There has been a fair bit of talk recently about food shortages the urgent need to stockpile. The world is a bit crazy at the moment with natural disasters wiping out crops and the Corona virus disrupting food supply chains. Have you noticed there are gaps on the supermarket shelves 6 months after the worldwide panic buying ?
Now I'm not a doomsday prepper or even an alarmist, but I do have concerns that access to some foods might look a little different and might get a little harder. Perhaps there will be a shift in where our food comes from. Maybe more will be grown or made in Australia ( or your own country ) but this will take time.
So I've taken it upon myself to stock up on items that store well long term. I've also made my family aware of what I'm hearing and asking them to add a few extra items to their grocery lists when they shop.
I've watched lots and lots of YouTube clips from around the world to gather as much information as I can about long term stockpiling ( which is 1 + years ). The items I've listed below were commonly mentioned by many stockpilers, are cheap to buy, have multiple uses and are mostly ingredients.
* Pasta - long, spiral, lasagne sheets. Take your pick although long spaghetti pasta takes up the least amount of room. Pasta does store well for many many years. Do not stockpile wholewheat / wholemeal pasta because it goes rancid over a short period of time.
* Rice. White rice can store well for many years. Make sure you freeze it for at least a few days to kill any bugs before storing in the pantry. Once again, brown rice does go rancid fairly quickly.
* Sugar. I prefer to stockpile white only because I can make brown sugar, castor sugar and icing sugar from the white sugar.
* Tinned meats like tuna, salmon, Spam and chicken. Did you notice that tinned meats were one of the first things to disappear during the March panic buying? I personally only stockpile tinned tuna and salmon because that's what we eat.
* Tinned fruit and vegetables. With country and state borders being closed, fruit pickers are not always able to get to the harvests in time for picking. Fruit and veggie prices are predicted to soar. Having a few tins put away will be a big help to your mealtimes.
* Tea. Unopened boxes of tea can last years past its best before date. I know this for a fact because I've been stockpiling tea for many years when it's on clearance or half price sales. Once the box is opened , store in an airtight container for freshness.
* Stock powder. Ok, this is something you probably didn't expect to see on the list. Unopened tins of stock powder last for at least a couple of years past its best before date. Stock powder always comes on sale in Winter. This is when I buy a couple of years worth. It can be used to make soups, to boost the flavour of a casseroles and risottos and to make your own gravy or flavour mixes.
* Salt. Salt can be used in food preserving, to boost flavour in cooking and has health benefits to our bodies in moderation.
* Herbs and spices. Providing they are stored in airtight containers, herbs and spices can last for a few years. Used in cooking and baking they give a welcome boost of flavour.
* Tinned soups. Although I make my own soup, tinned soups do have their uses. Tomato soup is very versatile and can be used for pasta dishes, casseroles and slow cooking. Tinned chunky soups can be made into an emergency meal for 2 by adding a handful of small pasta.