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Steps to Stockpiling a 2 Week Emergency Food Supply

While it’s true that most homes may never actually have to rely on their emergency food supply, the reality is that you just don’t know for sure.

Anything could happen. A natural disaster might strike, or your local food supply may get tainted, thus forcing you to play it safe.

If your family had to rely on its own food supplies for two weeks, would you survive? Have you stockpiled a 2 week emergency food supply in your pantry, bunker, basement or root cellar?

What You Need for a 2 Week Emergency Food Supply

One of the main reasons why most people would answer “No” to the question above is that they just don’t know where to start. Most homes survive on fast food, frozen meals and fresh produce from the farmer’s market.

While these are options that work well in a typical day to day scenario, they might not be viable when disaster strikes and the power goes out.

Mountain House Emergency Food Supply

Mountain House Emergency Food Supply

If you want to be prepared for the unknown, it’s best to try and think of what those unknowns may be.

Even then, you might still be unclear about what your stockpile should include. The simplest approach or solution to this question is to copy what someone else has done.

2 Week Emergency Food Supply List

City Prepping, a popular YouTube channel for preppers, developed a comprehensive list of what you might need for a 2 week emergency food supply. Here is the list they made:

  • Rice – 20 pounds
  • Canned meat – 20 cans
  • Beans – 20 pounds or cans
  • Oatmeal – 5 pounds
  • Canned fruit – 20 cans
  • Pancake mix – 10 pounds
  • Canned soup – 20 cans
  • Powdered milk – 1 box
  • Canned veggies – 20 cans
  • Cereal – 2 boxes
  • Spaghetti sauce – 12 jars
  • Peanut butter – 2 jars
  • Coffee or tea
  • Honey/Jam/Syrup
  • Packaged meals
  • Oil such as olive oil
  • Spices and condiments
  • Pasta – 20 pounds
  • Nuts such as mixed nuts
  • Salt – 1 large jar

These are just the basics of what you would need to survive. However, given time and the right mindset, you can do more than just survive.

If you start today, building your food supply slowly as you go along, you can actually customize it to your specific family needs.

With that in mind, here are the steps you might want to consider when stockpiling your 2 week emergency food supply.

Easy Tips to Stockpile Your 2 Week Emergency Food Supply

Start with a Goal in Mind

The Department of Homeland Security recommends that you should have an emergency kit loaded with enough supplies such as food, medicine and water that can last you and each of your family members for 72 hours. That’s a good place to start.

However, since we are aiming for the 2 week mark, a good way to get started is to calculate how much each member of your family will need for a single day and multiply that by 14.

Make Water a Priority

According to the CDC, you should have at least 1 gallon of water for each family member and pet per day. Bottled water is the best and safest option and storing 14 days worth of drinking water isn’t good enough.

You have to think of the amount of water you might need to prepare meals, personal hygiene and even emergency medical assistance.

Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets

Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets

If you are not keen on buying all that water, you can simply store tap water in clean containers and stockpile on water purifiers as well as filters.

This way, you always have more than you need. However, if you are going to do this, be sure to swap out the stored water every six months to keep it fresh.

Invest in Foods That are Nutritionally Dense

The general idea is to be economical with space while providing your family with nutritionally dense food that is easy to prepare, has a long shelf life and is tasty as well.

Kirkland Signature Trail Mix - Four Pound Bag

Trail mix is always a solid option for nutrient dense emergency food

Here is a list of some foods that you might want to invest in for the long run:

  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Trail mix
  • Dried fruit
  • Whole wheat crackers (You should vacuum pack these to prolong their freshness)
  • Nuts
  • Granola bars
  • Power bars
  • Canned foods such as meat, salmon, chicken, turkey, and so on
  • Canned vegetables such as carrots, peas and beans
  • Sugar, salt and your favorite seasonings
  • Canned soups
  • Powdered milk
  • Sports drinks
  • Multivitamins

Include Seeds for Eating and Sprouting

Sunflower, soy, pumpkin and sesame seeds are all great options

Sunflower, soy, pumpkin and sesame seeds and kernels make for great, long lasting emergency food

Seeds can be used for a variety of purposes. You can include things like sunflower seeds for eating when you need energy, or you can include seeds such as beans for sprouting.

Dried Foods Should Be Your Bread and Butter

Canned foods are excellent if you are thinking short term. However, if you are looking past the 2 week mark, then you really should focus on dried foods.

These include things like dried grains, dehydrated vegetables, powdered milk and dehydrated fruits.

Dehydrated Foods in Mason Jars

Dehydrated foods are an obvious choice for stockpiling!

Here are the main groups of foods that you should have on your list:

  • Starches: Think about rice, sugar, pasta, flour, dried potatoes, oatmeal and popcorn
  • Vitamin Foods: Dried fruits, dried vegetables, soup mix, canned tomatoes and pumpkin
  • Proteins: Beans come first here. You should also have lentils, canned meat and fish, seeds, dried cheese, powdered eggs, dried milk, boxed tofu, and so on
  • Flavorings: Jam, seasonings, salsa, spices, salt, yeast, cooking oils, tea and coffee

One thing most people tend to forget to include in their emergency food supplies is comfort food. Yes, it might sound a little counter intuitive to think about comfort food in a survival scenario, but those little treats go a long way in keeping your morale up.

You should include things like chocolate, hard candy, and a host of non-perishable treats with your food supply.

The trick is to keep an eye on all these products and make sure that none of them is past their expiration date. The idea is always to keep a log of what needs to be swapped out and when so that you don’t end up stockpiling foods that will be no good to you should the much-dreaded disaster actually strike.

If you make a complete list of what your family might need, you can purchase everything you need in bulk and save quite a bit of money.

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