I wanted to go ahead and continue with my thoughts on emergency preparedness while they are still fresh on my mind. I’ve mentioned of few of the items we would need as far as having heat/light/sustainability, but now I want to talk a bit more about a few areas that I found to be lacking in the “food” section of my pantry. Let me start by saying that I know we could survive just fine on what I have, but there are definitely areas that would make survival easier during both short- and long-term power outages.
Here are a few areas that I found to be “lacking” in my food pantry:
*dry milk (we are not big fans of dry milk, but it would definitely come in hand for cooking in an emergency)
*vinegar – definitely need more of this since I use it for cleaning
*baking soda – again, I use this for cleaning
*olive oil – need for some baking/cooking
*canned beans/meats/soups -by canned I mean home canned. This is an area that I have always been lacking in. Canning them is not that hard, I just need to remember to do so. Not only will these be great to use in case of power outages, but they would also be great for quick meals/lunches.
*Canning seals – While I am slowly replacing my need for regular canning seals with Tattler seals, I still am far from having enough, so this is a must until I do have enough. Even then, I will probably still keep a small supply on hand.
*Unbleached All-Purpose flour – I grind my on wheat but only have an electric grinder, so I need a way to be able to bake items, make pancakes, etc.
*Hand crank grain mill – to grind wheat.
I know that there are probably more items that I need to stock up, but these are the major items.
Everyone’s pantry is going to be different. There are a lot of people/articles/sites that will tell you that you HAVE to stockpile XYZ. But, if it’s not something that your family would normally use, don’t stock pile it. It will only go to waste. And, make sure that you are diligent in rotating your pantry items. Whenever you bring in something new, date each item & put them in the back/on the bottom & move the oldest items to the front. You wouldn’t want to be in the middle of emergency and realize that your canned items went out of date 5 years ago. That would make an already stressful situation even more stressful.
Again, I’m sure that there are more items that I could probably list, but these are the basics that I would need to provide for my family.