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 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.
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
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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