This is one of those allergy posts. I said I’d discuss allergies and here it is. With kids who can’t eat out due to corn allergies (where’s the corn?) I have to plan ahead more than most people perhaps. While so many “preppers” are concerned about an emergency food stash in case of a catastrophic event, I’m more worried about having something for if a kid breaks their arm and we spend several hours in an emergency room or urgent care. We can’t just have Grandma bring us Chick-fil-a. This is probably far more likely (especially knowing my 2-year-old who already has had an urgent care trip). To address this I’ve come up with three things.
Stock the Freezer
My goal is to keep meals in the freezer. I had quite a few meals in their during my pregnancy but that’s a pretty depleted stash now though. Over the next month I want to stock my freezer. My method is pretty simple: double freezer-friendly recipes and freeze them. I particular want to freeze the meals that have a short amount of time from freezer-to-the-table. Canning meals would also be a great idea and would cover power outages but isn’t one I’m up to quite yet.
Emergency Food Bag
This is a bag that I’ll keep in the freezer with some non-messy, filling, snack type foods. This is the bag I can grab (or ask someone to grab) if we’re heading out unexpectedly for no idea how long (urgent care visits). I plan to keep homemade sausage balls, sliced carrots, gummies, and some butter buttons (fat is very filling) in it. These will be put separately in small ziploc and then placed in one large one and kept easily accessible in the deep freezer. Since I will be keeping in the deep freezer it should be okay for six months and then I’ll pull it out and trade in new snacks.
Stock The Car
I’m going to also keep some snacks in the car. These need to be snacks that can handle very hot temperatures in the car and stay good long term. I think nuts and dried fruit are both good for these conditions.
I think this plan should work. Last time I grabbed half a block of cheese for our urgent care trip and was thankful my husband had a pocket knife to slice it with. If you or your child has food allergies do you keep an emergency food stash?