Running out of supplies during an emergency is a sure-fire way to put your life in peril.
One of the main goals of a prepper is to make sure that scenario never happens.
Here’s a way to maximize your food storage supply so you can weather any disaster.
Humans can go for three weeks without food, but starvation is obviously not a long-term plan for survival.
That’s why your home and/or your bug-out location should be comfortably stocked with food and water.
It’s impossible to know when a crisis will strike, or how long it will last.
For this reason, you need to be prepared to hunker down indefinitely, as normal services may not resume for a long time.
If you follow these guidelines, you can build a food supply that lasts decades.
First, don’t be overly reliant on canned goods.
High-acid canned products like fruit and tomatoes only have a shelf-life of around 18 months.
That isn’t to say canned goods aren’t useful—low-acid foods like vegetables and meats can last up to five or six years—but they alone may not sustain you and your family through an extended crisis.
Even during a disaster, eating nothing but Vienna sausages and potted meat might drive you crazy.
Instead, opt for food survival companies that sell pre-sealed food in Mylar packages.
Mylar is a commercial name to a polyester material called BoPET (biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate).
It’s also sometimes referred to as Melinex or Hostaphan.
Mylar is known for its strength, durability, and stability to maintain perishable items such as food.
Several companies package food with Mylar, and you can even do it yourself.
Properly prepared food in Mylar packaging can stay fresh for up to 25 years, and the food options are tastier and more diverse than the canned good selection at the local grocery store.
Good packaging companies even have options for people sensitive to food allergies.
If budget is a concern, monthly food suppliers can help you build up your cache gradually.
Buying a big haul in bulk can get very costly.
If you don’t want to buy from a company that specializes in pre-packaged foods, the task is more tedious but still very doable.
First, you’ll need a supply of Mylar bags.
Next, you’ll need one oxygen absorber (the little packets that come in sealed foods such as beef jerky) for each Mylar bag.
Make sure the sealed Mylar bags are placed in food-safe plastic containers, so rats and insects can’t breach them.
If you’re securing meats, fruits, and vegetables, using a freeze dryer is the best way to optimize shelf-life.
The freeze dryer eliminates water vapor from the food, allowing it to stay fresh longer.
Once you’re finished, you can secure the Mylar bag with a vacuum sealer, then you’re all set.
Be sure to properly label your food, and store it in a cool, dark place.
If you follow these steps, you can build a food supply that will keep you and your family fed through any crisis.