The Ultimate Prepper’s Guide: How to Easily Create a One-Year Food Supply

In 2016 alone, 1,696 earthquakes with magnitudes of 5 or higher were recorded worldwide.

It’s always important to be prepared for the worst. You want to ensure that you have all the necessary items that natural disasters are likely to make them unavailable for some time. In the case of an emergency, having enough food supplies for you and your family is essential.

Here’s how to easily create and stockpile a one-year food supply.

One Year Food Supply Requires Bulk Storage

Undoubtedly, storing enough food to last a whole year will require a lot of space. Designate a safe area in your home to be used in case of emergencies. While a basement might be your first suggestion of a safeguarded space, flood possibilities make basements less than ideal.

Designate a room or room(s) with minimal access to windows in case of hurricane-related disasters. While you and your loved ones will need designated areas to reside in during a crisis, it’s important to designate storage spaces for your food supply as well.

Consider interior closets, pantries, or even basement locations if your residence is at low risk for flooding. You might have to pair up a few locations to be able to fit a year’s worth of supplies.

Take Inventory

Great, you have a set location (or locations!) for your supply. Now it’s time to take inventory of the non-perishable foods you already have.

Remember that while refrigerated and frozen foods are great supplies to have for easy meal prep, these foods are too perishable to last throughout the year. This is especially true in emergency cases that cut your power.

You’ll want to write down the foods you already have with long-term shelf lives. These include beans, wheat, rice, oatmeal, and even the occasional instant noodle pack.

Organize your supplies by date and type in an Excel or hand-written spreadsheet. Once you’re sure you’ve written down each item you still have, be sure to print the list if created digitally. You’ll want to be able to mark what is gone and still available, even when electricity is unreliable.

Create Trial Menus

Retake a look at your spreadsheet. Do you have a lot of oatmeal, but not much else? Or do you have just enough for breakfast each day, but know you’ll get tired of plain oatmeal exceptionally easily?

Plan out a typical day’s meals, keeping in mind your food storage plan goal. We’re not talking about five-star meals here-rather, how much you and your family needs to eat to remain comfortable each day.

Work in as many different combinations of meals as possible, while keeping non-perishable ingredients low. Instead of trying to come up with 50 different types of breakfast, try exploring different ways to dress up oatmeal. Dried fruits and goods can provide variety to a daily oatmeal portion, and can be stored around up to one year. This way you’ll vary the taste of a similar meal too which is good for morale.

Once you’ve planned your daily meals, go ahead and grab the items you don’t already have to properly create them. You’ll only need enough to cover 2-4 weeks for now.

A Proper Trial Run

You’re set for 2-4 weeks of non-perishable food without having to leave your home. You guessed it-it’s time for a trial run.

Set aside 2-4 weeks (or less if your schedule doesn’t allow) to eat solely from your predetermined food supply. This will be easy if you or your loved ones work from home but is still completely doable in the form of transported lunches to work or school.

This trial run will allow you to see how feasible your current one-year food supply plan is. While the goal of a supply is not to have the most delicious meals every day, it’s important to recognize if you’re storing too much, too little, or too many nutritious foods. Use this trial run to evolve and improve your daily meal plans.

Store for the Real Deal

Your trial run has gone well. You’re confident that your modified plan is ready for a year-long commitment. Now it’s time to commit to storing enough for an entire year.

Keep track of sales and sales schedules at your favorite grocery stores. Take advantage of these to stock up on cans and other brand-specific items you and your loved ones are used to. Be sure to keep your stock list updated, clean, and easily readable.

Don’t forget to add-in any non-food items that may be necessary in case of an emergency. Solar gadgets are great options to store without worry of battery drainage or availability.

When Your Food Storage Plan Takes Effect

If the time comes when your one-year food supply is needed, be sure to check and recheck expiration dates.

As with any foods, you and your loved ones will want to consume foods in order of expiration dates. It’s crucial to track dates on your spreadsheet as well so that you can use and replace stored foods in non-emergency situations.

If an emergency situation takes hold, log your and your family’s daily consumption. You’ll want to make sure you’re still on track with your thorough plans.

Food Storage on the Go

You’re all stocked up with a food storage plan. Now, what about food on the go? While stocking a one-year food supply is essential for emergency preparations, these tips can be used when packing food for a camping trip as well.

Even on short trips, it’s essential to plan out non-perishable, but delicious foods that are easy to transport and enjoy.

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