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[Video Review] Long Term Food Storage Option

Long Term Options

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.

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Options For Food Storage

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:

  • 85 individual, 250 calorie servings,
  • 25 year storage rating (always a “grain of salt” here), and
  • 5 mil Mylar resealable packages.

Okay, let’s do some simple arithmetic:

  • 3 meals per day for one month is 84 servings, and
  • 3 servings per day is 750 calories.

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.)

VIDEO Review Continues On Page 2

7 Questions You Must Ask About Your Survival Supplies

Questions About Your Emergency Supplies

As a responsible and diligent prepper, you’ve been stocking up on supplies your family will need in the event of a natural or man-caused disaster.


Questions About Your Supplies

You know each family member requires at least 72 hours of survival stocks. Probably much more.

And based on Core 4 and the Law of 3’s,  you make seasonal prep adjustments in clothing and emergency shelter.

LIST Of Questions On Page 2

Preparedness Plans For Both Urban And Rural Dwellers

Basic Urban And Rural Survival Strategies

When the SHTF, some urban preppers may plan to bug out to the “wilderness”, but most will probably stay put–bug in–where they know the “terrain” and feel comfortable with their community.

And I can’t imagine a rural family making a run for the city as a survival strategy.

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Rural And Urban Prep Plans

But both city slicks and rural hicks (like me) face the same basic survival needs: food, water, and medical security.

How you prepare for some of these requirements depend on where you live today: in the countryside or in or near a city. But some of the prep strategies overlap. They’re prudent plans regardless of whether you’re an urban or rural dweller.

On The NEXT PAGE:  Urban And Rural Prep Strategies

What’s Trending In Prep Foods To Store

Storing Nutritious Foods

The prepper community is always discussing food storage. What to purchase, what prep foods to store.

Over the years there’s been evolution in prepper thought on this topic. From:

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Nutritious Foods

  • Store what no one enjoys eating, because …
  • To the “everlasting” freeze-dried,
  • To store what everyone enjoys eating AND is nutritious.

The nutritious items on your prep food shopping list should be well thought out. Remember, that in survival situations, medical resources will probably be scarce, if available at all. The nutritious food you store may be your best survival “medical plan”.

First In, First Out

And, as always, rotate your stores. First in, first out.

… I’ve seen a lot of attitudes change over the years … Lately I’m seeing a refreshing combination of thoughtfulness, science, and practicality in discussions around food storage …

Part 1, The Early Years … I hit the internet and started reading up … A lot of people suggesting large stockpiles of “foods you don’t really like”.  Why?  The feeling at the time seemed to be that if you stocked up on foods you commonly ate the temptation to dig into your emergency stash every time you were out … would deplete your stockpile.  Lots of people were talking about storing Spam, sardines, MREs … that while high in calories and protein were not that appealing …

Part 2, The High Tech Approach.  Suddenly several companies popped up offering freeze dried meals that lasted forever and were pretty tasty.  This made a little more sense to me but at the time was a pretty expensive approach … Actually not a bad way to go if you’re in that position and have the money …

Part 3, A Prudent Approach To Food Storage.  … [Recently] I’ve seen many articles and blog posts that lean more towards storing foods that you like, that your family eats on a regular basis … combined with a more scientific approach to calculating not only calories needed but also a balance of protein, carbs, vitamins, and minerals.




… I like to stock up on dry goods that will last a long time along with canned goods that my family likes.  I throw in protein bars that we like and snacks of different types along with vitamin and mineral supplements as well …

… You simply start buying a little extra of the things you normally buy (that store well) whenever you’re shopping and have a few extra dollars to spend … For me somewhere between three and six months is the right amount given where I live and the other preps  and plans I have built up over the years.

Source: Butch C. is a prolific contributing author on the always original Prep-Blog. There’s no better prepping source than Butch.

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