Emergency food preparedness is something we all need to do, whether it's preparing for the loss of a job or a large-scale disaster. No matter where you're at in life, it's wise to start stocking up on emergency preparedness food now.
But should you really go out and buy all those expensive, freeze-dried foods?
The answer is, you should never stock up on foods that you don't like to eat. Otherwise, you'll be throwing away a lot of expensive, dated food in five years.
Instead, invest in quality, storable foods and start using them on a daily basis. The good news is, these foods are some of the best values around and great for your health as well.
Whole grains are an essential part of emergency food preparedness, but they're also a boon for saving money, improving your health and having some of the best tasting foods out there.
Buy your grains in bulk, and invest in a grain mill. Then learn to make your own fresh bread. You'll save money and have plenty of food on hand. No more running to the grocery store all the time!
Want fresh pasta on a daily basis, even in an emergency? For awesome, low-cost daily eating as well as emergency food preparedness, invest in a hand-operated grain mill and a hand-operated pasta maker.
I have a Wondermill Junior Hand Grain Mill (pictured left, you can find one here), and while it is a good workout to grind your own flour manually, I can generally grind enough flour to make pasta in about ten minutes.
Just recently I bought my first manual pasta machine, and we like it, although it is difficult to clean. My son helped me make pasta the other day, and I was amazed at how easy it was. The end result wasn't as pretty as you would find in the store, but the taste was fantastic.
To make pasta, I grind two cups of durum wheat and put the flour in a bowl along with three eggs and enough water to make a dough. Knead it for about five minutes until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and then run it through the pasta maker. It makes about a pound of pasta.
My son working the hand-operated pasta mill. You can find one here.
Buy plenty of beans in a wide variety and start cooking them every week. Cook a large pot of pinto beans and freeze them for later use in soups or with brown rice. The same goes for black beans, navy beans and lima beans.
Also don't forget lentils, some of the easy legumes out there. They can be cooked in about twenty minutes and can be used as a substitute for any recipe calling for ground beef, including this great casserole dish.