The Advantage of the Can

We hear a lot about stockpiling freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. Personally, I think it’s a great idea to make them a significant percentage of your one-year survival food supply. But with the economy continuing to be sluggish at best and with a lot of people having very little “extra” money to designate for a potential crisis situation, there is a more economical alternative.

A surprising number of foods that you probably eat on a regular basis are available in canned form. Nutritious and rich in protein, they include vegetables, soups, meats, fish, stews, beans, pasta and a lot more. If the time comes when you need to rely on the canned food that you have wisely stored, you’ll be glad if you provided your family and yourself with a nice variety.

Take a look at this article about canned food versus freeze-dried and dehydrated foods (see link below). Seems to me that the advantages certainly outweigh the disadvantages, especially if you’re working on a tight budget. But let me know what you think. Meet you on the other side.

OK, let’s take a closer look at seven reasons why canned food is good:

  • Price. If bought in bulk, you can save 75 percent by acquiring most canned foods instead of freeze-dried or dehydrated foods.
  • Long lasting. A lot of canned foods have a shelf life of between one and several years.
  • Variety.  If you’re starving, you’ll eat anything, even if it’s the same thing over and over again. But if you’ve stored plenty of canned foods, you won’t be starving, and you and your family will really appreciate the variety.
  • Calories. When you’re surviving, the last thing you should be worried about is watching your weight. You’ll need plenty of calories and that’s what canned food has.
  • Water. There’s very little water in freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, but most canned foods contain the water that will make preparation easier.
  • Familiarity. Your family probably already eats chicken, beef, ham, fish, vegetables, stews, beans and pastas, right? They’re all available in canned form, as are many other foods.
  • Safe storage. Bugs and rodents can sometimes infiltrate boxes and bags, but seldom do they break through a can.

What other advantages to canned foods can you think of? What about some disadvantages? Let me know how you feel about having canned foods in your stockpile.


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