Meredith at Like Merchant Ships raises a great question at this post: “I worry about disaster supplies. I need to find a way to balance food storage and health. I’m all for fresh, but what if I had to go a week (months?) without a trip to the grocery? What if we lost power for a week or two?”
I’ve stumbled across Internet sites, even blogs, devoted entirely to creating an emergency food supply. They’re a bit over the top for me – I never was one to go buy a generator to prepare for Y2K – but they’re interesting anyway. I am definitely thinking about food supply this week in the midst of this swine flu thing. I don’t want to buy produce from Mexico right now. I wonder what I would do if a confirmed case was found in my city. I don’t think I’d go to library storytime, and I might not even want to go grocery shopping for a few weeks. Could my household survive? Is this a temptation to buy canned and processed food?
The question is similar when donating food to the needy – most places only accept “non-perishables”, which often translates into canned goods. I hate the idea of giving someone who needs nutrition something that is not nutritious! However, you can find non-perishables that are plenty nutritious. Read on…
If I had to go a few weeks without shopping or without power, here are the items my house would supply:
- Dry beans
- Rice, barley
- Coconut and olive oils
- Canned tomatoes and sauces
- Dried fruit (raisins, etc.)
- Some crackers and canned fruit
We’d be low on animal protein, to be sure, just a few cans of tuna, and vegetables would be certainly low – beans and tomatoes. But we could survive on rice and beans with tomato sauce and tuna sandwiches! Spaghetti with pinto beans, anyone?
If I only had to skip the shopping, my trusty freezer would feed us no problem, probably for at least a month! How about you? Is your house ready for a mini-emergency?
This post is part of Fight Back Fridays, dedicated to going against the flow of cultural food and big industry, and Finer Things Fridays, honoring faith, simplicity, motherhood, small towns and good ol’ homemade cooking.