Disasters can happen anywhere at anytime. When they do occur, they can completely change the way you live your life. But to make the situation easier for you and your family, we recommend storing some “comfort foods.”
A Sense of NormalcyStudies have proven how our emotions can affect our bodies. For example, foods high in sugar or food associated with pleasant memories can cause the release of certain chemicals that affect how we feel. Normalcy should be a priority in preparing our families for an emergency. In American culture, sweets and desserts are associated with good times and celebrations (birthday cakes, holiday pies, and sweets). Desserts can naturally act as a mood enhancer. During hard times such as extended unemployment, food shortages, or during the aftermath of a natural disaster, sweets remind people of better times and give them a sense of normalcy and comfort. If your family enjoys desserts, you may want to have some sweet food to eat after your emergency meal to help comfort them. It can be a reminder, especially to children, that everything is all right and good times are ahead. Instant pudding mixes ( chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and more) - Brownie mix - Hot chocolate mix - Fruit drink mixes - Muffin mixes - Cookie mixes - Freeze-dried ice cream - Banana Chips Hard candy can also be purchased and if stored in a low-moisture container in a cool place can store for a long period of time. If you usually bake your desserts from scratch, make sure your food storage contains the basic ingredients for making pies, cakes, cobblers, and cookies. Most everything for basic baking is available packaged for long term storage and is made to adjust easily to any recipe.
Some of the basic baking ingredients you’ll want to have stored include: - Butter or margarine powder - Dehydrated egg and egg whites - Instant dry milk - Baking soda - Baking powder - Sugar or honey - Wheat and white flour