By Ken Jorgustin – The Modern Survival Blog
Here’s a quick ‘basics’ for emergency food storage ’101′. Usually the first thing a newbie prepper does is to start building food storage.
Building an emergency supply of food storage is one of the easiest things to do because food is readily available (at this time) and you have a wide variety of foods and prices to pick and choose from – based on how much you want to spend.
When choosing what you will add to your food storage, consider that there are several purposes (use-scenarios) where and how it may be used, as follows:
Food Storage for your 72-hour Car Kit
Within your 72-hour emergency kit (kept in your vehicle), a major consideration is to have enough food to survive 72-hours for each person who may likely be in the car at any one time.
Consider foods that are less likely to spoil or melt while kept in a warm vehicle during the summer, while also being similarly conscious of freezing temperatures during the winter. I have found an effective way to somewhat normalize the temperature of your stored food is to keep it in a insulated ‘cooler’, out of the direct sun (on the floor in the back seat covered with a light colored blanket or in the trunk).
Rotate and consume your car kit food every 6 months so as not to waste due to premature spoilage (from shortened shelf life in the heat)
Count the calories of the foods you are considering. Avoid low calorie foods. Focus on calorie-dense foods. Plan on 2,000 calories per day. Personally, for my car kit, I keep a variety of items including canned foods such as beef stew, canned chicken and beef. Don’t forget the can-opener, and remember that you can eat food right out of the can without cooking it. I also keep some MRE’s, peanut butter, Food Bars, and a few other items.
Food Storage for your Bug Out Bag
I consider a ‘bug out bag’ (BOB) to be a kit other than a 72-hour kit kept in…Continue Reading This Article at The Modern Survival Blog: Emergency Food Storage 101