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Monday, August 30, 2010

Start An Emergency Food Storage Supply With These Simple Tips

By Tom H. Ronson

Food storage is incredibly important for families and individuals who want to be prepared in the event of an emergency, disaster, or even in strenuous financial times. In any of these cases, you will have at least one of your most basic necessities covered. If you do not have a food storage supply you can begin starting one today with these simple tips.

Many people do not know where to start when it comes to beginning a food storage supply for their family. There are many simple steps you can take to get started. First, keep in mind that you do not have to spend a ton of money starting your home food storage supply. You can start small and build from there.

Buying in bulk and buying extra perishable items when you have the money is a very simple way to start. You can also buy freeze dried food kits from top food storage companies. They are great because they take up little space, can be stored at room temperature, and require minimal effort to prepare.

When first considering your food storage supply, keep in mind that you should have all of your bases covered. You can break down food into these useful categories: grains, sugars, milk, water, legumes, fats, and cooking essentials. For each category (except water which is a singular item) you can include these suggested items in your food storage.

Grains
-Pasta, oats, rice, wheat, and flour.

Sugars
-Corn syrup, molasses, brown sugar, and white sugar.

Milk
-Evaporated milk and dry milk.

Legumes
-Lentils, soy beans, lima beans, and just about any type of dry bean.

Oils
-Vegetable oil and shortening.

Cooking Essentials
-Salt, baking soda, baking powder, vinegar, and yeast.

Water is one of the most important items to have in your food storage. You should reserve one liter of water per day for each person in your household, and additional water for washing and cleaning. For other quantity suggestions you can find down-loadable spreadsheets online that break down how much of each type of food you should have and how long that quantity will last you.

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