WW3: Building Your Food Stockpile
When it comes to World War 3, most people are concerned about the safety and well being of their family. As they begin to prepare for the upcoming war, they are often faced with making war preparations that involve a food stockpile. While the mere thought of building a food stockpile that will last for a year or more can be daunting, it is something that most Americans need to come to terms with to guarantee their survival, and their children.
Sometimes, people assume that the government will protect us, but we all remember what happened after major hurricanes. People were digging in the trash for food well after FEMA help had arrived, and it took FEMA much longer than the seventy-two hours it is supposed to for them to provide aid to victims of these natural disasters.
Because of this, it is important that you can rely on yourself. We all hope that the government pulls through for us, but we must face the reality that they might not be able to. This article will educate you on several things to keep in mind while building your food stockpile, and some great ideas for food that should be included.
While building your food stockpile, it is important to keep nutrition in mind. It may seem like a great idea to get a five-gallon bucket of beans, and this will keep you alive, but it is important to remember that this only encompasses one of the food groups. In order for people to be healthy, the WW3 food stockpile should include items from every food group.
Grains and Breads
Grains and breads can easily be stockpiled in a variety of forms. Granted, bread will not last long and should not be put in the disaster pantry, but grains, such as whole grain pasta, will keep for years. Families can also include rice, quick breads that can be cooked while there is still electricity, cereal bars and dried potatoes. When ww3 hits, your family will need the extra carbs to keep their energy up, especially if they need to bug out.
Vegetables are one of the easiest things to include in the family world war three stockpile. Most grocery stores sell canned vegetables relatively cheap. Also, fruit juices, such as V8 include many of the nutrients that are found in vegetables. Remember that larger bottles of juice must be refrigerated after opened, so it is important to buy smaller juice boxes instead. Fill up your canteen with fresh green juice before heading out and throw it in your WW3 bug out bag to keep your spirits and energy up.
Fruits are readily available in a variety of forms, so it won’t be difficult to add this food group to the WW3 stockpile. There are juice boxes of fruit juices available, dried fruits, like craisins, that can be picked up in snack like pouches, and dehydrated fruit tastes good.
Most people tend to forget about dairy or think it impossible because most dairy items we use today need to be refrigerated, but there are other options available for the ww3 disaster pantry. Powdered milk and powdered eggs are a great option. These can also be used for baking before the crisis hits to rotate the food stockpile and avoid waste. Cans of condensed milk are another thing that can be picked up and thrown into the mix. Add some water to make milk and use them for baking in the meantime.
Meat is usually in the freezer or refrigerator now, but that won’t be an option when an attack on the power grid limits electricity. Instead, you’ll start off relying on canned meats from the WW3 stockpile. The following meats are readily available in cans at any local grocery store:
These will taste delicious when mixed with some mayo and put on crackers.
While stockpiling for ww3, it is important to include some variety, especially if you have children. Granted, a five-gallon bucket of rice will feed you, but it’s going to get boring no matter how much sugar and spices you try to jazz it up with. This will not only keep you and your family healthy; it will keep you happier. The same applies to dehydrated foods. They are going to get tasteless after so many weeks. Instead, include a mixture of dehydrated foods, foods purchased in bulk (such as that giant bucket of rice), and pre packaged snack foods or canned foods. The more variety you have, the better.
Mealtimes should not be lost in the middle of ww3. Family mealtimes will help boost morale, and they will give children a sense of normalcy. This is important for helping combat bad behavior and mental illness in children. While building your ww3 stockpile, plan for meals that can be made in a pinch. For example:
- Ramen noodles with bits of ham and seasonings
- Chicken, rice and stir fry vegetables mixed
- Ready to eat canned soups
- Dehydrated, just add water meals
Don’t Forget Cooking Supplies
In addition to your stockpile of food, you are going to need cooking supplies. All the rice in the world is not going to matter if you have no way to boil water. It’s important to pick up cooking supplies before buying bulk foods that will need to be cooked. Some people have opted to have a wood burning, multi purpose stove in their home. Others pick up a camping stove that will work for both bugging in and can be packed away for bugging out. Don’t forget to include additional water to the stockpile for cooking.
Don’t Be Wasteful
During times of crisis, it’s important not to be wasteful. The adage waste not want not definitely applies here. Instead of throwing out fruit juice from the bottom of the can, drink it to stay hydrated and conserve water. Paper plates can be used to keep a fire going instead of being tossed aside. When war comes, do not throw anything to the side; you might regret it later.
How Much Food Should I Stockpile?
One of the most common questions that people ask when they first begin prepping is how much do they need? This answer is different for every family. Larger families will need to have larger stockpiles of food, and smaller families will not need as much. It’s often helpful to focus on one day at a time when stockpiling food. Start by putting up enough food to last your family size for two or three days. Then, add another three days to it. This will be less overwhelming than heading off to the grocery store in an attempt to buy a year’s worth of food.
Space is also a factor that families should consider when they stockpile items. If you have less space, try to use it wisely. Pick up more dehydrated foods and do not waste space with bulky items, such as bags of chips.
Is It Against the Law to Stockpile Food?
No, it is not illegal to stockpile food. However, it should be noted that in times of martial law, the government does have the right to seize any stockpiles from both private and public parties, which includes the one you might have in your kitchen. Because of this, most people choose to hide their stockpiles very wisely.
Stockpiles do not last forever, so it is important to have a future plan for when it runs out. Learning how to grow your own vegetables and canning skills will help guarantee that your family will be able to feed themselves after the pre-packed food is long gone.
Stockpiling food is no longer something that is looked at as crazy. Today, it is a necessity to ensure the survival of both you and your family.