Emergency Food Supplies For Prepping For Disasters And SHTF

During A Disaster Event Or Virus Outbreak
The First Priorities Is Building Up A Food Supply

We all have a certain amount of food stored away in our cupboards in the kitchen. In fact we already have emergency food supplies for prepping, disasters and SHTF, but in very small amounts.

Some may have a larder that gives extra shelving and room for a lot more supplies to be stored, but how long would these food supplies last you in an emergency?

Now most of us have a fridge that's generally stocked up with enough provisions to get us by for a couple of days, maybe a week at a push.

Then there's the freezer. That's normally stocked up to some level. Traditionally there will be a few scraggy odds and ends tucked away at the back, but at least there's something there as a backup.

And, of course there's  the good old neglected freezer....
That looks like a scene from Titanic with bits and pieces of food stuck to slabs of ice. ​

Is this like your freezer..!

Well folks, if that is genuinely all you have stocked up in your house, your in for a big shock when disaster strikes and the SHTF.

I can say with pretty much 100% confidence that the vast majority of UK citizens have a painfully small amount of food stored in their homes for even the most basic emergency situation.

Also consider that the food you currently have may well have to feed you AND your family - that being the case, your stuffed...

The stash you currently have will diminish in record time and then what do you think your going to do? 
You'll be asking yourself 'why didn't I do this sooner'?

Basic food storage for prepping is not difficult, and it's also not too expensive if you do it bit by bit.

But for any prepper, food storage is definitely one of the very first priority requirements to add to your 'to do' list. 

Here's how the current food supply chain system works

There is now a system of supplying the public with their supermarket food based on 3 days of food stocked.

Simply put, this means if the supply chain were to break (and there could be literally 100's of reasons for this to happen), but whatever stops even a small part of this 3 day restocking process, we would all see empty shelves in our supermarkets within days.
Maybe less if there's a massive disaster.  

All supermarkets operate the 3 day restocking

The good old British public would go bat shit crazy and buy anything and everything they could get their hands on probably within hours, let alone days.!!​

Emergency Food Storage For One Month

OK, here's the deal.
If you can ride out the first 30 days of any disaster,
you have a 90% higher chance of surviving that disaster
FACT.

So, if your stocked up for a minimum of one month, whatever you have in your cupboards right now is a bonus - you will survive longer.

But remember, stocking up and prepping for a disaster is a lot different then getting your normal weekly food shopping.

Forget the al l carte meals and fancy dishes, that's not going to happen - as soon as you run out of you normal food it's time to suck it up and face the reality of a survival situation.

These are top basic foods essentials that will keep you alive and are easy to prepare.e meals that are nutritious and filling.

Basic One Months Supply
For A Family Of Four

  • Canned Meat > 30 Cans
  • Canned Vegetables > 40 Cans
  • Canned Fruit > 15 Cans
  • Rice > 8 bags x 3kg
  • Beans > 2 bags x 3kg
  • Oatmeal >3 bags x 3kg
  • Pasta > 6 bags x 500gram
  • Salt > 1 packet
  • Honey > 1 large jar
  • Multivitamins > 1 month supply

Remember, this is your basic one months supplies list, and based on sensible proportions and sensible rationing, easily available to anyone and is you ESSENTIAL FOOD LIST only.
This will give you recognizable survival meals while you 'ride out the storm'. All long life foods that will store easily.
They can also be eaten at any time after so you haven't wasted your money either....
Water procurement and storage is a separate issue.

Canned Foods; 30 cans for one months supply

These are a perfect food source for your prepping store, as you can always find something you like.
Canned Tuna > an excellent food source along with various canned meats you can buy.
Some of the cheaper canned meats like Spam will take a little getting used to, although I think it tastes ok! 
So I suggest sticking to things you are more familiar with, like Canned Chicken, Steak Pies or Minced Beef.
These are all very good long term food for emergency storage.

But remember one can is enough for 2-3 people, so by adding Tinned Mixed Vegetables you will have a full meal.


Beans, Rice, Oatmeal, Pasta:
8x 3kg bags of rice for one months supply.

