Survival Food Criteria
Survival preparedness websites, blogs, forums, all emphasize the message of procuring a storage of survival food to be rotated and used during times of need or when TSHTF. In fact it is probably the most often written-about topic on many of these sites, rightfully so I suppose. It is the basic fundamental need for survival. Food and water.
We too have written our share of articles promoting the notion of building up an extra supply of food. Instead of re-hashing the same message yet again, I got to thinking about another angle. What about the ‘criteria’ for survival food storage?
The criteria are the requirements that should be met.
Survival Food Storage Criteria (Requirements)
Your criteria for food storage will vary depending on the intent or use-case-scenario. For example, the survival food that you choose for bulk storage and/or rotation at home may be different from what you choose to keep in your vehicle 72-hour kit, which may be different from what you will keep in your bug-out-bag, which may be different from what you will take with you on a hiking or camping expedition. Etc.
Home Survival Food Storage
Should be foods that you KNOW you will eat
All foods should have a shelf life of at least one year
Some of the food (bulk storage) should have long term shelf life (years +)
Long-term food storage sealed using good methods and proper containment
Should contain a variety of groups including meats-protein, vegetables, grains, legumes, dairy, sweets, fruits
Storage should contain cooking oils, condiments, spices
Some of the food should not require cooking
Should utilize a food rotation method (first-in, first-out) to minimize spoilage or expiration
72-hour kit Food Storage For Vehicle
Special attention towards calorie-dense foods
Foods that do not require cooking
Shelf life at least 6 months (rotate vehicle food storage every 6 months regardless)
Foods less susceptible to heat or melting while stored in the vehicle
If in cold environment, choose foods that won’t freeze (contain little moisture)
Packaging that can be readily opened (keep can-opener if necessary)
Bug-Out-Bag or Backpack Food Storage
Foods you know that your system agrees with
High calorie-dense foods due to exertion
Foods that are light weight but still calorie dense
Foods that are not particularly salty which makes you thirsty
Energy packed sweets (e.g. candy bars) for fast energy
Simple and easy to open packaging
What are some other ‘criteria’ that you can think of?