Survival Food Basics

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Having enough survival food to eat is one of the most important factors in any survival situation. I say survival food because without power the stuff in the freezer and refrigerator is going to spoil very quickly.

When the power is out and if you are going to eat the stuff from the refrigerator, the CDC recommends you to check the food with a thermometer first and throw out any food that is over 40°.

If you do not have enough food and water to keep you alive even owning all of the best survival gear in the world would not do you any good.

Survival Food Basics

Survival Food Basics

To the unprepared survival food that is highly nutritious and does not spoil easily will be worth its weight in gold. Disasters use up your food reserves very quickly and you will have to resort to searching for and or hunting for food unless you have prepared it in advance by stockpiling some emergency food. To help you prepare your family for a crisis, thankfully there are many food products that you can purchase in advance.

Being prepared in advance with a large stockpile or a smaller stockpile of emergency food (for a 72 hour bug-out kit)

It is possible for a National Emergencies to happen anywhere in the world, such as food shortages, even in the USA.

Helping your family will go a long way to through an emergency. The level of preparedness, your available funds and your available storage space will of course be determined by how much you stockpile.

For a short-term emergency you probably have some items in your pantry right now that might work in a pinch. Many government agencies recommend canned meats, beans, peanut butter, and rice that are all convenient, however they have downsides. They are heavy, bulky, and have a short shelf life.

Let’s have a look at some survival food alternatives and stuff that will last longer on the shelf than the regular groceries.

Survival Food Choice #1: Dehydrated Food

Many pick dehydrated food as their survival food of choice.

Because dehydrated food is lightweight, has a long shelf life (up to 30 years), and is compact it is an excellent survival food. Dehydrated food is fresh food that has had the water removed without adding seasoning or cooking. It retains much of its nutritional value because it is processed at a low temperature. Because of weight and space considerations it is particularly a good choice for your bug-out bag. The best commercial companies dehydrate their food to a moister content of 2%-3%.  This is much better than previous methods. This lower moister content lowers the weight and extends the shelf life of the product significantly.  It is generally sold as a single ingredient and is sold in buckets, cans, and bags. Most of the dehydrated food needs to be cooked. All you have to do is add the dehydrated food to the boiling water, let stand for around 10 minutes, and season.

Survival Food Choice #2: Freeze Dried Food

Just like dehydrated food, freeze dried food is compact, lightweight, and has a long shelf life. This survival food is different as it is usually a pre-seasoned, pre-cooked, pre-mixed meal and is therefore more convenient and faster to prepare. There are few exceptions. You can purchase freeze dried eggs and meat that will have to be cooked before serving. After rehydrating, a freeze dried beef patty or pork chop usually needs to be cooked for about 1 minute per side. It is simple to rehydrate all of these freeze dried foods, by simply adding boiling water and let it stand for about 10 minutes. For the survival food of choice many people choose freeze dried meals because of the convenience.

Survival Food Choice #3: Meals Ready to Eat (MRE)

MRE’s are designed for and bought by the United States military. These are individual meal rations for use by its members in combat and field operations. Each meal must have a shelf life of three and a half years at 81 of and is designed to provide 1,200 calories. They are not as compact or light weight as dehydrated/freeze-dried food. However they are much better than regular canned food and must be considered seriously by anybody purchasing survival food. Greater parts of the MRE’s available commercially are not military issue.

Survival Food Choice #4: Emergency Food Bars

Emergency food bars are meals that are made into bars much like a candy bar. They come in many different tastes, ingredients, calories, nutritional value, and percentages of protein to carbs and fat. I recommended that you get a good mix of fat, protein, and carbohydrates; for instance in your emergency situation a high protein bar may not give you everything that you need. It is always nice to be regular during a crisis. They are easy to use; simply unwrap and eat. Another factor to look at in food bars is fibre. They are good for an emergency pack and are fairly compact. Millennium food bars and Mayday food bars both have a 5 year shelf life and are great choices for your consideration.

Survival Food Choice #5: Home Made Survival Food

There is always an alternative of making survival food at home. Homemade jerky, bannock (a kind of flatbread) and pemmican (a concentrated mixture of fat and protein) are all fairly easy to prepare and will keep you alive during a crisis.

How Much Food will you need?

For every member of your family have seven days of food stockpiled at a minimum. More is better. This will meet the needs of most short term crises. For your peace of mind a six month to a year supply of food will do wonders.

Survival Food – Final Thoughts

Having too much survival food stored away for an emergency, there is no such thing. Because they did not prepare somebody is going to require help. Without jeopardizing your safety if you can help a loved one or neighbor then you probably should. However I suggest that you use caution. Hungry people can and will do anything to their fellow man that they would never do in an “ordinary” situation. You do not want the hungry masses to know that you have a stockpile of food. Be specifically secretive to children and teenagers. They will naturally want to tell everyone regarding your secret stash of survival food.


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