Creating An Emergency Food Storage List
Having a plan for emergency food storage is a critical part of preparedness. This is especially important when you have a young family. Going without electricity for a few days is probable during a New Hampshire winter, and I want my children to be as comfortable as possible during that time. We have also experienced periodic financial struggles, and it is a comfort to know that we can reduce our grocery shopping trips during those months. An emergency food storage list let’s me know what I have on hand, and what I need to buy.
Make a List of Your Supplies
A three ring binder is a great emergency preparedness tool to store important documents and phone numbers. It can also include a list of what your emergency supplies are, and their location. There are a variety of checklists that can be developed depending on what is needed for a specific emergency. The binder can then be tossed into a Bug Out Bag if you ever need to evacuate.
Short Term Food Storage
Although I aspire to be able to store whole grains and other foods long term, I currently only keep food that my family eats regularly. These items can generally remain fresh from one to eighteen months. In the event of an emergency, the fresh (perishable) items will be eaten first before moving to the freezer and pantry. This is the emergency food storage list of the items that I stockpile.
- Home grown or local frozen fruits and vegetables
- Homemade breads stored in the freezer
- Variety of meats stored in the freezer
- Butter stored in the refrigerator or freezer
- Hard cheeses stored in the refrigerator
- Fresh root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions) and winter squash
- Home grown or commercial canned fruit and vegetables
- Canned soup and broth
- Peanut butter
- Jams and jellies
- Homemade pickles, relishes, and salsa
- Various sauces
- Olive oil, dressings and condiments
- Yeast packets
- Flour and sugar
- Baking soda and baking powder
- Dried herbs, salt, pepper
- Coffee and teas
- Pasta and rice
- Cereal and oatmeal
- Packaged convenience foods (mac and cheese, pilaf mixes)
- Crackers, cookies, granola bars and candy (treats!!)
- Bottled juices and water
Remember to rotate your items regularly. When things are on sale buy a few extra and you will have a generous emergency food supply built up in no time!