The Emergency Food Scenario…
Listen up! There’s an impending food shortage on the way and it’s your responsibility to feed yourself and those with you when the shit hits the fan. Ultimately, their and survival is down to you.
That could be the scenario you’re faced with at any point.
What do you do?
Just think about that for a moment…
You’re probably thinking about filling as many crates as you can with tinned food and stockpiling clean water supplies.
That’s a good start for any prepper. But I can almost guarantee you haven’t thought of everything.
Here are the common mistakes we see preppers often making. Read them and take measures to prevent making the same newbie prepper mistakes.
Only store the food you like to eat
Makes perfect sense as you read that doesn’t it? But you’d be surprised at the number of people we hear of just stocking up on wheat with no clue about how to turn that into bread for example. Dry bean stockpiling is another classic mistake. Have you ever tried eating dry, raw beans? Thought not.
Having a stock of raw food isn’t going to help you if you don’t know what to do with it. Your stress levels, which will already be high if the shit has hit the fan, so why risk increasing them further if you have to prepare food in ways you’ve never attempted before?
Add some pre-made emergency food kits into your food store. You can find them on Amazon and a tip is to try them before stocking up to make sure you like the taste.
Incorrect storage of food
Where you store your food is an important consideration. A common mistake is to store your emergency food supply in the attic or outdoor building such as a shed or garage. The problem with those places is that temperatures and humidity will fluctuate which isn’t ideal conditions for the food you’re storing.
A basement can be used to store food as long as there’s no damp or likelihood of flooding. Your emergency food should be stored where moisture and temperature levels can be controlled, so this makes somewhere inside your main living space the most ideal location.
However, make sure that any food you store is well packaged to avoid moisture and deters pests such as mice.
Not enough variety of food
Even if the world has gone belly up, you’re still going to have eat so have a variety of foods to satisfy the taste buds, avoid malnutrition and prevent boredom at meal times. Your food stash should include a range of food groups, including protein, fruits, dairy, vegetables and fats. If you have children to cater for, bear in mind what they will need in terms of nutrition and taste. Before deciding, ask them what they’d like to eat should you ever need to rely on your emergency food store.
Spices and Condiments – they can make all the difference
Having a supply of spices, salt, oil, sauces and condiments will make your emergency food more palatable to eat. This is especially important if you have kids who are fussy about what they eat. Tasty food will be good for morale in your camp – I mean who wants to eat a bowl of bland rice every day?
Just because the SHTF doesn’t mean you have to go without a treat or two. Desserts and candy treats should be included in your food store, especially if you’re catering for children.
The last mistake we want you to avoid is…
Not rotating your food often enough
You might feel pleased with yourself about that can of chicken soup you stored away a decade ago, but you’ll probably regret not rotating that can for another can when it’s comes to eating the contents. Take note of food expiration dates and rotate them out of your store and replace with an equivalent item. Of course, there are some long-life meal packs that will last for more than 20 years but for other items, a rotation system needs to be used.
Prepping for food storage doesn’t need to be a daunting task. With some planning, common sense and education, you can build up an emergency food supply that will give you the peace of mind that your basic food needs will be catered for when the SHTF! Preparing for food storage isn’t the only thing to consider when planning for distaster. Find out what else you should be prepping for with our free ‘How To Build The Ultimate Disaster Survival Kit.‘