Apartment Prepping Short-Term Emergency Food

hey everyone today we're going to be taking a look at part two of my apartment prepping series today we're looking at food don't go anywhere you're watching living Survival okay guys so for part two we're going to be taking a look at my food preps that I do in an apartment now this is short term food preps this is emergency disaster type food preps so you're not going to see things like shelves of rice and beans and sacks of wheat and things like that that you can use in a long-term situation this is the stuff that's going to get you by for a couple weeks up to a month in the event of a power outage due to a storm a hurricane earthquake tornado a flood something like that or in the event of a civil unrest where you had to shelter in place the city was shutting down having curfews things like that where you couldn't leave stores shelves are empty for a few weeks up to a month this is the type of food that I prep that would get us by for that period of time so in most emergency situations you're going to lose power or the city is going to shut off power and other utilities such as water and gas so before I get started water is a huge part of your food prep so we're going to talk about water and what to store and how to purify that water in a separate video because most of the food items do require water in order to rehydrate them or cook them obviously your first course of action if you lose power is to eat your perishables first that means the stuff in the refrigerator and the freezer you can prolong some of that stuff by using a cooler but again you're probably not going to get more than a few days to a week depending on the temperature outside especially if you don't have power you can't cool or heat your living space it's going to be hard to keep that food good so you're going to want to consume that stuff first things like your milk your eggs your fruits your breads yogurts things like that that are perishable so next item on my prep list is going to be canned good it's now canned fruits and vegetables soups canned meats things like that are all great items to prep they require little or no preparation you really don't even have to heat them up you can eat them right out of the can if you had to if you had no electricity or no way to heat these up so shell life on your typical canned fruits like mandarin oranges pineapples things like that is generally about six months to a year so you're going to be pretty good again this is short term this is not long term so as long as you rotate these foods out it works great and typically a good tip is to just buy the food that you eat anyway I mean we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and things like that a lot of tuna so that's the stuff we stock up on when we go to the store generally Kristen and I will go to the store and we'll buy a case of water and we'll buy several different soups every time we go to the store it's just a simple way to stock up slowly so we have that stuff on hand another good tip is obviously to shop sales you can stock up really easily that way so good examples of canned fruits and vegetables would obviously be the mandarin oranges pineapple those are going to have the shortest shelf life and then things are going to have a longer shelf life like a year would be like green beans corn peas you know whatever you're into their soups just get your favorite flavors there again these can be just eaten right out of can if you had to they pack down really easily as long as you're storing them in a you know a cool dry environment sauces are a great thing to have to you can you know mix this with meat if you have it during the first week or so and then you can you know obviously mix it with noodles and things like that add a little flavor and then can meats such as tuna or all the different other canned meats and fish that you can get they have a long shelf life and they work great to add a little variety into your food preps now you can also get things like tuna in these little packets they're a little more expensive I generally use these when I'm hiking or backpacking and would use the canned meats instead of these but that's also an option tzuf also comes in these packets again great for when you're on the move and I would go with the regular canned stuff just because it's a little bit less expensive for snoring at home so next would be the dry goods things that are very simple and easy to make and only require one ingredient which would be water again we're going to talk about water in another and you want to conserve that water for sure but these are foods that you can use or rehydrate and use that water to create a great meal things like boxed macaroni and cheese that just takes water these are great and you can get these on sale you know two for a dollar things like that things like uh instant rice this stuff is great you can add noodles to it you can add tuna to it things like that so this stuff is great it lasts quite a long time things like stuffing even though they say add other things like oil and things to it you can make it with just water I've done that before and then finally something that I really like is to just these are these right sides they're pretty much just a meal in one you know we have chicken fried rice cheddar broccoli Spanish rice regular chicken some herb and butter these just require water they're 2 and 1/2 servings so plenty for Kristen and I and again cheap you can get these you know 10 for 10 for 10 things like that other items such as these little portable packets of hashbrowns lasts a lot longer than something that you might have in your freezer as far as hashbrowns go other dry goods would be like oatmeal the stuff comes you get a lot in a container and we like to eat that again it only requires water to make you can also buy individual packets if you prefer that crackers cookies things like that are a great thing to have especially if you have kids you know you don't want to change their diet a whole lot you want to make them as comfortable as possible so things like saltine crackers even though they don't have the longest shelf life they're definitely going to get you through a month you can spread peanut butter and jelly on these you can dip them in soup scrunch them up in soups and things like that things that we all did probably as a kid peanut butter is great you can buy a big jug of this it's a lot of protein for you know for the serving size nuts things like that trail mixes those are all great dry goods to have on hand as well another great option is things like cereals these obviously can be Eitan with any milk that you have in the first couple days you can mix this with water or you can just eat the stuff right out of the box so other things you can stock up on are things like chicken broth you know you can you can use this to make soups you can mix this with any canned meats that you have you know noodles things like that any vegetables that you have maybe in the first week you can use chicken broth for that things like powdered drink mixes and powdered milk things like that that you can rehydrate powdered eggs those are all great things to stock up on as well so finally for the dry goods it's probably a good idea to have some flour although in a 30-day time period you may not end up using it at all it's more of a longer-term storage item just like rice and beans and things like that but it's good to have a couple bags on hand doesn't