Escalating chaos in nature. Weird fluctuations in the world economy. Everything short of a zombie apocalypse seems to be flaring up in the world around us. Any possibility of a safe, predictable future seems to be gone. It’s enough to make folks nervous!
What is an intelligent person to do? Emergency preparedness starts with basics – food, water, shelter and warmth. For some ideas on ways to prepare a stash of food for just-in-case, read on.
If you grow a good garden in the summer or regularly stock up on produce, grains and meats when you see them on sale, consider planning a freezer full of food. (Also consider a backup power supply for your basic household appliances.) Fruits and vegetables, grains, raw meats, or cured and processed meats are all fair game for freezing, and will last for months, even up to a year.
Whether you are a home canner or simply buy in bulk when you see good prices at the grocery store, having a supply of canned foods around is a good idea. The general consensus between professionals is that between a year and two years is a reasonable shelf life for canned goods, longer if the food was processed correctly and you have access to cool, dark storage.
Drying foods is growing in popularity, and for good reason. It’s a relatively easy way to preserve food that can be accomplished with very simple equipment, even just the sun. Formerly, dried foods were thought to be good for 2-3 years, but recent studies have found that they are actually good for up to 30 years, depending on the product. Ideal conditions include thorough drying, vacuum packing and cool, dark storage.
Freeze-dried foods are a staple in long-term preparedness, with a shelf-life of 25 years. A few advantages presented by freeze-drying are that the freeze-drying maintains almost all of the nutrients of fresh food. In the past MRE’s have been the most popular in the freeze-drying realm. However, there has been a lot of research and development that has gone into freeze-dried foods that make them delicious.
While freeze-drying at home is possible, the amount of precision, time and energy required to do it successfully prompts most people to purchase their supplies. Emergency preparedness by My Food Supply is an affordable, long-term solution for your family’s safety and your peace of mind.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.