Your emergency larder will give you and your family what is needed for survival inside the home even if for only a short period. Although I am not a dooms day prepper, I belive in some stockpiling to get by during short periods of emergencies. I have been familiar with the need for supplies when an ice storm hit this area 7 years ago taking power from homes for up to two weeks. People during this time were without warm shelter and had to leave their homes. We were nice and cosy with our wind stove and plenty of food so we did not need to venture out seaching. Our only problem was water for us and the animals. We have since worked out that problem.
Some people just get some MRE’s or dried food and put them up and just forget about them. The most important rule to having an emergency larder is to have food your family will eat. Do not go by someones list of items that you normally do not eat. I grind my wheat but if grinding wheat and baking bread is not something you want to learn then it would be best to use crackers or what your family likes. I believe any storage plan should be part of your diet so you rotate them. I prefer fresh or frozen vegetables but use cans ones for certain recipes. So keep your stock rotation list handy and keep it up to date. This is why I prefer the spreadsheet.
It took me a while to come up with a plan that worked for me. I finally came up with a spread sheet I can add all types of food. I use a mixture of purchased canned food products, freeze-dried and home canned. To keep track of about how much food I have on hand for the family I go by 2000 calories per person per day needed to get enough nutrients and calories. This is really too many calories for all of us and maybe a little low for Mr. Gadget but it should work out. It is better to have a little too much than not enough. If an emergency type of situation you might be burning more calories. We would be since we will need to chop more wood to keep the house warm 24 hours instead of using the furnace and room heaters at night. You might think that you do not need that many types of food but beware of the problem with ‘habituation’ – the body’s decreasing response to a stimulus after repeated exposure to it if you limit the variety in your food. Getting bored with you food will make you end up eating less.
So how to I get the food. Week by week and month by month I keep adding. I used to have much more but due to losing a job and Mr. Gadget needing a prolong hospital stay and home care they food really worked out. Now I am back in the process of building my larder back up. Even if you can only add a can of beans a paycheck it will be worth the trouble. If you know the calories of many items you will also see that some of my group items may not have all the same calories. The chunky soup is one example. I have different chunky soups but have them all as one amount of calories since they are very close anyways. Putting every single type of chunky soup with make my already long sheet even longer. I know that I have so many soups and they average that many calories and that is close enough for my planning.
“Food security is not in the supermarket. It’s not in the government. It’s not at the emergency services division. True food security is the historical normalcy of packing it in during the abundant times, building that in-house larder, and resting easy knowing that our little ones are not dependent on next week’s farmers’ market or the electronic cashiers at the supermarket.Folks”
― Joel Salatin, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
Below is part of my spreadsheet. It is saved on Google drive if you would be interested in using. The link is below. You can change the food to what your family will eat and enjoy (or at least tolerate).