Emergency preparedness – why❓
Because good ingredients can also be about good ingredients in life. Being prepared so you don’t panic or fear when a disaster or crisis hits, is a good ingredient.
When news of covid first hit the US, many rushed to stores for food and supplies. Stores quickly ran out of supplies. Many people panicked and bought just what was left or available.
Then here in UT, soon after that an earthquake hit. And the scenario repeated itself, with panic buying happening everywhere.
Having extra on hand made it so I didn’t have to panic, or run to the store and grab whatever.
Creating a food storage for emergencies can be expensive and overwhelming if you do it all at once. Just start small, and these are the first 9 things I would get.
1️⃣Water- We all know water is a necessity. If you have nothing, I’d start here. These container’s plastic is BPA free. And the water within them shouldn’t be stored for more than a year or two.
2️⃣Whole Grains- full of vitamins (especially B vitamins), minerals, protein, and fiber. Buy grains you and your family will eat… rice, oats, quinoa, wheat, etc
3️⃣Legumes/meat/eggs – beans and lentils are a great source of protein that are easy to store and easy to cook. Soak them for at least 12 hours and then cook. They are a rich source of fiber and vitamin Bs.
4️⃣Coconut oil – stores years longer than liquid oil. Can be used as the oil in baking (cookies, pancakes), but also when cooking items like eggs, veggies, or dinner. Can be used as body lotion, shaving cream, used in soap, for sunburns, or for topical ointment. It has anti inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
5️⃣Raw honey – can be store 30+ years. It can be the sweetener in anything you bake. But it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. So it can help with the immune system, coughs, sore throat, oral health, dressing a wound, and more.
6️⃣Fruits and vegetables – freeze dried is a great option for long term storage.
7️⃣Seasonings, salt, seeds- so you have something to spice up those beans with. And seeds to sprout can give you some fresh food and amazing nutrients.
8️⃣Cash- smallbills, in case electricity is out.