24 Days and 24 Foods. What would you choose in an emergency?

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
24 Days and 24 Foods. What would you choose in an emergency?

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2011-10-30 food storageLet us play a bit of make believe.  You know in advance that you are going to be sheltered in place for 24 days.  Luckily, you will be safe in your own home and drinking water will be plentiful.  Power for cooking will be available but alas, there will be no refrigeration.  Also, you must use the pantry supplies on hand because you can not leave and run to the supermarket.  Besides, the supermarket will be closed.

Did I mention that you are only allowed to have 24 different items in your pantry?

24 Days and 24 Foods

You have 24 days in which you must fend for yourself and you are only allowed 24 items in your pantry.  What would you choose?  I thought long and hard about this and here are my choices, in no particular order.

  1. Chicken Broth
  2. Canned Chicken
  3. Dried Spaghetti
  4. White Rice
  5. Freeze Dried Ground Beef
  6. Canned Salsa
  7. Canned Tomatoes
  8. Dried Beans
  9. Canned Corn
  10. Peanut Butter
  11. Oatmeal
  12. Flour
  13. Sugar
  14. Yeast
  15. Canola or Olive Oil
  16. Salt
  17. Instant Coffee
  18. Freeze Dried Mixed Vegetables
  19. Powdered Milk
  20. Trail Mix
  21. Canned Butter
  22. Honey
  23. Nonni’s Biscotti
  24. Kashi Energy and Protein Bars
  25. Spice Packets (Chili, Garlic, Pepper, Oregano)

What would I do with these foods?  To begin with, I would make spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken soup, a robust chili, warm oatmeal with fruits, and the pièce de résistance, fresh, homemade bread with butter.

Some of the items are indulgences such as the Kashi Bars and the Biscotti’s (which, by the way, stay fresh for two years or longer).  But all in all, for 24 days myself and my family would eat well as long as I included some kibble for Tucker the Dog.

How about you?  What are the 24 items you would choose?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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16 Responses to “24 Days and 24 Foods. What would you choose in an emergency?”

  1. 1) oatmeal
    2) brown sugar
    3) raisins
    4) salt
    5) rice
    6) canned beans
    7) canned tomatoes
    8) canned corn
    9) canned green beans
    10) fresh potatoes
    11) fresh carrots
    12) fresh apples
    13) onions
    14) garlic
    15) pasta
    16) canned baked beans
    17) vegetable broth
    18) flour
    19) baking powder
    20) flax seeds
    21) powdered milk
    22) corn bread mix
    23) canned peaches
    24) canned pineapple
    I have a root cellar to store my fresh vegetables and we do not eat meat or eggs.

  2. i don’t see any bread products except cubes/crumbs. biscuits are easy. lots of 5-minute single rise bread recipes out there that make a decent meal and both can bake inside a dutch oven if need be.
    i agree with the fruit lady above–apples store for weeks and canned fruit is good if the syrup is not too heavy.
    think about canning some beef stew meat in sauce or some ground beef. better than the tinned stuff in the store. just use a pressure canner and follow the instructions from the ball canning book for tasty, safe food.

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