How Much Emergency Food Should I Have (TIPS)
Food is our fuel. Repeat after me – food is fuel. Just as we know that our cars need fuel to run, we must also realize that we can only keep on running if we have enough food to sustain our activities.
Emergencies, calamities and disasters can happen at any time and can happen anywhere and most importantly, can happen to anyone. And since food is going to be a prime commodity during such events, it's pretty wise to stockpile as much as we can while there is still time.
So you may ask yourself, how much emergency food should I have? And more importantly, what kind of food should we stockpile?
Stockpiling Survival Food
A good starting point for stockpiling is to create a stock that would carry you and your family for at least two weeks. Since an average male consumes at the very least 2350 calories per day, it's best to keep this in mind.
Pay attention to quality
Whereas keeping food in quantity is a good starting point in preparing for disasters, it is important as well to keep in mind the quality of the food being stockpiled. Always check out the expiry dates of canned and processed food in your stock. If they are near the expiry date, use them immediately to avoid wastage.
Survival over flavor profile
In an emergency, you don't need to be that choosy about the food you eat. You need energy to keep you going, and it's important that you keep eating an enough amount of food to keep your nutrient levels up and running.
That being said, it's also important to consume foods that you enjoy. If nothing else, just for the moral boost that it brings. So try different types os survival foods and stockpile the ones you like the most.
Recommended Rations and Emergency Food
High-protein, high-energy foods are recommended to be stocked. Highly perishable food should not be part of your stockpile since they would just probably be wasted. Here are some foods that you could start stockpiling right away:
Pemmican– the ultimate survival food. If you could only stockpile one food, this would be it. Click here to learn more about pemmican and learn how to make it.
Crackers – high-fiber crackers are going to be a great substitute for white bread if you are into making sandwiches and all that. High-fiber, multi-grain crackers and biscuits aid in digestion and also provide iron and other essential nutrients.
Beef jerky – some people don't like beef jerky or any other meat jerky for that matter. However, beef jerky is a good source of protein and fat, which we all need to keep our body in good condition.
Cereals – ready to eat cereals in individual foil packaging would be best stored to prevent wastage once opened. Cereals are a good source of energy and minerals, and can also help in regulating blood sugar levels.
Bottled water and water-cleansing pills – on average, you need a half-gallon a day to keep you hydrated, so stock up on at least a three-day supply. However, it is also good to stock up on water cleansing pills and filters, to ensure that what you drink beyond your supply is still potable.
Hard cheese – believe it or not, hard cheese in good storage conditions can last anywhere from two to eight months. Hard cheese can be a good source of protein for the long run. Soft cheeses do not keep too well so hard cheese should be a staple in your stockpile.
Beans – whether canned or dried, beans can be easily cooked or eaten right off the can. They are a good supply of non-meat based protein so it's definitely a good idea to have them in stock.
Nuts – keep them handy because they are a good source of good glycemic index fats and are also a great source of protein.
Cooking oil – need I say anything more? Cooking oil is essential for cooking your food and making sure it is safe to eat. Just make sure your oil is not gutter oil which can cause diseases.
Dried fruit – whether in vacuum-sealed containers or cans, dried fruits would help in regulating bodily functions as they are rich in fiber and have low glycemic index, which makes them healthy.
Candies – from a nutrition standpoint, candies are a definite no-no, but they do carry some health benefits. Chocolates reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease while sugar restores willpower. Chocolate-covered raisins on the other hand boost fiber and antioxidants. Besides, who doesn’t need some sweets every now and then? Stock it up and dispense in moderation.
Being prepared is great, but you must be smart as well. Avoid stockpiling on a whim and blowing your cash all in one go. Do it gradually and watch your emergency food stockpile grow! And remember, the stockpile can and should be used for non-emergency days as well. Don't let it go over the expiration date!