Long-Term Food Storage Tips for New Preppers

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in prepping and homesteading topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Five days a week (Monday through Friday) I will get up at 6:00 o'clock, drink a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, pour another cup of coffee and then head to my home office where I will scour the internet for the most 10 recent and important news and happening from around the world and post those in a ten-point list with my thoughts and options. Hope you enjoy.

1 Response

  1. JP in MT says:

    We have a variety of foods stored. I have freeze dried meals and MRE’s, enough to keep us going for a month plus without having to “cook” and have that “aroma in the air”. Then we went to commercially canned items, spices, gravies, and bulk foods. Things like rice, wheat, beans can usually be bought in 25-50 pound bags and stored in 5 gallon food grade pails much cheaper than buying them that way. Our #10 cans of freeze dried foods are “bulk type” not meals. Shop sales, Hard white wheat can be had in 50# bags for under $15 each about once a quarter. As we are well within our “comfort zone” with most of our items, this is were I spend my future money (as the sales go and the money is available). Mostly meats, cheese/dairy, and fruit. Where and the way we live right now, these need to last the longest becuase they are harder for us to replace.

    We have been at this for about 20 years, and to date the only thing that has gone bad (can swollen) is corn bread mix (3 cans in the last 15 years). So I am pleased with our choices. But it has been mostly by good base thinging and chance. There is much more and better advise available out there now.

    I am noticing a larger percentage of the “30-day buckets” showing up. I recommend staying away from ones with breakfast in them as you can buy instant oatmeal for .75 per packet, and canned granola (if you want that) cheaper than the average per meal price.

    And don’t forget to track the caloric count! In a grid-down, or even a hunker down, situation you will probably need more of a breakfast than a single “serving” of instant oatmeal.