For as long as I can remember, Mr. Food Nanny has been obsessed with being prepared. We were counseled for years to have a supply of food and other necessities in our homes. This seemed extreme to many until the last couple weeks. The world as we know it is definitely on its heels with the Corona Virus pandemic. As this terrible virus sweeps the world, we are faced with jam packed grocery stores and empty shelves with no toilet paper to be found. We want to help you feel prepared.
Most importantly, the last thing we want to do is add panic and make you feel like you need to run to the store and clear out the shelves. But being prepared can help us all feel a little calmer.
The first step in preparing your family is to make a list of what’s essential for you. Every families food storage should look a little different. Next, establish a realistic budget in order to get these essentials. Many families buy a little each week, while others buy all at once. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to get started.
After you have purchased the items you need, make sure to store them properly. This is so important with items that have a long shelf life. But the best way to ensure your storage items don’t go bad is by rotating through everything constantly.
Growing up, I was surrounded by stored foods. When my mom ran out of something, I ran downstairs and got it for her! We had a mini Costco in our home, and I had no idea how special this was. So to help you build your very own mini Costco, we have put together a list of what our food storage looks like.
Year Supply Items:
First off, if you are working on putting together a year supply, here’s what we think you need per person per year. Many of these items can be pricey and daunting, but take it one item at a time!
- Water: You need 7 gallons per 2 weeks.
- Wheat, Rice, and Beans: You need 365 lbs of a combination of these items.
- Sugar/Honey: 60 lbs
- Powdered Milk: 60 lbs
- Salt: 6 lbs. Our French salt will last you forever!
Day to day storage:
Up next, these are the essential food items in our home. This looks different for everyone, but should give you an idea. We use these constantly so they don’t sit on the shelf for long. Rotate through and you won’t have to worry about expiration dates. If you are just getting started, begin here.
- Peanut Butter
- Tuna in a can
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Powdered sugar
- Chocolate chips
- Cake mixes
- Cooking oil
- Top Raman
- TOILET PAPER: Turns out, people go a little crazy with toilet paper when crisis hits. Don’t hoard it, but make sure you always have extra.
- Dish soap
- Paper towels
- Laundry soap
- Hand soap
Lastly, these are the item we always have in our freezer. Many people have a much longer freezer list, but these are our families necessities.
Finally, if you live somewhere where you can, raise chickens! Having your own fresh eggs is such a gift.
While things are tough and uncertain, you don’t need to panic. Prepare the best you can, and everything will be okay! In conclusion, we wish you and your loved ones health and safety during this trying time.
The Food Nannies