It’s been an interesting couple of years. 2020 arrived and shocked us to our core. The world shut down and we’d never seen anything like it before. Food and commodity shortages were something we in America couldn’t have fathomed. But, we were in an unprecedented pandemic, so we were willing to give it a little leeway. If you couldn’t go to work, it was understandable that there would be some glitches in the system. 2021 arrived and we were hopeful that things would relax and get back to normal. Didn’t really happen. In fact, things got worse. Now that 2022 is here, it’s hard to believe that we are still living in what seems like an alternate universe. Political agendas exercised at the expense of the people, inflation rates soaring, wars erupting, global food shortages and there is not one thing we can do about it. We just have to deal with the aftermath and hope, once again, that things will return to normal.
But, we are all feeling the strain. Go to the grocery store and take a look around. It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen a grocery store fully stocked. Many times there are empty shelves in aisles. Each time I visit a store, I notice a different item missing. Could be an entire aisle of pasta. Sometimes it’s flour and sugar. Other times, it’s eggs and chicken. I have not been able to make a grocery trip and obtain every item on my list in a couple of months. If you are lucky enough to find what you need at the store, you can’t help but notice the massive increases in price. It would be one thing if it was just one item that had raised it’s price, but it is every item. Every little thing you count on to live has gone up in price. Food, utilities, gas, everything! So we are paying so much more for everything. Now, I realize how fortunate we have been in the past and still how much we have. But, it’s eye-opening to take a look around.
Looking through the newspapers doesn’t give us the sense that things will be getting better anytime soon. In fact, all I see everyday is that we are in for a summer of hurt because wheat and corn will be hard to get. Those ingredients are in so many products we buy. Avian flu has hit flocks of chickens resulting in a decimated supply of meat and eggs. This is really frightening if you are paying attention.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a doom and gloom kind of gal. In fact, despite the depressing things all around us, I am really hopeful for the future. But, I am also a realistic person. I like to take what’s going on in the world and see how I can practically do the best thing in the circumstances we are in. It’s made me think a lot about being prepared for any given situation.
I know from personal experience that not being prepared for things makes for a really rough time. And I know I don’t want that again. You can see what we went through when we were hit by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
So, what can you do? You could freak out and go hide under the covers hoping it all goes away. That will get you absolutely no where, so that’s not a solution. Instead, I think it’s smart to really take a look at your family and think about what you can do and what would you want for your family, if let’s say, there is an even bigger food shortage in the future. Or if your family budget is being stretched too thin and you can’t really afford the same things you could before.
I think a great way we can get prepared for a bad situation is to plan for it. If you anticipate a time where you may not have the means or product availability that you are used to, you can act now to be prepared later. How can you do this? You can do it a few ways. You can pick up extra cans of food each time you are at the grocery store. If you buy one extra item each trip, those items add up and you will have a small supply accumulating without even having to think about it. You can learn some new skills. Learn to garden. Learn to store the excess items from that garden for a later date. Last summer was my first foray into gardening. I do not have a green thumb. But, it was fun to experiment and see what I could grow and it’s quite rewarding to harvest the vegetables I planted. I definitely learned that I have a lot to learn and look forward to delving a little deeper into the gardening world this summer. I also learned how do do a small amount of canning. There are definite advantages to learning how to do this and enjoy delicious and healthy foods year round.
If some disaster were to happen right now, and you hadn’t been able to go to the grocery store for fresh food, how would your family make out? Would you be ok? For how long? It’s a good thing to think about, because, as we’ve learned from the past couple of years, anything could happen and it’s not that far-fetched anymore. That’s why I think it is a great idea to plan for long-term. By that, I mean it’s a great idea to purchase foods that you can have stored in case of an emergency that won’t go bad quickly.
I love ReadyWise foods for this very reason. ReadyWise is my go-to brand for quality and ease of storage. We tried out their products years ago and have been using them ever since. They are delicious. These freeze dried foods are nutritious and yummy, stored in very smart packaging to keep stored for 25 years! All you need to do is add water! I am a huge fan of their meals. Fruits, veggies, meats, you name it, they pretty much have it. Meals that every member of the family will happily eat like teriyaki rice, cheesy macaroni, and hearty tortilla soup, just to name a few that are included in a variety of assembled kits that all you have to do is purchase and store–keeping you ready at a moment’s notice for just about anything that could be thrown your way. Their quality is amazing and one I highly recommend to everyone.
Where do you start? It depends on what you are able to do. You can start small and select items that you can use every day. For adding to your pantry, I like the Simple Kitchen Soup Variety Pack. These soups are really delicious and will last for up to 3 years. They are perfect for everyday food rotation and include great flavors like Classic Chicken Noodle Soup, Creamy Cheddar Broccoli Soup, Hearty Veggie Chili Soup, and Cheesy Potato Soup. You can rest assured you could make these for dinner one night after work or store it for your just-in-case scenarios, knowing that it has an extended shelf-life.
For getting ready for an emergency, you can pick up a couple of their American Red Cross 2-Day Ready to Go Meal Kits for portable kits that will feed you for a couple of days if you were to need to leave quickly. The kit comes with four entrees, two breakfasts, and two snacks conveniently packed in a 5-liter dry bag. They include Adventure Meals, which can be cooked and eaten from the pouch with up to 15-year shelf life. Even if you didn’t have to leave your home, but didn’t have food in your pantry, these would work perfectly.
My favorite way to think long term is to purchase some of their emergency supply buckets. Their 120 Serving Emergency Food Supply Bucket includes 120 servings of entrees that have up to a 25 year shelf life. That’s 13 days of food at 1800 calories a day. There are 13 different varieties of meals with four servings per pouch. Easy to prepare, just add water. ReadyWise is the most reliable emergency food because the food can be reconstituted without hot water in emergencies, making it fully disaster-proof. There are many options to purchase from ReadyWise for long term storage with various meal varieties. This bucket has a good variety of meals. But you can purchase buckets of vegetables, fruits, and even milk and eggs. They also have gluten-free food, if that is something important to your health. I love that there is a wide array of food for a balanced diet.
If you are able, assembling a variety of these buckets would help give your family some security in hard times. That peace of mind is priceless.
While it feels like everything happening in the world is completely out of our control, it is reassuring to know that some things are in our control. Being prepared, being able to help your family and friends in a crisis, is something completely in our control and something to consider looking into while we are able.
I highly recommend ReadyWise foods and would encourage you to look into their website. They have an abundance of great products and information that will help you get started. I also really like to follow their social media for good ideas and news.
*product was received to facilitate a feature, all opinions are my own*