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Long term food storage for survivalists

Tuscaloosa Tornado 2011Survivalists need to protect their survival food investment by following long-term sensible food storage guidelines. This way it is possible to ensure that your provisions will stay nutritious and safe if and when any disaster strikes. You only need minimal effort in order to properly maintain your supply of survival food, but the rewards of successful storage are priceless.

Food that is improperly stored may lose not only its fresh taste and appearance, but what’s more important is that it may also lose its nutrient content. Optimal nutrition is a must during disasters when you need it the most and your stress levels are extraordinarily high.

In order to keep your emergency food supply in best condition over long term, let’s take a look at some long term food storage tips.

The Enemies of Stored Food

Loving couple isolated on whiteWhen considering long term food storage potential issues, rodent and insect invasions first come to mind. When food is not properly secured these can be formidable opponents. However, the most damaging and insidious culprits are moisture, temperature, oxygen, light, and time.The nutrient quality of food and its shelf life can be degraded by exposure to any of these factors.Survival food should be packed in cans and heavy duty plastic pouches and bucks.

Heat is undeniably one of the most dangerous in long-term or emergency food storage, as it may greatly decrease the shelf life. Most food should be stored at the room temperature or below. A good place to keep your emergency food is in a climate controlled garage, dry basement, or lower floor closet. Also take care to keep away your long-term storage food from heating ducts and appliances.

Light, oxygen, and moisture are other important factors to take into consideration. Light can destroys the nutrients in long-term storage food. For this reason it is recommended to keep all foods in metallic cans, mylar bags, or clear plastic or glass containers located in a dark place.

Any increase in moisture content can reduce shelf life. Oxygen also affects foods and may degrade your survival food storage supplies. For this reason it is recommended to keep your emergency food in vacuum packs or cans.

Types of storage

7730079_origSurvival food can be stored frozen, canned, dehydrated, or freeze dried. Most of food items can make good choices for long term storage, except fresh eggs. You can fill your emergency supplies with meat, sauces and spices, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, beans, rice, pasta, flour, scrambled eggs or egg crystals, cheese, and powdered milk.

While canned foods and frozen foods are most suitable for short term storage, dehydrated foods, bulk dried foods, and freeze dried foods are better suited for long term storage.