Sometimes thinking about storage for survival food may seem a bit overwhelming, I get it. But let’s make this simple, we can do it together. It may be the cost to purchase it, or maybe we’re not sure where to start when choosing the right survival food, and then there’s the issue of where to store what you buy. First of all, you don’t need to buy 100 #10 cans and stash them in a dark closet.
Depending on how many people are in your family, you can make a plan to fit your needs. This plan is quite simple and I will tell you how to get started. The first thing is to gather your family around and decide what survival foods everyone will eat, not only today but after an unforeseen emergency. Hopefully, they will be the same foods.
Food You Can Tolerate
We don’t want surprises and sick family members eating foods they can’t tolerate or don’t want to eat. I know, I can hear my dad saying if you are starving, you will eat anything.
When I started my survival food stash, I had to make a plan to match my budget, my food choices, and I had to know the right foods for Mark and me. Mark does not care for sweet potatoes, but I bought a case of six #10 cans because they were cheaper by the case. I will eat those and love every bite! My plan was to buy one case of #10 cans every month that included the foods we both like.
I mainly purchased things like fruits and vegetables. When I started buying food storage items there weren’t any organic or non-GMO choices of any emergency food storage items. It’s great now because several companies offer Non-GMO food items, as well as certified Organic food in #10 cans.
I purchased freeze-dried cheeses, freeze-dried meats, freeze-dried fruits, and freeze-dried vegetables. They are not organic and may be GMO. What can you do when certain companies own the seeds? I will still eat the food in those cans, I can’t afford to replace them. That would be wasteful.
Emergency Survival Food Storage
Freeze-Dried vs Dehydrated
Freeze-dried foods are more expensive, but they use less fuel and water to prepare meals. Dehydrated foods typically need water to cook them and are a lot cheaper. But dehydrated foods will use more fuel to heat the meals to be able to eat them. This is where you have to weigh your options.
The more dehydrated food you buy the more fuel you will need. If you have the sunshine, I highly suggest a Sun Oven. This gem uses zero fuel, yay! But if you rarely have the sunshine needed to make them work do not buy one.
I have tried just about every emergency survival food storage item on the market. I have been blessed by many companies giving me boxes to try and then write a review about them. Whatever you decide to buy please look at the ounces in each can and the cost of shipping. Not all #10 cans are equal in price and quality. Look at the ingredients to compare them. Here are just a few of my favorite companies.
Honeyville, Thrive Life, Mountain House, and Valley Food Storage, to name just a few. Now, emergency food storage is awesome, but we need water to go with it.
Water Is Critical
By now you know that the American Red Cross recommends one-gallon per person per day. I highly recommend four-gallons per person per day. We need water to hydrate ourselves, cook meals, and maintain personal hygiene, to name just a few things.
Emergency Survival Food
Spices we love to use
Oils-coconut, olive oil, etc.
Chocolate (this is my very important treat)
Hard White Wheat
Dried AND canned beans such as pinto, refried beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, chili beans, etc.
Ready To Eat Food
Here’s the deal, you can buy ready to eat cans of food like chili, beef stew, green beans, canned corn, fruit cocktail, canned peaches, canned pears, and so much more. Peanut butter and jam are great for this section too.
Extras For The Pantry
And don’t forget spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, or tomato paste. I love Rotel tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and green chilies. Every time you pick up a can, think about this, will I eat this? Can I prepare a meal with this? Mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, and pickles are great to add as well.
If you have a garden and learn to produce enough to preserve it by water canning or pressure canning, you rock! There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing quart jars lined up on shelves that you canned yourself. Please be aware I have seen some blogs that are teaching you how to can butter, eggs, and bacon. That is not safe to eat. I remember one ICU nurse saying, “If they can those foods I hope they make it out of the ICU alive if they can and then eat those foods.” Here is the best USDA Canning Book I recommend you use.
There is something about having a garden to produce survival food and emergency food storage. But we also need to have the skills to cook from scratch. If you can learn to make bread, tortillas or crackers you can survive with the foods I have listed above. Of course, this is a very short list, but it gives you an idea of where to start with a few cans here and there. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda