The average adult will need more than 2000 calories per day to maintain good health, and stay somewhat active. Drop the temperature or increase the workload, and they may need thousands more per day. That’s not a typo. Thousands of extra calories may be needed. For example, just one hour of brisk wood chopping burns over 800 calories. And that doesn’t even account for the calorie drain of working in the cold. The punchline here is that it will take more food than you imagine it would to survive long term. Thankfully, human beings can live on a diverse range of foods, but it is best if these calories come from a balance of fruits, vegetables, grain, proteins and healthy fats. It’s also best if you are store your food in the right spot.
Find The Right Pantry Spot To get the maximum life span from your stored food, it’s critical to store it in a food-friendly location in your off-grid home or bug out site. The traits of a good food storage spot are as follows:
- Dark – Light can damage many foods and shorten their lifespan.
- Cool – Low temperatures are critical to storage, and it is best if temps don’t fluctuate.
- Dry – Moisture can allow mold and bacteria to flourish in stored food. Pick a dry spot to begin with, and package your food to keep moisture out.
Plan Your Menu Stocking a food storage pantry can be a daunting task, so planning is one of the most important parts. You’ll want to pay great attention to calorie content, methods of food preparation, storage conditions, and your own personal dietary restrictions and food allergies. Canned meats, fruits and vegetables, along with an assortment of dry goods, can give you all the ingredients to make wholesome and familiar meals for your family, on-the-grid or off of it.
Know Your “Forever Foods” When you think about long term food supplies, it’s easy to think of a pallet of MRE’s or a pallet of canned pork-n-beans. But these items only last so long. What if you wanted to put together some food supplies that won’t go bad for a very long time – and do it cheap? Whether you’re anticipating economic troubles, a pandemic, or you’re just making a practical preparation for your remote home site, these basic food supplies have a lot in common with our ancestor’s annual stockpiles. Sugar, salt and a few other key ingredients can provide nutrition, just as they did for our ancestors, without breaking the bank today. Here are some of the simple staples that you can add to your emergency food supply – which have a 20+ year shelf life.
Honey – white sugar – brown sugar – salt – soy sauce – vinegar – flavoring extracts – baking soda – the thing Trav makes that he calls “fruit cake”.
And if that’s not enough, you can:
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