Should You Store Food?

Should You Store Food?

Is food storage right for you? When I first was introduced to the survival and preparedness movement, I was inundated with photos of people with food and water setups for the global apocalypse including canned goods, MRE’s, food pails, cases and cases of water. They had to have sunk thousands of dollars into rotating shelf operations. And the phrase “eat what you store, store what you eat” has gotten really old. While food is important, it is your 5th survival priority in the event of an emergency survival situation. And what is more, you could go weeks without a single drop of food. So should you store food at all? The Benefits In a 72 hour emergency, it is nice to be able to eat. Eating is a common daily activity and the process of preparing, cooking and then eating food is something that can bring a sense of normalcy to our lives – along with the social aspect of eating. Food gives you a calorie boost to be consumed when you are busy doing other activities, like chopping firewood and building shelters. In cold environments, warm rich foods supercharge your metabolism, warding off the cold. And in the event of an evacuation, a storehouse of calories will keep you moving, even with that 50 lb. backpack full of gear you plan to hike around with. Storing food is a form of food security. It is insurance that you will be fed when it gets rough out there – whether we are talking about a snow storm, a riot or the end of the world. If you have stored...