Buying and storing survival food gives many people peace of mind and health and comfort in the case of a disaster or emergency. Survival food must fulfill two basic needs. First, it must be nutritionally dense so you and your family can maintain energy and health for as long as the emergency exists. Second, it must be portable and not take up too much room in case you need to evacuate in your car or on foot.
These food that meets these two requirements come in three main types: standard grocery store options, dehydrated food or ingredients, and MREs, or military-style meals ready to eat. Each has benefits and disadvantages.
Survival Food – Grocery Options
The best options for supermarket food that are both long-lasting and nutritionally dense include canned fish, peanut butter, dry beans, and other nonperishable staples. These survival food options take up more room or are heavier than other choices, but they may be more palatable to people use to a regular diet.
Survival Food – Dehydrated Goods
If you have enough room to bring along buckets or boxes of food, dehydrated goods are an excellent option. All you need to do is add water to reconstitute the meals. These foods, which can range from pasta and vegetable dishes to meat stews retain their nutritional value and taste quite well.
Survival Food – MREs
Military style MREs take the least amount of time to prepare, last around five years, and taste fine, but they tend to take up more room than dehydrated goods. When space is at a premium, food needs to be as portable and convenient as it is nutritious.