A sensible survival food list is one thing to keep in mind when you start your food storage. Natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to tornadoes, to even blizzards and power outages can leave people confined to their homes for indefinite periods of time. These disasters can come without warning and even with a warning, shortages and lack of access to basic needs can have catastrophic consequences for those who are affected. It is most necessary, then, to be prepared with easily accessible and easy to prepare non-perishable food items. If available, devices for cooking such as hot plates, Bunson burners or at the least pots, pans, or foil will help one survive and subsist.
Most people already have some canned items available. It is not uncommon for the average household to have soups, tomato sauce, beans and more standard staples. Making or canning your own items properly (in devices such as mason jars) is more nutritious, however, and not as difficult as some people may think. Preparing canned vegetables, for example, provides excellent nutrition and valuable water which is especially important in a survival situation. Canning chicken or other protein-rich meat is do-able as well, it is just important to remember to cook it first and place it water in the canning jars to keep it edible and bacteria free. Once canned properly, the vegetables and, surprisingly, meat should last 2 or 3 years. Certain foods such as pumpkin, okra, and carrots can take longer to go through the canning process as they are denser foods, so if there is little time to prepare survival foods, they may not provide the best choice.
The more easily accessible these items are, the better, just be careful to not contaminate or rot the food you have canned by letting air get into the containers or exposing them to extreme hot or cold. For those that can get to a surplus or even military type of store before-hand, MRE’s (meals ready to eat) are a great alternative as they are properly packaged, easy to prepare and can be kept for up to 15 years.
On the other hand, plates of pasta, packets of rice and dried beans will last very long, as they have a long shelf-life, yet will be of little help if cooking or even soaking methods are unavailable. A low water supply should be kept for drinking and dry foods that can be eaten in their natural state should be the types of foods stored first and foremost. Dry cereals can be eaten without water and can be paired with pasteurized milk which can last up to six months.
When cooking devices are available, such as Bunson burners that do not require electricity, one can rely on dehydrated vegetables and canned broths or vegetable juices that can last for up to a year in dry environments such as tornados or even blizzards before a thaw. For flavor, dried spices and dehydrated cheeses are a viable choice.
Other cooking devices if power is not available to include a manual can or bottle opener, a gas grill or a camping stove. A gas grill does require extra tanks of propane, so if that is not an option, you can make your own solar cooker from a box and tin foil. This can be done by simply utilizing the sun’s rays to heat water and boil or steam any foods, such as the dehydrated vegetables mentioned above. It can also be used to sterilize any water you can find if you run low on clean water.
To recap, the main items to stock up on or just have available for easy access when a disaster occurs and you need to survive in your house should always include non-perishable food, a water supply, and cooking apparatuses that do not require electricity. The more prepared you and your family are, the more likely you are to survive being trapped in your home in the aftermath of a natural disaster.