Numerous people have inquired as to how they should go about stocking up on survival foods in the event of an emergency. My recommendation to them is generally to hit your local supermarket and snatch up on the sale items.
There are no magic conventions to pursue when stocking up on supplies except for common sense. I prefer to stock up during the amiable summer months since I thoroughly hate cold weather and as the bears in the woods do, I customarily try to hibernate in wintertime. Since I am retired my remaining indoors during this season presents no significant dilemma. Presently, we are using the supplies from our pantry that were acquired several years previously however I continuously am fond of expanding my findings a bit. Most of my family members protest that survival food kits I overstock on rations but I would rather err on the side of plenty then less.
With the pantry full and the freezer loaded we are normally all set for the approach of winter. Now let’s return to the original question that was presented to me concerning starting out with ones food storage program. I would favorably advocate canned food initially as it is less costly to procure a case of whole corn in a number 2 can then it would to purchase dehydrated corn packaged in a number 10. What I initially did was to buy cases of every vegetable which we eat. Since I would then have plenty of vegetables to eat we could proceed to slowly concentrate upon the dehydrated number 10 cans. By the time we run out of the smaller cans we would be well stocked with the number 10s.
I have found that some foods are better to continue purchasing in the small commercial versions such as baked beans. For a quick use in a meal these small cans are the answers. Don’t get me wrong as we also use dried beans as well, but we still stock the usual baked beans in the can. Another food which we like to keep on hand is the creamed corn. I have not yet found a company which offers dehydrated creamed corn.
We current maintain our stock of food in a kitchen pantry however we are discussing plans to expand and create a small eight by eight extension dedicated entirely to food storage. When we notice that our supplies are starting to diminish we embark on watching the market for local sales. We try never to purchase a product unless it is on sale.
As a novice you would do well to remember that canned foods frequently last for anywhere from five to ten years. Steady purchases conducted over a period of time will supply you and your family with a respectable start on your emergency food supplies. When endeavoring to follow our lead, start by finding the ads in your local newspaper or by the advertisements which arrive in your postal box. After a comprehensive review of the various circulars craft a list of the sale items that appeal to you. My wife makes good use of the “buy one get one free” type of promotions.
Always go shopping prior to running out and above all never shop on an empty stomach. Research has indicated that those shoppers who visit the stores before eating usually grab many impulse items. I try to go after I have had my afternoon meal. Remember the key to this process is to buy the foods at you want at sale prices and stocking up at that time.