Test Your Food Storage Supply… and Yourself

Many of us have emergency food with a long shelf life stored for a crisis. Whether it’s a 72-hour supply or a one-year stockpile, it’s the smart thing to do because we never know when we’re going to need it.

Of course, it’s also a great idea to have plenty of clean drinking water and other essential items ready to use following a disaster.

But how do you know if you’ll actually be able to live off your stored food? Many of us have never tried cooking it or tasting it.

My suggestion is to give yourselves and your families a “72-Hour Emergency Food Challenge,” consuming only the emergency food you have stored during a three-day period. There will be plenty of lessons to learn from an experiment such as this, including these five:

  • Taste. Do you and your family members like the taste of your emergency food enough that you can eat only that food and not dip into your refrigerator, freezer or pantry?
  • Quantity. Do you have enough emergency food to feed yourself and your family for three days? What if the crisis were to last longer?
  • Quality. Does your emergency food supply contain enough of the important vitamins, minerals and nutrients your bodies need to get through a crisis?
  • Variety. Does your emergency food include a nice variety that will keep people satisfied, especially if a crisis lasts a week or more?
  • Location. Are you storing your emergency food in a cool, dark place so that it is not susceptible to sunlight, temperature and critters?

You can learn a lot from a three-day emergency food challenge. I’d strongly recommend that you give it a try.


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