There are many reasons to store enough non-perishable food to supply a household for a few days, or even a few months. Not only is an emergency food supply a great way to prepare in case of a natural disaster or other unforeseen event, but it can also be a great help during a short-term budget crunch by providing meals ready to eat at home without spending money on groceries.
Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross recommend storage at least 3 days worth of non-perishable food for every member of the household. Other groups, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recommend storing at least a years’ worth of food in case of long term disaster or disruption. Because of the many groups recommending that people should maintain a supply of stored food, there are many lists and calculators online to determine how much and what types of food to store based on family size and nutritional needs.
While some people will build their emergency food supply by storing basics such as flour, dehydrated milk, honey or sugar, and packaged or canned foods from the grocery store, others prefer to buy products designed to be stored long-term. These include packages or cans or freeze dried food, dehydrated food, MREs, and other survival foods.
Food Storage – Food Storage Kits
Usually you can find offers of pre-designed Food Kits ranging from a 3 month supply for one to a year supply for 10 people. They also offer value packs and individual cans of pantry staples like milk, wheat, rice and beans; dehydrated food including meats, fruits & vegetables, MRE packages with from 12 to 600 meals ready to eat per kit, and freeze dried food from Mountain House and Backpacker’s Pantry. These can serve as an emergency food supply on their own, or be the start of a plan that will be supplemented with other storage foods, including shelf-stable canned foods and boxed dinners. Many ready to eat meals in smaller packages are also great to take along camping or backpacking.
It is important to supplement the basic foods with comfort foods and favorite meals or snacks to avoid menu fatigue and to keep from feeling deprived when eating mainly survival food. Some familiar foods that store well are peanut butter, canned soups, hard candies, Jell-o, cereals, and no-bake cheesecake mix. Adding spices, bouillon cubes, and seasoning mixes will also help add flavor and variety to the meals.
The addition of familiar food items also makes it easier to rotate the food to keep it fresh. While some storage foods have shelf lives of up to 25 years, it is still a good practice to eat what you store and store what you eat. This will help keep the food tasting its best and at its most nutritious, and it provides a chance to taste test the various foods and become accustomed to eating them.
Food Storage – Freeze Dried Food
is processed in a way to retain the flavor and texture so that it is ready to be used in case of an emergency. Just add hot water, wait 10 minutes and you have a meal that would have you wondering how it taste so good coming from a pouch or #10 can off your shelf. Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods and Backpacker’s Pantry Freeze Dried Foods are excellent choices in freeze dried foods. Since emergencies can take many forms and you never know when something might happen, it’s good to be prepared with enough Food Storage.
Food Storage – Dehydrated Food
also falls under the category of food storage. Unlike Freeze dried foods however, dehydrated foods take a little more preparation. Powdered milk, pancake mix, vegetable stew and wheat are just a few of the dehydrated foods. This gives you a variety of meals to choose from bringing great taste and flavors in any case of an emergency.
Want even more delicious items to choose from? Try Meals Ready-To-Eat or MRE as we call them. MREs are a meal in a mylar package. These meals have a 5 year shelf life and don’t require any heaters in preparation. Sure-Pak MRE food storage can be eaten hot or cold. If you want hot meal just place the Pak on a warm surface or in direct sunlight. Each MRE is pre-cooked ready-to-eat. Adding MRE options will give you more to choose from and will keep you even more prepared in case of emergency evacuation.
Do you ever have nightmares that you run out of your food storage? You don’t need to worry because Mountain House Food and Backpackers Pantry can be bought in a year supply bulk order. Keeping a year supply will give you the peace of mind knowing that whatever happens you are prepared. MRE to freeze dried foods and dehydrated food. With so much to choose from there is a guarantee you’ll find the emergency food / survival food you’re looking for.