Stockpiling an emergency pantry is a process that many homesteaders and self-reliant homeowners consider an essential part of providing for their families. There are many reasons why an emergency pantry might be necessary, even beyond being prepared for worst-case scenarios. But one of the downfalls of having a stock of emergency staples is that the types of foods that stay preserved well are often loaded with unhealthy artificial ingredients and GMOs.
There are ways to fill your pantry with whole, organic, non-GMO foods that will last for months or years. It may take a bit more work, but the trade off is that your family will be able to stay healthy if and when you need to dip into your emergency stores.
Organic dried grains, such as cornmeal, oats, rice, popcorn, and quinoa, are easy to store in airtight containers. As long as they are kept in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight and not exposed to open air, these ingredients will stay edible for years.
If you have a freezer dedicated to your emergency stores, you can fill your pantry with plenty of non-GMO ingredients that can make cooking with whole foods even easier. Yeast, baking powder, chocolate chips, coffee, and even butter and cheese can be frozen for long-term storage.
Dried foods are often the biggest culprits when it comes to GMOs. Instead of buying dried fruits, try making your own. Foraging for berries, or growing your own, will pay off big time when you dry the fruits and store them, either in airtight containers or in the freezer. Meat can be frozen, dehydrated, or canned, for long-term storage, and you often don’t need anything other than salt to keep your meat edible for months or longer.
Returning to simpler storage methods and ensuring that your cooking skills are up to snuff are the best ways to create a non-GMO emergency pantry.