Now you have a food supply. The power goes out and there sits your food, staring at you, daring you to find something to make that your family will actually consume. You begin to hallucinate. Images of Pop Tarts and frozen pizza fill your brain.
Well snap out of it. There is no place for Pop Tarts in a preparedness program. Not that they would go bad quickly. They are not real food and lack the capacity to rot the way a carrot does. But still not anything one would bother stocking up on. But what will you eat? Managing you food supply means having a menu plan at your finger tips. The last thing you need in any crisis is lack of directions. Pull out your preparedness notebook and the meal plan should be on the first page. I am assuming you have secured a way to cook but I am also assuming no frozen foods. If you have a freezer and need to eat down before things thaw, your menu plan will have to reflect that.
Breakfast. Assume coffee,tea, milk or hot chocolate
Toasted bread with peanut butter and honey-canned fruit
Pumpkin muffins with raisins-fruit juice-
Blueberry pancakes with syrup or fruit sauce-
Scrambled eggs-toast-fruit juice
Rice cooked in milk and raisins
oatmeal with dried apples and cinnamon
French toast with fruit sauce
Lunch. Assume milk is served with each lunch
Macaroni and cheese with stewed tomatoes
Vegetable soup and toast
Tuna sandwiches and carrot sticks
Chili and bread sticks
Chicken and rice
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and canned fruit
Chicken soup and toast
Dinner. Assume milk and extras like pickles, applesauce and canned fruit
Chicken and dumplings
Stew and biscuits
Rice and beans
Ham and potatoes with green beans
spaghetti and sauce
Chicken and rice curry
Snacks and desserts
Cookies, dried fruit, pudding, jello, cheese and crackers, yogurt
Add a daily multivitamin and be sure to include a fruit juice with vitamin c and milk or other high calcium drink. This is pretty basic but it will keep you in good shape and is not bland or boring. It does demand that you reconstitute milk, bake bread and maybe make some yogurt or cheese. I would be willing to bet that this is a better diet than many people get on a regular basis. It is also fairly simple although not fast food.
Today is a short post. I have to go to town and work in the garden.