What You Need to Start an Emergency Food Stash
As a budding prepper you may be wondering where to start when it comes to putting together your emergency food stash. You know that you need to stockpile, and you know that involves
buying certain kinds of food, but there is much more to this subject than that.
Thankfully, there is also a lot of advice and guidance out there which will help you figure out the task at hand, and put together your emergency food stash, with little fuss.
It is thought that if you can survive the first 72 hours following a disaster of some kind then you are much more likely to survive continuously afterwards.
Of course, one of the main things we need in life for survival in general is food, and water of course. So, how do we go about putting together an emergency food stash?
It’s not all about food
We need to water to survive, probably more urgently in some cases than we need food. Dehydration is a killer, so staying hydrated is a must. As a general rule of thumb, stockpile
three days of drinking water to keep you going, and after that you will need to make use of other sources of water, e.g. from rivers or ponds.
Now, we know that the water contained within other sources can be full of bacteria and germs, so water purification tablets are a good way to get rid of those unwanted bugs. Make sure you have a stash of these ready.
When buying food, check out shelf life
Because you a) don’t know when a disaster is going to happen, and b) don’t know how long conditions are going to go on for, you need to look at food stocking which is going to last you
for an unknown quantity of time.
Of course, no food the world over is going to last forever, but there are certain types of food which are going to last you a considerable amount of time.
When buying anything, check shelf life, and tinned foods/dried foods are the rule of thumb.
Most canned food types can last for around two years on average, and if you can find freezedried
foods then these can be good to go for much longer than that.
Don’t forget you need to cook the food
It’s all very well and good buying food, but how are you going to cook it? There are some foods you can eat cold, such as baked beans etc, but you are going to need to warm up certain
Make sure you have some kind of facility for cooking, be it an open fire, a stove of some sort, or a gas cooker, although remember that gas isn’t going to last forever either. Put
some thought into this.
Rotate your food regularly to keep it fresh
When stockpiling food over a period of time, it’s important to keep rotating your supplies, in order to use up the ones which have shorter dates, and keep to one side the ones which have
If you are storing things in a cupboard, use a rotation system of placing newer items at the back, and bringing the older foods to the front.
Make sure your stash is easy to grab
In the event of a disaster you don’t want to be hunting around trying to pack up your supplies, you need them to be in one easy to grab place, so you have minimal fuss during what is an
already stressful and distressing situation.
Perhaps one cupboard, or one box is the way to go, but whatever route you go down, make sure everything is collective and stored in one place.
Of course, what you pack in your stash is just as important as how you pack it and how you cook it, but generally speaking, these tips will help you get started in putting together your
personal emergency food stash, as well as giving you a little food for thought in terms of what else you need to know, such as cooking etc.
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