In case of natural disaster or home quarantine, the last thing you want is to be short on food.
Disaster resilience experts recommend that households keep 7 to 14 days of supplies. Our family lived in Singapore during the SARS crisis in 2003, and ever since then, we’ve kept 14 days worth of supplies at home.
We designed our pantry plan around:
- providing enough energy, protein and fibre for an average person
- not wasting food
- easy availability and affordability at nearby supermarkets
We assumed that water, power and gas might be interrupted for a couple of days during that time, but the main risk would be home quarantine or general shortages of staple foods. We also assumed that our fridge and pantry would already contain sauces, condiments and spices.
Enough Energy, Protein and Fibre
According to Australian legislation, the average person’s daily intakes are:
- 8700kJ of energy
- 50g of protein
- 30g of dietary fibre
Our shopping list doesn’t represent the last word in good nutrition, but we were influenced by Professor Tim Crowe’s list of everyday superfoods.
- what we eat normally, so we can eat through our stored items and replace them as necessary
- items with a long shelf life
Our family shopping list: availability and affordability
- 1 900g pack of Loose Tea at $10.50
- 14 1L cartons of Long Life Milk at $1.25 each
- 4 375ml cans of Evaporated Milk at $1.90 each
- 2 1kg packs of Sultanas at $4.40 each
- 6 825g cans of Canned Peaches at $3.50 each
- 3 750g packs of Rolled Oats at $1.40 each
- 1 5kg sack of Brown Rice at $16.00
- 6 1kg packs of Wholemeal Flour at $2.00 each
- 4 400g packs of Popcorn at $1.95 each
- 5 500g jars of Peanut Butter at $3.50 each
- 1 1L bottle of Olive Oil at $7.00
- 3 1kg packs of Chickpeas at $3.50 each
- 3 1kg packs of Kidney Beans at $5.20 each
- 2 400g packs of Cashews at $9.00 each
- 20 185g cans of Canned Tuna at $2.00 each
- 3 240g cans of Canned Ham at $5.50 each
- 4 180g packs of Dark Chocolate at $5.00 each
- 1 1kg bag of Sugar at $1.00
- 3 400g jars of Honey at $5.65 each
- 14 400g jars of Canned Tomatos at $0.80 each
- 8 270ml cans of Canned Coconut Milk at $2.40 each
Frequently asked questions
Why no eggs, butter or greens?
Isn’t canned ham very salty?
How about non-food items?
Not everyone can afford to stockpile!
How about water?
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