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Supplement Your Emergency Food Supply With These Costco Items!



You know those nights when you get home after a long day only to realize you’ve got nothing in the cupboard or fridge to eat? It feels like the worst possible thing in those circumstances! Anyone who has experienced that end-of-the-day “hanger” knows what a relief it is to find that long-lost box of crackers in the back of the pantry. But imagine that the power goes out for an extended period of time, or you’re unable to rush out to the grocery store or fast-food restaurant because of a natural disaster, or there simply isn’t anything to be had because of food shortages, political upheaval, or supply chain breakdowns? Suddenly, you’ll realize just how important it is to have an entire emergency food supply at home in case of . . . well, just about anything. And you’ll definitely need more than a simple box of crackers to see your family through the worst.



These lightweight emergency food buckets are ideal because they’re easy to store and last up to last 25 years on your shelf, tasting just as good as the day they were created. They’re also full of energy-ready carbs, plenty of protein, and other vital nutrients for daily and emergency survival. Individual meals are essentially ready to eat, after simply adding hot water and stirring.


These lightweight emergency food buckets are ideal because they’re easy to store and last up to last 25 years on your shelf, tasting just as good as the day they were created. They’re also full of energy-ready carbs, plenty of protein, and other vital nutrients for daily and emergency survival. Individual meals are essentially ready to eat, after simply adding hot water and stirring.


BEST SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD STORAGE FROM COSTCO


Now that we’ve covered the importance of long-term food storage, it’s imperative that you also look at growing your supplemental food storage. This is also referred to as short-term food storage. They’re pantry-stable items that don’t require refrigeration or freezing. They’re also great for rotating into your regular daily meals as they near their expiration dates and you want to replace them with fresher items for short-term storage.

Short-term food storage, like food from Costco, is an added layer of emergency insurance that you know will get used, even if you haven’t encountered what feels like a true emergency yet. For instance, rising costs due to extreme inflation may not be considered a national disaster.

We love shopping at Costco for supplemental emergency food for a few reasons. First off, Costco offers a wide variety of food storage options, including both dried and canned goods. And because they’re sold in bulk, you can often be sure of getting a decent deal. Plus, with their return policy, you can usually return anything you don’t end up using which creates an even nicer buffer in terms of cost and security.

Here are some of the categories you should be hitting up for emergency food storage on your next Costco run.


Spices


Don’t make the mistake of thinking spices are an “extra” when it comes to food storage. They have such incredible importance (and are often so underrated) that we’re putting them first on the list. Basics like salt, pepper, and sugar should certainly have their place in your supplemental food storage (even if it means you’re only needing to tap into them when you feel like baking at midnight—hey, it’s an emergency too many of us have run into!). But you’ll also want to think beyond the basics when shopping for emergency food.



Fats



Fats also play a key role in health and digestion. They’re critical for helping your body absorb vitamins and minerals from other more nutrient-dense foods. Fats are also an important ingredient for many dishes, including baked goods. Plus, no one can deny that fat adds flavor and richness to pretty much anything it’s added to.


Beans

Beans are another awesome bulk emergency food that can be purchased at Costco that will serve your short-term food storage well. Beans are fibrous, meaning they take longer to digest and help keep you full longer, which is perfect in cases of emergency—particularly if you don’t know when you’ll be able to eat next. We love beans in food storage (dry and canned!) for creating or adding to soups, mashing onto toast, blending into hummus, mixing with veggies and spices for dip.


Grains


You can’t forget to add grains to your supplemental food storage from Costco list. A variety of whole grains has a wide range of health benefits on top of offering plenty of nutrients and trace minerals. Many experts say that a diet rich in whole grains can reduce the risk of several common diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even some cancers. And hey, an emergency is no time to ignore long-term benefits of a healthy lifestyle.



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