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SURVIVING ON FOOD STORAGE

SURVIVING ON FOOD STORAGE

WHAT DO I NEED?

  • Nutrition
    Proteins, fats, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, fiber, etc.
    Use the Food Guide Pyramid as a guide
  • Variety Ė There is no perfect food or complete nutrition pill. Variety fills in nutrition gaps.
  • Make a List - Consider your needs, wants, abilities, resources and budget.

    WHY FOOD STORAGE?
    Eating food from our food storage

  • Promotes rotation and prohibits waste
  • Allows digestive systems to become accustomed to the food
  • Saves money
  • Opportunity to learn how to use your storage supplies in a non-stressful situation
  • Can learn what foods and recipes you and your family like

    WHAT FOOD SHOULD I STORE?
    Store the foods you eat.

  • Donít waste shelf space on items you wonít ever eat.
  • Donít buy food for storage just because itís on sale.
  • Consider your Special Needs:
    Allergies, Special Diets.
    The elderly, infants, children & nursing mothers may need special consideration.
    Include food and other needs for your pets.

    BASICS These are the minimums that should be in a food storage supply.
    They cover nutrition and basic food preparation requirements.

  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Fats & Oils
  • Milk
  • Sugars
  • Salt
  • Leavenings
  • Spices & Seasonings
  • Vitamin C

    BASICS PLUS

  • Dehydrated & Freeze Dried Food
  • Eggs
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Meats
  • T.V.P. Ė Textured Vegetable Protein
  • Pre-Mixes & Powders
  • Etc.

    HOW MUCH DO I NEED?
    The bare minimum is one monthís full supply.
    Food storage for 6 months to a year is recommended.
    Store what you have room and resources for
    1 Pound of Food equals approximately 1600 Calories
    Minimum nutrition is approximately 1 pound of food per person per day.

  • 1 Adult for 1 Month needs:
    25 Pounds Grain
    5 Pounds Dry Beans

    HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
    These figures assume quality storage

  • Grains: 30+ Years
  • Legumes: 30 Years
  • Fats & Oils: 1-2 Years
  • Dry Milk: 20 Years
  • Sugar: 30+ Years
  • Salt: Indefinite
  • Leavenings: 1-2 Years
  • Spices: 1-2 Years
  • Dry Fruit & Veg.: 30 Years
  • Freeze Dry: 30 Years

    HOW AND WHERE DO I STORE IT?
    Understand the Enemies of Food Storage

  • Oxygen
  • Moisture
  • Light
  • Temperature
  • Insects & Rodents

    HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FOOD?
    From Oxygen

  • Store Pre-sealed Cans
  • Use Air Tight Buckets & Lids
  • Use Mylar Bags
  • Use Oxygen Absorbers or Dry Ice

    From Moisture

  • Only store DRY foods
  • Store away from floors & walls
  • Store whole kernels of grains instead of ground.

    From Light

  • Store it in a Dark Room
  • Use Solid Colored Containers
  • Wrap in Paper or Plastic

    From Temperature Changes

  • Keep your storage room a Constant temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees
  • Store food Indoors
  • Keep it Low - basement or lower shelves
  • Insulate Room to keep a cooler constant temperature

    From Insects & Rodents

  • Remove Oxygen
  • Freeze
  • Remove Infested Foods
  • Use Traps & Poisons with caution

    Things that DONíT Work with Food Storage

  • Freezing, but not cold enough or long enough
  • Bug bombs and fumigants
  • Tape or wax seals
  • Chewing gum, bags of salt, newspaper, 10 penny nails and bay leaves

    WHEN HAS FOOD SPOILED OR GONE BAD?
    Discard any canned food that is

  • Bulging
  • Leaking
  • Smelling bad
  • Squirts fluid when opened
  • Was frozen (fractures seals)
  • Has milky appearance to the liquid
  • Show any signs of rust or other corrosion on the inside of the can or on the seam
  • Has obvious mold growth

    HOW SHOULD I ORGANIZE MY FOOD STORAGE AREA?

  • Think Rotation - organize with a plan to rotate, from left to right, or use automatic rotating shelves.
  • Keep like items together
  • Label Date - date foods added to your storage, use oldest dates.
  • Make a Restocking List when items are used, so you know what needs to be replaced.

    Gather Food Storage Responsibly

  • Donít go into DEBT!
  • Take advantage of Sales, Bulk & Case Lots
  • Focus on the BASICS First
  • Build in Increments
    Accomplish your goal for a month, then three months, six months and a year.