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What are the best foods to stockpile for emergencies?
Written By Mary Miller
Natural disasters can often strike without warning. If one were to occur right now, would you have enough food at home to last you for at least three days? This is the bare minimum of how much food you should have stockpiled for your emergency rations, but preparing your emergency food supply isn’t as simple as buying whatever you want in the grocery store, tossing it into the fridge, and hoping for the best. You might have plenty of food, but it might not be the right kind of food for that emergency situation. In case SHTF, here are some of the best foods you should stockpile in case of emergencies.
red dot Cereal
Ditch the sugary breakfast cereals, and instead, opt for basic multigrain cereals. To prevent your cereal from going stale, try to get the individually packaged cereals. If this is not feasible, make sure that the packaging remains properly sealed, so that it can stay fresh for a long time.
red dot Canned meat
Meat is typically the hardest type of food to find in an emergency, so be sure to stock up on canned meat before the crisis hits. Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey can provide the essential protein that your body needs to function normally. Canned meats can generally last for at least two years when properly stored in a pantry.
red dot Dried meat
If you don’t like canned meat, another option is dehydrated meat. Beef or turkey jerky is ideal for long-term storage. It might be tough to eat directly, so you might want to consider reconstituting in a soup if you can, to soften it and add flavor.
red dot Canned vegetables
When fresh vegetables are not an option, canned peas, carrots, green beans, and other veggies can provide you with plenty of essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Even the packing water is loaded with vitamins, so if you need to boost your nutrient intake, you should think twice before throwing it away.
red dot Dried fruits
While fresh fruits are ideal, in an emergency, dried fruits can serve as worthwhile sources of potassium, dietary fiber, and other nutrients. As long as they have been properly dried and packaged, they can stay fresh for several years.
red dot Peanut butter
Peanut butter is a nutritious comfort food that is packed with protein and healthy fats. If you ever feel that the strain of the situation is getting to you, some peanut butter spread on a whole wheat cracker can quickly perk you right up.
red dot Nuts and trail mixes
These high-energy foods are similarly rich in protein and healthy fats. Not only do they make convenient snacks, but they can also keep fresh for a long time, as long as they remain in vacuum-packed containers.
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