. This will help you maintain good health. Since you'll have a limited supply of supplies in your emergency kit, the better quality foods you eat, the better. Follow these key pointers when stocking up on emergency food supplies.
Water is life. There's no doubt about that. Based on a CDC report (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), you should store 1 gallon per day for each person. You also need to create a two-to-three-week supply if possible. Ideally, water is part of the essential survival food checklist you need if an emergency were to happen today. "Well-sealed commercially bottled water is the most efficient emergency water supply," the CDC states.
Additionally, you can also store tap water in clean containers. If you choose to buy bottled water, ensure you check for expiration dates and replace it accordingly. Also, remember to replenish and replace the water you've stored yourself every six months.
2. Whole Grains and Rice
Stock up on whole grains and rice such as farro, barley, bulgur, or wheat berries. These can quickly be cooked in bulk. Also, you can use them for a long time in salads and soups. For many centuries, food cultures have depended on a combination of beans and rice for a completely balanced meal. A simple meal of beans and rice provides protein and dietary fiber in an inexpensive way. What's more, you can store whole grains and rice in your pantry for up to six months or in the refrigerator for up to twelve months. Just ensure you keep them in clean airtight containers.
3. Canned Meats
Meat is the best source of protein. This means you need to stock up canned meats. If you have to, consider the jerky. So, why meat? Research shows meat provides us with around 90 percent of the sustenance needed to survive. Also, it's on record that 90 percent of plants are toxic to humans. If possible, go for grass-fed meats. You also want to stock up on seafood. Canned seafood is rich in necessary Omega 3 oils. Finally, remember to stock your freezer with other canned meats such as sausages, smoked salmon, and hot dogs.
There are specific hardy and root vegetables that can last for an extended period. These are vital to providing you with the needed roughage. Some great choices to stock up on include potatoes (all varieties), whole carrots (baby carrots have a low shelf life), whole heads of Brussels Sprouts, cabbages, and various hardy vegetables. Store the potatoes and root vegetables in a cool, moisture-free, and dark area with adequate ventilation. For the carrots, ensure you cut off the green tops first before storage. Next, please put them in an open plastic bag and place them in your freezer.
5. Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts should also be part of your emergency food supplies. Walnuts, almonds, cashews have fiber, protein, and healthy fats. When possible, consider seeds and nuts still in the shell as they last the longest. Additionally, packaged seeds and nuts are also okay. Just ensure you check the expiration dates and store them in sealed, airtight containers. Finally, you can stock up some peanut butter or other nut butter in your emergency kit. It will come in handy when serving with dried fruit or crackers.
6. Long Shelf-Life Juice and Milk
Long shelf-life milk is packaged carefully, so it doesn't need refrigeration until it's opened. However, boxed or canned dairy milk might not have the ordinary flavor you're used to. So, go for plant milk such as almond, rice, or soy milk. When shopping, choose single-serving containers. They are the best for people who have less room in the refrigerator for more oversized packages. You can add electrolyte drinks to your emergency kit as well.
There you have it! Six of the best food essentials you need to stockpile if an emergency happens. Also, remember to add in some multivitamins. They can help replenish any nutrients missing from your everyday diet. Finally, don't panic when a pandemic or disaster starts spreading. Stay calm and ensure you stock up on needed supplies. You need to stay strong, especially if you have kids looking up to you!