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Emergency Food: What to Stock

January 25, 2013

Whether you're worried about a zombie invasion or just concerned by all the crazy, extreme weather we've been having, it makes sense to take stock of your pantry supplies from time to time. The American Red Cross recommends that everyone should have enough food and water for at least two weeks in case of an emergency. "As you stock food," they say, "take into account your family's unique needs and tastes. Familiar foods are important. They lift morale and give a feeling of security in times of stress. Try to include foods that they will enjoy and that are also high in calories and nutrition. Foods that require no refrigeration, water, special preparation, or cooking are best." Real Simple has a list of good foods to keep handy, from peanut butter to whole-wheat crackers and dried fruits and nuts. High-energy, high-protein foods are key, the magazine says, "And because you'll have a limited supply, the higher-quality foods you eat -- and the less of them -- the better." My pantry always has plenty of pasta, jarred sauce, and cans of soup, but apart from that, our selection is a bit of a mish-mash, depending on what's been on sale at the supermarket recently. Time to beef up those shelves a bit, I think. Are you prepared for an emergency? What supplies do you always keep in your pantry?

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