Survival Food Stockpiling Tips: Guidelines For Storing Food

Jeff AndersonMy years in the military have made me really appreciate mama’s home cooking.

Sure, chow hall food was pretty tasty (I always made sure the cooks knew I appreciated them – which usually led to extra helpings in the field).

But being in the 10th Mtn. Division light-infantry, I often found myself on long-range missions and far away from a hot meal.

Of course Uncle Sam doesn’t want us to starve so we were always issued MRE’s (Meal Ready-To-Eat) to pack with us to make sure we survive, but…

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4 30 2015

1. Taste Matters

I know that “Spaghetti & Meatballs” and “Lemon Pepper Tuna” sounds like something you might order off a restaurant menu… but coming out of an MRE foil package, it damn sure doesn’t taste the same.

I can tell you that if you were one of the lucky ones who go an MRE with Hot Dogs & Beans in it, that was a happy day indeed – but you were miserable if you pulled an unlucky “Chicken A La King”.

Good-tasting survival food really does boost morale and that means something when you’re under stress and need the will to go on.

2. Shelf-Life Matters

MRE’s and canned-goods have a pretty short shelf-life (2-5 years average).

In the military that’s just fine because they get issued steadily to the troops and stock gets rotated quickly.

Canned goods can be good if you have a survival pantry, but you want to make sure you’re eating what you’re storing and refilling your stockpile regularly to keep things from going ba.

Freeze-dried survival food is best because it lasts up to about 25 years and takes up very little room (which brings me to…)

3. Weight Matters

I absolutely hated lugging MRE’s around in my backpack because they were heavy as hell and we walked practically everywhere when training and on missions.

Trust me, when you’re humping a rucksack 7-10 miles to your next destination, you feel every single ounce.

Canned goods are even worse – great for home, but a no-go if you’re ever forced to bugout to survive.

Again, this is where freeze-dried survival food kits rule because they’re portable and since they don’t have any extra “water weight”, they’re ultra light if you need to bugout on foot.

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