Food & Emergency, Long-term Food Storage

Tips when buying long-term emergency food:
#1: Don’t store food you don’t like. Pretty basic, but if you have to eat the same food for a few weeks, make sure you like the taste.
#2: Know when (date) the product was manufactured to determine an approximate expiration date.
#3: Don't store all of your food in one place. If all of your food is stored in the basement what happens if there’s a flood? Even if the food’s in waterproof containers you may not be able to access it.
#4: Don't store food in the wrong place. Long-term food reserves need a cool, dry place so it lasts longer. If you keep your food in the attic (or even in normal room temperature) it severely shortens its storage life.
#5: Store liquids to reconstitute meals: Most emergency foods need water to prepare. Water is the most important piece of the survival puzzle.

There are a number of Long Term Food companies. Research and sample to find the one(s) that will suit your needs. The point is that a long-term food storage plan should be part of your overall emergency plan.

In additional to a long term food storage program, a renewable food sources program should be part of your overall Emergency Plan. Look for current and future Posts in this Blog for ideas like growing, recognizing and gathering wild edible plants, raising livestock, gardening with open-pollinated or heirloom plants , hunting, canning, hedydration and more.

Food Supply Guidelines for Survival Preparedness


Meal Planner

Camping/Backpacking Meals (7 year shelf life): I have a 72-hour supply assortment of entrees for each of my Emergency Kits. There are 6, 2-serving pouches (for 12 meals). To prepare, boiled water is poured directly into the pouch, sealed for about 12 minutes, and eaten directly from the pouch. If the entire contents are not completely eaten, the re-sealable pouch saves the "leftovers" for the next meal. Click here for a video on this product.

Long-Term Storage Meals (25 year shelf life): I have purchased these containers of dehydrated food (ready made breakfasts and entrees). The plastic 20-liter containers are stackable and have carrying handles and measure 15" tall x 10" x 12" and weigh about 16 pounds each. A small sticker, at the bottom of the container, indicates when the container was packaged to give you an approximate "Use By" date. Mine were packaged on March 5, 2013 so my use-by date will be about March 5, 2038.

Product testing:
Read my reviews on the P4T Blog for Wise Food, Valley Food Storage and others as I receive and test products.

Food Alternatives:
Bugs - The Food the West Forgot
Wild Edible Plants
Hunting, Fishing and Trapping

Food Preservation:
Sea Salt (about 4 gallons of sediment-free sea water boils down to about 1 pound of sea salt)

Healthier Eating:
Sugar vs Honey vs Coconut Sugar

See Also:
Top 10 Food Storage Companies Comparison
Dehydrating Food
No Fishing Gear? No Problem
Pet Food as Survival Food
When the Food Runs Out
Off-Grid Refrigeration
Keep Foods from Spoiling
Must-Know Rules for Picking Edible & Medicinal Plants
Replenishable Water and Food Sources
Emergency Cooking and Heating
Cooking with Solar Ovens
Rocket Stoves