Food Storage Rules

What do you need to survive on in the event of a disaster? Do you have a food storage supply?

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    Look for #10 cans and avoid the small cans, they are more expensive and they can not feed an entire family.
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    "Store This, Not That" by Crystal Godfrey and Debbie Kent, is an enlightening read for anyone looking to start a food storage supply.
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Store This, Not That (Front Table Books, 2016), by Chrystal Godfrey and Debbie Kent, could be a helpful resource for anyone starting a food storage supply for times of devastation and disaster. Godfrey and Kent help readers by suggesting which products will get them more bang for their buck and have a long shelf-life. Readers will learn how to store each good and how to use it when the time comes. Find this excerpt in chapter 4, “Long-term Supply.”

Food Storage Buckets & Bundles 

Fast Food—Food Storage

Chances are you’ve seen those miracle buckets of food storage, the “one and done” of the food storage world. They claim to have just what you need for great tasting, easy to prepare meals that your family will love. Just hand over your money, take their products home with you and store them in a cool, dark place and you’re done. But, could it really be that simple? It could be that simple, if you have a lot of space, a lot of extra water stored (to rehydrate all of those meals), and a LOT of money. We think of these buckets like eating out because, truth be told, you could be spending as much or more on one of these food storage meals as you would spend taking your family to a fancy restaurant!

Don’t believe us? Meet Johnny (names have been changed to protect the innocent). Johnny decided to buy a year supply of food for his family. He was very busy and found a reputable company that sold deluxe kits with lots of good-sounding meals, that even included desserts, and plunked down $10,000. (NO JOKE!) It was expensive, but he wanted only the best for his family. When it arrived, he decided to try a meal from his stash. He quickly realized that the “meal” was only enough food for a very small child, and that to fill him up; he would need 4 times the allotted serving. His $10,000 “year supply” was, in reality, a three-month supply.

See what we mean? Expensive! Now, we’re not saying there isn’t a place for these buckets in your food storage, but your year-supply shouldn’t be made up of them. After all, you’d never eat out every meal, so why do it with your food storage? These buckets do serve a purpose as emergency food in case you’re sheltering at home, or mixed into your year supply to give yourself a break from cooking. To get the most for your money with this type of food storage, be sure to follow our rules.

Year Supply by Numbers

  • 3 meals per day x 365 days = 1095 meals (not to be confused with servings)
  • Minimum daily calories: 2000 calories
  • 2000 calories per day x 365 days = 730,000 calories (minimum)
  • Minimum meal sizes: breakfast: 1 cup; lunch and dinner: 1 1/2–2 cups; sides: 1/4–1/2 cup
  • #10 cans of freeze-dried foods contain 10 1-cup servings
  • 1 #10 can will feed five people for lunch or dinner (2 cups each)

Two Main Types of Bundles

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