When I think of my grandparents, I remember a very frugal lifestyle and strong sense of self-sufficiency. Everything served a purpose, and nothing was wasted.
They were from the “Greatest Generation”. Those who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression, went on to fight in World War II, or made efforts on the home front. This perseverance during difficult times shaped their lifestyles, long after the War.
Emergency supplies of food were stockpiled at my grandparents’ house. This included canned food, powered or condensed milk and dry beans, pasta and rice. While these are great items to stockpile, the shelf life lasts up to 12 months and are affordable, but require maintenance to rotate out or replace.
The best emergency food kits are lightweight, easy to transport or store, are nutritionally well-rounded and have a long shelf life.
I did some digging and found a few types of must-have survival foods that even your grandmother would love (and no, it’s not mayonnaise and tomato sandwiches!)
- Non-perishable foods such as canned products (mark the purchase date so you remember when to rotate them out).
- Freeze-dried foods. These last up to 25 years and are very light-weight and easy to store.
- Dehydrated foods. This is my favorite way to store food, since you can dehydrate your own and they last up to a year or more if stored properly. Meat, fruits, vegetables and seeds are favorites and easy to season and store.
When you’re in a survival situation, having a variety of foods with a long shelf life is important. Nothing beats the flavor and taste of fresh fruit and meat, but if you store the right foods properly, or choose to dehydrate your own food, it can come pretty close.
Remember that everyone’s food storage will be different, based on your taste, preferences and what you feel you’ll be able to eat and still enjoy, even in the event of an emergency.
What types of foods or storage methods do you use? Are you partial to dehydrating your own food or choosing freeze-dried products? Share you thoughts in the comments section of my blog post.