I love when I can make an extra large quantity of a meal we are having and be able to freeze it in quantities of four. It is such a huge convenience when you can just pull something out of the freezer and pop it in the oven. The less thinking and preparing I have to do for a meal the better. Although, I also like to have extra food stocked away for emergencies.
A few years ago we were snowed in our house, about 12 feet of snow was in front of garage and doors. My husband was stuck at work, and we were stuck in the house. Thankfully we were able to dig out within a day, but I was not prepared at all for a blizzard. I had not been to the grocery store so we were rather sparse on food. Luckily, we ended up having enough to get us through the day, but what if it had been longer?
That blizzard made me realize how important it is to have food storage long term. We have three young children and when they are hungry they do not like being told they have to wait to eat. There are some great products on the market that are shelf-stable, such as: canned foods, milk, freeze-dried fruit, and vegetables. Our daughter actually takes milk with her everyday to school that is shelf-stable. It is in a little box and does not require refrigeration. It works out great since then we do not have to worry about it getting warm or going bad.
I am really not anticipating a natural devastation of any kind, but you just never know what life is going to throw at you. There are a lot of catastrophic disasters that have occurred. Things such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, and fires have made it impossible for people to leave their homes. I just like to make sure my family is taken care of in the event does happen.