Economic crisis, political instability and natural calamities are real situations that exist in this country. It does not necessarily mean that the end of the world is nearing, but everyone should take heed of the warning signs. And indeed, arming oneself with survival skills will help him cope and rise above the dilemmas that confront him every day. One major concern during crisis periods is food supply. Though hoarding is not encouraged, it is wise if you have some supplies stacked in your freezer and pantry for emergency situations that may last for days. Here are tips for your guidance on how to store food for long term survival.
- Make a list of the necessary food items that you need for several days or weeks. Make an inventory of the food available in your freezers and pantry and note down which items are lacking. Note the expiry date of each item and discard those already nearing expiration or which have already expired.
- Write a shopping guide enumerating the food items you need to buy. The next step is to search for the best groceries where you can buy the items at cheaper prices. As you move on with the shopping task, you will discover more items that need to be purchased and stored.
- Buy food containers with air tight lids. Plastic or tin containers will do. Purchase some Ziploc plastic bags too, aluminum foil and cling wrap. You will need these materials for your food’s longer storage life. Obtain some canisters and jars where you can keep grains, oats, beans, rice, dried fruits and other dried food products. Do not forget the essentials in cooking and baking such as baking powder, flour, sugar, salt, milk, cooking oil and other herbs, spices and condiments.
- Buy the food items in bulk or big volumes. For instance, opt for a gallon of olive oil than your usual purchase of a 12 ounce bottle. Select peanut butter, jams and other bottled products in large sizes. If you prefer, you can buy few smaller bottles instead of one whole jar of, say, marmalade. The idea here is for you to buy more than the usual volume of purchases that you do regularly.
- Get as many varied items as possible. Even if the foods are for emergency situations, it does not mean you have to scrimp and deprive yourself of gratification. Hence make your purchases varied by picking different flavors of yogurt or fruit juices.
- Purchase bottled water both in gallon sizes and individual bottles. Buying different container sizes of water will give you more flexibility in allotting water consumption. You can use the large containers for family consumption. In the meantime, small bottles are very convenient to carry around since each family member may bring his own bottle in his backpack should emergency situations arise.
- Opt for foods that are easy to store. These kinds of food items are usually dried grains, raisins and legumes. This may seem weird to you but you will appreciate the value of these food items more when you are faced with real survival encounters. Do not forget to buy chocolate bars and candies to give children something pleasant to hold on should situations get worse.
For more intensive preparations in case of calamities and other crisis, read advisory bulletins from concerned agencies. Browse over the instructions on how to store food for long term survival.