If you have been working hard to build up your emergency food storage supply, you may need to take another look at your supply. There is a good chance you have been diligently storing your food, but have forgotten a few key things that are necessary to actually putting food on the table. You can’t exactly serve a bowl of whole wheat grains to your child for breakfast. It can be hard to plan for living out of your house or in another location without electricity, running water or the conveniences of your kitchen. This list will serve to remind you of all those little details.
• Manual can opener-You likely have a lot of canned food in your food storage, but it won’t do you any good if you can’t open it! It wouldn’t hurt to have two can openers just in case one gets lost.
• Grain mill-You can find whole grains for a lot less and they will often store longer. But, in order to use those grains, you need a grain mill. These can be picked up for relatively cheap. Make sure it is a manual grain mill and not electric.
• Disposable utensils are extremely useful. Your water is going to be very precious and you want to conserve as much as possible. Disposable utensils can be used and set aside until you have more water available to take care of cleaning the dishes.
• Avoid stocking foods that are overly salty. Things like saltine crackers, jerky and other foods that are high in salt will make you thirsty. Again, water is going to be a precious commodity.
• Don’t stock foods you and your family have never eaten. If you don’t like canned spinach today, you are not going to like it in a survival situation. Before you make a decision to stock up on a particular food, taste it first.
You also need to remember any dietary restrictions for family members. Although you would certainly not want anybody to get sick, it is a fact of life and with limited water, cleaning is likely going to suffer. Viruses and germs are going to be prolific. A good supply of chicken noodle soup, canned juices and drink mixes are all good to have on hand.
To help keep your food storage organized, it helps to keep your can opener, mills and utensils in a small tote. This way, if you do need to bug out, the tote makes it easy to grab everything you need without worrying about where the can opener is.