In your Emergency Food Supply List, what’s the best kind of survival food to insure disaster food su

Trisha M Asked: In your Emergency Food Supply List, what’s the best kind of survival food to insure disaster food su

Say during natural disasters when you're out of the house, rendered homeless and cut off from other forms of regular food.

Answers:

Renee Answered:
Bulk freeze dried food is a must-have in your emergency food supply list. That's because it is cheaper than grocery food, better than MRE's; easy to store, easy to hydrate & prepare; it retains most of its original flavor and can last up to 30 years based on storage conditions and packaging.

Many of us who are into "survival food" (part of your disaster preparedness kit) know the value of 3 months-1 year emergency food supply that meets both storage and edible requirements.

The key is to ensure that your disaster food supply doesn't get spoiled or you'll go hungry during the toughest part of "tiding over" the rough as you wait for emergency services to evacuate you. This can be a few days or can even stretch up to a month or more in severe cases.

To put the whole disaster preparedness regime in context, I had friends down in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck. Since that tragic event, I've learned to rely more on myself and less on the local supermarket for food.



Zan Answered:
Storing two to four weeks of "commercial" food isn't too difficult. But when you get beyond that, you really need to look at specialized foods prepared specifically for long-term storage. These generally fall into several categories:

-Vacuum-packed dried and freeze-dried foods
-Nitrogen packed grains and legumes
-Specially prepared and sealed foods such as MRE's (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) with a five-to-ten year shelf life

All offer one main advantage: long storage life. Some, such as MRE's and packages sold to backpackers, are complete meals. This is handy and convenient, but they tend to be expensive on a per-meal basis. Others, such as #10 cans (about a gallon) of dried items, are usually ingredients which can be used to prepare a full meal. These ingredients include everything from macaroni elbows or carrot slices to powdered milk or butter flavor. Your best bet is a combination of both full-meal entrees and bulk items.

As the name implies, MRE's are ideal for a quick, nutritious, easy-to-prepare meal. They are convenient to carry in the car, on a trip or on a hike. They have very long shelf lives (which can be extended by placing a case or two in your spare refrigerator). On the downside, they are very expensive on a per-meal basis and they do not provide as much roughage as you need. (This can lead to digestive problems if you plan to live on them for more than a week or two.)

Large canned goods, on the other hand, are difficult to transport. But if you're stocking up your survival retreat (see chapter 2) or planning to batten down the hatches and stay at home, the large canned goods are easy to store and can keep you well-fed for months. While individual cans can be purchased, most popular are sets of multiple items. These are designed to provide a specific number of calories per day (they'll recommend 1,800 per day, but you'll probably want more) for a set period of time, often three months, six months or a year. Remember, however, if you have four people in your family or survival group, purchasing a one-year supply of food will only equate to three months worth for the family.

Captain Dave recommends purchasing the largest set of these canned, dried foods your budget can handle. Then supplement the set with items tailored to you and your family or survival group. Also, MREs and MRE entrees are excellent supplements, because prepared sets of #10 cans are primarily vegetables, pasta and grains, while MRE entrees are usually meat-based.

You may also want to add a few special items, such as hard candy or deserts, to reward yourself or for quick energy. That's one area where MREs and MRE deserts can be a great supplemental item. It's pretty tough to store pound cake or brownies for several years, but the MRE makers have managed it. They also offer crackers and peanut butter, bread and some great side dishes.

While we're on the topic of supplements, don't forget to add vitamins and mineral supplements. Fruits, green vegetables and other items rich in vitamin C and other nutrients may be scarce, so a good multi-vitamin is well worth the space it takes up in your stash.



William B Answered:
cannedfood ,its all precooked and ready to eat,
beef jerky , nuts , things that don,t need refridgeran
get a book on edible plants
depending on the season, there are lots of things to eat,
Even grass ,nuts, berries, wild life,
bugs parts of some trees, fish, craw fish,
ants, certian evergreen nuts [pine nuts]
roots of some plants



Denis Mitrowski Answered:
The situation you envision is pretty bleak! Having food stores in your home wouldn't help you in a situation like this. Since you'll have to carry the food with you, small,high protein, high energy items such as Jerky, Peanuts and Candy would keep you from starving. But the most important thing would be water-safe to drink. How much water can you carry?



Hazel Answered:
Rice beans chocolate &water don't remember how many pounds per person



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