Why Food Storage Series: Everyday Emergency

As stated in the introduction post to our “WHY DO PEOPLE BUILD A FOOD STORAGE?” series, we have found there are 5 main reasons people store food:

1. Natural Disasters
2. Economic Crisis
3. Health Benefits
4. Everyday Emergency
5. Religious Reasons

Today we will be talking about the fourth reason, Everyday Emergency, and encourage you to visit our Facebook Discussion on this topic. We learn so much more from each others real life experiences and opinions, so come on over and join the conversation. (You don’t need to be a member of facebook to read the discussions).

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While you would never think of STARTING to do food storage to prepare for “everyday emergencies”, it sure is a nice side benefit once you have some food storage accumulated. Here are a few every emergencies that we have found food storage to help with immensely:

Recipe Ingredients: Right in the middle of cooking dinner, you run out of one of your necessary ingredients. Instead of having to run to the store for that spice, egg, soup can, etc. … you run down to your basement instead.

Dinner Emergency: Do you ever have one of “those days” where all of a sudden it’s 6:00 and you have a hungry family and hadn’t planned anything for dinner? Food storage can help! Look into your three month supply foods and you’ll always have something quick and easy on hand from Mac N Cheese, to Spaghetti, Hamburger Helper or beyond.

Party Foods: If you get invited somewhere, it’s common to be asked to “bring something”. If your food storage is stocked up, you will always have some kind of item on hand to bring (even desserts!) This will help you from blowing your budget to go get ingredients to make something special to bring.

Convenience: Sometimes having that extra 5 minutes of time in dinner preparation can feel like it’s preventing an emergency 😉 Using dehydrated veggies can save tons of time on chopping and are just great for soups, stews, casseroles, etc.

Safety: Using powered eggs can prevent a salmonella “emergency”. Use them in your cookies and other batters and you can eat the dough, lick the beaters, etc. and know that you are safe. You also don’t have to be careful about washing your hands after cracking eggs into recipes. Who knew food storage could be so useful?

What other everyday emergencies have you run into that were helped by having food storage on hand? Let us know in the comments below!


  • Jody

    Another benefit to having food storage on-hand for every day emergencies is that when my husband or kids ask what they can eat for a snack, I can send them to the food storage shelves where I have made a snack section–full of boxes of crackers, fruit snacks, beef jerky, granola bars, etc.

  • I love agave nectar. I thought it was funny that it's the same plant that's made into expensive tequila(sp).

  • I love agave nectar. I thought it was funny that it's the same plant that's made into expensive tequila(sp).

  • I just got some Organic Blue Agave at Costco. I used it in place of honey in our smoothies and could tell no difference. I haven't experimented with it in other ways yet.

  • I just got some Organic Blue Agave at Costco. I used it in place of honey in our smoothies and could tell no difference. I haven't experimented with it in other ways yet.

  • Not sure if this is the same as yours, but I have some blue Agave nectar – it's a liquid and I use it as I would honey. I don't need as much because it's sweeter than honey or sugar. If yours is a liquid, just sub like honey – remembering to factor in the liquid as well as the sweetness. There's a conversion chart somewhere I saw years ago to account for the extra liquid that you get with the honey. (Try "Making the Best of Basics" by Talmage – or google it)

  • Not sure if this is the same as yours, but I have some blue Agave nectar – it's a liquid and I use it as I would honey. I don't need as much because it's sweeter than honey or sugar. If yours is a liquid, just sub like honey – remembering to factor in the liquid as well as the sweetness. There's a conversion chart somewhere I saw years ago to account for the extra liquid that you get with the honey. (Try "Making the Best of Basics" by Talmage – or google it)

  • Has any one use Organic Agave Nectar Sugar Substitute instead of sugar or honey in a recipe(s)?

  • Has any one use Organic Agave Nectar Sugar Substitute instead of sugar or honey in a recipe(s)?

  • My favorite is when you get to the store and they are out of your favorite (cheaper) brand or item. That's ok, though, because I still have 2 or 3 left in food storage….

  • My favorite is when you get to the store and they are out of your favorite (cheaper) brand or item. That's ok, though, because I still have 2 or 3 left in food storage….

  • we had an everyday emergency at the park for our preschool. breakfast was 45 minutes late. i had to share my dd's banana and sleeve of crackers with the kids.

  • we had an everyday emergency at the park for our preschool. breakfast was 45 minutes late. i had to share my dd's banana and sleeve of crackers with the kids.

  • just wanted to say thank you! you two do an amazing job!

  • just wanted to say thank you! you two do an amazing job!

  • just wanted to say thank you! you two do an amazing job!

  • just wanted to say thank you! you two do an amazing job!

  • just wanted to say thank you! you two do an amazing job!