Learning proper survival food storage is an essential skill, if you want to have the ability to survive nearly any disaster or crisis.
Survival food storage can be as simple as stacking cans and water up in a pantry, or as complex as building an underground bunker, filled with your survival food and gear.
Surviving a natural disaster, war, or breakdown in civil order requires
the utmost of planning and a superior food storage system.
If catastrophe strikes, and the world as you know it is forever changed, then you'll have to rely on the food you've been storing for the past few years: and you're going to need it to last.
Survivalists all over
the world use a few basic storage items to make their foods last for
Mylar bags should be at the top of the list of any serious survivalist who wants to ensure they have the best survival food storage.
Mylar is made from stretched polyester film, and is valued for its strength, stability, reflectivity, and air-blocking ability. Mylar bags are great for lining food grade containers, or on their own. They prevent air from getting to the food, which is the number one cause of spoilage.
Sugar, flour, rice, beans, and any other dried foods are great for storing in mylar bags. Once you are finished filling the bag with food, you seal the bag using a clothes iron.
Most of the mylar bags sold on Amazon are mainly sold in gallon size, and are commonly combined with oxygen absorbers, giving you a great two for one deal.
USA Emergency Supply sells their own mylar bags in a variety of sizes including a ziplock mylar bag.
Oxygen is the number one cause of food spoilage and decreased shelf life. While mylar bags are great at preventing air from seeping into your survival food storage bag or container, oxygen absorbers are the next line of defense against air.
Iron oxide absorbs any residual air left in a bag or container and is completely non-toxic and won't leave a scent.
Oxygen absorbers come in small packets, similar to the silica that is packed in with shoes. When the packets haven't been exposed to air, they remain a pinkish color. Once exposed to air, the packets turn blue or purple.
The ultimate survival food storage system is created by combining mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and food grade storage containers. With this method, you can increase the shelf life of many foods to over a decade, if not two.
The mylar bags are your first line of defense against air and exposure, while the oxygen absorbers get rid of any residual air left over when the bag is sealed, or if there is a microscopic hole. Put these into a food grade storage container to keep your food edible for the longest possible time.
Food grade storage containers are another line of defense from air, but also offer protection against animals, bugs, and mold. Storing your survival foods in a container also make them easier to transport.
Food storage containers come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 1 quart to 5 gallons or larger. Make sure to look for the ones labeled Food Grade, BPA Free, or stamped with HDPE or a #2 recycling logo.
To give you an idea of how many containers you might need to hold you and your family over, one five gallon survival food storage container will hold about 40 pounds of wheat, 25 pounds of dried beans, and about nine pounds of pasta.
Food grade storage containers are relatively cheap, and can be bought at many online retailers. Some grocery stores, restaurants, and bakeries will also sell you their used containers. API Kirk sells five gallon food grade containers that are BPA free.
Prepare Co is another brand making its way to the forefront of survival and emergency preparation. They sell 1 gallon and 2 gallon containers and a variety of other kitchen and storage tools.
Once you have all the necessary bags, O2 absorbers, and containers, you have to find the right place to store your survival food.
The best place to store it is somewhere cool and dark, like a basement. If that isn't an option, choose somewhere that is out of the way, but is easily accessible during an emergency.
Laundry rooms and closets are good places. Garages aren't the best place, due to the extreme temperature fluctuations.
Label each container and bag with its contents, the date you stored it, and when it will expire. If you store a 5 gallon container full of food, it should probably stay on the floor instead of a shelf – you don't want 25 pounds of dried beans crashing down on you in case there is an earthquake or explosion.
Rotate the food out when it gets close to its expiration date and make a few meals out of it!