- Canned pears and mandarins are a good way to ensure you have your daily serving of fruit even in an emergency.
- As one of the world’s most popular health foods, quinoa is high in protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamin E.
- The average person can typically go three weeks without food, but can only live without water for three days.
In the midst of a pandemic or other type of emergency, it is crucial to ensure you have a pantry fully stocked with the essentials. Going hungry and a lack of nutrition are very real threats in these types of grave circumstances. Varied foodstuff could go a long way in keeping you and your family properly fed and satisfied. Below is a list of twenty staple items to check off on your next grocery trip.
There are certain root vegetables that last long such as onions and garlic, but do not forget to stock up on the canned stuff. Corn, spinach, and green beans are must-haves for any pantry. Just be sure to have a can opener!
19. Canned Fruit
Fresh fruit will do you no good sitting on a shelf for who knows how long. Canned pears and mandarins are a good way to ensure you have your daily serving of fruit even in an emergency.
18. Canned Beans
Packed with protein, canned beans are perhaps one of the most important items to have in your pantry. Some of the healthiest kinds are kidney and black beans. Try shopping for low-sodium varieties.
17. Lentils or Chickpeas
A member of the legume family, lentils and chickpeas are high in protein, fiber, and iron. They might not look like much, but they contain a lot of nutritional value.
Canned soup is also a good idea. There are a world of options, so you can stock up and never get bored of the selection. If you have a can of broth, you can also make lentil soup.
15. Canned Fish
Fresh meat is probably not going to be an option in certain emergencies, so canned fish is a great backup. It is a great source of protein, but also zinc which helps boost immunity.
14. Beef Jerky
Even though it is no filet mignon, beef jerky will provide those carnivores among us a bit of relief in difficult situations. Beef jerky and other dehydrated meats are an excellent source of protein.
Pasta is an essential item because of its extra long shelf life. Depending on what kind you buy, it might not have much nutritional value, but a little goes a long way. How many times have you accidentally made way too much spaghetti?
Similar to pasta, you will always have more quinoa than anticipated. A single cup can make two or three servings. As one of the world’s most popular health foods, it is high in protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamin E.
Do not sleep on the nuts! High in protein, they make a great snack. Plus, there are so many different kinds: almonds, cashews, and peanuts—oh my!
Always have your favourite crackers nearby. They make a good snack or can be used as a scoop for that canned fish. Just be sure to store them in an airtight container to prevent them from getting stale.
9. Jams and Preserves
While they might not have the same nutritional value as fresh fruit, jams and preserves have a long shelf life and make a great topper for crackers.
8. Baking Supplies
This one is a bit of a cheat, but be sure to have the essential baking supplies: flour, sugar, baking powder, etc. You will not be baking cupcakes during an earthquake; however, every pantry should be stocked with these common ingredients.
Even though it is not a staple item, having a chocolate bar or your favourite bag of gummies stashed away could lift your spirits during an emergency situation. Do not substitute for any of the food listed above.
Staying healthy is important, so keep a bottle of multi-vitamins nearby to maintain your immune system. This is especially important for those who have deficiencies.
5. Pet Food
Do not worry, this one is not for you. But if you have a pet, never be without an emergency can of food.
4. Coffee or Tea
These might be considered luxury items and will not help in an emergency situation, but if you are a regular coffee or tea drinker, you do not want to be quarantined when that caffeine headache comes on.
3. Shelf-Stable Milk
The benefit of shelf-stable milk is that it does not need to be refrigerated until it is open. There are a variety to choose from, including non-diary options like coconut, soy, or oat. You might also want a splash for your coffee or tea.
2. Energy Drinks
Even if you do not normally drink them, it is not a bad idea to have an energy drink or two stashed at the back of your pantry. Rich in electrolytes, they will help keep your energy up.
1. Bottled Water
This might be the last item, but it is the most essential. It is easy to take water for granted when it is readily available at your kitchen sink; however, depending on the disaster, having bottled water could save your life. The average person can typically go three weeks without food, but can only live without water for three days.