And the whole assembly of the children of Yashar’el murmured against Mosheh and Aharon in the wilderness: And the children of Yashar’el said unto them, Would to Elohiym we had died by the hand of Yahuah in the land of Mitsrayim, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.-Exodus 16:2-3

hangry - feeling irritable or irrationally angry as a result of being hungry.

Truly, we are not ourselves when we become hungry, which is why preparing now is crucial to you and your family’s well being . . . physically, mentally, and spiritually. Read more about “Why We Get Hangry.”

Prepare now to save yourself from headache and heartache.

Prepping needs to be done strategically. It’s more than simply filling up your cart at the grocery store. Some things to consider are your finances, your time, the shelf life of the food, and most importantly purchasing what your family needs and likes.

If you’re short on time, the quickest and easiest way to stockpile is by purchasing canned goods, canned meats, and/or freeze dried meals. This is the more pricier option, but if you’re short on time this may be a better option for you.

The other option you have for food prep is to put it together yourself. It’s certainly not hard to do and can even be enjoyable, but it is time consuming and takes planning. However, doing it yourself is well worth it and allows you to customize your stockpile. For instance, my children are not fond of peas but my husband and I are. When I prepared the peas, I used smaller bags to portion just enough for the two of us. And, I know this may seem unnecessary or of little importance, but when the time comes, it will save you time and prevent food waste. (You will be so glad you did. Praise Yah:)

To do your own stockpile, it’s best to find out the “Best Foods to Stockpile for an Emergency”. Non-perishable foods is the necessity. Read on to find out What Are Non-Perishable Foods, Exactly? Now that you know what foods to stock, it’s time to understand what to store them in and how to store them, which will help to extend the shelf life.

Store your foods in a cool, dry place, free of pests. You may want to think about using mylar bags and placing the bags in food-grade plastic buckets. I know this seems a little extra, but it’s to protect your food supply from pests. And, be sure to pick up oxygen absorbers and desiccants to protect your foods from spoilage caused by oxygen and moisture. Be sure to label and date foods and keep a rotation schedule-eating the older foods first. Maintain a rotation schedule to prevent your foods from spoiling. Rotation is crucial for the preservation of your food supply. And, it’s easy to pack and forget, so stay focused and stay consistent. Try making prepping a family project, so everyone is accountable and you will have helping hands.

Whew! Family, I know it’s a lot to take in, but understanding how to prepare and store your foods will help you and your family by protecting what you’ve worked so hard to prepare for.

And, as I mentioned before, everyone’s time and money are not the same. Do what works best for you and your family. HalleluYah!

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