First Time Shopping List For An Emergency Food Supply
It’s the beginning of a new month, and that means that most of you have gotten your pay checks.¬† Before you go out and spend the remainder of the money you have worked so hard for, have you thought of¬†investing in your¬†emergency food supply?
Last month, I challenged my readers to start a 30 Day Preparedness Challenge to¬†either extend¬†or¬†begin their own preparedness efforts.¬† In the article, I suggested to keep food storage simple and to begin with immediate needs.¬† To simplify the challenge even more, I have provided you a shopping list to start your emergency food supplies.¬† Print this list out and give it to family members or friends who can begin their own preparedness efforts.
The shopping list below was based on the food amounts needed¬†for 1 person for a 6 month period from the¬†Latter Day Saints food storage calculator.¬†¬†To¬†add¬†more family members, go to the calculator to see how much food your family needs.¬† These foods are easy to find at supermarkets and most of these items have a long storage lifetime if properly stored.¬†¬†Buying these food items now would be a good investment on your part, as global food prices are hitting record highs.
First Time Shopping List for an Emergency Food Supply:
1.¬† 10 lbs. of white or wheat flour (both would be better.¬† Remember the Prepper Golden Rule: 1 is none and 2 is 1).¬† Those of you who have wheat allergies, click here for alternatives.
2. 10 lbs. of corn meal
3. 5 lbs. of oats
4. 20 lbs of rice (white rice stores better than brown rice)
5. 12 lbs of pasta
6.¬† 20 lbs of beans (pinto beans are usually packed in heavier quantities)
7. 5 lbs of mixed beans (lentils, mixed bean soup, black beans, etc)
8. 5 lbs of sugar
9.¬†2 lbs of salt¬†(this is a multipurpose prep item, click here for more information).
10. 1 gallon of cooking oil
11. 2 large containers of peanut butter
12. 5 lbs of powdered milk
13. 1 lb of baking soda
14. 1 lb of baking powder
15. .5 lbs of yeast
16. 1 gallon of vinegar
17. 1 gallon of drinking water per day¬† (*I would¬†round up here.¬† You can never have too much water)
18. 1 gallon of bleach for sanitation and treating water
Don’t Forget To Add¬†More Nutrition!
The above listed items are a very basic food supply.¬† A person needs to add vitamins and nutrients to this emergency diet to maintain bodily functions and overall health.¬† To add a variety to this emergency diet, you can begin accumulating different types of canned goods.¬† Concentrate your efforts on goods that provide you with loads of vitamins and proteins.¬† Canned goods such as canned meats, canned beans, canned vegetables and fruits.¬† And remember to buy foods that your family normally eats.¬† For instance, I use canned tomatoes in my meals, so I have a lot of canned tomatoes in my emergency food storage.
Another way to include essential vitamins and nutrients to your food supply is to stock up on sprouting seeds.¬† In an article¬† I wrote about sprouting, I mention that these tiny sprouts may be minuscule in size, but they are jam packed with with essential vitamins.
Once a seed has germinated, it begins to sprout.¬† Within these sprouts contains vitamins A, B, C and E, and K, as well as, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Chlorophyll, amino acids, and up to 35% protein.¬† Inside these small biogenic (living) foods lies essential nutrients and vitamins that can assist in providing a good portion one‚Äôs daily requirement of nutrients.¬† Sprouts can grow anywhere, during any season, and¬†require minimal work.
In addition to food, many preppers also buy powdered drink mixes, tea bags, and coffee to add a variety to just drinking water.
Emergencies arise all the time.¬† Sometimes they affect a large population and sometimes they are felt on a personal level¬†and only affect one household.¬† That being said, by a simply investment of adding an extra 10% of your monthly budget toward your food storage, you are investing in your piece of mind.¬†¬†If an unforeseen emergency occurs, your¬†stress level will¬†not be as heightened because you know that you are prepared for it.
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Author: Tess Pennington
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Made Available By: Ready Nutrition
Date: February 3rd, 2011
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