Emergency Food Kits-Which Ones Do You Need

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I’m going to show you some emergency food kits, you decide which kits you need based on the makeup of your family, or those neighbors who may be looking to you for help. Plus, I would love it if you have more ideas that I can add to each group, please let me know. Here’s the deal, we all have different age groups in our families. There are different age groups living in our neighborhoods. I realize we can buy #10 cans of different foods and case goods as we prepare for major disasters, but maybe this will help one or two families realize how easy it is to get started with your emergency food kits we’ll find useful in most situations when an unexpected emergency hits us.

I just want to remind all of us we are responsible to feed and hydrate our own family, whether today as we live what seems like a normal daily life, or after major disasters. Today, I’m only talking about food, and maybe a few items to go with the different age groups. Today, it’s really more about short-term food storage. Of course, you can always have #10 cans with most all of your favorite foods for long-term storage, but I want to make this an easy step to get started with your own emergency food kits. All of this food requires water for each family member. Please note, I recommend 4-gallons per person per day. Don’t forget a few can openers. Can Openers

Emergency Food Kits

Babies/Newborns:

Babies in general and also newborns are a little easier if breast milk is available for the baby and the mother can be nourished and hydrated to keep up her milk supply. When I had babies 40+ years ago, we started our babies on rice cereal, pears, and bananas around six weeks old. I know things have changed a whole lot, they start real food much later now. I highly recommend one of these for your child to grind your own baby food when you feel it appropriate to feed them real food. It’s a hand-powered baby food grinder and you’ll find it can save you a bunch compared to canned or bottled baby food from the store. Of course you’ll need to purchase the fresh food to grind. Baby Food Grinder

If by chance a mother is hurt and unable to nurse her baby, please stock some baby formula, bottles, and burp rags because you may have to feed a baby or two after a disaster. This is why it’s critical to know our neighbors, so these things can be discussed and prepared for in advance. In pioneer days, they had wet nurses who could nurse babies if needed. It may come to that, just giving you the heads-up.

I suggest the following food items: rice cereal, bowl, spoon, and a few jars of baby food like bananas and pears. Please remember to rotate every six months. Yes, we can grind our own food with cans or fresh fruits and vegetables, but if we have a hungry baby, let’s have some ready to serve ASAP.

Toddlers:

Oh, this is the cutest age ever. I like to just sit around and watch as they entertain us with their cute personalities. Now, feeding them can sometimes be a little challenge. Their tummies are so small they need to eat several meals or snack, whatever you want to call them, each day. I still remember a granddaughter who loved broccoli, first grandchild ever to eat that at 1-1/2 years old.

Sometimes toddlers will eat anything, and some are a little pickier.

The next time you go the store look down the grocery aisles and decide what finger foods a toddler would enjoy eating. They love crackers, applesauce cups, fruit cups, green beans, and healthy snacks. I still love graham crackers, I guess I’m a kid at heart. Be sure and put some small sippy cups, bowls, plates and silverware in your toddler emergency food kits.

Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables in #10 cans are easy for toddlers to eat right out of the can. Cut into appropriate age bite sizes. Mac and cheese are always popular, just write down what your toddler may like and stockpile a little or lot and rotate it.

Children:

I love storing rice milk because it has a pretty long shelf-life, and one of my granddaughters is regular milk intolerant. I also store chocolate Quick Mix. I know it’s not the healthiest, but it makes a great hot cocoa for my grandkids. I serve the hot cocoa in sippy cups, so we have very few spills. If you have some sippy cups in your kits they will be clean and be new to any child that may need a warm cup of cocoa. There may be a neighbor who has not yet learned to be prepared, I will serve their cute little kids hot cocoa. Here are some sippy cups like I use, mental note to myself, please order a few more.  Sippy Cups

This age is fun because what child wouldn’t love to choose the food they would eat today at a grocery store or in case of an emergency? Let’s be real, not all the food will be healthy, but we need some cans of food that only needs a can opener and a way to cook it.

Teenagers:

Okay, I have to say right now I do not know how my daughters feed their sons who are athletes, and well over six feet tall. One of my grandsons came to visit and I fixed dinner and about an hour later he was rummaging for leftovers, love that kid. When he was born, I stared at his huge hands and feet. I said to my daughter “this is going to be a very tall son.” And he is. And a few others are just as tall.

Here’s the deal with teenagers, they may not want to go to the store to choose some foods in cans that can be reheated, but they may as well know life could change in an instant and they will be thankful for those food items.

Suggestions, pancake mix (all ages), syrup, chili, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, chunky soups, crackers and canned meats. Add a few boxes of crackers with small jars of mayo or Miracle Whip. Score with snacks like Costco serves.

