You can make seven days worth of meals for survival very easily. If you start with seven days for each member of your family by bagging them in complete meals you are good to go. Now, let’s be honest here, none of us want processed food to eat for every meal. But, just think how easy this would be if you looked in your pantry and saw seven bags filled with complete meals for each day ready to serve after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. Or, you can make 7 bags worth of breakfast meals, lunches, and dinners, thus making 21 bags. Be sure and remember that water is the most important item you should have stored. I recommend four gallons per person per day, although the American Red Cross recommends only one gallon per day per person. You have heard me say this before, I disagree with that amoun, but that’s just me. Here’s the link they talk about how much water they recommend: American Red Cross (page 7).
Meals For Survival
If you can start with just seven days it may not seem so overwhelming to be prepared with some almost ready to eat meals. I see a lot of stores right now with case lot sales. If you like green beans or corn buy a couple of cases. Canned tomatoes are great too. Get a case of spaghetti sauce, but get the pasta to go with it. Make it a family affair and let everyone choose their favorite canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, mayonnaise, and crackers. Throw in some popcorn because you can always pop some popcorn in a Dutch oven outside if you have charcoal stored in airtight containers. Once you have seven days then add another seven days and before long you will have 30 days or more worth of food sitting in your pantry ready to serve after a disaster. Please remember a can opener. You will need to buy enough of the food items you decide to choose for your entire family. My husand Mark could eat a whole can of chili or Spaghettio’s for lunch or dinner, just saying.
I met a friend for lunch the other day and she mentioned one of her friends decided they would make 52 weeks of complete meals in bags, one week at a time. Every week they purchased a week’s worth of meals for the whole family. At the end of the 52 weeks they started all over again. They did not buy #10 cans with food storage. They have a large family and decided this way fit their budget a lot easier. Here are a few of my ideas, and I’m sure you have some ideas I can add to the list. So let’s get started. Of course, if you make some of these mixes from scratch you will not need the mixes I have shown below. I do like the idea of grab and go meals, though.
We can eat everything out of a can (but we will need to boil the pasta), so I recommend when you can budget for it to purchase a butane stove like this one: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and extra fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves You can boil your water if you had to with one of these stoves as well.
Breakfast Meals For Survival
Instant milk, cereal, muffin mixes, pancake mixes, canned fruit, canned juices or applesauce
Lunch Meals For Survival
Canned tuna, canned chicken, canned roast beef, mayonnaise, crackers (these would replace bread), canned vegetables, canned fruits, chips and salsa, sardines (that’s for my husband).
Dinner Meals For Survival
Canned beef stew, canned chili, canned soups, crackers, spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruits, Spaghettio’s, ravioli’s, canned potatoes, gravy in a jar, canned chicken
If at the end of the year you haven’t eaten the food, and if it hasn’t expired you can donate the food to your local food bank. Every city has people who could use that food, trust me, I know. The great thing is you will sleep at night knowing you have food and water for your family after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. May God bless you in your daily life to be self-reliant. Remember the government cannot take care of everyone in the short term. We must be able to take care of ourselves. Thank you for being prepared for the unexpected.
My favorite emergency items:
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt
Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water
Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle, 3-Pack
Deborah: I have boxed up 3 days worth of canned food for 2 adults…..5 times now. After reading this article I am going to toss in one of those tiny metal can openers (maybe clear tape it to the inside of the lid) and several packages of plastic utensils with napkins….the kind you can buy at Costco. I store a case of bottled water with each box too. This is just a very small part of our food and water storage but you never know when this is exactly what you or someone else might need. Thank you for all you write about. I appreciate it.