Every time I sit down to write another post, I struggle to limit myself to one topic. And even when I do, I usually find myself adding sub-subjects!!! all through the article.
So today I’ll serve myself by talking about the importance of having reserves in many areas of our life. I think I wrote in a previous post about being more of a squirrel – hiding nuts for the coming winter – In an emergency, my food pantry could feed a family for a couple of months.
Money Reserves – Emergency Fund
The first reserve I recommend is an Emergency Fund. For this I’ll refer you to my previous post on that subject. Having a reserve of cash will spare you getting into credit card debt should an emergency happen and it also spares you stress. Knowing you have money ready to serve if and when you need it badly will help you sleep more soundly.
My habit of having reserves served me well recently when I contracted something like the Novovirus – gastric bug. For two days straight all I could swallow was mint tea and ginger ale. Fortunately, I had a few cans of the ale and had just dried a lot of mint. Thankfully I did not need to get to the store nor did I need to ask someone to get some for me.
When I arrived to day 3, feeling somewhat better but not up to shopping, I wanted to start eating and you guessed it, I had broth, and pasta and some cooked turkey, so my first meal was super easy to put together.
While it may not look that important if you have never been too ill to get to the store, having reserves can make a big difference when you need them. If you live anywhere in North America, you have most likely heard the Emergency Services’ advice to store gallons of bottle water as well as food items and a manual can opener) in case of disaster. Recent hurricanes, the Fort McMurray fire and other natural disasters are a stark reminder that we are vulnerable to Mother Nature’s temper.
Having a well stocked pantry is important in case of an emergency, natural disaster, but it also saves you time. You don’t have to stop by the store as often, or worse, rush to the store just before dinner because you are out of pasta, or canned tomatoes to make dinner.
Top 10 food items to keep in reserve
- Gallons of water – One gallon per person, per day, for 3 days
- Canned fish – tuna and salmon – and a manual can opener
- Peanut butter
- Canned tomatoes, tomato juice (V-8)
- Dried fruits
- Canned soups (instant)
- Cereals, quick cooking oats,
- Honey, molasses
- Pasta and rice
- Chicken and beef broth cubes
- For more information see this government’s preparedness kit
CARE OF YOUR EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLY
Most canned food and bottled water lasts a long time. Do look at the “best before” dates on all your reserves and use them before the best date, remembering to replace each one, so that you are always well prepared.
You might want to use a container to store your food reserves like this one, so you just have to grab it should you need to leave the house in a hurry.