How To Stock An Emergency Food Pantry For Less Than $60 by: Kimberlee Hertzer for Off the Grid News
Do you have enough food for an unexpected snowstorm? Are you ready for a natural catastrophe? If not, now is the time to start. FEMA recommends that you have at least 3 days’ worth of food and water stored. But that is not enough, because in a crisis it may take weeks to get the food back on the grocery store shelves and for power to be restored.
For less than $60, you can feed a family of two adults and two children for 30 days.
Sound impossible? It’s not! With just a few ingredients and two easy recipes, you and your family can survive a disaster.
Seven Emergency Food Pantry Items For Survival
Here’s what you’ll need to get:
- 10 lbs. of cornmeal
- 20 lbs. of white rice
- 16 lbs. of dried mixed beans
- 2 lbs. of granulated chicken flavored bouillon
- 1 gallon of pancake syrup (or honey)
- 1 lb. of salt
- 2 lbs. of vegetable oil
A few weeks ago I bought most of these items at Walmart and Sprouts, and it cost me less than $60 for everything. I found 20 pounds of white rice at Walmart for only $8, and Sprouts had a sale on dried, mixed beans for less than $1 per pound. And I also got a gallon of pancake syrup from Walmart for only $8 because it’s much cheaper than honey. But if you don’t mind spending more money, honey will be more nutritious and will usually last indefinitely.
Rice and beans will last the longest when stored in food grade enamel-lined buckets with a Mylar lining that will provide an airtight environment. It also helps to add a few crushed bay leaves. To store cornmeal, put it in the freezer for a few days to kill any bugs. Then store it in a bucket with Mylar lining. And don’t forget to use oxygen absorbers, too. Grains stored this way should last anywhere between 20-30 years!