There a very people who cannot eat rice, and when mixed with other foods will add much needed bulk and extra nutrition to you survival meals.

Organic Brown Rice is a great value prepping food - do not buy in huge bulk though. It is difficult to ensure that it wont spoil and go moldy if kept in large bags.
Instead buy the more convenient 3 - 5 kg bags. They will be easy to store and use, plus if one goes moldy you have not ruined the whole stock.

The same goes for Oatbran and Beans and Pasta

The average man needs approximately 2,500 Kcal (a woman - 2,000 Kcal) within a healthy balanced diet in order to maintain body weight.

Of course, this is effected by age, metabolism, physical activities and more, so is much an estimated, average figure..

Therefore it makes sense to look at these values when buying food for storage and apply them to suit your needs.
If you use this Kcal /100g as a baseline, it's a good instant indicator to compare what you are buying.

So What Are You Waiting For.????

Do you really want to join all those those crazy people, running around like a headless chickens, fighting and trying to buy a can of beans.!

Of course you don't, so there's only one thing to do -
start prepping and build up good supply of foods that will feed yourself and your family for months and possibly years.

It's not difficult. ​Providing you stick to a few simple rules you'll be fine. Here's the simple guidelines for food prepping:

  • Packing and Storage are essential for long shelf life
  • Always have a good supply of base level foods
  • Keep good supplies of lifelong foods
  • Flavourings are essential
  • Ensure good food rotation and restocking records
  • Always ensure you have more than on food cache

High Nutrition & Calories:
These emergency ration packs are readily available and have good shelf life [5 years +] 

ALSO SEE; 
Army Ration Packs​​​​​ - full article explaining MRE meals ready to eat.
*opens in new window.

Once you have a decent store of one month's food you can add to that in monthly increments to build up to three months and beyond.

However, once you have a good store of the basic foods for survival, you can then go on to add different varieties of food to your overall store.  

Just as a side note here:
You should also keep a good supply of any personal medication or foods that are specific to yourself.
Any special dietary needs must be considered as well.

Dehydrating Food For Storage

By storing dehydrated foods you will save on storage space and also money if you dehydrate your own foods.

I own and use the Andrew James Premium Digital Food Dehydrator(shown here)and it has been worth every penny.

In effect, you can dehydrate all sorts of foods, high in nutrients and get them when they are at their cheapest, and mostly free when dehydrating fruit and vegetables.

Dehydrating removes any moisture from the food and thus prevents any bacterial growth and spoilage of the food – it’s the same principle you use to make jerky, you are simply removing the water content.

Another excellent method to increase your food store is by vacuum sealing all your dehydrated foods you make .I use the Andrew James Pro Vacuum Sealer. (shown here)

Below is a quick video of myself sealing up some Bannock Bread Mix ready for storage.

But I have also dehydrated and sealed up loads of different food and added to my store - it can be done easily and very cheaply, and the initial cost of the dehydrator and sealer is very quickly met.

Vacuum Sealer In Action

Don't Forget Your Treats

There will come a time when you can step back and see your prepping store nice and full of a selection of foods that will get you through a disaster for quite a while.

So now's the time for a few treats...!

Start to add your favourite foods and snack - these will become your luxury foods when the SHTF.

Anything that you personally like to eat can now be added to your stores, but always check the sell by dates and buy with long shelf life in mind.

Building a good food store is vital and really not that complicated.
It can be achieved over a fairly short time as stocks build up quite fast.

Main problem is most preppers love gadgets and spend too much on them rather than the really important AND boring things like the Basic Food Storage For Prepping For Disasters And SHTF ..!!!

