Preparing and storing food for emergencies

Preparing and storing a food supply for emergencies is immensely important. Without a steady intake of food, you are likely to die of starvation rather than of the emergency situation itself. In order to meet the needs of your family, you must have a store of food in case an emergency situation transpires.

Preparing a food supply for emergencies is not a difficult task at all. All you need to do is to plan according to the size of your family and the emergency that is most likely to occur in your area.

Types of Food
To begin with, it is important to store only certain types of food products. It always comes in useful to store food that has a long shelf life and does not require extensive cooking. Food products that do not require refrigeration are probably the wisest choice for emergencies, in case a power breakdown occurs.

Moreover, it is important to store food that does not contain a very high content of spice or salt, as it could make you excessively thirsty. This would cause wastage of the scarce supply of water that you possess.

Also, if there are babies in the family, diet that suits their needs must also be stored to ensure that they receive proper nourishment and you need to update the types of food in your emergency food supply in order to keep up with your child’s growth progress.

Be sure to note down the expiration dates of the food within your emergency food supply and mark it on a calendar so that you always know when you need to go in and replace food. Generally though, as you will have chosen foods that have a long expiration date then you won’t need to do this often.

Kitchen Items
There are certain kitchen items that are necessary for the preparation of food during an emergency. Cooking utensils, paper plates, towels, cups, cutlery, bottle opener, aluminum foil and a charcoal or gas grill are amongst the most important items that you must have at all costs to ensure sustained nutrition. Without these items, it would be practically impossible to use the food products that you have stored for the emergency, so they are just as important as the food supply itself.

Storage Conditions
There are a number of instructions that you must adhere to for the proper storage of the food supply. You must have enough food to last at least three days as the duration of the emergency is quite unpredictable. Food that is canned and dry has the ability to stay fresh for as long as two years and must therefore be your first choice for storage. There are certain storage conditions that should be followed if you wish to increase the shelf life of the stored food.

Food must usually be stored in an area that is dry, cool and dark. The optimum temperature for the storage of food is around 50°F. It is immensely important to keep the stored food away from any heat sources, such as the exhaust of a refrigerator, because heat causes a variety of food products to go bad.

Also, it is important that you keep all sorts of petroleum products, such as paints, solvents, gasoline and oils, away from the good supply as there is a chance of food products acquiring their pungent smell.

Special care must be taken to prevent insects or stray rats from destroying the food supply. This can be achieved by keeping the food products wrapped properly in tall boxes.

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