If you agree with me that the tribulation will begin soon, you might want to make some modest limited preparations soon. Even if you disagree with me about when the tribulation will begin, and how it will unfold, I suggest that you consider makings some prudent preparations. In this post, I will discuss food storage as one preparation.
I’m not going to tell you which foods and how much food to store. You should do your own research, form your own opinion, and use your own good judgment. But I will cover a few concepts, a give a few examples, with the understanding that this is not a set of instructions to follow, nor is it a list of things to buy.
The nutrients needed by the human body are divided into two types: micronutrients and macronutrients. The micronutrients are needed in small quantities: vitamins and minerals (and perhaps some antioxidants for good health). There are many micronutrients, but you can obtain these from various supplements, if any are lacking in your daily diet. The macronutrients are needed in substantial quantities, but there are only three:
1. protein – including sufficient total protein and all essential amino acids
2. fat – including sufficient total fat and both essential fatty acids
3. carbohydrates – complex carbs and/or simple carbs
I suggest focusing on macronutrients for food storage. Some foods that store well, if kept cool, dry, clean, and sealed:
1. long grain white rice – provides carbs and protein
2. white (not whole grain) pasta – provides carbs and protein
3. quick barley – a better source of protein than rice
4. instant mashed potatoes (plain or flavored) – a complete protein source and plenty of carbs
5. boxed macaroni and cheese (with the powdered cheese sauce) – stores well and the cheese adds more protein
6. instant flavored oatmeal – a complete protein source and plenty of carbs
7. seeds and nuts – excellent source of protein, good source of fat, plus some carbs
8. vegetable oil, canola or soybean – provides both essential fatty acids and fat for energy
9. granulated white sugar – provides extra calories, stores well, makes meals more palatable
The above foods store well, but pay attention to ‘best by’ and expiration dates.
Quick barley, instant mashed potatoes, instant oatmeal, and a type of pasta called ‘couscous’ can all be prepared without cooking, using clean bottled water.
*Note that preparing stored foods without cooking is less safe because any bacteria that have built up are not killed by heat. Eat promptly after preparation. Do not leave any food at warm temperatures for more than an hour or two, since bacteria will multiply making the food unsafe to eat. You will have to use your own discretion as to whether or not to prepare foods without cooking.
In addition, you might want to have some foods that do not store well, but are high in protein, such as meat, poultry, fish, egg whites in a carton, and cheese. Almost any food will keep indefinitely, and still be safe to eat, if it remains frozen and remains below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Here is an amusing Dilbert comic strip on preparations for the coming financial meltdown. Dilbert is storing food and other supplies.
I suggest that people make only limited preparations, spending only small amounts of money. Don’t be a survivalist; don’t plan to wall yourself off from the world. Don’t try to store up all things that you might possibly need.
In terms of food preparation, I suggest buying a little extra food each week to add to your food stores, until you have perhaps a month or two worth of staple foods for your family. Don’t try to store every kind of food in large quantities. Consider that your stored food will be supplemented by food that you continue to buy (and perhaps food you also grow in a garden).
Much more information, with a helpful discussion of the possibilities, is found in my book:
Apocalypse Survival Guide for Christians