The All-State spokesman wasn’t lying; life comes at you fast. If a surprise blizzard has you snowed in, you can worry about missing work, school, or having your car turned into an icebox later—what you need to worry about now is food. The pizza man doesn’t deliver during ice storms, so it’s important to make sure you and your family have enough emergency food to keep you healthy and happy until the seasonal storm passes, with a bit extra in case a friend came to visit just as the surprise weather struck.
Emergency food isn’t just extra granola bars or a collection of microwavable fast food; your stockpile has to last, has to replenish your energy during the stressful time, and most of all, has to keep you healthy. We’ve compiled a list of the best survivalist-tested favorites when it comes to stocking your cupboards, based on how well it stores, how nutritious it is for you, and its cost effectiveness.
Carbs are the name of the game when it comes to waiting out disaster, and pasta has plenty. It’s easily stored and inexpensive to buy, allowing you to stockpile on a few dozen bags and have confidence you’ll be not only healthy but comfortable in the coming days or weeks. You can match this with some perishables in your kitchen, such as beef, to make spaghetti, or when supplies get low, pair it with canned tomato juice as sauce. In the end, there’s always eating it straight with a little salt; not gourmet, but healthy and tasty.
Pick your favorite—almonds, cashews, peanuts—and buy enough cans to last you, and the members of your household, for at least a month. Nuts are packed with protein, fatty acids for your brain and heart, and essential vitamins, making them the perfect food for growing children, and also for adults waiting out a disaster. You’ll need your wits about you, and nuts fuel the brain to keep your senses clear. They have a shelf life of over a year when refrigerated, and though they’re the more expensive option when bought individually, they offer the greatest amount of essential energy you’ll need.
By being prepared, you can keep yourself and your family healthy and safe until the danger passes. All it takes is adding a few items to your shopping list, dropping a few dozen dollars one time only, throwing it all in the back of your cupboards, and forgetting about it. It’ll be there when you need it. While you’re at it, learn 6 Ways to Stay Warm in Your Rental This Winter, so if your power goes out, you can still stay toasty until the storm passes.
Reposted from ForRent: https://www.forrent.com/blog/apt_life/best-emergency-foods/