Starting an emergency food supply is already tough enough, but organic preppers have it even harder. Organic food doesn’t last as long as nonorganic food, and finding organic and non-GMO emergency kits is near impossible. But just because starting an organic long-term food supply is tricky doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. For organic preppers ready to create their long-term stores, here are five tips for preparing your organic emergency food supply.
Understand Organic Food Storage Basics
The first thing you’ll want to do is learn the basics of organic food storage. One downside of organic food is that, due to the lack of preservatives, it doesn’t keep as long as nonorganic food. This means you’ll need to store your organic food carefully if you want it to last.
Storing nonperishable items such as rice and beans is easy—place them in airtight containers and store them in a cool, dry place. You can place fresh fruits and vegetables in airtight containers and freeze them. You can also can or dehydrate them—both preservation methods give foods extra flavor and texture and boost their shelf lives.
Unfortunately, some products such as meat and dairy don’t last long. You should only keep fresh organic meat for two days, while most dairy items last a few weeks at best. Fortunately, you can make these items last longer with a few tricks. Make your meat last by freeze-drying it. Instead of buying fresh eggs, buy powdered or liquid eggs; instead of fresh milk, pick up a pouch or two of powdered milk. These items might not be fresh, but they have virtually the same nutritional content and won’t expire before you get the chance to cook and eat them.
Very few food items last forever. But by storing them correctly, you can ensure they last your family months, years, or even decades.
Grow an Organic Garden
Take control of the food you and your family put into your bodies by using organic or heirloom seeds to grow your own garden. Growing produce takes time and dedication, but it also requires minimal tools, and it’s a surefire way to ensure you have a steady, reliable long-term food supply.
To start an organic garden, you’ll need organic soil, organic seeds, chemical-free pest control methods, plenty of water, and, of course, room for your plants to grow. You can grow your plants in your yard or start an indoor garden. For an indoor garden, you’ll also need to invest in grow lights to ensure your plants get the energy they need to thrive.
But what plants are best to grow? We recommend peas, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn, cabbage, and other undemanding plants that grow quickly. This way, even the most inexperienced gardeners and prolific brown thumbs can succeed at growing them.
Most plants take a few months to grow. Once they produce is ripe, you should pick it immediately. You can eat your homegrown produce fresh or preserve it for future use by canning or freezing. You can also dehydrate certain fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, kale, and strawberries, to make crunchy chips.
Buy Organic Staples
Start off your organic emergency food supply on the right foot by stocking up on staples. Staple foods are foods that make up a substantial portion of a person’s standard diet—things such as beans, cheese, eggs, meat, milk, potatoes, and rice. Some other staple foods you should prioritize adding to your store include:
- Baking powder
- Dried whole eggs
Of course, every family has different tastes. Your family might not be able to live without peanut butter—in which case, you should prioritize adding it to your emergency supply! Or maybe everyone in your family leads a vegan lifestyle, in which case meat, fish, and dairy are unnecessary. First and foremost, focus on stocking your emergency store with foods that you and your family members enjoy.
Learn How To Can and Dehydrate
Another tip for preparing your organic emergency food supply is to learn how to use canners and dehydrators. By learning how to can and dehydrate food, you can easily preserve your favorite foods. For canning, you’ll need both a pressure canner and a water bath canner. Water bath canning is ideal for jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, and chutneys, while pressure canning works best with meats, vegetables, and thick sauces or soups.
When it comes to dehydrating foods, you have a lot of options. You can sun-dry grapes to make raisins or meat to make jerky; use your oven to make fruit leather; or buy your own freeze-dryer and freeze-dry candy, dairy, desserts, eggs, fish, fruits, meats, vegetables, and more.
Canning and dehydrating are skills that take plenty of practice to master. But if you put your mind to it, you can become a canning and dehydrating master and fill your emergency store with delicious organic foods you prepared yourself.
Find Organic Food Storage Options
If creating an organic emergency food supply still sounds daunting and you’re not even sure where to start, many companies offer packs of emergency storage food. These packs include various tasty preprepared meals that are already sealed for you. That means you don’t have to stress over which foods to buy or how to store them properly. When you want to eat a meal, all you have to do is rip open a pouch and follow the included instructions.
Unfortunately, not many companies have organic, non-GMO long-term emergency food storage packs. But NuManna understands that long-term food storage options need to meet the needs of every type of family, including those that eat organic, non-GMO foods. That’s why we have non-GMO long-term food storage options available. The NuManna Organic Family Pack is the first-ever organic long-term food storage pack. It includes delicious, nutritious, organic meals the whole family will love. For long-term food storage options that will help you and your family thrive during tough times, shop with NuManna today.