Clean water is extremely important! A lot of times there is water available, but it’s not safe to drink. You should assume that your water is contaminated if the culinary water system has been compromised. Boiling is recommended, but it’s only an option if you have a way to heat it along with needed fuel. For that reason, you need redundant systems—multiple ways to obtain clean water.
Author: Patricia Spigarelli Aston
The preparedness challenge this week is to add canned meat to your food supply. Meat will make your menus more palatable and much more like the food most people are used to eating. Even the addition of small amounts of animal protein to vegetable proteins raises the protein quality of your diet. Canned meats are familiar to most diets and are a nutritious choice, especially when fresh foods aren’t available. You can choose from a wide variety of canned meat, poultry, and fish.
Most people rely on their municipal water system to deliver clean, pure tap water for drinking, food preparation, and personal hygiene. A crisis, big or small, may interrupt the delivery of clean water. When that happens you may experience a “boil water advisory.” In some crises the water system may break down entirely, and you may have to rely on stored water or questionable local water sources like streams and ponds.
This week the challenge is to make your own customized store of breakfast foods. The idea is to collect several breakfast foods and put them together in one food-storage bucket. Or if it works better for you, add them to a dedicated space on your food storage shelves. Choose shelf-stable breakfast items that your family likes to eat. This can includes cooked cereals, pancake mix or muffin mixes, dehydrated or freeze-dried eggs, and dried and canned fruit and fruit juices.
The preparedness challenge this week is to stock up on ready-to-eat entrées. A supply of these entrée meals will be indispensable as quick meals to use in an emergency. They require either very little or no preparation at all. There are several options for entrées: canned, frozen, dehydrated, and freeze-dried.
Salt is one of those basic commodities necessary for life that needs to be in every food storage plan. It is inexpensive and easy to store. There are many varieties of salt available today, but for practical storage there are three main types of salt that are readily available and ideal for storing: table salt, canning and pickling salt, and rock salt.
Sugar is an important food in a preparedness plan. Although sugar has a tarnished reputation, mainly because it is used in excess in modern society, a survival diet will rely much less on processed foods containing sugar. Children, especially, have high caloric needs for their weight and may be unable to get enough energy if their calories sources are limited.
This week the challenge is to add an extra container of yeast and other leavenings to your pantry. In a time of crisis, you may need to rely more on foods prepared at home. Breads and other baked goods require leavenings, so it’s good to have a supply in your food storage.
This is the perfect time to order seeds for planting in this spring’s vegetable garden! It is also a good time to think about those seeds that are best for a crisis. You may have noticed that for the last two years some of your favorite garden seeds were out of stock early—so don’t delay! If growing a garden is something you have on your list of things to do this spring, now is a good time to make sure you have all the seeds and supplies you need.
As people recognize the benefits from living a healthy lifestyle, many are adding whole grains to their diets. So, if healthy grains are important to you, you’ll want to have a short-term supply in your pantry. Whole grains are also the foundation of a basic, long-term food storage. Together, grains and legumes deliver a complete and nourishing high-quality protein and provide more nutrition for the money than any other food.