Why I think you should store food if you are disabled. First off with the increased prices of food and the economy such as this was a year that no one got an increase in social security disability this year. So thinking that next year might be the same, I would start to store the essential food first. When I mean essential food I think about what you use on a daily basis along with your medication or any special food needed. Here is a listed of 26 things to keep on hand at all times if something does happen. With the weird weather that we have been had in the last couple months it is good to be prepared if something does happen.

  1. Pasta – High carbohydrates and stores extremely well. You can make a lot of different dishes with pasta, from Italian food to casseroles.
  2. Whole grains – Flour doesn’t store well, but whole grains do. If you have a grain mill and whole grains, you can make your own bread, pancakes, cakes, cookies and other baked goods.
  3. Rice – Rice is a great source of carbohydrates, which will store well. Buy the whole grain rice, not the quick rice. Quick rice has a very limited shelf life. Like pasta, there are a lot of things you can do with rice.
  4. Breakfast cereal – This falls into the class of comfort food, especially for kids. Don’t buy the sugary children’s cereals, but the more basic ones, like Cheerios. Properly packaged, this will keep well for a long time.
  5. Beans – Dried beans of all types store incredibly well for long periods of time, are easy to cook, nutritious and one of the few non-meat sources of protein around.
  6. Canned meat – You can buy chicken, tuna, salmon and other meat products which are canned. Spam, while being something that many people make fun of, is a nutritious meat product. Meat will be the hardest type of food to find during a crisis, so stock up well.
  7. Beef (or turkey) jerky – Dried meat, whether jerky or dehydrated meat, is great for long-term storage. If you make your own jerky, be sure to trim off all fat and salt it heavily for preservation. When it’s time to use it, you can reconstitute the jerky in soups. It will absorb the water, flavoring it at the same time.
  8. Summer sausage – Summer sausage, like many “cured meat products” (what we call lunchmeat) is created to keep for a long time. Typically it is vacuüm packed as well, making it ideal for long-term storage. During survival time, it can be eaten plain, or cut up to be put in soups and casseroles.
  9. Cheese – Another great source of protein. To store cheese, it needs to be triple dipped in wax, making an airtight seal around the cheese. In this form, it can be kept, without refrigeration, for years. Even if cheese forms mold, it will only be on the surface. Simply cut that part off and the rest of the cheese is still good.
  10. Canned vegetables and fruit – Provides essential vitamins and keeps for a long time. Don’t throw the packing water away, as it will contain vitamins as well. Instead, use it for making soup stock.
  11. Powdered milk – While most people don’t particularly like the flavor of powdered milk, when you don’t have any access to other milk, it’s wonderful. It’s also necessary for baking and provides needed calcium for proper bone growth. Do you realized that you can dehydrate milk in a dehydrator, so if you have one make it.
  12. Spaghetti sauce – With pasta and spaghetti sauce, you’ve got the start of a meal. Add what you want to finish it out.
  13. Soups – The nice thing about making soup in a survival situation is that you can make soup out of almost anything. I’m not talking about stocking up on Chicken Noodle soup here, but rather soups like cream of mushroom, which can be used for making casseroles.
  14. Bullion – This is another necessity for making soups. Dry bouillon powder stores well, takes minimal space and can add a lot to your homemade soups.
  15. Sugar – While most mothers try and keep their kids from eating too much sugar, it is an essential ingredient in making jams and jellies, and preserving fruit. You will also need it for baking. Sugar will keep pretty much indefinitely if stored properly. Not any of the fake ones either as they are not for your health.
  16. Honey – Whereas sugar will keep pretty much indefinitely, honey will really keep forever. You can’t beat nature’s methods for making things that are both good and good for you.
  17. Salt – Salt is an essential for survival. It’s also the main needed ingredient for many types of food preservation, especially for preserving meats. With a good stockpile of salt, you can make cured meats, salt fish and smoke meats as well.
  18. Spices – You may have to get used to eating different things than what you are used to. Spices allow you to mask flavors or add flavor to things that are too bland. Be sure to stock up on the types of spices that you like, so that you can make food that you will like.
  19. Baking essentials – Since you won’t be able to run down to the corner for a loaf of bread, you’ll probably be baking your own. Make sure you have a stock of baking powder, baking soda and yeast on hand.
  20. Peanut butter – Okay, this is pure comfort food. However, it is also quite nutritious.
  21. Dried fruit – A great way to keep fruit on hand. Properly dried and packaged, it can store for several years. Dehydrator is a great tool to have to dry fruits and vegetables.
  22. Nuts – Another good source of protein, as well as fats. Nuts store amazingly well and add a lot to baked goods, vegetables and even meat dishes.
  23. Cooking oil and vegetable shortening – Necessary ingredients for cooking and baking. I would go for coconut oil or anything that is healthy.
  24. Coffee and Tea – Once again, comfort food, but this time for the adults. Many of us don’t function well before our second cup of coffee in the morning.
  25. Hard candies – Great as a reward for kids and for energy when you need it. Hard candies keep for years as long as they are protected from moisture. Great for diabetics to keep on hand if their sugar gets low.
  26. Any food that you need for your special diet that can be store as you won’t be able to get your hands them.