We all know that it is smart and important to have emergency food storage. Ideally, you should have enough food to last everyone in your home at least 72 hours, if not a week or more. However, one of the things that can be overwhelming is creating your food stockpile. You don’t want foods to spoil while they sit in emergency storage, but you also want to be prepared. Fortunately, there are many ready to eat meals, and other food products that you can buy that have a long shelf life, and are great for emergency food kits. Here are 7 must haves for your emergency food stash.
If you don’t have your own backyard chickens, or have access to some, then these powdered eggs are a definite must have item. Eggs are a great source of protein, and a great all natural food. You can add these powdered eggs into breakfast, baked goods, or just eat them alone. Plus, they have a 10-15 year shelf life! Most people can eat eggs, so this is a good food product to have on hand in your emergency kit.
In an emergency situation, you probably won’t have access to many fresh fruits and vegetables. However, the nutrients gained from those vegetables are crucial to good health. These protein shakes may be the solution. They are a great meal replacement shake, or perfect for a quick breakfast. This variety pack has over 150 servings, which a great addition to your food storage kit.
It’s one thing to have enough food stored, but you have to have a way to prepare it in an emergency. No emergency food kit is complete without a cook stove and canned fuel. This is a great way to cook if you don’t have electricity, or are living outdoors. This kit has a folding cook stove and fuel, which makes it the perfect addition to your kit. You can use this to cook indoors and outdoors, and each can of fuel can be used several times. It has a 20 year shelf life, which is an awesome feature and it is easy to set up and use.
Steel cut oats are a healthy diet staple, and they are a great thing to add to your emergency food kit. They have a generous shelf life (unopened) of at least 10 years, and (opened) up to a year! That’s a pretty good time frame! Steel-cut-oats are packed with protein and fiber, and they can be prepared using just water.
This is the perfect choice for someone who wants to add variety into their food storage. It has 183 servings of a variety of foods for every meal, drink mixes, and even side dishes. This gives you variety,and quantity. There are 4 breakfasts, nearly 20 lunch and supper options in the kit, and the meals are all low in fat, and high in fiber. The kit has a 25 year shelf life.
Survival experts will tell you that you should have at least one gallon of water per person per day (for up to a week) in your food and water storage. This water storage box can help add to that stockpile. It is easy to stack (which is great if you wanted to get more than one), and easy to move. It would be great stacked off in a corner, out of the way, until you need it. If you don’t like the idea of bottles and bottles of water everywhere, this is a really good option.
Powdered honey can be used in baking, cooking, and as a sweetener in coffee or tea. It has all the great nutritional benefits of honey, without you having to worry about sticky spills or cleanup. It has been crystallized, so it has a long shelf life, too: 25 years unopened, and a year once the bag is opened.
These are just some of the great emergency food items you can buy. Since they all have a long shelf life, you don’t have to worry about them immediately going bad, or about constantly checking the expiration dates if they remain unopened. What are some of your family’s favorite survival food supplies?