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We’ve all seen long lists of foods that are recommended for stockpiling for emergencies. Some of them contain 50 to 100 different types of food that would enable you and your family to eat like kings for several months while enjoying plenty of variety.

A lot of these lists contain great, healthy items that are not only long lasting, but also nutritious. They’re the types of food that can keep you going for a long time if you and your family are stuck in your home or shelter due to an emergency or if grocery store shelves have become bare and are not due to be well-stocked again for a while.

But what if you were forced to limit yourself to only five types of food due to budget, space or time constraints? Which five food types would you choose? And what are the factors that would enter into your decision?

In “The 5 Foods to Store in Your Doomsday Shelter” there are recommendations from Dr. Carl Batt, from Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. Being an expert in microbiology, Dr. Batt places an emphasis on foods that will not spoil quickly. 

Let’s take a look at a few of Dr. Batt’s suggestions. Canned foods are a no-brainer, so we don’t have to spend much time on that. As the article points out, they don’t last forever, but they do enjoy long shelf lives and can contain a variety of good foods.

I also can’t argue with spam and dried chickpeas, despite the fact that spam is not overly nutritious and the taste is something you can tire of quickly. But its sodium nitrate is a preservative and its gelatinous coating can kill bacteria. Chickpeas are high in protein and they store easily.

But Jell-O and saltines? I’m not so sure about them. Yes, they last a long time, but I can think of plenty of other food items that will last just as long and are better tasting and more nutritious.   

What if you had to come up with a list of only five items for a doomsday shelter? What would yours be and why would you select them? I’m very interested in hearing from you about this subject.

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