That is a question that is often asked when it comes to emergency food storage, but, to be honest, there are no pat answers. It is crucial to remember that you are establishing a home and food storage program that is designed to meet the needs of your family and not someone else's.
The best of your savings and investments need not be in banks and stock markets, a roller coaster of an economy, war and terror, natural disasters and climate change have all necessitated the formulation of a backup plan to endure and survive unprecedented emergencies. Canned food might be a little heavy on your pockets but when picked wisely, they can last for over 5 years.
Apart from the above mentioned list, dried herbs, spices, pasta, baking soda and powdered milk can also be purchased and stored occasionally to add to the variety of the survival foods list. Readers of this website know that I am always challenging them to get food stuffs in order because we never know when the next emergency will hit or how close for that matter. The above listed items are a very basic food supply.  A person needs to add vitamins and nutrients to this emergency diet to maintain bodily functions and overall health. Another way to include essential vitamins and nutrients to your food supply is to stock up on sprouting seeds.  In an article  I wrote about sprouting, I mention that these tiny sprouts may be minuscule in size, but they are jam packed with with essential vitamins. In addition to food, many preppers also buy powdered drink mixes, tea bags, and coffee to add a variety to just drinking water. I get a chuckle every time I see a prep list that says you need 1 or even 2 gallons of water per person per day AND THEN their food lists are ALL DRIED FOODS that need water to be used. We're working hard to finish up our new marketplace, where you'll be able to find all of your preparedness, homesteading and food storage needs.


When you are ready to work on long term food storage, you should make a specific goal for yourself. Storing in the garage can be tricky — it depends on the food type and how it is preserved and sealed. Situation today is so volatile that it is vital for us all to fall back on sustainable food production and purchase and storage of food items for long term. If you are a novice to the whole prepping business, here is a starter’s list of food items that are easy to buy, simple to store, does not make your wallet lighter and comes with a longer shelf life. Buy only those food items that you currently consume so that they can be used before going bad completely.
Storing is pretty simple too, just buy food-grade buckets and store the items along with salt and dried ice (in small packets) and leave them in your cellar for later use.  It is necessary for us to remember that when disaster strikes, the actual event might last a day but its aftermath might turn our lives around.
We’ve come a long way in understanding essential nutrition, proper food packing science and ways of prolonging food sources. I thought I would simplify things and provide you with a shopping list to start your emergency food supplies. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists. The market will feature organic foods, preparedness supplies and unique solutions from local farmers and small businesses from around the country. Some people envision food storage as being a basement store room packed wall to wall and ceiling to ceiling with boxes, jars, tubs and barrels of foods of various types.


I feel like continuing the conversation on food storage, since I had such a plethora of comments. Print this list out and give it to family members or friends who can begin their own preparedness efforts. Government and industry experts recommend having at least a 72 hour supply of food and water on hand in order to cope with some sudden emergency. From flavoring food to improving our calorie intake, sugar has quite a number of advantages. When it comes to supplies of food, there is plenty of advice to be had either online or in various publications.
Mind you, it is likely intended as a start, with the expectation being that you would be adding to your food storage with various other necessities. Should you prefer to avoid the do-it-yourself route to long term food storage there are certainly other options.



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