Here are a few things to consider when you’re planning out your long term food storage strategy.
The Storage Area
Your emergency long term food storage area should be a cool, dry and dark area set aside specifically for the purpose. While impossible to imagine every disaster possible, when choosing a storage area try to take into account the type of disaster that may be most likely to occur most in your area. For example you may be in a area prone to flooding, or are you might live in a bushy area where fire is the primary threat. If your prone to flooding you probably don’t want your long term food supply to be stored in the basement, which is the first thing to flood. You may have to consider keeping your supply in several areas depending on your requirements.
Store food in airtight containers. This will keep rodents and bugs from getting into your food after you think you’ve safely stored it away. The best choice is plastic buckets with rubber gasket lids. If you choose a plastic option it’s best to make sure you get food grade buckets to avoid contamination with nasty toxic plastic materials.
A second option for air tight containers is Mylar bags. Mylar bags provide air tight protection, especially if you seal them yourself with a hot iron. The only problem with Mylar bags is that they aren’t as convenient for long term food storage as buckets because they have to be re-sealed if opened.
AllSurvivalThings Tip: I found this while researching this post:
“Even though you do the best you can to get your dried foods from a reputable source, it’s safest to assume that some bugs are already living in it. To kill them, use oxygen absorbers. These will only work if you’re storing your food in air tight containers, discussed above. This is effective against pests because removal of oxygen from the container leaves nitrogen behind which, without oxygen in the mix, kills food pests. The nitrogen is harmless to the food, so this is a safe and simple approach to dealing with insects. Make sure you use the right number of absorbers for the size of container your using. You can google “Oxygen absorbers” to find data on that”. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5547060
This sounds like solid advice if you ask me!
Food Storage Options
Once you have a place located and a strategy for storage there are a few options for the individual types of food storage.
Canned foods are ideal for long term food storage, because there is no need for any type of refrigeration. The foods themselves keep for years, rather than months. It’s also perfect survival food because when the can is opened it’s ready to eat.
Drying foods to preserve them has been around for hundreds of years. The ancients dried food in sun or over fire, today there are of course modern devices available for drying foods at home called food dehydrators. Most of these devices include instructions or recipes for dehydrating a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats.
Astronaut food! Instead of attempting to prepare foods for long-term storage at home, you can simply buy freeze-dried items. Freeze-dried foods have a nearly unlimited shelf-life, hey if it’s good enough for Astronaut’s it’s good enough for us! The package should indicate the expiration or use-by date. The foods do not spoil after that date, but the flavour may be a bit off. One of the big benefits of freeze-dried foods is that they take up less space and require no refrigeration.
Meals, ready to eat have been used by the military since the 80s. MREs are self-contained individual food pages, literally meals, ready to eat. This type of food is not only used by the military. In fact, they’re used for long-term food storage in case of a disaster.
Consider the options and remember you don’t need to rush out and get everything in one go. Plan and build your emergency food supply up over time.