Emergency Food Supply

Your emergency food supply, water storage, and survival equipment, are the three main foundations of any short or long term survival plan.

You need to start preparing, at least some emergency food storage, in advance for yourself and your loved ones.

By doing so, you will be more prepared for a disaster situation than probably 90 percent of the public.

Why You Should Stock Emergency Food:

Keep in mind... if there is a sudden food shortage emergency, many people will be trying to purchase all types of emergency foods at the same time, then you will NOT be able to find them due to shortages.

  • It may take a while for store shelves to be replenished.
  • You will be prepared when a disaster does affect our food supply system.
  • You will need it for yourself and family, and may need to feed friends or neighbors.
  • Food is not going down in price. Buy it now, it will be even more costly later.

    You may also want to consider reading this informative guide written by a military trained expert who learned the skill and knowledge to survive a real food & water crisis.

How Much Food Should You Stock?

The time to start is NOW...

tomorrow might be too late. Even a little preparation and some emergency food storage could save your life, or at least keep your family from going hungry. Educate your family, your friends, and your neighbors about preparing an emergency food supply.

You can never have too much emergency food stored away for hard times. There is always people you can help that DON'T prepare, and there will always be someone in need.

  • Minimum supply: Most suggest 3 days, but ask yourself if you are comfortable with that - will three days of food be enough? We suggest at LEAST 30 days.
  • Best supply: 6 months to one year (if possible) will definitely give you more peace of mind for a long term survival situation.

What Types of Food Should You Stock?

Store at least a minimum three-day supply of non-perishable food (again, we suggest to strive for 30 days). Choose foods that require no refrigeration, cooking, or preparation and are compact and lightweight.

If food must be cooked, it would be wise to add an emergency stove to your supplies in case you have no other means to cook.

Your emergency food supply should not include food in your refrigerator or freezer because you cannot count on those items remaining edible for more than one day in the fridge, or three days in the freezer if there is a power outage.

Grocery-Store Canned and Prepared Foods:

Grocery Store Survival Foods

As a general rule, traditional canned foods should be consumed within a year. For cans with expiration dates, you may find you have 18 months to two years before they expire. For cans without a date, mark them with the date purchased and make sure you eat, and rotate them before a year.

Canned foods work well as an addition to the other types of Survival Foods. Study shows nutritional value is quite high on several types of canned foods. Read more about the Best Canned Food Storage Choices Here

Storing up to four weeks of local grocery-store canned food isn't too difficult. But when you get beyond that, it can really benefit your storage space, and the shelf-life of your food to look at specialized survival foods.

See our Recommended List of GROCERY STORE Survival Foods Here.

Freeze Dried Foods:

Freeze-drying causes less damage to food than other dehydration methods using higher temperatures, leaving more nutrient value in the food. Freeze dried foods are a very good option for emergency food supplies because they are very light weight and easy to store. When stored properly, freeze dried foods have a very long shelf life.

Unfortunately this process can only be done commercially at this time therefore is not available for home use.

For more information about freeze dried foods and how they are processed check out our Freeze Dried Foods Page.

Specialized Survival Foods:

These foods are commercially prepared specifically for long-term storage, and for emergency food supply.

The main difference between the canned prepared foods you buy in the grocery store and the specially prepared survival foods is the shelf life and nutrition value, survival foods are superior in both.

You CAN NOT store grocery store items for five to ten years, as you can with dehydrated, freeze dried, MRE's, or sealed foods packed in nitrogen or vacuum sealed containers.

MRE's are totally different than dehydrated or freeze dried foods which both require water to reconstitute them. MRE's are precooked "in the pouch", They retain their full moisture like canned food items, but they have a much longer shelf-life. MRE'S do not have as much flavor as freeze dried or dehydrated foods.

Tip: You may not need both MREs and freeze-dried foods, or your main food supply may be from growing your own food, but storing several types of survival foods will offer you a variety in choices and in the shelf life of your emergency food supply.

For a list of the different types of foods that can be used for your emergency food supply Visit the Survival Food Choices Page. Each option outlines the advantages, and disadvantages.

What To Store Food In:

Preserve your Emergency Food Supply and keep your Food Storage fresh with the right types of food storage containers. Generally, emergency foods are stored in:

  • Plastic buckets
  • Plastic air-tight containers
  • Vacuum sealed pouches and bags
  • Metal cans - When used for food storage, metal cans usually consist of commercially packaged freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Such as Mountain House Foods. Metal cans for home use, can be used, but are harder to find and seal. It is recommended that foods sealed, at home in metal cans, be lined with moisture barrier bags (plastic or metalized) prior to storing and sealing.

As long as stored foods are properly preserved, sealed, and kept cool and dry, they will stay fresh for years.

Visit the Food Storage Containers Page for detailed information on the types of storage containers, how they are used, and where to buy them.

Where to Store Food:

In order to keep your emergency food storage fresh and nutritious, your storage area needs to be as cool, temperature consistent, and dark a place as possible. Light, heat and freezing can destroy not only the taste and texture of your food, but also the nutritional content.

Basement-Cellar Food Storage

Where can your food stay cool? Since heat rises, it is best to keep your food in a basement or cellar where it will stay much cooler than it would on a top floor or in an attic.

You can also put it underneath beds, or on closet floors. You don't want to store heavy buckets on high closet shelves, in the event of an earthquake, they may fall.

A dry crawl space under your house is one good spot. An insulated garage is another, some garages can get hot during the summer and freeze during the winter. Drastic temperature changes should be avoided with food storage.

*Caution: You don't want to store your buckets next to gasoline, insecticides, or any other harmful chemicals. Plastic is porous, which could allow some of the toxic fumes these chemicals give off to enter your food.

Grow Your Own Food

Growing, harvesting and storing garden foods is the most nutritious and rewarding option for increasing your emergency food supply. Learn to grow your own survival garden and also the different ways to plant, preserve, and store your harvest of organic foods.

Visit the Survival Garden Page for more information. You will find a complete list of what to grow on our Emergency Garden Foods Page.

Tip: Home food dehydrating is a great way to process and store many types of foods when they are in season and abundant, either from your local market or grown in a garden. Dehydrated foods save space and are a very nutritious way to add to your emergency food supply.

Visit our How To Dehydrate Food Page to Learn how to dehydrate food and the 4 main do-it-your-self methods used. Also, to learn the basic facts about what food dehydration is, visit our Facts about Food Dehydrating Page.

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