1. VARIETY– Most people do not have enough variety in their food storage. Without variety you will experience appetite fatigue.
2. EXTENDED STAPLES – Few people get beyond storing the four basic items, but it is extremely important that you do so. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Store dehydrated and/or freeze-dried foods as well as home canned and store bought canned goods. Make sure you add cooking oil, shortening, baking powder, soda, yeast and powdered eggs. You can’t cook even the most basic recipes without these items.
3. VITAMINS – Vitamins are important, especially if you have children, since children do not store body reserves of nutrients as adults do. A good quality multi-vitamin and vitamin C are the most vital. Others may be added as your budget permits.
4. QUICK AND EASY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FOODS – Quick and easy foods help you through times when you are psychologically or physically unable to prepare your basic storage items. No cook foods such as freeze-dried are wonderful since they require little preparation. Jello, pudding, candy, etc.- should be added to your storage.
5. BALANCE – Buy several items, rather than a large quantity of one item. 50 lbs. of wheat and rice will not sustain you, you will be much better off with a variety of smaller quantities of multiple items.
6. CONTAINERS – Literally tons and tons of food is thrown away because they were left in sacks, where they became highly susceptible to moisture, insects and rodents.
7. USE YOUR STORAGE – It’s vital that you and your family become familiar with the things you are storing. You need to know how to prepare these foods. This is not something you want to learn under stress. Your family needs to be used to eating these foods. A stressful period is not a good time to totally change your diet.