Imagine that the worst has happened and the $hit has hit the fan. The supply chains of distribution have been all but non-existent and all of the stores have long since been looted and emptied of their goods.
You’re lying low and you’re staying alive off your own food storage of rice and beans while using a camp-stove and fuel you’ve stored ahead. The thing is, you’re only eating rice and beans. Day after day. Week after week. You only had a few weeks worth of other food varieties and they’re long gone now. All you have left are the several buckets of rice and beans you stored for a long-term disaster.
Don’t be that person who is suffering from appetite fatigue.
Ask yourself, “Am I going to eat this sh*t day in and day out?”
It is very important to first acquire a food storage of staples like rice, beans, wheat, etc. to provide adequate food calories for an amount of time that you’re comfortable with. Then afterwards begin to build up a food storage of other items – especially following the principle of “buy what you eat, and eat what you store”.
Having said that, for those of you who have food storage for long-term emergency preparedness, how many of you have actually thought about literally having to source your daily food needs from ONLY your storage for longer than just a few weeks?
If your long-term food storage consists mostly and only of the basics such as rice, beans, and wheat, and if you ever had to rely solely on your food storage supply, it won’t be long until appetite fatigue sets in making it difficult to eat the same foods for a long duration.
Appetite fatigue can even become bad enough that some people will begin to resist and may even simply refuse to eat…
Diversify Your Food Groups
The answer is to diversify your food storage. When planning your food storage inventory, not only is it important to plan for bulk ‘staples’ for food calories and nutritional health, but it is very important to plan a diversified storage of food groups that will raise the spirits of those who are forced to eat only from this supply day after day, week after week, month after month.
Plan on a variety of foods, and those foods that will store well.
Here are a few ideas and suggestions:
While vegetables are not calorie dense, they should be an important addition to your food storage for their nutritional value and variety. Home-canned, store-canned, dehydrated or free-dried are alternative ways to store them. Speaking of vegetables – you better plan on successfully being able to grow your own. You could theoretically survive from eating only vegetables if you had to. Think ‘vegetable calories’ (e.g. beans, corn, potatoes, squash).
Fruits. Again, canned, dehydrated, freeze-dried, and grow your own. Whatever foods you can grow yourself (anything at all) is what you should ultimately strive for – self sustaining sources.
Spices, herbs, and condiments will be a tremendous asset to offset the bland humdrum of repeatedly eating the same foods. This may be the most important ‘non-staple’ food category because it can be used to compliment any and all other foods to significantly enhance and alter flavor for your pallet. Many spices do not go ‘bad’ (except for ground oily spices after awhile), but spices and herbs will lose their potency over time. This is why whenever possible I purchase the seeds of various spices and then grind them when I’m ready to use them while using an ordinary hand spice grinder.
Comfort foods like chocolate, candy, and sweets will bring significant pleasure to a dull and repetitive food routine. For example a #10 can of chocolate powder will essentially store forever. Honey will last forever. Hard candy won’t go bad. Use your imagination.
Think about your favorite ‘treat’ foods and either store them back or get the ingredients to make them yourself.
The thought process of food balance and variety is more important than you may think. In today’s modern world, we are accustomed to the immense variety of food choices, flavors, and variety at our fingertips in grocery stores. We truly are spoiled in that sense. Grocery stores are filled with nearly any food we can imagine, even during off-season. Now imagine none of that being available?
Note: A thought concerning your water needs: If it ever comes to a point where you are actually having to rely on your long-term food storage, then it may also mean that your water supply has been disrupted. If you do not have a well (with alternative energy to run the pump) then you need to give some serious thought to where your nearest water source is. Make plans to acquire what you’ll need to transport it and purify it.
A few ideas of food supplies other than the basic food storage ‘staples’.
Spices (all types)
Chocolate (hard, powdered, and syrup)
Jams and Jellies
Sugary drink mixes (powdered)
Meats (canned or jarred)
VEGETABLES (all types)
FRUITS (all types)
Broth cubes or powder
Pancake – Bisquick mix
Tomato paste and sauce
Powdered Potato Flakes
TVP – meat flavors
Hopefully this article of ideas and this short list may inspire a few ideas for your food storage beyond the basics and beyond what you may already have sitting in your fridge (you need some on the shelf too!)
If you have any of your own ideas to add (items that may be other than the typical food-staples), leave a comment for the rest of us…