In the event of a disaster, are you prepared with your food supply? I mean really prepared for the long haul? We live in dangerous times, and the risk of something bad happening globally is just too high. Just take a look at the news on any given day, and you can’t help but be convinced that there will be a food shortage, that it will happen soon, and that it will endure for an extended period of time.
Fortunately, you are aware enough to be concerned about being prepared with food storage and providing much-needed nutrition and energy for yourself and your family. That is the first step. The next is to make sure that you have all of the bases covered in your food prep. Here are ten must-haves for prepper food.
1) You Must Store More than You Think You Need
Figuring out how much food to store is a good place to start, taking into consideration how many people you plan to feed, and what they normally eat. You can’t stop there, though. In the middle of an emergency, you may need more food that you think. Some factors that would increase the amount of food you need to store include an increase in caloric need during stress, the possible loss of some of your food through destruction or thievery, and the need to feed new people added to your group. A good rule of thumb is to have enough food storage for at least one-half again of what you think you need.
For example, if you want to store a one-year supply of food, prepare an additional six-month food supply as well. Since the right food will store safely for 15-25 years and can be used during normal times, you don’t need to worry about waste.
2) You Must Store Healthy Food
So much of the food storage that is out there is, well, junk. Loaded with fillers, hydrogenated oil, excess salt, little fiber, and genetically modified ingredients, these products won’t keep you healthy, just when it is imperative that you get the best nutrition to fuel your body. Before purchasing any food, check to make sure that it is low in saturated fats, has no trans fats, contains a good source of fiber, is absent of added MSG, contains whole grains and complex carbohydrates, uses only natural ingredients, etc. Fortunately, EFoodsDirect products meet all of these standards and more. Read the labels on any food that you plan to store to make sure that it is appropriate to consume.
Otherwise you may as well store cardboard.
3) You Must Store Familiar Food
Many new preppers purchase all sorts of exotic food, thinking that they will adapt to it when the time comes. This is a mistake. You should only store food that you would eat anyway. If you aren’t sure about a particular recipe or food, you should ask for a sample to try, or purchase a small amount, such as one-week supply of food and prepare it. Make sure every member of your family tries the new recipes. This way there will be no surprises later. EFoodsDirect offers a sample pack with six meals to try for free.
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