This is a diary of how my husband and I are getting Zombie Fit! Join us and don't get eaten alive! We are getting mentally and physically prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Become self sufficient and survive!

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Apocalypse Larder! How Much Food Will You Need?

So, you've got all fit - you could outrun any zombie and it's mate. You are a skilled ninja and you could decapitate one of those ugly beasts with your eyes closed. But what happens when you're living through it all and you don't have much in the fridge and the tap doesn't seem to behaving like it's normal self? Are you going to start killing the living to get your hands on a sandwich and Coke? Or would it just have been wiser to get your Apocalypse Larder in shape? Yes!

Here's a great little tool provided by the Latter-day Saints for calculating how much food you will need to store to keep you and your family going for a year if things went a bit crazy! The Food Storage Calculator just needs you to input the number of family members you have and then you can run out to the shops and start stocking your apocalypse larder! The only difficulty is that it's in pounds, so if you're European, you'll just have to convert the amounts to grams!

The LDS believe that it's members should be prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. "The Church and its members are commanded by the Lord to be self-reliant and independent" (D&C 78:13-14). So they have some good advice for being prepared for the worst - glass half empty me thinks!

Of course you need to be able to utilise you larder properly as even the food with the longest use-by-date will soon go out-of-date if it's left festering. So you need to run your Apocalypse Larder like a mini supermarket and use stock rotation. Always using the oldest first. You should also only stock food that you know how to cook and use everyday.

It would also be wise to have at least two weeks worth of water per person, clothing, fuel, and a first aid kit in case of an emergency is essential. It is also worth thinking about cleaning products like bleach and soap.

The Apocalypse Larder should contain foods such as grains (rice, flour, corn, quinoa, oats, pasta), legumes (beans, peas, lentils, peanuts), cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey, and water. I also think tinned fish is a great addition to any larder - anchovies, sardines, tuna and salmon. It might also be wise to keep white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda - great for many tasks.

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