Food storage is a simple concept. You store food as an insurance policy in case there is a scarcity of food in the future. Our ancestors stored food for millennia via smoking, curing, pickling, drying, freezing…etc.
Today modern society has developed food supply chain that is good for economics, low priced food through large manufacturing plants. However, this food supply chain is dependent on each link doing their part. When one link breaks down, the rest of the system comes to halt or a complete collapse.
This has lulled us in to a false sense of security. We trust everything will always be available at the local grocery.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. it took less than 24 hours for grocery stores to be completely bare because of hoarding. I expect the near future will have more severe emergencies than coronavirus resulting in food scarcity. Food storage is one of, if not the highest priority for preparing for governmental or societal collapse.
Even though the concept of food storage is simple the organization may not come as instinctive, so I’ll explain to you how I have organized my food storage in 4 different ways.
1. Add water ready meals with 25 year plus shelf life
There are several food storage companies online selling freeze dried food storage that you can simply add hot water to and they are ready to eat. However, I have bought from several brands that had great outstanding reviews and they were all disgusting. And, I am not a picky person. I was raised to eat everything, so when I say they are bad. They are horrid.
The only brand that I have found that tastes absolutely amazing and stands out from all the competition is Mountain House brand. Nothing compares. It is expensive, but if you have the money, don’t question it, buy it. When the world is going apocalyptic a great tasting meal will be a much needed moral booster to the depressing state that will exist.
The other great thing about Mountain House is you can cook the food in its own pouch, so they are perfect for saving space in your bug out bag. No dishes or plates needed.
The only other brand that I can recommend is Wise Company food storage. They don’t taste as good as mountain house but they are ok and the price is better.
Another reason you’ll want add water ready meals is because during high stress survival days your time will be focused on safety and survival. Add water ready meals will save you time which you’ll desperately need.
Personally, I have about half of my years worth of food storage as add water ready meals. The other half of my food storage I rotate with foods I would normally buy at the grocery.
2. Rotating Foods
Now this part of food storage is not as self-evident to most. You’ll want to have an excess of canned foods that you commonly eat. You’ll want to consume these foods in the order of first in, first out, so you’ll have to have a way of organizing them. The best way I’ve found to organize your canned goods is to buy some storage racks with some rotating can organizers that fit in them. If you’ve ever worked in restaurant that was halfway organized you’ve probably seen this set-up.
In my opinion Quantum Storage makes one of, if not the best shelves for the price for storing food. Each of these shelves are capable of holding up to 300lbs. That supports a lot of weight. Made very dependable.
These shelves come in several different dimensions that you can purchase to fit nicely into whatever room you are using as your food storage room in your home.
You’ll want to have several can organizers to place on these shelves. This will make it easy for when you need to replenish your food storage. If you purchase the Quantum Storage shelves previously recommended make sure to purchase the ones made 2ft deep. These allow more space to place your can organizers
In addition you’ll want to make a list of all these canned foods in one column, and a par level in the other column. Every couple months, do an inventory count so you know what you need to replenish.
Below is an example of a list.
- Canned beans
- Canned Corn
- Canned Fruits
- Canned Veggies
- Jellies James
- Maple Syrup
- Nutella (wifey will not be worth spending apocalypse with if you forget this one)
- Speghetti Sauce
- Peanut Butter
- Nut mixes
- Trail Mixes
- Oils (vegetable, Olive…etc)
(You could also add hygiene products to your inventory list, like hand soaps, Bar Soap, Laundry Detergent. TP, don’t ever forget the TP)
3. High Calorie Emergency Bars
Why? Because they don’t take up much space and you can easily store them in a pack if you have to leave your home for whatever reason.
I remember as a young scout I went on some week long hiking trips. All your food for that week was in a pack that you carried on your back with all your other belongings. High calorie emergency bars were perfect in this situation because they took up little space. Literally hundreds of calories in a small densely compact bar.
High Calorie energy bars are perfect for a bug out situation.
Here is a separate blog where I talk a little more about energy bars we recommend. In a nutshell we look for bars that are concentrated, provide high calories, have no trans fat, that contain several amino acids, and are high in fiber, with a decent shelf life.
It is difficult to find a energy bar that meets all these criteria here are a few of our specific recommendations that have some pros and cons.
For something a little more nutritious but no so good on the shelf life are Kate’s Real Food Bars
If you are in the habit of eating energy bars and rotate through them just make sure you have an adequate stock of them.
This is should come as common sense but store the grains you need. Grains store for several years so buy some, and dedicate an area to storing these in your home. It worked for Joseph in Egypt for a 7 year famine. It will work for you.
Below is a simply list of grains I like to have on hand
- Corn meal
Now, a healthier way to eat your breads is to store the grain itself instead of the flour. The germ and bran part of the grain is healthy and nutritious but as soon as you grind it in to a flour it will spoil within a few days.
Flour has a long shelf life because the germ and bran are removed but they are not at all nutritious in any way. I believe health is important to survival. This why I recommend purchasing wheat berries for food storage and then purchase a wheat grinder that will allow you to make bread everyday.
I own a NutriMill Harvest Stone wheat grinder and believe they are the best. The image below has a link to some other NutriMill Wheat Grinders.
It may also be good idea to have a manual grinder instead of electric wheat grinder, especially if you don’t have an adequate backup generator for producing electricity.
If you implement the recommendations above you’ll have an adequate food storage set up that will enable you to preserve your family in difficult trying circumstances.
We recommend you have provisions that would last your family at least one year.
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