A lot of people are beginning to pay more attention to preparing for emergency scenarios where having stocked up on food will prove to be a very good decision. Thanks in part to the show “Doomsday Preppers” it is becoming a more mainstream practice to stock up on food.
Since most Americans don’t have the seemingly unlimited budget of the “Doomsday Preppers” with their year’s supply of Army MRE’s or freeze-dried survival rations, they want to know how they can stock up on food on a budget.
The two most inexpensive ways to stock up on food for an emergency line up perfectly with the two types of emergency food storage: long-term and short-term supplies emergency food.
Short-term food storage is generally considered to be food that will last you up to 3 months of an emergency. The easiest and cheapest way to stockpile your short-term emergency food is with canned soups and other non-perishable foods. These are foods that you get at your normal grocery store.
The great advantage of canned goods, such as soups, is that they can be eaten with minimal cooking or even right out of the can during an emergency.
Long-term food storage is generally considered to be the food that will take you from 3 months in an emergency all the way to a year or more. If you don’t have the money for expensive freeze-dried, ready to eat foods, then the best way to build your long-term emergency food stockpile is with staples.
Staples for long-term food storage are easily obtained in bulk and are very inexpensive. The best source is the Latter Day Saints (Mormon church) canneries, which sell the food at cost in order to help people prepare for emergencies.
What should go with the stockpiling of long-term emergency food staples is the practice of cooking from these ingredients. It’s not easy to suddenly go from cooking microwave meals and prepared foods to learning how to cook meals from staples like oats, flour, potato flakes and dry milk.
The good news is that the money you save from stockpiling staples for your long-term emergency food stores will provide you even more savings if you can change your lifestyle to include more and more “from scratch” meals. Not only will your bank account be healthier, but your body will be too.