72-hour kit menus

Check out my article on 72-hour kits

Disclaimer

It has become very popular to include items like condensed soups, chili, and jerky in 72-hour kits, especially those kits made at Enrichment Meetings. These items are often crammed into a small jug or pot for minimal storage purposes.

While your body needs salt when it is sweating, I do not use jerky as
part of a main meal in a 72-hour kit. Animal protein requires more water
to digest than other dried foods.

The saltiness of the condensed soups may also make you thirsty, AND you have to store extra water to make them. Chili could also cause problems, as some spicy foods get hotter over time.

My advice is choose high-calorie, high-protein, bland types of foods for your kit. Choose prepackaged freeze-dried meal pouches, MREs, peanut butter/jelly/crackers, applesauce/fruit cups, dry cereal or granola, dried fruit, canned beans, ready-to-eat soups (not condensed), non-perishable dry pasta, protein bars, and vitamins (to make up any slack). You could also consider some of those shelf-stable ready-to-eat meals made by Hormel, Dinty Moore, and Pasta Anytime. Those meals include pastas, rice meals, and chicken ‘n dumplins.

The easiest to store energy foods (you’ll need extra engery in a crisis) include peanut butter, dried apples, tuna fish, rice, pork and beans, oatmeal, and pasta.

Now for the lists, and yes, some of them do include jerky….. (I didn’t make them….)

Example of a HORRIBLE 72 hour kit menu

We’re doing 72-hr kits at Enrichment in a couple weeks. We priced everything at Costco and the RS is paying for one kit per sister and then if they want additional ones, it’s $6 each. Here’s the food included (it’s the mormonchic.com one modified for more protein/calories):

DAY ONE
BREAKFAST 1 oatmeal & 1 hot cocoa
LUNCH 1 cup soup, 1 granola bar, 1 beef stick, 1 hot cocoa
DINNER 1 can chicken noodle soup, 1 applesauce
SNACK 3 pieces of candy, 1 stick of gum

DAY TWO
BREAKFAST 1 oatmeal & 1 hot cocoa
LUNCH 1 cup soup, 1 beef stick, 1 applesauce
DINNER 1 can ravioli, 1 fruit snack, 1 hot cocoa
SNACK 3 pieces of candy, 1 stick of gum

DAY THREE
BREAKFAST 1 oatmeal & 1 hot cocoa
LUNCH 1 beef stick, 1 fruit snack, 1 hot cocoa
DINNER 1 cup soup, 1 trail mix
SNACK 3 pieces of candy, 1 stick of gum

plus 1 ltr water (they’ll need to add more). Each day goes into a ziploc bag.

Originally from the Usenet

as quoted here

Breakfast-Day 1
—————
Cereal
Powdered Milk
Fruit Cup
Box of OJ

Lunch-Day 1
———–
Cup of Soup
Saltine Crackers
Box of Apple Juice
Pudding Cup

Dinner-Day 1
—————
Corned Beef Hash
Applesauce Cup
Box of Grape Juice
Granola Bar

Breakfast-Day 2
—————
Instant Oatmeal
Fruit Roll
Box of Apple Juice
Hot Cocoa/Ice Tea

Lunch-Day 2
———–
Beef Jerky
Peanuts
Applesauce Cup
Box of Grape Juice

Dinner-Day 2
————
Chili with Beans
Saltine Crackers
Box of OJ
Tapioca Pudding Cup

Breakfast-Day 3
—————
Granola Bar
Granola Bar
Box of Grapefruit Juice
Hot Cocoa/Ice Tea

Lunch-Day 3
———–
Box of OJ
Cheese & Crackers
Fruit Cup
Granola Bar

Dinner-Day 3
————
Beef Stew
Bread Sticks
Box of OJ
Fruit Cup

IDEAS FOR FOOD FOR 72 HOUR KITS

01. Package each meal for each member in individual bags.

Breakfast Day 1
Lunch Day 1
Dinner Day 1
etc…

This prevents any loss of food for any one person in your party
and allows you to keep order in your kits.

02. Pick foods your family will enjoy.

You will find that it is very important that you place foods in
this kit that your family will eat regardless. You might plan to
place foods in your kits that your family particularly enjoys,
but that you don’t always serve.

03. Rotate your food.

Most food comes with expiration dates on it. It will be impor-
tant to rotate your food according to this schedule so that you
do not find yourself in an emergency situation with expired food.

04. Place food in your kits that are easy to prepare or ready to eat.

When you need to use this kit, remember you will have in most
cases been evacuated from your home either by car or on foot. It
will be a stressful time for your family. You may be in a Red
Cross Shelter, in a campground or on the road or on the way to
relatives homes. You will not have all the luxuries of home.
Cooking at best will be difficult. Please keep this in mind as
you choose your foods for this 72 emergency survival kit.

05. Don’t spend a lot of money.

This is a survival kit. You will want to be comfortable but not
extravagant. The food you place in here, due to its convenience,
will cost more than you desire to spend, however, you can keep
the cost very reasonable.

06. Ideas for Food.

Beef Jerky
Saltine Crackers
Corned Beef Hash
Soup-for-One
Roast Beef Hash
Cheese & Crackers
Beef Stew
Oyster Crackers
Chili
Dried Beef
Ravioli
Fruit Cups
Applesauce Cups
Vienna Sausages
Pudding Cups
Bread Sticks
Cookies
Snack Pack Cereal
Canned Milk
Powdered Milk
Fruit Rolls
Fun Fruits
Packages of Raisins
Packages of Peanuts
Granola Bars
Beef Sticks
Box Juices
Hot Cocoa Mix
Suckers
Hard Candy
Trail Mix
Power Bars

This list is just to give you some suggestions for putting
together your own kits. As each families taste differ you will
need to adjust for your own families taste.

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