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Survival Food Storage

We consider a survival food storage to be a minimum of a 72 hour emergency food supply up to a 1 month supply

A survival food storage can be composed of dehydrated foods, canned foods, freeze dried foods, and to some degree (no pun intended) frozen foods. The main idea of a survival food storage is that you have enough food to be able to provide for yourself and your family for a minimum of a 72 hour up to about a month. Because of the smaller amount required, almost kind of food today packing or preserving will fit the bill. The term "survival food" is a little misleading in that more than just providing substance to eat, it is more about the duration... the first 72 hours in a crises, emergency, or disaster situation.

The best approach is to have some really, quick, ready to eat, nutritious food available for the initial 72 hours of an emergency or disaster. We are talking about a 3-day supply of food. If a situation were to arise where you needed it, it most likely that you would like to do as little preparation as possible. There are a lot of things that fit the bill, but MRE's (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) come to mind. These are military surplus meals are designed with packaging to remain good for a minimum of three years (at 81 degrees F). The come in a convenient package that is easy to cary and store. Each meal is about 1200 Calories. The military designed these to be consumed for a maximum of 21 consecutive days.

MRE's can then form a quick/easy food base to build on. From there, a few freeze dried dinners and breakfast, of the just-add-water and heat sort are in order. These can be purchased from many sources and well help supplement a base of MRE's for quick and easy meals. They are great in that while they take more effort (water and heat) to prepare, they have a wide variety to choose from, they are very light, and .pretty tasty... they also have shelf life's close to MRE's up to 3 years (depends on storage conditions).

After getting a good one - two week supply of food based on quick and easy preparation such as MRE's and freeze-dried means, add canned goods to your supply. Pick canned goods for things that you like to eat. Tuna fish, chicken, and beef are all available at inexpensive prices via any of the major warehouse stores. Complement a good base of canned goods with some pasta's, Rice, and Beans. See our Types of Food Preservation Methods to understand how to extend the shelf life of food by how you package and store it.

Think of the foods you like, and prepare already and focus on building a variety supply for up to one month. You want a wide enough variety so that this storage in not only something you can eat, but that you would want eat anyway, regardless of the circumstances. Personally, after a week of the quick and easy to eat foods; I see this as the food I regularly eat that I usually purchase from the warehouse store, or the local supermarket. However, very few people actually keep enough for a 1 month supply... Katrina comes to mind.

A survival food storage is critical for preparing you and your family for the uncertainties of today's world. Once you have it in place, you should give serious consideration to emergency food storage.