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A Guide on Stocking Up on Non-Perishable Foods

non-perishable food itemsAs the winter months approach, it’s essential for older adults to be well-prepared for inclement weather that might make it challenging to get out and about. One crucial aspect of winter preparedness is ensuring you have an ample supply of non-perishable food items – these are items that can be stored for a long time before being eaten or used. In case of extreme weather conditions or unexpected events, having a well-stocked pantry can provide comfort and security. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare:

1. Water and Basics:

Start by ensuring you have enough water to last at least three days. Aim for one gallon of water per person per day.
Stock up on the basics: milk (shelf-stable or powdered), bread, and cheese. These items can form the basis of simple and nourishing meals.

2. Canned Goods:

Canned goods are a lifesaver during emergencies. Consider having a variety of canned items, such as soup, tuna, and salmon. These are not only easy to store but also have a long shelf life. Include canned fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re getting essential vitamins and nutrients.

3. Eggs and Dairy Alternatives:

Eggs are a versatile and protein-rich option. Consider powdered eggs as a convenient alternative with a longer shelf life.
Explore dairy alternatives like long-lasting UHT (ultra-high temperature) milk or non-dairy options if you have specific dietary preferences.

4. Beverages:

Don’t forget about warm beverages. Stock up on tea and coffee to keep you cozy during chilly days. Hot beverages can also be a source of comfort. Consider having powdered drink mixes that can be easily mixed with water.

5. Staples:

Peanut butter is a nutritious and energy-dense food that can be a quick and satisfying snack. Cereals and crackers are excellent options for quick and easy meals. Choose whole-grain varieties for added nutritional benefits.

6. Dried Fruits and Nuts:

Dried fruits and nuts are not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients. They make for convenient and healthy snacks.

7. Frozen Meals:

Plan ahead by stocking up on 2-3 frozen meals that you can easily pop into the microwave or oven. Circle of Care offers convenient meal options; current Circle of Care clients can reach out to our Meals on Wheels team at 416-373-4100 to learn more about ordering extra meals. New clients can book an intake appointment here: https://www.circleofcare.com/meals-on-wheels/.

8. Meal Preparation:

Consider preparing and freezing a few homemade meals in advance. This way, you’ll have a supply of nutritious and familiar dishes ready to heat and eat. And if you’re a caregiver for a senior who lives on their own, consider bringing over a few prepared meals that they can stick in their freezer and take out to eat when needed.

9. Check Expiry Dates:

Regularly check the expiry dates of your non-perishable items and replace any that are approaching expiration. This ensures that your emergency supplies are always fresh and safe to consume.

By taking these steps to stock up on non-perishable food items, you’ll be better equipped to face unexpected winter challenges. Remember, being prepared is not just about the physical supplies but also about having peace of mind knowing that you have everything you need to weather any storm.

Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the winter months with confidence!