Prepper Food Supplies For Emergency Use

By Juana Buchanan

The world can be an unstable and unpredictable environment so it is always best to be well-prepared in the case of an emergency. Many feel that it is very important to have up to a year's supply of foods on hand. Prepper food supplies are those stocked products for your household to help keep family members fed and well-nourished during natural, financial, or man-made disasters when you cannot just walk to the grocery store to buy what you need.

You can take the effort and time to build up these items yourself. It does not have to cost a lot of money - you can just gradually pick up items with extra long shelf lives every time you shop for your family. It is important to pay attention to the types of items you are purchasing to make sure your stock is well-balanced.

These could include dry goods such as flour, sugar, pasta, oatmeal, rice, cornmeal, nuts, seeds, baking soda, baking powder, spices, coffee, tea, drink mixes, powdered milk, salt, and legumes. Items such as packaged cookies and cereals do not have long shelf lives but can be stored to be used first. Vitamins are also necessary items to have on hand.

The types of canned goods can include tuna, stews, salmon, meats, soups, vegetables, fruits, jellies, jams and juices. Another choice that is high in protein and holds up extremely well is peanut butter. Always make it a point to select items that your family is used to and prefers to make your mealtimes as enjoyable and as normal as absolutely possible during these trying times.

The most important item to stock is plenty of water. It can be used for cooking, drinking, cleaning and bathing. Bottled water may seem like the best answer but actually large jugs or containers are easier to handle and store. Stock up on flavored, seltzer, tonic and carbonated water to provide more variety in family beverages.

Pre-packaged products can be purchased from several different companies if you prefer to go this route. It can be quite expensive but for some it is well worth the peace of mind it can bring. The majority of these products are freeze dried and have a shelf life of up to 25 years. They include entrees, side dishes, desserts, breakfast items, and snacks. Several different levels of supplies are available from the most basic to very extravagant choices. The kits often come with apparatus for cooking, water filtration bottles, as well as basics such as matches and utensils.

Be sure to keep a running inventory of all that you have stored whether you buy your own or purchase the prepackaged items. This will help in making sure that the supply is balanced and that you have enough to last for a very long time. Rotate the items you use already on a day-to-day basis and keep all products away from moisture, pests, heat and strong lighting. Store in food-friendly buckets and sealed containers and bags.

Making sure you are well prepared for any scenario is vital in today's society. No matter whether you decide to stock your own items or purchase ready-made kits, you want to ensure that your family is well cared for in time of crises.

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