Emergency PreparednessThe Best Methods of Food Storage for Survival

The Best Methods of Food Storage for Survival

What Are The Best Methods of Food Storage for Survival, yes this is a question often asked when starting to buy or create supplies for emergency preparedness.

The Best Methods of Food Storage for Survival

There may be some reasons for people to store food. Gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.

Having a stockpile of canned, dehydrated, freeze dried food is a form of insurance and will help homesteaders cope during hard times.

For example:

1. lost employment

2. frugal living to save money to buy homestead land

3. economic collaspe

4. local natural disaster

5. prolonged aftermath of such a disaster

6. chemical contamination (in air, in water)

7. pandemic outbreak (like Influenza 1918 Death Toll: 20 -50 million)

In total, you should have at least three methods by which food is stored. And each method has its own pros and cons.

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Canned foods- in the modern times these are widely used by many people.



– There is a good selection and made available even during the off season.

– Usually less pricey

– It is easy to trade foods in this form

– The shelf life is high.

– Easy to prepare just heat and have.



– They can be bulky and heavy because of the liquid content.

– It may make it difficult to carry around.

– Quality of food is not as great as the fresh food.

– A lot of nutrients are lost especially the micronutrients.


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Dehydrated foods- Stored with removing the moisture


– Lightweight

– Help save space

– High shelf life much more than canned foods



– More expensive than canned foods

– Not practical to use

– Loss of nutrients

– Need to be rehydrated for use

– Loses texture and taste


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– Retain more nutrients than canned foods

– Light

– Taste and texture not lost

– High shelf life


– Somewhat pricey

– Storing large quantities not possible

These storage foods are used as emergency foods and for convenience. But its high price makes it less accessible to people with less means. Though not tasty you can bide the days when food is not available or you cannot shop for it.

Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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