Survival Foods: Tips on What to Store, and How Much

Having a secure, dry supply of survival foods is essential under any extreme conditions

You aren't going to get too far without a proper amount of food and water. Sure, you can have guns, ammo, shelter, and medical supplies, but without an adequate storage of provisions, your chances of surviving a disaster or conflict are greatly reduced.

According to one survivalist blog, most grocery stores only have enough food for about three days. If disaster strikes, the last place you want to be is fighting over a can of soup with a hundred other people.

Keeping a proper emergency food supply is the best way to prevent future problems, and also protects you from inflating food prices. Besides, even if you don't have to tap into your emergency food supply, you can simply use it in your normal routine.

Specialist Products vs Grocery Store?

Storing your survival foods is vital to keeping them fresh for when you need them

As survivalist culture becomes more popular, it has never been easier to secure an emergency food supply.

Several companies offer freeze-dried foods that can feed a family for over a year. These freeze-dried products come in giant food-grade buckets that are airtight, and can last for nearly a decade.

These deals can be pretty expensive, but you have to consider that you are paying potentially for months of subsistence for your family.

If you'd rather do your own survival food shopping, you can pick up nearly everything you'll need at the grocery store. The best way to go about building up your survival food supply is by buying a little bit every week – spreading out the costs over time. Look for foods with the highest amount of calories and the longest shelf life.

Bags of rice and dried beans both keep for up to ten years in proper conditions. Cornmeal is a better alternative to traditional wheat flower, as it keeps longer and is more versatile. Cornmeal can keep up to two years. Of course canned meats, vegetables, and fruits are great for food storage – they can last up to five years.

Keeping a survival food list is the best way to stay on top of what you need and when to rotate your supply. A few basic items are honey, flour, cornmeal, salt, and canned foods. Of course there are other items that you should add to your survival food list and continuously stock up on – we'll touch on those in another article.

Survival food storage can be as simple or as complicated as you feel necessary – some people just fill up gallon jugs with water, stock up on canned goods, and call it a day.

Others use food grade buckets lined with mylar to extend the life of their survival food. Some survivalists even use dry ice to maximize storage time.

Learn more about survival gardening

Survival Gardening

If you have a survival cabin, or are planning on sheltering in place at your own home during times of emergency, there's no better way to keep up a fresh food supply than survival gardening.

How does survival gardening differ from normal gardening? Basically, you have to garden like your life might depend on it!

Survival gardening is all about planting crops that are easy and yield a lot of produce. Having a large garden is also an added bonus. To properly utilize a survival garden, you must learn which plants do well in the hot summer months, and which do better in cooler weather, like lettuce, broccoli, and peas.

If you have the room, you should also consider planting barley and wheat, as these will definitely come in handy during times of crisis. If you want to go full-fledged survivalist farmer, you can even keep livestock.

Some families are so good at preparing for the worst, they have systems for packing up their livestock and hitting the road. Read more about survival gardening here.

Survival Water Supply

Humans live or die based on the rule of threes – three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Without a good water purification method, all that preparation and stocking you did might just be in vain.

As you probably know, boiling water is the easiest method for purifying water – simply boil for 10-15 minutes. But what if the entire power grid goes down and you don't have electricity, gas, or running water?

You might have enough gallons of water to last a few weeks, but if things are really bad, you need to think long-term with a survival water purifier.

Luckily, a number of solutions are available to keep you hydrated safely, like water purification tablets, portable filtration systems, and even filtration straws.

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