If the grocery stores closed down tomorrow and food became a scarce and valuable commodity, would your family have enough food stockpiled to survive? I would like to think that the majority of our readers are prepared with at least a few months of food to get through an emergency. But there are a few things you can do to help improve the shelf life of the food you have and the resources you already collected.
Avoid Heat and Humidity
The most destructive force to food is heat and humidity. It does not matter what you are talking about or where you are keeping it, these two items will kill the shelf life of your food. So there need to be precautions made for this purpose. When you start the process of stocking up on food you are probably going to be interested in using large buckets and filling them with items like beans and rice or even dehydrated foods. You should aim to stockpile as much as possible whenever you have the opportunity.
Don’t Forget Oxygen Absorbers
Always make sure that you are placing oxygen absorbers in the buckets. These packets are inexpensive and they can make the difference between your food lasting 10-15 years or 1-3 years. Always remember that it matters where you store your food and how you store your food. Always store your food in a cool dark place. Even if the food is in a sealed/dark container it needs to be stored in a cool dark place. You also need to make sure that you are properly sealing the food and using oxygen absorbers.
Grow What You Can’t Stockpile
Another area that people fail to remember is that when the food stocks run low you will have to either hunt or scavenge. But wouldn’t it be better if you could simply step out into your garden and pick fresh produce? Obviously you would like this and your family would be better cared for as well. But most people do not have the knowledge needed for this. Never fear! The second thing you need to make sure you have is heirloom seeds. These are seeds that will grow produce and hence make more seeds every single year.
Heirloom seeds are seeds that are a minimum of 50 years old. They have been around long enough to fight off the serious issues other seeds and plants face. They produce great crops and the crops provide more seed every single year. These seeds can be kept for many, many years. In most cases you can store these seeds in a cool dry place or even in the freezer.
What About Meat?
Unless you are a vegan or vegetarian, you probably enjoy having meat included in your daily meals. However the apocalypse will have a way of making this a thing of the past. Once the food supplies dry up the only way we get meat is with daily hunting trips. But there is another option.
Have you ever considered raising your own protein? You could raise chickens and use the meat and eggs but that would defeat the purpose of opting for something simpler. If you like simplicity then you need to consider rabbits. Not only are these little fur balls easy to handle and care for but they make great meals. The fur is also a great option for warmth. Rabbits produce as many as 14 babies per litter and they will give birth up to 4 times a year.
You have to think into the future when you start prepping. It is one thing to have hundreds of rolls of toilet paper and even several pounds of rice and beans. But eventually these preps run out. Your food stockpiles are not meant to keep you running forever. Preps are meant to buy you some time so you can adequately get on your feet post-SHTF. That means you need to have a plan now so that you can survive later.
What are some other things your family has done to insure your food stockpile will last longer?