Happy Prepping Folks,  Steve


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    • Steve Day on May 18, 2020 at 1:39 pm
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    Can someone let know of place in the UK that sells mylar bags at a reasonable

    • Jane Manby on May 17, 2020 at 8:59 am
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    three years after your post so hope you see it… diatomaceous earth is also a good way to deal with weevils, etc in grains and all dry goods.. it works on insects by shredding their exoskeleton and they die, you should freeze though as this is a belt and braces measure … this earth deals with head lice, intestinal worm and fleas, is none invasive or chemical we use it all the time for our dogs and the kids as will not harm you if you don’t have the little blighters,, if sprinkled on the floor will kill ants and cockroaches and they will take it back home to their lairs to kill others. and unlike other products will not kill the nosy dogs you have. you can safely put it in the bottom of a vacuum seal jar or bag and safely eat it and it has no taste or texture in food

    • Sian on March 11, 2020 at 6:52 pm
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    Can you suggest HOW or give ideas where to store our Emergency food? I don’t mean in cupboards I mean other ways of ‘hiding’ them.
    Thanks

    • Penny Jones on March 10, 2020 at 10:03 pm
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    Thanks to earlier advice from this site I did not need to do any panic buying. I have what my son calls ‘The Apocalypse stores’ (he’s started his own now, a bit late in the day.
    The only thing I draw the line at is reusable loo paper substitutes. I no longer have my grandmothers copper sadly, but I,m ready for a siege.

    • yahboy on February 5, 2020 at 12:34 pm
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    CORRECTED VERSION:
    Friends:

    probiotics is a scam there are added bacteria that mess your biomes.
    truly. the biome is your second brain and system, it makes your deseases, your health and your intelligence, it is what makes familial deseases familial. Genetics has nothing to do with diabetes or heart desease it is the family biome! research it, this is amazing new medical info…
    anyway
    What 2 do:
    The best thing for health and intelligence is human biotics,,, amazingly only cabbage makes this grow without getting toxic bacteria and it s all natural.
    Take a cabbage, peel off outer leaves
    cut in half, take knife slice thinly till it is all shreds, long shreds.

    afer you shred the cabbage put it in a large wood bowl (metal plastic not as good)
    wash hands well
    then work the cabbage, take fists of it squish it hard in your fists, break it up mix squich until it is soft and squichy with juice, then pack the jar.
    then
    take a clean canning jar and put cabbage 3/4 of jar, just to the point where it curves in
    pack it with a spoon
    add room temperature water which was boiled 10 minutes and one teaspoon salt per gallon, add water and pack and all bubbles come up leave water 1 inch above cabbage.
    put on lid LIGHTLY so that when gas builds it can escape
    poke it with spoon till all bubles have gone out

    put in warm area do not touch for ten days.
    warm cupboard.
    the cabbage will grow about two inches and make more water as the carbohydrates break down it releases water. thats why you do not fill jar to more than 3/4.

    then put jar in a cooler place or cellar
    it wil LAST FOR A YEAR!
    it is the best sauerkraut ever.
    purchased sauerkraut in store is trash, they add bacteria and vinegar and it will damage you.
    that are unvigorous and inbred
    this is natural only the germs that are from you survive.
    it is your personal biome that starts it
    interesting
    really really good
    eat half cup a day
    In Yugoslavia in the war if it was not for saur kraut, most people would have died in WWII
    my family survived three years on it
    ENJOY

    ooops I forgot to say,
    afer you shred the cabbage put it in a large wood bowl (metal plastic not good)
    wash hands well
    then work the cabbage, take fists of it squish it hard in your fists, break it up mix squich until it is soft and squichy with juice, then pack the jar.

      • Jane Manby on May 17, 2020 at 8:26 am
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      Cabbage is an interesting one and is a fantastic wound healer.. after using it for mastitis while breastfeeding I now use it on all cuts. You cut out the main rib of the leaves bash it until mushy then put on the wound … keep in the fridge and it is soothing too.
      by the way, your method for preparing cabbage is used in both kimchi and sourcrout .

