The ongoing saga of the Covid-19 pandemic has inspired many people to bolster their emergency preparedness. A three to twelve month food supply is something everyone should have. Here are some of the reasons why accumulating surplus food is important.
What is it?
Food storage has become increasingly popular thanks to popular shows like Doomsday Preppers. The people on the show used seem slightly crazy; however, in light of recent events they don’t seem so out there. Let’s talk about what food storage entails. It’s a collection of food and other products that are essential for everyday living. An article written for foodstoragemadeeasy.net explains, “Food Storage is the concept of “storing” food for a number of “what if” situations. While having a basic emergency preparedness plan in place for evacuation situations is important, it doesn’t really include storing a lot of food beyond a few days worth.” A good stock should last your family roughly three months while you slowly build up to a twelve month supply.
Why is it Important?
In the event of a natural disaster, economic crisis or other hazardous event, a hefty food storage supply is invaluable. Recent events that transpired at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic show just how quickly things can become scarce. In an incredibly short amount of time, many grocery stores around the United States were nearly cleared out. Food storage can also come in handy if you ever find yourself unemployed. Groceries cost a lot. Eliminating that financial burden could potentially take some of the stress out of the situation. Having ample food supply is an investment you should definitely make.
What Can I Store?
Did you know that certain foods (when packaged correctly) can last up to 25 years? Accumulating a large food storage supply is something you can easily do over time. No need to run out and spend thousands of dollars on canned goods! Additionally, options for food storage have come a long way. There are so many products to choose from. Don’t be afraid you’ll be stuck eating beans and rice exclusively should an emergency take place. You will have no problem finding diet staples like whole grains, legumes, and oats. Baking supplies are another common food storage staple. Items like sugar, salt, honey, maple syrup and spices are always a good idea. Lastly, look for things like dried fruit, powdered milk, bouillon cubes, and alcohol to round out your supply. These are versatile items you can use to create a variety of dishes. It would also be a good idea to create a small recipe book of dishes you can easily make with the food storage items you have on hand.
You may not be able to predict when an emergency will arise; however, you can prepare yourself. Accumulating a food storage supply will help give you peace of mind. You’ll know that whatever comes your way, your basic needs will be met.