Top 15 foods every family must have to survive
Foods essential to your supply and disaster preparedness plan
Prepping for a catastrophic event involves having food in an abundant supply. Yet, we do not know when the event will occur and so we have to estimate whether the food in the storage area is going to last.
Having food which has a long shelf life or no expiration is key in building up a sustainable food source. Also, having food which can be broken down and put into a bug out bag is critical.
Here are 15 foods every family must have to survive.
Rice is sold in a variety of sizes for relatively cheap. What is better is that the shelf life of the average bag of rice is 10 years or more. It is easily stacked and stored and requires only a dry and dark location. Of course you want to avoid any moisture in the storage area.
The reason why rice is essential is that it is a very filing food (meaning that you can eat a small portion and get full) which requires only water to prepare.
Salt is essential if you are planning on hunting game and preserving your meat source. It is one of the most essential food items that you can have in your bug out bag and your food storage area. Salt does not have an expiration date, so long as the food is kept dry.
If the salt gets wet you will get a massive clump. Salt should be kept close at hand to help with the curing of meet and as a preservative for your other foods. Do not store your salt in a location which will require you to shuffle around your food supply.
13) Peanut butter
One of the most saturated foods in protein and fat, Peanut butter offers a quick solution to keep the weight on and the muscle building while in survival mode.
The shelf life of peanut butter is around 5 years. Check to ensure that your peanut butter has the maximum shelf life and that it is not filled with syrups and preservatives. Get organic peanut butter with its own oils for longer life and healthier living.
12) Canned Food
Meats, fruits, and vegetables can all be canned. If done properly fruits and vegetables can last more than 5 years. Meats can last up to 10 years if canned properly.
You will want to ensure that the can food is kept in a temperate regulated room which does not go above 75 degrees or lower than 62 for the best results.
Oats can be used for either a breakfast food or can be combined for a snack later on.
They have a long shelf life and are a very filling food. Unlike breads which have almost NO nutritional value, Oaks are rich in vitamins and minerals. Combine the oats with canned fruits for variations.
10) Cooking Oil
Where you could go and get a great amount of lard and store the lard from your kills, cooking oil is an essential for a number of reasons. First, as a cooking agent it adds a healthier way of living. Secondly, oils can be mixed with natural elements (such as peppermint) for a number of applications and preventive repellant for bugs.
It has been debated the actual health benefits of coffee. However, from someone that drinks coffee regularly I can tell you that some mornings you just need a good cup of JOE.
Coffee can last for a number of years depending on the brand and the method in which it was stored as well as the length in which the beans were cooked. The best coffee will be stored in a breathable bag and should have medium oil content from the cooking process.
8) Dehydrated Meats
Dehydrated meats can last for as long as 3 years or more depending on how it is stored and how much moisture gets to the meat over time.
If you use a curing method on the meat prior to dehydrating it, this adds to the shelf life. Putting the meat in an air tight sealed bag also increases the shelf life.
Corn can be used to make cornmeal, feed your animals, and feed you. It is an essential food to have.
If you do not want to have corn (as the shelf life is very limited) store some seeds for your bug out spot or put some seeds in your bug out bag.
Once you have established your permanent spot, plant a crop. Ensure that your corn is organic and not hybrid. Hybrid plants do not yield usable seeds.
If you pack flour in a vacuum sealed container it can last an incredible 20 years or more. I really do not need to tell you the various foods which can be made using just flower and water.
There are tons. Consider having yeast packs taped to the side of your flour bags (of course in their own sealed bag) so that you can quickly make bread and such without having to hunt for everything.
Chickens are cheap and give you not only meat but also eggs constantly. If you have a coupe you can keep your protein and meat ongoing.
As meat will be one of the essentials of your food supply, it is critical that you have a food source that replenishes itself. If you do not like the smell and noise of chickens consider rabbits as an alternative.
Technically, you could call this an herb, but if you can eat the plant I also consider it a food. Peppermint is a cure all plant for bugs, rashes, medical conditions such as headaches, toothaches, burns, etc.
Having a supply at hand is a smart prepping strategy.
Pasta can be kept for 3 to 5 years if stored properly. You will want to ensure that you keep the pasta away from moisture. Bull weevils are prone to getting in pasta that is kept loose or just in the box.
You will need to ensure that you put the pasta in an air tight container which cannot be penetrated by bugs.
Much like rice, beans have a long shelf life and can be prepared with only water. Of course, if you have salt that just adds to the flavor. Adding cured meat to some beans is a quick and fulfilling meal as well. Beans should be labeled and stored in containers which limit the light and moisture.
I recommend a 5 gallon white air tight container. Do not store the container on the floor as moisture will seep into the seals.
1) Dehydrated Milk
Powdered milk can be used as a cooking agent as well as a source of protein and vitamins. Having some at hand is a quick way to boost the system. It is also a variation from the water. As even in survival mode you will want variation, dehydrated milk is a vital part of your food supply.
Keep this food safe:
When you start storing your food it does no good to have great selections if the food is not properly stored. Food should be kept off the floor where rodents and moisture can affect the storage. Where garages and basements may provide ample space, consider the moisture level in the air before stocking up your supplies. If you must use a basement consider placing a dehumidifier in the area to reduce the water in the air.