    • yahboy on February 5, 2020 at 12:24 pm
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    best prep food in world and cheapest. Healthiest
    Friends:

    probiotics is a scam there are added bacteria that mess your biomes.
    truly. the biome is your second brain and system, it makes your deseases, your health and your intelligence, it is what makes familial deseases familial. Genetics has nothing to do with diabetes or heart desease it is the family biome! research it, this is amazing new medical info…
    anyway
    What 2 do:
    The best thing for health and intelligence is human biotics,,, amazingly only cabbage makes this grow without getting toxic bacteria and it s all natural.
    Take a cabbage, peel off outer leaves
    cut in half, take knife slice thinly till it is all shreds, long shreds
    take a clean canning jar and put cabbage 3/4 of jar, just to the point where it curves in
    back it with a spoon
    add room temperature water which was boiled 10 minutes and one teaspoon salt per gallon, add water and pack and all bubbles come up leave water 1 inch above cabbage.
    put on lid LIGHTLY so that when gas builds it can escape

    put in warm area do not touch for ten days.
    then put jar in a cooler place or cellar
    it wil LAST FOR A YEAR!
    it is the best sauerkraut ever.
    purchased sauerkraut in store is trash, they add bacteria and vinegar and it will damage you.
    that are unvigorous and inbred
    this is natural only the germs that are from you survive.
    it is your personal biome that starts it
    interesting
    really really good
    eat half cup a day
    In Yugoslavia in the war if it was not for saur kraut, most people would have died in WWII
    my family survived three years on it
    ENJOY

    • Dean on March 17, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    i also assume it is worth the investment in a vacuum sealing machine so that you can seal mason jars etc for longer term storage?

    • Dean on March 17, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    if you are by yourself is it as simple as dividing by 4??

    also, with pasta instead of/supplementing rice how much would be recommended?

    • Baytrees Bark on January 2, 2018 at 10:12 am
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    We had no income for six months and luckily we was prepped for a year in food and toiletries. The only thing I forgot was sweets such as mints, fruit drops, toffee and chocolate etc. Thankfully my neighbors and friends helped out with the sweets. After six months going onto ten months I was getting very scared to start having to hunt, so now I need to find someone who is brave enough to do the gory stuff and keep their information on the notice board in the SHTF shed. I need to stock up on fuel much more because I was surprised how much we used, the fuel went down really fast so that’s my job over the next few days. I have just ordered another log burner because having only one is a bit risky. Also ordered a few solar lightbulbs for emergencies. We only used up a few plasters and a few pain killers from the first aid stash but I think I will get ten times the amount of pain relief. Aspirins are a very good thing to stock up on, not just for pain relief but to use in the water when soaking your feet because aspirins is a natural antibacterial and therefore great stuff for athletes foot and smelly feet etc.(use it everyday on your feet or until the problem has been resolved.) Lighters for candles and fires, I was amazed how many we got through but the long gas clickers for lighting the cookers was the best to get.we have lots of polestyrene boards which is very useful to prep on because these are invaluable for insulating a room in your home. Foil backed camping mats was also good because we could put these on the windows to insulate the bedrooms. It has not been cold enough for us to put a tent up in the bedroom to provide extra insulation, a couple of small tents for each person or two is a sure thing to stock up on. My dad taught me to stash away as many socks as you can, put each pair into a sealed plastic bag, socks can be for feet, hands and if you have stored sissors then cut toes of the socks to make tubes for elbow and knee warmers, even a few pairs of socks tied together to make scarfs and hats but not just store socks but hats and gloves as well. Make sure they are in individual bags to keep them fresh and dry. You can drop a bar of soap in some of them to keep them smelling nice which I have done and the soap comes in handy for washing yourself, clothes, dishes etc. Essential oils is another good thing to prep on, lemon oils, tea tree oils etc the lemon helps keep bugs away, tea tree another great antiseptic for cuts etc and lavender for those who like the smell of it. Rosemary is another good oil to stock up on. Herbs are invaluable for flavouring the food and to use as currency. I have also stashed away some strong clothes such as jeans and a tough coat ,Wellington’s and thermal boots , thick t shirts ,because you never know what weather we get during a disaster. Empty plastic bottles are handy for storing water in or for storing food in. The plastic pop bottles are fab and I think better than glass, tough, seals well and are able to store food”upwards”therefore you get more on the shelf. Plastic bottles are lighter than glass jars. Plastic bottles are water proof, cheap to get or ask all your friends for their empties . They also keep little creepy crawlies out too!! I store sugar and coffee, flour, rice etc along with oxygen absorbers and restock on oxygen absorbers for prepping during a disaster because you do not want to sit back and wait to see what happens, you need to keep finding food and water each day while you can.

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