Saturday, October 22, 2011

Just in Case – A Three Day Emergency Meal Plan

These days the idea that a disaster could hit at any moment is not so unrealistic. Whether it be natural or created by man, disasters leave devastation especially for those who are unprepared.

The first few hours and days following a disaster are the most critical. That is why when I read Amy's Emergency Meal Kit Challenge over at Homestead Revival I knew I had be a part of spreading the word.

I highly recommend you take the time to read Amy's post. It is so informative and makes a really strong case for preparing a three-day emergency meal plan. You see, my family and I have a pretty substantial amount of food stored. So when I was first reading her post I thought it would be irrelevant for us. But the more I read the more I decided it made a lot of sense.

If the grid were to go down for an extended period of time, initially we would need to eat those perishable items stored in the refrigerator and freezer (this is partly why I am really interested in learning how to can meat). Even if it was a temporary disturbance the 3 day meal plan would give us peace-of-mind. Knowing that we wouldn't have to be out in the middle of the chaos as people rush the grocery store, it's worth it all.

And most importantly, it provides us another way to share and help our neighbors who may be in need during such a time.

This meal plan contains items that require little to no water in order to reconstitute. It also contains a few of my Meal-In-Jars recipes. It is important to store the necessary water and fuel needed to cook the meals along with the food.

Note: We are avid campers/backpackers so we do have a camping stove along with a backpacking stove in the garage. We also have utensils appropriate for use with these cookers. Along with our monthly food storage purchase, we purchase a few cans of fuel.

Day 1
Breakfast: Meals-In-Jars Apple Oatmeal
Lunch: Crackers with Canned Salmon
Dinner: Fully Cooked Brown Rice with Tuna in Green Curry Sauce*

Day 2
Breakfast: Fresh pastured eggs, from our backyard hens, and Meals-In-Jars Apple Oatmeal
Lunch: Dehydrated Split Pea and Vegetable Soup*
Dinner: Spaghetti with lentils (Tip: substitute lentils for ground beef and use angel hair pasta instead of spaghetti 'cause it cooks in 4 minutes with less water)

Day 3
Breakfast: Meals-In-Jars Apple Oatmeal
Lunch: Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup*
Dinner: Polenta and Dehydrated Black Bean and Vegetable Mix*

*Denotes Gluten-Free Meals

Snacks: Fruit & Nut Trail Mix, Apple Sauce, Peanut Butter, Energy Bars, Seaweed/Kelp Snacks (good source of iodine)

Water: 3 1.5 liter bottles of water are all that is needed for cooking; and, a 2.5 gallon container of water is for consumption.

This is something anyone can do no matter where you live! It requires minimal storage and is very inexpensive (especially if you make your own).

So...what does your emergency meal plan look like?

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At October 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Christy said...

I don't have one - I really should!

At October 24, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For long-term storage, we have a very large stash of canned food, focusing on proteins (fish, meat, beans) and fats (canned butter, canned cheddar cheese, coconut milk & coconut oil, olives & olive oil). We also have a lot of canned vegetables and fruits, as well as some freeze-dried vegetables and fruits. And there are dried beans, rice, quinoa in the mix. We don't eat much gluten, and I'm allergic to corn, so that limits some things. I do have several tins of steel-cut oats in the mix, and some brown rice pasta.

There are also currently 26 jars of organic peanut butter in our basement, as I go through a jar every week or two (and there's a peanut shortage). We keep 10 cases (35 0.5L bottles/case) of bottled spring water on hand, rotating them appropriately. We have charcoal and charcoal grills, and also a propane burner with 2 small tanks.

In addition, as long as we have electricity, we always have large amounts of frozen meat on hand. I buy meat directly from a local rancher in half-animal increments. In the spring I get a side of beef and a lamb; in the fall, a side of beef and a side of pork. Poultry is picked up ever month or so from the ranch. I contract with the rancher to set the price of our food a year in advance; this is one of our major hedges against food price increases. We joked as hurricane Irene approached that if we lost power, we would end up hosting the neighborhood's biggest cookout ever in order to use up our meat instead of wasting it...

At October 25, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Blogger MommaHen said...

...I don't have one. We always talk about "what would we do?" But, never seem to prepare !

At October 27, 2011 at 8:09 AM , Anonymous Kristen said...

Thank you for the reminder to get off my duff and do something about this - we have about ten quarts of canned beans, and a couple pints of apple butter that aren't easily accessible and are for the "just in case" moments... but I really need some better preparation than that!

At October 27, 2011 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Andrea, you have a beautiful blog here! Thanks for linking up on the meal challenge... I see you like the same Trader Joe's soup - one of our favorite "quick" meals! I could eat at your house easily!!

At October 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

@Amy Thank you and you're welcome anytime:)

At October 28, 2011 at 5:29 AM , Blogger Buttons said...

Now this is a very valuable thing to have. I am going to copy this one out if you do not mind. Most of this I already have on hand but nice to have the list.B

At October 28, 2011 at 5:25 PM , Anonymous Jill said...

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

If you have grain-free recipes please visit my Grain-Free Linky Carnival in support of my 28 day grain-free challenge! It will be open until November 2.

At October 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Amy Bowman said...

You are featured at New Nostalgia's Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thanks for linking up!!


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