One of the many things one hears about building an emergency kit is how to include food for at least three days for all family members. Whatever you pack needs to have a long shelf life, shouldn’t need to be cooked and provide you with sufficient energy.
Your kit should include some balance between protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. But it doesn’t have to be boring.
On this National Salami Day, dried, cured meats are a good choice for your emergency kit. Some salami’s will last for years if stored properly. Even sliced, packaged cured meats can last more than a year.
Here’s the basic list:
- Ready-to-eat canned or packaged meats, fruits and vegetables.
- Canned soup
- Dry, crisp crackers
- A can opener
- Protein, fruit, granola and/or energy bars
- Dry cereal
- Dried fruit
- Ready-to-pour infant formula
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Hard candy and chocolate
- Dried corn, rice and beans
- Beef or other meat jerky
- Instant tea, coffee and cocoa
- Salt, pepper, spices
- Non-carbonated soft drinks
- Dry pasta
- Other non-perishable “comfort foods”
Remember to include at least one gallon of water per person per day.
Check your kit every 90 days to make sure food hasn’t expired or some family member hasn’t raided it because they needed your energy bars for soccer practice.
Stay safe out there.