Are you ready in case an emergency strikes?
A carefully-stocked kitchen is vital for you to remain healthy just in case something happens.
Explore some of these required items to add to the next grocery list. These ideas will help you if you need a little direction on what to start out with!
How much food do you need?
Approximately two thousand calories per person per day is the recommended count that you should keep in mind when preparing your food stock.
You should also drink less water than you are used to and steer away from overly salty foods and other foods that may make you feel dehydrated.
Experts suggest providing a stock of non-perishable food and water for each person in the household for a brief period of time such as an extreme weather case.
Don’t forget that others, including elderly parents, or maybe some neighbors will count on you in an emergency, and are included in your list.
Once your fridge or freezer climbs above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the clock is ticking, especially on highly perishable items like milk and meat.
During an emergency, consume all of your perishables first before digging into your non-perishable food items.
That means try to eat foods that will waste first in your fridge, then the freezer. Place all your other foods in the coldest place in your home and leave your fridge doors closed for as long as possible to keep your food cool, in case your electricity gets cut off.
Let’s head to the list and see what you need to stock up on in case of an emergency, so you are ready!
1. Distilled water.
Although water is not a food to be consumed, without it, you will not certainly survive. And that’s why water #1 on this list! Get as much water right now as you can to be better prepared for when the time comes that you may need it.
Don’t forget to store it safely, somewhere cool and dark. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends storing 1 gallon per day for each person and each pet and recommends creating a two-week supply if possible.
2. Nut Butters.
When it comes to stocking an emergency food plan, nut kinds of butter will always be at your aide.
Peanut butter especially, because Peanut butter is the perfect source of energy, packed with good fats and protein and that’s why it’s getting its own little shout out here. You will not have to cool upon opening unless the container states otherwise, but in most cases, peanut butter is A-okay to leave uncooled.
Buy Jif Natural smooth butter, sold in 80-ounce containers. It’s the perfect, low sodium, gluten-free peanut butter that is suitable for a variety of people’s diets and budgets.
3. Ready-to-eat canned foods.
Campers are aware that long-lasting canned food is essential. It is highly recommended that all sorts of foods, including tomatoes, fruit, beans, fish, poultry, and pasta are the way to go in case of an emergency.
Since people are different in appetite and require a variety of foods for special diets, it’s recommended you use your best judgment in what you may need and when the time comes.
4. Long-lasting fruits/dried fruits.
Think of bananas, apples, grapefruit, clementines, and oranges. During several days, unripe bananas will ripen so you can enjoy them. You can also cut and freeze these long-lasting fruits for a snack or throw them into smoothies.
Citrus fruits have vitamin C that is vital for the strength of your immune system so these long-lasting fruits will be a really good choice in case of an emergency.
Freeze-dried fruit is another convenient way to get vitamins and nutrients that you won’t get from dehydrated meals and meats.
When disaster or emergencies strike, you want to ensure that you and your family have adequate access to nutritious food. And dried fruits will always come to the rescue since they have a 20-year shelf life.
So you can rest assured that you’ll have pure, tasty fruits at your disposal if and when you need them.
5. Long-lasting veggies.
Start your stay at home with hardy veggies such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, peppers, potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower. These items will remain fresh for a few days when unwashed and even uncut.
Potatoes will last in a house pantry for up to six months if first cured. Additionally, root vegetables such as carrots, beets, and parsnips can be preserved for 3 to 4 months.
6. Bulk unsalted nuts and seeds.
When you are stockpiling up in case the worst happens, try to collect a number of nuts, including pistachios, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and almonds.
You can use them to increase the number of snacks on hand and of course, the extra nutrition they are jam-packed with is a delight.
And as an added professional note and since you will most likely be preserving your water, try to avoid overly salty foods and opt for unsalted nuts and seeds that won’t make you feel dehydrated.
This is especially important since you need to stay hydrated while you are hiding out at home, during an emergency.
7. Instant coffee and tea bags.
In an emergency, only those who’ve prepared can enjoy the real perks of a nice cup of joe.
But if there is no working coffee maker or you can’t go without that extra energy boost in the mornings, pick up some instant coffee and tea bags immediately.
Instant coffee will do you just fine if you really need it in case of an emergency. If the electrical power is cut off, sorry, but you’ll have to stand it cold.
8. Strong calorie foods.
Strong calorie foods are the best way to allow your body to regulate your body temperature in colder seasons. You know, things hikers pack like granola, trail mixes, protein bars, and don’t forget that magic jar of peanut butter.
These handy items can add a great deal of energy to the body during cooler temperatures, or if the electrical power is cut off, or just in case you don’t have any heating.
9. Pet food, medications, and Multivitamins.
If you have a household pet, you should collect an extra bag or two of your dog’s favorite long-lasting kibble to see that your pet gets their daily intake of food during the period of isolation. Mind your pet’s drinking water too, by offering your pet water storage of their own.
When it comes to your own health, speak to your doctor before getting anything extra whether you are taking prescribed drugs. Keep an eye on your expiry dates and ensure that you don’t purchase more than you can use.
Supplements will also help a great deal and will replace the nutrients you would have consumed on a normal diet, so make sure to always have supplements ready for when you need it.
Even those who don’t get a daily dose of supplements now can realize well what vitamins can give them if they try to do so in any big crisis.
10. Ready-to-go items.
If you happen to be really fearful of any unknown coming around the corner or if you really want to be a star in your quest to be fully prepared… Seek to build a range of nutritious ready-to-go items like:
- Extra canned poultry, beans, and fruits.
- Instant oats.
- Dried soups and dried pasta.
- Shelf-stable and long-lasting cereals.
- Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins.
- Cans of juices and milk will also help ease that added bit of anxiety. Don’t forget to have a can-opener!
Regardless of how long you’ll be at home for, or when that next emergency strikes, you can never be too prepared in case something bad happens!
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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