With Christmas on it’s way, it’s a season of getting together with our loved ones and eating good food together. It’s a time of year when those of us who aren’t usually gourmet cooks may try our hand at new, decadent, recipes and create too much food for each occasion because leftovers are arguably the best part of the holiday.
This kind of extravagance may seem like a necessity to those of us who are accustomed to the tradition. But it might be wise to take a page from the book of those who have learned to ration their food every day, out of necessity for survival. We may not need to learn how to ration for everyday purposes, but it’s a good idea to practice the simple math and think ahead about how much each person in your household actually needs, and how much space that would take up in your storage.
In order to be efficient, it’s best to buy in bulk, in cases that are already acting as space-saving agents. To get started, you may want to try our 120 Serving Breakfast Bucket, paired with our 120 Serving Entrée Bucket.
Pre-Rationing Best Practices:
- Prioritize food that will provide the most energy and nutrition to get you through the day. It’s also wise to choose freeze-dried meals that are lightweight, in case you’re on-the-go. All of our options at Total Prepare cover these basics.
- Plan for at least two weeks of self-sufficiency.
- If you’re counting on 3 meals per day, for 14 days, that’s 42 meals (14 breakfast entrees and 28 lunch or dinner entrees) per person.
- Next, tally the total number of people in your household.
- If it’s 4 people, you’ll need to have 168 meals (56 breakfast entrees and 112 lunch or dinner entrees) (see this handy chart for more calculations)
Once you’re caught in the midst of an emergency, your time is up for purchasing the ideal foods, so act now! When the situation arises, you will be extremely grateful and your process of rationing will yield much more hope for life-preservation.
If you’d like to know more about how to ration when you’re in the middle of a crisis, have a look at our article on The Difference Food Makes. Or check out this article included in Off the Grid News for further tips on how best to maximize the supply of food you have.
Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for Frontier.io