Short Or Long Term Food Supplies
When you are considering whether to stock up on short or long term supplies, you should make a realistic evaluation of what your needs might be. If you are living in an area where disasters or emergencies are little likely to occur, then it will probably be in your best interest to purchase supplies that will have a very long shelf life. On the other hand, a region where earthquakes, hurricanes, or other natural disasters can happen with some frequency will provide you with a few more options as to your emergency food supply.
Why Pre-Packaged Food Kits Are Valuable
The prepared emergency food supply kits will be especially valuable because they generally have an extremely long shelf life. Most of the dehydrated foods available in these kits will last for up to 25 years, as long as they are stored correctly. These kits will provide you with peace of mind, especially if you do not anticipate using them very quickly – you will simply be able to purchase the size kit you want, store it properly, and forget about it until you need it. As long as you keep the food cool, you can be assured of your emergency food for decades.
Even if you do live in a geologically active region or other ‘hot spot’, having a long term food supply on hand means that you will be able to feed yourself and your family without trouble. Once again, just knowing that you are well provided for will give you a feeling of security.
Putting Up Your Own Supplies
Many people feel satisfaction at putting up their own emergency supplies. Very often, these people have a garden and are able to preserve their harvest in one of several ways. Canning has made something of a comeback as safer equipment has become available. There is no denying that seeing a shelf full of colorful jars of preserved food would give anyone a good feeling, both in producing them, and in knowing that they will be there when needed.
Dehydrating food is another good way to preserve your fruits and vegetables and, like canning, can be useful even if you do not have a garden yourself. You can always stock up on produce at the grocery store, especially if there is a sale, and farmer’s markets are a great way to get natural or organic food. There are a number of excellent dehydrators on the market, most of them electric, which will enable you to dry your own food easily and safely.
You should understand, however, that the food you can or dry will never last as long as the commercially prepared food packages; you simply do not have the proper equipment to do this. However, your home-prepared food will last a year or two, and if you do live in a zone where trouble can occur, you will probably be enjoying this food long before it needs to be discarded.