In almost every disaster situation, many people are left blindsided and totally unprepared. You just never know when an emergency could happen and you’re no longer able to head to the grocery store to pick up some last-minute supplies. Covid-19 has been a fair example of this. Which is why you need to have a pantry that’s ready for those emergencies. Let’s talk about what to store in your pantry for an emergency.
In times of emergency, it’s important that you’re still providing your family with the right nutrition, even when your circumstances aren’t so great. Here’s more on what to store in your pantry so that you’re prepared for an emergency. Please pass this PRINTABLE on to people who need help with food storage, Food Storage List-Where Do I Start Free Printable
What to Store in Your Pantry for an Emergency
For obvious reasons, drinking water takes up the top spot on my list. Your body is made up of around 60% water and can only last a few days without it. Whether you plan on storing your drinking water in bottled form or in a 5-gallon container, make sure that you have a minimum of four gallons of water per individual, per day, for at least a 3 day period. This will cover your family’s drinking and sanitary purposes. And don’t forget your pet’s needs. You need one ounce of water per pound. So, if your pet weighs 10 pounds you will need 10 ounces of water stored for each day.
For those of you who live in a hotter climate, are pregnant, or have a baby that drinks formula, you’ll want to have more on hand. Another reason you may want to plan on storing more is in case one of your family members were to get sick and require more fluids to keep them hydrated.
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It can be an extremely dangerous situation when you’re sick and your body is unable to retain fluids and electrolytes, especially during an emergency. Electrolyte drinks, such as Gatorade or Pedialyte, provide you and your children a way to hold on to those fluids if you were to have vomiting or diarrhea symptoms. I feel so much better when I have this product stocked in my home, Pedialyte Electrolyte Powder Variety
In case you missed this post, How To Know When Someone Is Severely Dehydrated
Canned Vegetables and Fruit
Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of buying fruits and vegetables in the produce department of your local grocery store and never getting the chance to enjoy them? Happens to me too often. Instead of purchasing products that spoil far too quickly, why not buy them canned so you have something when you’re in a pinch? Not only do they last in your pantry for a very long time, but they also have similar vitamins and minerals that fresh produce has.
Pasta contains important carbs that can give your family energy, as well as fiber to help with digestion. It stores for several years and comes in so many different shapes and sizes. Be sure to also have the pasta sauces that you can use so that it doesn’t get old eating it multiple times.
Another warm and hearty meal that lasts for several years in your pantry is canned soup. Many have plenty of nutritious value and only require to be heated up. It’s also not necessary to add any milk or water to them, which is a good thing when you’re dealing with an emergency situation where those ingredients may not be available to you.
Canned Meat and Fish
Listen up, all you meat-eaters! If you’re ever faced with an emergency situation and fresh meat was not currently available to you, that doesn’t mean that you have to go entirely cold-turkey (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Canned meat and fish come packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids that are important for your family. You also have plenty of tasty options, whether it’s canned chicken, ham, SPAM, Manwich, sardines, tuna, or salmon. They not only come in cans, but you can also find them in foil pouches that don’t require a can opener.
Beef Jerky and Other Dehydrated Meats
Beef jerky and beef sticks are excellent snacks for you that are filled with protein to provide you energy. Just be careful not to eat too much because they do in fact contain a lot of sodium. As long as it’s sealed up properly, jerky can store for a couple of years. If you’re not much of a beef fan, there’s a number of other dehydrated meats that you can try, such as ham, turkey, venison, salmon, alligator, buffalo, and even kangaroo.
Protein and Granola Bars
Granola and protein bars come individually wrapped and can come in handy when you’re in need of a quick breakfast or a sweet snack. Plus, they’re much healthier comfort food for your children instead of them eating a chocolate candy bar.
For those of you who can’t seem to get enough fruit, you should consider storing raisins, craisins, apricots, and other dried fruits to hold you over. While most dried fruits typically have much of their vitamin C compromised, there’s still plenty of other nutrients that come with them. It’s better if you go with the “no-sugar-added” dehydrated fruits when you can, but no matter which way you prefer them, they’ll last for a long time when properly sealed in their container.
Nuts and Seeds
Another wonderful emergency snack to stock in your pantry would be a combination of nuts and seeds. Whether you’re a pecan, walnut, cashew, pistachio, or peanut lover, each of them has plenty of protein, along with fiber and other important nutrients. If you’re looking for a supply that will last you the longest, then I’d encourage you to purchase the nuts and seeds that still come in their shell.
While I’m on the topic of nuts, don’t forget to have a few jars of peanut butter, especially if you have children. Please remember all nuts must be kept in the freezer because of their oil content, they will go rancid very quickly. In case you missed this post, Health Benefits of Nuts: Stock Up
It’s pretty safe to bet that your family could be missing out on some rather important vitamins and minerals from their diets when dealing with a stressful emergency situation. Don’t allow it to come to that! Be sure to add daily multivitamins to your pantry to fill in those deficiency gaps. I’m not a doctor, or nurse, or anyone in the medical field, but I will recommend these vitamins if they work with any medications you are taking. Always check with your medical advisor. Vitamin D3, Vitamin B-12, and Zinc. Please stay healthy, let WHOLE food be your medicine.
Several of the food items on this list come in can form, but it’s going to be difficult to open any of them without a can opener, so make sure you have one set aside. I have several Hand Can Openers, and because of my arthritis, I opted to have an Electric Can Opener as well.
What to Store in Your Pantry for an Emergency
Covid-19 was certainly an eye-opener for Americans, as many began to see the urgency and importance of having a fully-stocked pantry in case of an emergency. Because chances are, when you went to the grocery store, it was difficult to find what you needed.
The experts have been telling us for some time that this winter could get even worse. This is why I’d encourage you to prepare now and store several of these pantry items before things wind up being worst case. That way you’ll still be able to provide your family with meals and snacks that also have the nutrition value we all need. May God Bless this world, Linda
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