These days, basic survival food is a requirement in every home. No matter where you live, the reality is that natural disasters and extreme changes in the weather are occurring more and more often.
For this reason, even a brief power outage can mean you will need to rely on food that you have stored in your pantry.
What exactly is survival food? These are foods for storing in your home in the event an emergency occurs.
Emergencies can include having to stay in your home due to a community-wide power outage due to a storm, tsunami or hurricane. Other times, floods make it dangerous to go across town for anything, so you will need to stay at home to be safe.
Throughout history, wars have affected economies, making food scarce. Having your own survival food stored in your home will give you more chances of survival. This is especially true these days when the news headlines seem to be filled with threats of terrorism, extreme weather and natural disasters.
Canned food is usually what immediately comes to mind when people think of storing emergency supplies. Good choices include canned veggies in liquid since these contain both a solid and a liquid. The liquid will come in very handy in case you have a water shortage.
Other canned food you should have on hand other than a lot of vegetables include potted meat, corned beef, sardines, Vienna sausages and legumes. You can also include canned soup, chicken and beef stock.
Herbs, spices and salt are also important and are often overlooked when thinking about emergency supplies. Oil for frying is also necessary. Foods that have long shelf lives like mayonnaise and powdered chicken broth are also great choices.
Cooking items such as baking mixes and flour last up to a year on the shelf while honey, salt and sugar last forever when stored in containers that are waterproof.
Dried beans, rice and pasta also have long shelf lives but if you have a limited supply of water, these foods will remain useless.
Dried cereals that taste just as delicious without milk or canned juice are great for kids. You can also include dried fruit like raisins, dried apricots and even dried fish if your grocery store has them.
Pasteurized milk that can withstand up to six months on the shelf could come in handy as well. Other foods to store in your pantry include canned evaporated milk and powdered milk.
Dehydrated mushrooms and onions are great for meals like stews and soups plus reduce your need for salt.
Keep in mind when you are creating your list that the goal is survival, so try and imagine a scenario where there is no electricity. This means that there will be no light and no refrigerator.
Besides survival food, make sure you store enough water for the whole family. Keep in mind that disposable plates and utensils will help you save even more water since there is no need to wash these. Keep a one month supply of food and water and do not forget to have trash bags handy as well!