When disaster turns your world upside down, your survival foods will
keep you and your family going until you have a clearer idea of what the
future holds. While it is impossible to know exactly when the
apocalyptic event will happen, food is one area that you can get started
with to get ready well ahead of time.
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Making a Shopping List
While you can prepare
some foods at home, you should start your emergency food supply by
heading out to the grocery store and stocking up on long lasting items
while they are still cheap and available. At a very minimum, you should
- Canned goods - You
don't know what form the apocalypse is going to take, so buying canned
fruit and vegetables is a great way to make sure that you'll get all the
right nutrients even in times of crisis. Canned vegetables tend to have
a shelf life of a couple of years, while fruit lasts around a year.
Make sure you check the dates on your cans, and all your survival foods
regularly and use up those that are about to go out of date. The rule of
thumb is: First in, first out;
- Dried foods - Rice, beans,
pasta, and oats are dried survival foods that you can purchase at your
grocery that are filling and will store for a long time.
- by using coupons, you will find you are able to stock up without
breaking the bank. The foods you will commonly find coupons for,
include: soups, canned fruit, sugar, flour, baking mixes, cooking oil,
spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, as well as toiletries and paper
Long-Term Storage Foods
survival foods - usually come in #10 cans, include everything from
entrees, breakfast foods, ice cream, vegetables and fruit. When stored
in ideal conditions will last for 30 years.
- Dehydrated foods
- in #10 cans or super pails, in addition to meat, fruits and
vegetables includes things like: butter, peanut butter, shortening and
milk. Like freeze-dried foods, in fact, all survival foods will last
considerably longer than the use by date; when stored in cool, dry
- High-calorie emergency rations - In the case of an
event that knocks out power for extended periods of time, high-calorie
survival foods will be your go-to meal to keep warm and give you long
lasting energy boosts. Typically these will be cereal bars packed with
oats, nuts and seeds and tend to have a shelf life of up to a year. They
may last longer if you choose rations that don't contain any dried
fruit, as this will start to decompose after six months or so.
meals - Also known as Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), these military issue
meals can be cooked or eaten cold. Designed for eating on the go, they
are a good food to put in a bug out car or as emergency food at the
start of the event. You can buy them online from numerous military
stores and they can last up to one year if you store them correctly.
Home Made Foods
You can spend a small
fortune on commercially produced survival foods, which is why many
people thinking about survival will also have provisions that they can
make and preserve at home months in advance. With an investment in some
equipment, you can prepare your own by:
fruit - You can make fruit last for six months by dehydrating it. You
will need to buy a dehydrator to get the full effect, but these cost
around $80 for a decent size capacity and you can start putting it to
use straight away. Popular fruits include apples and oranges, but you
should experiment with any fruit that you can grow in your back yard.
canning - Canning is a great solution to the problem of what to do with
a big yield of vegetables as well as putting food away against a worst
case scenario. Again, you'll need to invest in canning equipment,
including a machine that will seal the tins for you, but once you've got
that in place, all you'll need is a supply of empty cans and lids and
knowledge of what preservatives to put in with different foods.
One of the advantages of home canning is that you can experiment with
foods that a grocery store might not sell. For example, by tracking
down a recipe for Boston canned bread, you can give you and your family a
long lasting source of carbohydrates that you can prepare months in
advance. Whether you purchase your survival foods or prepare them
yourself, being ready for the catastrophic event will place you and your
family in a better position for staying alive in a challenging time.
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