We’re always looking for long term food storage options. Food that will last a long time in their original packaging/containers. Food that provides calories for work and nutrition for health.
In this video review, J.J. Johnson of Reality Survival takes a look at the Valley Food Storage “One Month Food Kit” (made in the U.S.A). The specs:
Okay, let’s do some simple arithmetic:
750 calories per day is a minimum. Especially if you’re doing anything strenuous.
If you prepped well, you must supplement this food kit with your canned goods, and some fruit and veggies.
Otherwise, it’s more of a 2-week supply. (Again, good for 4 weeks in an extreme crisis situation.)
Are you considering placing your first survival food order? Do you know how you should start sampling different food kits?
This is an important topic I’ve discussed before in these posts:
This post gives additional insights into this critical prepper strategy. Most importantly: order items you know you can use in your favorite recipes. If you’re not sure about an item, order smaller sizes to test for taste, etc.
1. … [T]he fruits and vegetables that you typically buy at the grocery store. Those will be the best choices for your early purchases … they won’t go to waste …
2. What are a few of your favorite recipes? It’s a good idea to stock up on those ingredients. …
3. Consider the staples you use most often: sugar, baking powder, herbs, etc. and then compare … to what you typically pay at a grocery store … these products will be packaged for long term storage unlike those purchased at grocery stores …
… Here is a link to … answer what size?
4. Keep in mind the importance of snacks. … Perhaps order a few snack items in either the pouch or #2.5 can sizes to try these out. The smaller containers are also good for emergency kits.
5. Do you have some just-add-water meals for emergencies? … Make sure you give them a taste test, though, before buying in large containers …
6. … [T]ypes of meat and poultry … [B]uy smaller containers of the ones you … use most frequently. Give them a try in … your recipes. If you like the flavor, texture, and convenience, then you’ll know what to stock up on …
7. You’ll need some meal-stretchers, such as rice, small pasta, certain grains, and beans … when added to a casserole or soup, they help provide many more servings, as well as more nutrition and fiber.
8. Stock up on ingredients for soup … an ideal recipe for survival scenarios … [start with a broth] and then add whatever is handy. Have a balance of veggies, proteins, and grains …
Source: Lisa Bedford is The Survival Mom. For 6 years she’s provided excellent advice and insights to preppers everywhere. Read her stuff.
Looking to jump start your food storage preparations?
Well, there are companies that assemble and deliver food storage kits. One is Augason Farms, which has been around since 1972. They bill themselves as a “food storage emergency preparedness center”.
Family owned for two generations, Augason has a reputation for formulating and blending ingredients that are both nutritious and taste good.
Of course, the gourmet qualities of anything dehydrated or freeze-dried and stored in a number 10 can extend only so far. You may want to consider spicing things up.
You should only invest in these food kits as your budget and prep knowledge grow: consider for how long, for how many, and for how much. The Augason folks offer insights and planning tips, but remember their goal (which is fine!) is to sell you food product.
I realize this post may come across as crass plug for Augasons. However, I’m simply offering some info for your prepper lifestyle binder. Research other “ready-made” food processors. Compare. Call the different companies and discuss any concerns.
And if this type of food storage option is part of your prep plan and budget, then get started.
Here are links to three of their food storage kits [not affiliate links]: