Disaster can happen anytime. When it is happened, we don’t know how long it will last until the situation backs to normal. At that time, food and water will become precious items. It is best if we prepare our own survival food kits, so that we are ready for any unexpected situation. Here are what you need to consider when you’re compiling your own survival food kits.
Long lasting foods
Disaster is unpredictable case. We don’t know when and how long it will occur. We shouldn’t be too relying on government’s help since we don’t know for sure when they will reach our area. In the emergency case, the long lasting foods will be beneficial for us. The examples of long lasting foods are:
- Hard grains. If you keep hard grains in sealed package and put them in dry place where it is not exposed with direct sunlight, they will last for almost 12 years.
- Soft grains. They will last for almost 8 years if you keep them in vacuum sealed package.
- Beans. They will last for almost 10 years in vacuum sealed package.
- Flours. Flours and flour-based products, for instance, pasta, will last for 5-8 years in vacuum sealed package.
- White rice. White rice will last for almost 10 years in vacuum sealed package.
- Coconut oil. It will last for almost 2 years in vacuum sealed package. ‘
Foods that require little or no cooking
When disaster strikes, it is possible that electricity and gas line will be cut off from our house. Without these things, we only can depend on open fire or gas bottles to cook foods. Since gas bottles are limited supplies, we should save them as long as possible. Therefore, we need to consider the foods that can be eaten right from its package or can be cooked in short times. They include:
- Canned foods like canned meat, canned tuna, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, and canned milk.
- Dried herbs and spices.
- Honey. It also can be used for antibiotic properties.
- Peanut butter.
Foods to avoid
Basically, foods that need to be stored in fridge are not suitable for survival food kits because there are no guarantees our fridge will keep working in emergency times. To keep fruits and vegetables as survival foods, it is recommended to freeze-dry them before you store them. Frozen-dried fruits and vegetables won’t lose their nutrients, they only lose their moisture. So, we can still meet our nutritional needs by eating frozen-dried foods. We should also avoid foods that require long times to cook and foods that contain too much salt in our survival food kits. Salty foods will make you feel thirsty. It will cause a problem when water is the most valuable things in the time of emergency.