The best of your savings and investments need not be in banks and stock markets, a roller coaster of an economy, war and terror, natural disasters and climate change have all necessitated the formulation of a backup plan to endure and survive unprecedented emergencies. We, as human beings are all programmed to hope for the best but it certainly does not hurt to prepare for the worst. After all, both are survival techniques in their own way.
Food inflation is a matter of great debate among world countries. Situation today is so volatile that it is vital for us all to fall back on sustainable food production and purchase and storage of food items for long term. This action serves 2 purposes: shields us during emergencies and provides a sense of security and mental peace to face the challenges and days ahead.
The task might seem grueling and arduous but when one considers the consequences of unpreparedness, this will seem like a walk in the park. If you are a novice to the whole prepping business, here is a starter’s list of food items that are easy to buy, simple to store, does not make your wallet lighter and comes with a longer shelf life.
Rice is a great source of carbohydrates, is pretty cheap and lasts really long. White rice is available in all grocery stores and with proper storage techniques, it can last anywhere between 10-20 years. Every time you hit the grocery store be sure to add a bag of rice to your list.
As far as research goes, honey has a fantastic shelf life and can hardly be termed as perishable. There might be changes in color with significant changes in temperature and light but honey does not provide an environment conducive for bacterial and microbial growth. It is definitely a safe bet.
Dry Corn and cornmeal
Drying corn enhances its life and this can be utilized in any meal that in general uses normal corn. Cornmeal on the other hand has loads of carbohydrates and oils for improved shelf life that can touch even 2 years. Sealing the bags tightly and storing them in cool and dry places will ensure its longevity.
Salt & Sugar
One of the easiest items to buy and store is salt. It not only lasts a lifetime but is also used for preserving other food items. Sugar, brown or white, has a shelf life of over ten odd years when stored properly. From flavoring food to improving our calorie intake, sugar has quite a number of advantages. Do not hesitate to add an extra bag of these two the next time you visit the grocery store.
All types of dried beans are great for preppers. They come packed with proteins and if sealed and stored in cool and dry places along with dried ice, these tiny storehouses of power can last up to ten long years.
Among oils, coconut oil comes with the longest shelf life of nearly two years and can be used for multiple purposes.
From mood enhancement to health augmentation, coffee, tea and cocoa have various benefits. Instant beverages, when stored away from moisture in siccative packaging, can add that extra punch to your menu.
Canned food might be a little heavy on your pockets but when picked wisely, they can last for over 5 years. Buy only those food items that you currently consume so that they can be used before going bad completely.
This is another storehouse of protein and fat that can last for over 5 years when properly sealed. Add extra bottles of PB every time you visit the grocery store.
Apart from the above mentioned list, dried herbs, spices, pasta, baking soda and powdered milk can also be purchased and stored occasionally to add to the variety of the survival foods list. Storing is pretty simple too, just buy food-grade buckets and store the items along with salt and dried ice (in small packets) and leave them in your cellar for later use. It is necessary for us to remember that when disaster strikes, the actual event might last a day but its aftermath might turn our lives around. Safeguard your family by following these simple techniques and improve your chances of survival.