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