Canned or Freeze-Dried Food–What’s Best for Food Storage?

Preparing to survive some kind of catastrophe, whether it is a natural disaster, an act of war or financial collapse has become very mainstream as of late. People have seen what happens to those who are not prepared to survive in their homes for days or weeks without running to the grocery store or are forced to rely on the government for help. Basically, it is every man or family for himself. You need to keep a pantry stocked with food, water and other essentials in case of an emergency.

What do you stock?

If you are new to the prepping world, you probably have a few questions about what you should stock in your food pantry. Non-perishable foods are your best bet or foods that have long shelf lives. Your goal is to build up a food storage that will feed your family for a minimum of 30 days. Some ambitious preppers will shoot for a 6-month or even 1-year food store. It is up to you.

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Canned foods are typically the first thing you think of when it comes to food you can store in a pantry for a long time. You would be thinking right. However, there are some things you need to know about canned food.

• Canned food can spoil over time. When it does spoil, it can become lethal to consume.
• High temperatures can cause cans to swell and botulism is a strong possibility.
• Canned foods are heavy and difficult to transport
• Canned foods take up a great deal of room and require a very sturdy shelving system

With that said, one of the major bonuses to canned food is price. It is extremely cheap and you can stock a great deal of food for very little money.

Dehydrated/Freeze-Dried Foods

healthy freeze dried foodYou have seen these packs of food that are often used on backpacking trips. Any outdoor store will have a variety of these meals that are easily stowed away in a backpack or bug out bag. They have long shelf lives, with some extending up to 10 to 15 years. All that is required is a little water and a short wait and a meal complete with meat, vegetables and noodles are ready to eat. Military have been using meals like this for decades. They are often referred to as MREs or Meals Ready to Eat.

Lately, these freeze-dried and dehydrated foods have made the transition from single-serve packages to bulk cans and 5-gallon buckets. If you have seen the price tag on these items, you may initially cringe and quickly head back to the canned food aisle. Before you do, check out the benefits to storing dehydrated or freeze-dried foods.

• Lightweight and easy to store on shelves
• Long shelf lives when stored correctly
• Bulk cans can be resealed after use for up to 30 days
• No risk of food becoming spoiled or potentially deadly if consumed
• Large variety of meals including dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats and pasta

When it comes down to it, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are the best choice for your food storage needs. The cans and buckets do cost more up front, but when you consider the price per meal, these foods are much less expensive than canned foods. The dehydrated foods are more nutritional and you will be amazed at the variety of food available. When you are preparing to survive a situation, living off of canned veggies and beans is certainly an option, but if you could eat scalloped potatoes covered in cheese with a delicious chili, what would you choose? You can supplement your food stores with canned foods, but ideally, you will want to spend your money on the freeze-dried and dehydrated foods.

5 Survival Lessons to Learn From Bear Grylls & Man vs. Wild

 

Bear Grylls Eating Something Awesome

Bear Grylls Eating Something Awesome

Have you thought about what you would do in a survival situation? Most people know about the show Man vs. Wild. We love this show!

You can survive almost anywhere
With the right training & knowledge about your surroundings, you can literally survive almost anywhere you are placed. You don’t have to be a Bear Grylls to survive extreme circumstances, but training, experience & research can still help your chances.

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10 Things You Should Have in Your Family Emergency Preparedness Kit

Keep your family protected and safe.

Keep your family protected and safe.

Is your family prepared for an earthquake? For a fire? What are you doing now to be prepared?

Preparation is critical to your family’s safety in the event of an emergency. This article will present 10 items that you should have to be prepared for an emergency.

There are two types of survival kits.

1. Wilderness Survival Kits

2. Family Emergency Preparedness Kits

We will be addressing the needs of the emergency preparedness kits for a family.

You should have your survival kit in an easily accessible location in your home. A backpack is a great place to have these items stored. This survival kit will include supplies and tools that are both helpful and often critical in an emergency situation.

In preparing a survival kit, you must consider the number of people that will be using them. For instance, in a traditional family of four individuals, these things are a must to have in a survival kit:

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Water Filtration Device/Water
  3. 72 hours of food
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Making Your Own Greenhouse – Video Tutorial

For those of you looking to make your own greenhouse we just found this great tutorial. It’s a full 18 minute video on ideas for making a greenhouse. This is a great way to prepare your family for emergency by growing your own food. The ability to survive the extremes of life through growing your own food is very important to the modern-day prepper.

As you watch this video, here are two quick questions to think about: Continue reading

Preparing for Hurricane Season

hurricane season

Experts are predicting more severe hurricanes for the East Coast over the next few years. And it won’t be long before “hurricane season” begins.

Now is the time to get ready to weather the storm. Continue reading

Severe Weather Can Affect Everyone

force of nature

No matter where you live, severe weather can make an impact on your daily living. With spring quickly approaching, we may see quite the hodge-podge of severe weather all across the county.

Some are still on the watch to winter storms while others are keeping an eye open for potential flooding. And there is still the worry of tornadoes that are likely to become more frequent as spring storms start to kick up. Continue reading

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

national severe weather week

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently partnered to designate March 3-9, 2013, as National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and is calling upon all Americans, in every area of the country, to Be a Force of Nature.

Extreme Food Storage is committing to Being a Force of Nature and pledging to know our risk, take action, and be an example for our families and community by sharing the steps we took. Continue reading