If you’ve been on the internet lately, you may have noticed that a lot of people are talking about food stockpiling. Maybe you’re one of them! There are a lot of reasons why stocking food is popular and smart, and in this post, we’re going to explore some of them.
Is Stocking Food Popular in the US?
Yes, stocking food is popular in the United States. In fact, many people began stockpiling during the pandemic and this hasn’t stopped. The reason for this is that when there is a global crisis, it’s important to have food that will last.
One of the main reasons why stocking food is popular is because of the current economic climate. Many people are worried about job security and the future, so they’re stocking up on non-perishable food items in case they need to tighten their budgets in the future. This isn’t just a US phenomenon either, it’s happening all over the world.
7 Reasons Why Stocking Food is Popular
There are many reasons why stocking food is popular. Here are seven of the most common reasons people are stocking food, today!
In recent months, inflation has been on the rise, causing the cost of living to increase. As a result, more and more people are stocking up on food and other essentials in order to save money in case the inflationary trend continues.
While stocking up on food may help you save money in the short term, it can also lead to waste if you’re not careful. When buying in bulk, be sure to consider how much you and your family will actually consume before it goes bad. Otherwise, you may find yourself throwing out expired food, and wasting money in the process.
From hurricanes to earthquakes and floods, natural disasters can strike at any time. If you live in an area that’s prone to natural disasters, stocking up on food is a smart way to prepare for the worst. That way, if a disaster strikes, you’ll have enough food to last until help arrives.
Power outages are relatively common, especially during severe weather. If the power goes out, your refrigerator and freezer will stop working, which means any food inside will start to spoil. That’s why it’s a good idea to have non-perishable food on hand in case of a power outage. That way, you won’t have to worry about that part of your food inventory going bad.
For some people, stocking up on food is a way to feel secure. In today’s world, there’s a lot of uncertainty, and stocking up on food is a way to ease those fears. By having extra food on hand, you’ll know that you and your family will always have something to eat, no matter what happens.
As we mentioned before, one of the main reasons people stock up on food is to save money. When you buy in bulk, you can usually get a better deal than if you were to buy the same amount of food individually. So, if you’re looking to save money, stocking up on food is a great way to do it.
I’ve mentioned before, here in Utah the local grocery stores have case lot sales. Buying by the case has proven to be cost-effective and a good way to increase your non-perishable storage inventory. The stores will usually put soups, canned meats and vegetables, and even canned meats on sale. If your favorite store doesn’t offer this purchasing option, you should ask them to consider it.
Let’s face it, grocery shopping can be a pain. If you hate going to the store, stocking up on food is a great way to avoid it. By having extra food on hand, you can go weeks or even months without having to go to the store, other than for fresh fruits and veggies, milk, and eggs. Of course, this only works if you’re careful about what you buy and how much you consume.
Another reason why stocking up on food is popular is because of the economy. In recent years, the economy has been unstable, and as a result, more and more people are stockpiling food in case of an economic downturn. By having extra food on hand, you’ll be able to weather the economic storms that can come your way.
20 Foods to Stockpile
As you can tell, there are many valid reasons for stocking food, but what exactly should you be stockpiling? Here are 20 Foods that I suggest are worth stockpiling:
- Peanut butter– Peanut butter is a shelf-stable food and a great source of protein.
- White rice– Stored properly, white rice can last for over 10 years. Store it in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
- Beans- Beans are another great source of protein and can last for years, if stored properly.
- Canned fruits and vegetables- Canned fruits and vegetables can last for 2-5 years, making them a great item to stockpile.
- Water- You should always have water on hand in case of an emergency. Store at least 4 gallons per person, per day for the number of days you feel are reasonable and workable. I’ve written lots of posts relating to water storage, check my archive and take some notes.
- Canned meat- Canned meat can last for 2-5 years too, and is a great item to have on hand in case of an emergency. Chicken is the best-canned meat to stock, based on price and the frequency of recipes calling for chicken.
- Powdered milk– Powdered milk has a shelf life of 1-2 years and is a great way to keep milk on hand without worrying about it going bad. If you purchased commercial #10 cans of powdered milk, the shelf life can prove to be much longer.
- Pasta– Pasta has a medium shelf life and is a great item to have on hand.
- Canned soup– Canned soup can last for 2-5 years and is a versatile item to have on hand in case of an emergency.
- Frozen fruit and vegetables– Frozen fruit and vegetables can last for 8-12 months and are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables.
- Long-lasting fruits and veggies– Apples, carrots, onions, garlic, potatoes, beets, and cabbage can be stored for months in your fridge or a cool dry place.
- Cereal– Cereal is a great breakfast option and has a shelf life of 6-12 months.
- Nuts and seeds– Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and can last for months, if stored properly. (Please store in the freezer due to oil content.)
- Dried fruit– Dried fruit has a medium shelf life and is a great way to get your daily dose of fruit.
- Crackers– Crackers have a shelf life of 6-12 months and are a great snack option.
- Meats– You can buy meat in bulk from your local butcher and freeze it for months.
- Sugar, salt & Pepper– These items have a long shelf life and are essential for cooking.
- Baking soda & flour– Baking soda and flour have a long shelf life and are essential for baking.
- Coffee & Tea– Coffee and tea have a long shelf life and are great pantry staples.
- Applesauce– Applesauce has a shelf life of 2-5 years and is a great pantry staple.
My Favorite Water For Drinking
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I quote their website:
“1 Case – 12 oz of water per can – 24 cans per case – 2.25 gallons of water per case. Pure Fresh Taste, Hermetically Sealed, Purified with 12-Step Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, UV Light Treatment, Eco-Friendly Packaging, Tested BPA Free, No Chlorine or Flouride”.
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As you can see, there are many valid reasons for stockpiling food and lots of great options for the items you should consider. So, if you’re looking to save money, be prepared for emergencies, or avoid going to the store, stocking up on food is a great option for you. Just be sure to carefully choose what you stockpile, as some foods have a shorter shelf life than others.
What are your thoughts? Do you see any benefits to stockpiling food that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below! May God Bless this world, Linda