In order to make your food storage program successful (so you can use when you need it, such as in an emergency, when you loose power or maybe when you have an ice storm) you really need to include other food related items to help you cook and serve meals. For example, I have mentioned many times that you need a few different ways to cook. I discuss 10 different ways you can cook here, in my series on Cooking without Electricity.
Still, that may not cover everything you need. So you will have all that you may need available to keep your family fed, consider adding the following to your food storage program:
- Aluminium foil, saran wrap and wax paper (include aluminium pans as well so you can eliminate or greatly reduce the amount of pans you need to wash)
- Hand dish washing detergent
- Plastic silverware and plastic or paper cups
- Napkins and paper towels
- Baby wipes for easy cleanup (the water may be off too)
- Matches, charcoal or propane canisters (I store charcoal in 5 gallon buckets to protect it from moisture.)
- An extra can opener
- A basic first aid kit
Next time you are at the grocery store, add an extra item from this list to your cart. Do that each time you go to the store and soon you will have a supply that will see you through any emergency!