When thinking about food storage, many people just stock up on the bare minimum for survival. But having familiar and nutritious food on hand is important to your health and emotional well-being in a crisis. Consider keeping extra packages or bottles of the condiments and add-ins that you normally use while you cook. When you have to dig into your food storage, you’ll still be able to make your favorite meals because you’ll have your favorite ingredients on hand (instead of going to the store with the crowds and settling for whatever’s left on the shelves).
Here are some of my favorites that I keep in my food storage pantry. I use them often, so I rotate them frequently enough that they don’t go bad.
-Oils (canola, vegetable, olive, sesame seed, cooking spray)
-Vinegars (balsamic, apple cider, red wine)
-Herbs and Spices
-Dried fruits (raisins, apricots, figs, dates)
-Chocolate (chocolate chips, chocolate bars, chocolate candies)
-Spreads (Nutella, peanut butter, almond butter)
-Sauces (barbeque, chili, tabasco, cocktail, teriyaki …this list could go on forever…)
-Condiments (honey, bacon bits, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup)
These items were never meant to be stored long-term. But keeping them in your food storage plan—and making sure to rotate them—will increase what you can do with your food storage if the times comes that you need to rely on it exclusively. These everyday items can take your food storage from back-up plan to luxury.