The Case for Food Storage

Food Storage
There’s been a lot of talk in the media and on the Internet over the past few months about food storage. And while there’s been a lot of talk, how many people do you think have actually taken it seriously enough to make a plan and then act on it?

Starting from scratch is a daunting task, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for putting it off until next week or the week after that…etc. The fact is though, that the sooner you get started, the better off you’ll be. Food storage is a lot like investing. Actually, food storage is investing. Starting early, keeping steady, and taking it one step at a time will pay huge dividends in the future.

Seeing the good sense in food storage is easier today than it has ever been.

Good Reason

  • Food prices have been rising (especially on the basics like wheat/flour, beans, and rice) in recent months
  • Gas prices (the cost of transportation and farming) have been extremely unstable
  • The economy has been slumping
  • Unemployment has been rising
  • Food supplies have been threatened
  • Pandemic, natural disaster, power disruptions, war and civil unrest all cast their influence around the world

I’m not just trying to be pessimistic or a fear monger—it’s good practice to take an inventory of current events and prepare ourselves to more easily navigate the turbulent waters that lay ahead (or that we’re currently sailing through).

Even after reading all the points above that help shed light on the importance of food storage, it might still be difficult for some to see the individual application. Here’s a quick scenario:

Disruption of Food Supply

Already this year, freezing storms have pounded much of the U.S. causing accidents, closing roads, and leaving millions without power. In the Storm of the Century (’93) and the Blizzard of 96, cities were completely shut down for days. You may have some good food in your refrigerator or pantry. But once that food is gone, where will you find more? Even if you are able to make it to the store, they may not be open until the power is back on and the employees can also make it across the roads to work. In addition, the supply trucks are likewise subject to the wrath of storms and may be stuck on the side of the road for days or more. Before long, the shelves could be empty and the local grocery store will not be able to act as our emergency food supply.

Disruption of the food supply can take many forms—from the disaster or storm-type situation described above to personal illness, job loss, or other circumstances that can make it more difficult to put the food we’re accustomed to on the table. Food storage is like a savings plan that will help mitigate those threats.

Helping Others

In addition to our own needs, we may be called on to help family, friends, and neighbors. Despite the unfriendly world we live in, I doubt I know anybody who would let and elderly widow next-door go hungry while enjoying a warm meal a door or two away. It’s also possible (even likely during the holidays) that we have friends or family over when a storm or other event strands others in our care. In these cases, having the bare minimum in the kitchen shelves won’t cut it.

Food Storage Really is an Investment

Not only is it an investment in your own safety and peace of mind, but if done correctly, can translate into real dollars. Food prices rarely go down. When you buy now for potential rough times ahead, you cut out inflation and price gouging, and you’ll inevitably enjoy a better selection than you would get if forced to buy when there’s a run on the supermarket shelves.

Types of Food Storage

There are about as many ways to do food storage as there are foods to store. Some of those methods include canning, bulk purchasing, MREs, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, rotation systems, and even hunting (storing ammunition, anyway). In the future, we’ll go over pros and cons of each of these avenues.

And Don’t Forget the H2O

When discussing, thinking about—and even in careful planning, there’s an important point that often gets left out: Water Storage. We really should refer to it as “Food and Water Storage” rather than just “food storage.”

Humans can live a few weeks without food, but only a few days without water, so be sure to include adequate water storage in your plan. Again, we’ll cover this in-depth (no pun intended) in a later post, but for now one of the most helpful water storage resources we’ve ever seen can be downloaded here: Water Storage & Purification.

Where to Find Food Storage Help

Upcoming posts will include reviews of various food storage products and systems. There are some other great resources online to help the newcomer to get started, and that also offer great information to the seasoned survivalist—here are a few of my favorites:

There’s No Time Like The Present

If you haven’t started preparing your food storage, now’s a better time than ever. A good food storage is the foundation of any strong bug out or dig-in plan.

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8 Responses to “The Case for Food Storage”

  1. Allen Taylor Says:

    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

  2. Jodi @ Food Storage Made Easy Says:

    Hey, I just added you to my Twitter and was pleasantly surprised to find our blog listed in your post :) Now I just have to ask … is the pink REALLY that offensive? Hehe. Sorry we can’t help it, we’re trying to take a daunting subject and make it fun! Look forward to your future posts and tweets.

  3. admin Says:

    Jodi- Thank you for the add! I guess the pink isn’t that offensive… :) You do a good job with the site, it’s a great resource—and fun is what it’s all about, so keep it up.

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  5. Tolteca Says:

    Bug out bag. Try to take foods that do not take water to prepare, I see so many bug out bags with things like, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate & soups. The water should be for drinking & taking vitamins & protein bars.

    I also take a bottle of fiber, not only is fiber needed but it also swells for a full feeling.

    I came across what is called Lifecaps. They are a capsule that has everything needed to survive without food with
    the exception of water. It is full of vitamins & minerals plus Iodine. Anyway, you take three of them a day & drink water. I can actually take enough food in one backpack to last 6 months because of these little Lifecaps, protein bars, fiber & water. I will run out of water in a week, so I do carry a small filter & a couple of those straw water filters that filter the water as you suck.

    You do not always have the ability or time to heat water to make soup or oatmeal. Anyway, after I bought 25 bottles I found a coupon code & bought 75 bottles more. The coupon code is… healthcap It will get you 33% off. There are also sites that have those filter straws
    that are cheaper than any of the stores around here. (SLC)

    I think they are a really good idea along with some purification pills. I cannot remember the sites off the top of my head but you can Google for aquamira filter straw. Aquamira is the manufacture but do not buy off their site because I have found them for almost 1/2 what they want on their own site on other sites. Good luck, God speed & get serious about your bug out bag!

  6. Alan Says:

    I will have to disagree with feeding old lady down the street when I will have my family and myself to worry about.If a total collapse of our food supply was to actually happen(and IT CAN)I am only going to have food to last me and my family.I am not going to be able to help others out unless they can help out in some way.I know this sounds harsh but when TSHTF that’s way its going to be with alot of people.Got a book that some of you might be interested in. Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles.
    It deals with a total economical collapse of our economy and a group of everyday people that got together and survived.
    Lets hope we don’t come to this,but it’s something that can very well take place.
    Are you then going to be so ready to feed that old lady down the street?

  7. admin Says:

    Alan- I’ll definitely check out that book, sounds interesting.

    Thanks for your comment, you bring up some important points to think about.

    Similar to an emergency on board a plane where I would first secure my own oxygen mask and then help others to secure theirs, I plan to first prepare my family and then myself for disaster/emergency.

    After those needs are taken care of, I would hope that I have the resources to help a select few who—through no real fault of their own—are not able to help themselves. In many of those cases, yes, I would expect those receiving help to contribute to the well-being of the group where they are able. I do believe, though, that I have some responsibility to look after those who might find themselves in less fortunate circumstances than I.

  8. Jacee Says:

    Here’s another really great source of info for emergency preparedness: