More on Food : What should you stockpile – PART 7
Congratulations, you’ve made it to your safe place. A little worse for wear, but you survived bandits and bad weather, a few cuts and bruises, and you’re alive. But now what? What will you eat for the next month and possibly even the next year? You have planned ahead and have adequate stores or sources for clean water available to you to last up to a year.
Now, what’s for dinner? The average American consumes 2800-3300 calories per day. For this emergency, you will need to plan on 1500-1800 calories per day. For most of us, meat will become a luxury we will not be able to find or afford after about 30 day in crisis. We recommend a food supply of at least three months for every family member to get started (Click HERE for an example). Canned tuna and canned chicken are the cheapest long term alternatives. Remember think limited refrigeration and no meat markets. Most wild game such as deer, hogs, rabbits, raccoons, possums, squirrel, and yes, even armadillos will be gone after 30 days. Your area lakes will be depleted of their fish supply, as well. As open, hard to defend areas, they are going to be too dangerous for most of us anyway. Nevertheless, skinning, cleaning, salting, and jerky making are certainly valuable skills somebody in your group should have.
In the hard times that are coming, most diets, if you are to survive, will primarily be bread, beans, rice, and oil. There is no getting around it. Add dried powdered milk to your list of must haves for children. There will be a few bakeries that crop up but don’t count on them for the 1st few months. Somebody is going to have to learn to bake bread. That takes meal or flour. It also helps if you have salt, baking powder and or soda as well.
It will be necessary to have a way to grind your grains manually. Preserving them in their original form (wheat berries, dried whole kernel corn, pinto beans) will prolong the shelf life in your new environment, be it harsh heat or frigid cold. While these methods may seem labor intensive, it is dutiful to note that you want your food stores to last for quite some time. The primary reason is that you don’t know how far into the future the need will arise to tap into your storage. Another reason is that when the time comes, you don’t want your stockpile susceptible to decay and rot as soon as you open it.
While freeze dried and dehydrated options are available, they are much more costly in terms of the amount you will need to take care of you, family members, and others you will share with. Begin researching your options now so that you can stock up while supplies are readily available. Compare our food storage packages at Emergency Prep World.