posted on Oct, 6 2018 @ 07:56 AM
Lastly, a few observations based on what you wrote and the comments of others...
Beans - Beans are a great emergency stock item. They're high in protein and you can do about anything with them. Dried beans take up quite a bit of
water and require a fair amount of fuel to cook. However, canned beans like pintos, great northerns and many others are super inexpensive, have a
long shelf life and will spread tasty ingredients out over a much longer time frame. You might consider stocking up on beans.
Potted / preserved meats - These things are tasty in a pinch, but most of them are loaded with sodium and fat. Obviously, in an emergency you're not
too worried about your figure so the fat isn't too big of a deal, but the sodium can be. People with pre-existing health issues like high blood
pressure may have issues, plus the salt will cause many to retain water. Not pounding on the 'nutrition' drum here, but just cautioning against an
all-spam diet in an emergency scenario. Just balance things out with other food stuffs.
Ramen - Yeah, this stuff isn't really good for emergency stores. It's packed with tons of sodium and lacks any real calories to burn as fuel. "Some"
is okay, maybe as a filler, but it shouldn't be the focal point of an emergency plan. Plus, it uses up quite a bit of water for what you get out of
it (which isn't much).
Oats / Rice - Something you might consider is stocking up on some dried oats, either in the steel cut variety or the rolled variety. Oats are super
high in nutrients like soluble fiber, iron and protein for energy and stamina. In fact, oats are one of the top 10 'super foods'. They do require
some water and fuel to cook, but the bang for your buck here is way higher than say something like ramen noodles. Plus they can be used for both
sweet and savory dishes, so they're not just a breakfast thing at all. Similar things for rice also. However, rice is not nearly as nutritious as
oats, but the trade off here is rice doesn't require a whole lot of water to cook. Again, balance is key.
Light sources - A lot of people get freaked out about not having light to see at night, and you do need 'some'. However, if you set your mind to
thinking you won't always have light 100% of the time you'd actually be surprised how well you can see in all but complete pitch black darkness. This
mindset will help you conserve things like batteries, lantern fuel and candles. Plus, if you work your schedule around doing the things you need to
do when it's daylight, and sleeping when it's dark, then you don't really need a lot of supplemental light.
Just some thoughts.