25 May 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Preparedness Kit How-to: Long Term Food Storage

So, you’ve put together an emergency preparedness kit for you and your family. One of the trickiest things to keep in your kit is food. Experts recommend keeping at least a 3-day supply (for each member of your family) of food and water in your kit.

Today, we’re going to look at which foods to store and the safest way to do so.

What Food Should Be in My Preparedness Kit?

Protein-rich foods that require little to no preparation are the best. This includes things like:

• Peanut butter
• Protein bars
• Dried fruits and vegetables
• Dry cereal
• Canned foods (make sure to have a can opener!)

How Should I Store These Foods?

Since these foods should be non-perishable, they can be stored without refrigeration. Place the food, along with your emergency kit, in a waterproof container, in an easily accessible location within your home. Remember that if a disaster strikes, you want to be able to quickly and easily get to your emergency supplies.

When Should I Buy These Foods?

Especially if you have a large family, buying a 3-day supply of food for each member can be straining on a budget. Instead of buying it all at once, grab a few items each time you go to the grocery store. That way, instead of spending hundreds of extra dollars on your grocery bill one month, you can spend $10 – $15 extra dollars each time you go to the store.

Of course, your emergency kit should also include blankets, flashlights and an emergency radio. Keep your family safe. Prepare now!

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3 Responses to “Preparedness Kit How-to: Long Term Food Storage”

  1. Emergency Kit 9 June 2011 at 11:54 am Permalink

    Thank you for good.

  2. Jim 22 September 2011 at 7:12 pm Permalink

    Rather than go that direction, I would opt for freeze dried food entrees. They are pretty inexpensive (about $2 per serving or less), they last forever, take up hardly any space, and a very easy to prepare(just add water). I think the best place to buy them is at either of these sites.

    Food Storage
    Emergency Food

  3. mamajacs 16 February 2012 at 1:31 am Permalink

    I agree the freeze dried foods last forever and if you can afford them they would be the way to go. I have been purchasing small amounts when I have a few extra dollars and after a while it begins to add up. You have to start somewhere.

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