If you’re a big believer in having extra food on hand, “just in case”, we’re with you. Different people have different ideas about how long to stock up for, what to stock, and where to store it. Some are fine with a three-day supply of food and water, others save for a year or even longer. Either way, it’s important to be prepared for at least “minor” emergencies, such as storms that may keep you housebound or without power for a few days. Then the question becomes: what do you store? After a few years now of experimenting with different plans for our food arsensal, we have kind of a “go-to” basics list of things we always like to have on hand.
What’s on our list?
We always try and have a few items stored that would qualify as main dish items. We store things like:
-dried and canned beans that are protein-rich like black beans and pinto beans
-soups, stews and canned meals that have a long shelf life with expiration dates two-to-five years out (we try to look for “already cooked” items)
Then we have our side dish items; things like:
-canned veggies that have a far away expiration date
-canned fruit that has a far away expiration date
Snacks and comfort food can be vitally important during a crisis or emergency, not only for the quick access to ready-to-eat food, but as a stress-reliever. Although I don’t advocate using food for comfort on any kind of a regular basis, there are certain times when the crunching motion from a bag of chips or the smooth creaminess of a chocolate bar really will help cause your nerves to cool. Here’s what we keep in our snack arsenal:
-chips and/or crackers
-store bought cookies, etc.
-breakfast or protein bars
-high protein energy drinks such as Boost
Spices may not seem like an important part of a basic prepper food arsenal, but a bit of spice can go a long way in jazzing up your ramen noodles after you’ve eaten them for 14 days straight. Here are the spices we’re always sure to have on hand:
-salt (GOTTA have salt 🙂 )
This short list of spices can jazz up most anything.
Other tools you’ll need to have on hand for the most basic of prepper food arsenals:
-water, for cooking and drinking. The general rule is one gallon per person per day.
-dried or powdered milk, hot cocoa, tea, coffee, etc.
-some type of a heat/cooking source, whether it be a camp stove with extra propane bottles, portable fire pit (if you have access to wood) or whatever
-some type of fire starter; wood matches are best, and dryer lint or some other type of kindling that is easy to transport if needed
This is obviously a very basic list, but it’ll give you some options, at least, to have some usable types of food on hand for a few days on up if trouble should arise.
Am I missing anything? What’s in your basic prepper food arsenal?