take up much room so I've got regular white flour and some some whole wheat flour here and then spices things like salt and sugar and pepper honey is a great item to have on hand and you know spices as well stuff that you probably already have that's a great item to prep and something that you probably going to have for a 30 day period so finally stuff that has an even longer term shelf life in an apartment it makes a great prep because it's small its stuff I have on hand anyway because I hike a lot and I backpack and I can balot but things like dehydrated meals you know they don't take up any room they're usually multiple servings and all they require is water to rehydrate them a problem with these is that they're very expensive so it's better to just get the noodles you know get other things you can dehydrate you know beans and rice and things like that and make your own meals such as this rice and chicken you know you could dehydrate that stuff maybe add some beef jerky to to noodles or something like that and make that stuff yourself one thing I did want to mention though is valley food storage this stuff is a great prep for having at home it's not necessarily something I would take with me hiking or backpacking because it's five serving it's got a 25 year shelf life you know again anything that's packed in a mylar package with like an oxygen absorber is going to last quite a while so if you want something like this that doesn't take up much room and you you know you don't want to pay the big price for your typical backpacking meals checkout valet food storage you know this stuff is one company that I found that actually make larger servings and it's great for a home prepping for sure something that's even more long-term with obviously be your rations you know these would be your last-ditch type thing I reviewed these tack bars again five year shelf life so again it's not necessarily a short-term prep but good to have on hand should you know maybe all your you know canned goods got destroyed I know when something floods you know things can rust out obviously your dry goods can get saturated with water maybe you had a tornado and it rained and you know ruined your you know your your food storage that's when something like these packaged meals that aren't going to be susceptible to you know rain and flood as much things like these ration bars will get you by in that type of situation or emergency so can you can dehydrate your own things like banana chips they make a great snack trail mix things like that things like these Clif bars are excellent to have on hand just for an extra snack obviously want to address any special needs like the babies or infants you're going to need preps for them as well as elderly you know you're going to need preps for them the good thing about short term food storage is that its food that you eat anyway so just stock up on it and have a rotating 30-day supply you know in a long term prepping situation long term food you know you're going to want to store them on racks you're going to want to write dates on things that you can rotate it out not as much of a problem with short term food preps because you can rotate that stuff out but it is a good idea on cans and things like that to write the date you know find the data and write it up top therefore you can eat the oldest stuff first and again if you buy what you like then you're not going to have any problem rotating that stuff out one other thing that you're probably going to want to do is stock up on things like paper plates knives forks spoons things like that remember water is going to be sacred in emergency situations so you're not going to want to wash dishes or anything like that you're going to want to be able to just you know use minimal water for drinking for hygiene and for of course cleaning up and sanitation reasons so sometimes in emergency situations such as earthquakes a flood even a tornado it's a good idea to shut your gas off if you have a gas range or a gas water heater chances are the city is going to shut it down on you anyway so how do you cook without electricity or gas well for me it's my camping and hiking stoves the fuel is pretty cheap you can buy a bunch of these as I showed in my survival kit video a few videos back I keep a stove and a couple extra gas canisters backed up just for that same reason you can use a kettle that you camp with you can use just your regular kettle off your stove at home very quick and easy way to boil water that you can use to you know pour into your dehydrated meals or to cook noodles in for example with this MSR winburn Ertz it's an all-in-one system that I previously reviewed it works with the gas canisters and it comes with its own pot great for boiling water and great for cooking things like stews and soups and boiling things like noodles of course any camping stove would work just like this little pocket rocket or this MSR universal stove nice thing about the universal is it will use any gas you can use even regular unleaded gasoline or kerosene for that just keep them on you do not want to do that indoors I have used the little camping stoves indoors I do it right by my stove and really it's no different than using you know your gas stove you just want to be obviously very careful I would only use these ISO probes ISIL are the propane butane mix indoors I would definitely not use the gas versions of a stove also if you have a wood stove and you have wood you could obviously cook outdoors and heat your food and sit up purify your water that way as well you could also use just any utensils like your pots and pans with these stoves as well another great thing that works is those camping stoves that take the larger canisters and obviously your grill outside could be utilized as well so I really hope you guys enjoyed the video today take look at some of my short-term preps you know again its short-term it's not long-term so it's going to be foods that you eat anyway it's going to be things that you can easily rotate through like I said a good tip is just every time you go to the sort by an extra item or two that's an easy and affordable way to get your stock of preps where it needs to be again I'm going to dress water in a separate episode and I'm also going to address things like powdered milk and in powder drink mixes and things like that that you can use to make the water taste a little bit better that's going to be in a separate video coming up shortly again it's a good idea to address the needs of your family again we have a dog so you're going to want to stock up on dog food for a month things like that you know you want to think of those little things when it comes to your short-term food preps as far as storage goes you can typically just store that stuff how you do anyway we don't have any special storage other than for the longer term stuff like the rations and the backpacking food and things like that those we just keep in a box in a in a cool dry area other than that you know our cupboards hold our short-term food preps things like spices and dry goods and things that you can make just with water again you're going to want to use up the stuff that's perishable first and head to your longer-term foods next so hope you guys enjoyed the video today I hope you guys share in the comments below what your short-term preps are I'd love to start a discussion with you guys on that I hope you share this video to 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