Adults:

This one is a lot easier to figure out because we understand the need for food storage. I would go as a family to the grocery store and choose food for one day. The next week, choose food for the second day, then a third day. Before you know it you will have seven days worth of food for three meals a day plus snacks stored ready for the next challenge you face. Use my printout to get you started: Where do I start by Linda

The printout has seven days and has an area to fill in what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinners. If I have rice, beans, pasta and salsa, cans of vegetables, cans of fruit, Mark and I are good to go. I can make any kind soup if I have diced tomatoes. I can make tortillas, bread, biscuits, and crackers. Life is good if you choose the food you will eat and then rotate them.  Before they expire and you haven’t eaten them, please donate the cans to your local food bank. Yes, I can make pancakes from scratch, but I always store Krusteuz pancake mix that only requires water to make pancakes or waffles.

I have instant milk so Mark can have his cereal, life is good. We always stock up on cereal. I recommend this milk. Remember, powdered milk for cooking, instant milk is for drinking. I never buy powdered milk, just letting you know. Instant Milk 

The Elderly:

Now, this age group may be a bit trickier because they may have heart issues or be Diabetic, so special precautions must be known before we fix food for them. This is another reason why we need to have neighborhood meetings to get to know each other and learn the foods people can eat safely. It would be a good idea to compare emergency food kits.

Special Diet Required:

If you have dietary issues, a reader mentioned today that Thrive Life has some great gluten-free food items. Thrive Life Gluten-Free Flour

Keep in mind 99.9% of my #10 cans of freeze-dried fruits, vegetables and meats are gluten-free. Be sure and check labels, there are more foods that you can eat than you may realize. It’s the “prepared meals” that may have gluten in them.

All emergency food kits need plates, cups, plastic silverware, paper towels and ways to wash them, but we will talk about that another day. May God bless this world to be prepared for the unexpected.

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10 thoughts on “Emergency Food Kits-Which Ones Do You Need

  • October 1, 2017 at 7:37 am
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    Question from a Dunce: What is a #10 can?

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    • October 1, 2017 at 10:59 am
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      Hi, Beth #10 cans are what freeze-dried or dehydrated foods are typically sold in. You are not the first person to ask me that question. I apologize I need to remember to explain what a #10 can is. A #10 can is7 inches high and 6-1/4-inches in diameter. It’s about the size of a can of coffee sold in most grocery stores. I am writing a post for tomorrow and I will for sure explain what a #10 can is. Thanks for the reminder. Linda

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  • October 1, 2017 at 10:32 am
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    On storing water. we have lots of 5 gallon jugs stored, as well as one gallon. We just got some 3 gallon jugs because the 5 are actually too heavy for me to carry. We thought if my husband was unable to get the water, I might be in trouble.

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    • October 1, 2017 at 11:02 am
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      Hi Janet, I’m with you on those 5-gallon jugs, I cannot lift them. I would for sure be in trouble if I had to carry a 5-gallon container filled with water. My 3.5-gallon WaterBrincks each weigh 27 pounds when filled with water. Glad you mentioned this, love it! Linda

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  • October 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    Stored crackers and chips are nasty. They become stale and odd-tasting. My brother and his wife vacuum seal crackers and certain chips in 2-qt. jars and mylar bags and they are just like new when they are opened. Thanks for your blog!

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    • October 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm
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      Hi, Janye, I always worry when they have flour in them, they can go rancid pretty quick. Thanks for the tip. Linda

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  • October 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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    You mentioned powdered milk vs. instant milk on a previous post. So I went to see what I had stored. I have Augason’s Moo milk alternative. I can’t figure out if it is instant or powdered. Do you know? 

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    • October 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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      Hi Carol, I bet it’s instant. My Thrive milk says instant milk. I remember buying some mil that said alternative milk. I must have used it up because I only have Thrive Instant now. You can stir it with a spoon whereas powdered milk almost needs a hand mixer or it’s totally lumpy. I hope this helps. You can use both but I instant or alternative. Linda

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  • October 10, 2017 at 6:45 am
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    Jars of peanut butter are another good item to put in your kits, especially if you store a lot of crackers. I was able to buy a number of pilot cracker #10 cans a bit over a year ago at a great price, so I’m good for easy snacks for a while before I need to start grinding wheat berries and making my own bread and crackers. It’s always good to have some convenience foods that can be eaten as is or just heated up – these can be life savers if you’re exhausted and/or sick. Love the idea of putting crackers in mason jars and vacuum sealing them – will have to try that the next tine the market has them on sale. They are a LOT cheaper than #10 cans of pilot crackers!

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    • October 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm
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      Hi, dmwalsh, I always have some crackers in my stash, and I rotate them. We always have peanut butter and jam available too! Life is good! Linda

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