Stocking up isn’t just for survivalists anymore. Increasingly urban housewives have seen the benefits of stocking up, for many situations.
Stocking up means you aren’t stressed by unexpected company because you have enough food to make do. Many believe the economic downturn will get much worse, with increasing predictions of food shortages and food riots. Even in the case of disaster it pays to be able to provide for yourself, as it can be days before assistance arrives. Some areas of the country, such as Nashville last year, find that in many ways assistance never arrives.
Preparedness is a key part of making it through tough times. Not only eating, but eating with comfort is a focus. To that end there are many items you should be stocked up on, as in an emergency they will go fast. The first “riots” may be at the grocery store. These are items that may go first, and those that will make the “bad times” more pleasant at least for meals.
In no particular order, stock up and properly store these pantry items.
Rice, beans and wheat are whole items that aren’t difficult to store. Having these items stretches your meats and can provide a wide variety of filling meals. Another essential is oatmeal – both for recipes and cereal in the morning.
Honey, syrups and both white and brown sugar can also add to a variety of meals.
Milk – both powdered and condensed. When storing, be sure to shake liquid milk every 3 to 4 months.
Tuna fish can be used in many ways and doesn’t have to be cooked.
Flour, yeast and salt all extend what you can make. Corn meal, too, can allow for a little variety.
Garlic, spices and vinegar will help with health as well as a variety of ways. Vinegar can also be used as a simple disinfectant. Stock up on baking supplies as well.
Canned Fruits, vegetables, soups, stews, and other easy to heat and eat foods will be appreciated when supplies are tight.
Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soup base can add a variety of flavors without taking up a great deal of room on the shelf. The things we take for granted won’t be when there is nothing else to rely on.
Crackers, graham crackers, pretzels, trail mix and jerky offer snacks that can help with feeling deprived. Candies can also be put aside – especially those that don’t melt in the heat. Be sure to store solidly so bugs and ants don’t get in your supplies. Popcorn, nuts and peanut butter can offer snacks and nutrition during difficult times.
Teas, coffee, hot cocoa, Tang and other drinks that can be added to water offer variety. Don’t forget water! Not only for drinking and cooking, but for basics of cleaning and hygiene needs also.
Consider wine and liquors for drinking, medicinal or trading.
Vegetable oil is another needed supply to keep food cooking without burning. It doesn’t take a great deal, but you’ll be happy for having a supply of it if needed.
These are things we use often without thinking. It pays to be thinking about it and have it on hand. Store what you use – if you don’t like tuna fish choose something else. Remember to have tools and other items. Having a supply of food can make a difference between surviving and not.
Begin now – even $10-20 per week can add a considerable amount to your emergency food supplies. You’ll be glad you did if it’s needed in an emergency.