How to Store Food For Survival – What You MUST Have Now!
The snowstorm hits your part of the country and you know you still have a car parked outside only because you see the extra high lump of snow covering it. Or the floodwaters are surrounding your neighborhood and not expected to lower for days. It might even be weeks with more rain expected!
You know it may be a week or more before you can get to the store. Even if you do make it there, are their shelves empty? Were they able to get their supplies?
Is your family prepared for such events?
Most people have enough food for only a day or two before they need to restock something. If any type of disaster, or even if a temporary blackout with no electricity for a few days should occur, it would be devastating to most people.
Knowing how to store food for a disaster is critical.
Here we are going to show you not only what are the best foods for preppers, but also how to store food for an emergency. We want to make sure you get your pantry or food storage area stocked up with the essentials right away, at an affordable price, and with foods you are already accustomed to eating.
Once we have the first 72 hours to 1 week of food supplies stocked. We can look at food storage for long term survival. Do we need a full years supply like some suggest? Probably not. If we are going to be needing food that far out, we probably need to develop some homesteading skills for survival.
But what about 2, 3, or 4 months? Know anyone who’s been unemployed and looking for a job for several months? Having food supplies to get you through that time period would sure reduce the stress levels!
So, Where Do We Start?
We need to find a storage area for our stockpile. If you already have a large pantry, with some good organization that may do just fine. Maybe you have a basement, or a large laundry area, or a closet that could be put to better use. Really short on space, how about under the bed? Old drawers with wheels added work great. Plastic storage boxes with wheels are made for under bed storage. Avoid places with temperature or moisture extremes like hot garages or wet basements.
Stock Up Only On Foods You Normally Eat
If you don’t normally cook with grains like wheat or oats, buying a 25 lb. bag will be a waste. If you’re planning on the long-term storage like a year, then you may reconsider, but you’ll also have to plan on changing your cooking and eating habits. For the start, only get foods you know you’ll use.
Stock Up On Foods Easy To Cook
During a disaster situation, you may be without gas or electricity and unable to use you normal appliances. Make sure you can cook your food on a grill, a camping stove, or with a can of Sterno. Make sure to stock plenty of fuel for these or other heating sources as well.
Start with a plan. Make a checklist. Each time you go to the grocery store, buy a few things “extra” to add to your emergency stock. Budget an extra $5 or $10 each trip. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your supply will grow.
Foods To Stock
Water is not a food, but we’ll need plenty to drink, for cooking, and washing. Plan on at least 1 gallon per person per day. I like the 5 or 6 gallon containers used for camping. They are easy to store in many places around the home.
Some people like to buy cases of bottled water. Avoid reusing containers that have previously held milk or juices. They are almost impossible to clean thoroughly enough to avoid bacteria from growing and contaminating your water.
Crackers: Boxes of crackers, saltines, whole wheat, etc. will store for weeks or months until the packages are opened.
Cereal: Multigrain cereals
Pasta: All different types can be used in many types of dishes.
Rice: Brown rice has a little shorter shelf-life but is healthier
Dry Beans: Black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, etc. There are lots to choose from, but they do take a bit longer to prepare.
Whole grains: If you use grains like steel cut or rolled oats, they are a great item to stock up on.
Flour: If storing for long term, you’ll want to learn how to re-package it in airless containers. (We’ll talk about that later.)
Bouillon Cubes: Great for adding flavor
Seeds: Flax seed, sunflower seeds, etc.
Fish: Tuna (pack
ed in water has longer shelf life), canned Alaskan Wild Salmon, crab meat, etc.
Meat: Canned chicken and turkey, Vienna Sausages, etc.
Vegetables: Green beans, peas, corn, etc.
Soups, Stews, chili
Spaghetti and tomato sauce, salsa
Honey (lasts forever!)
Nuts & trail mixes (shorter shelf-life)
Granola and protein bars
Dried Fruits: Raisins, apricots, etc.
Jerky: Beef, Turkey, Summer sausage
Cheese: (Hard cheese dipped in wax)
Powdered milk (I’m not a big fan of powdered milk for my taste, but it’s great for cooking, and I’ll drink it when the regular milk become unavailable!)
Powdered drink mixes
Condiments: ketchup, mustard, etc.
Freeze-dried foods: Great for long term, but more expensive.
Coffee & tea
Items for cooking/baking:
Sugar, salt, spices
Baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, yeast, etc.
Baby formula, baby food
Special foods for food allergies
Dish cloths & towels
Paper plate, napkins, paper towels, plastic bags, etc.
These types of items will save time, work and water giving you the time and energy to work on more important things dealing with your emergency situation.
Food Storage For Long Term Survival
The serious Preppers and Survivalists who are planning for long term storage of months or years will have some different needs. As the survival time stretches out longer and longer, it is harder to stock up on enough to last. It then becomes necessary to have some additional equipment and skills for food gathering and storage.
Gardening: Growing you own food
Raising animals: Chickens, rabbits, goats, etc. for your meat.
Foraging for wild plants
Hunting, trapping, fishing
Bulk storage methods
Wood burning cook stoves
This is just an overview of some of the skills and equipment needed for long term survival. It also involves a whole different mindset, way of thinking, and different lifestyle. It’s really not that far out “Doomsday Preppers” crazy thinking either. Just consider any country that’s been at war for a while. This has become their way of life. Would it hurt to plan for a “worst case scenario”?
We’ll be posting many more articles getting into much more detail on many of these topics.
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