Figuring out the best food for long-term storage is one of the most important things you can do when you are preparing to keep your family safe and provided for during a long-term survival scenario. Whenever a major event happens, that disrupts society one of the biggest adjustments you will have to make is learning to live without electricity.
Without electricity, your ability to store food and cook food is going to be impacted, and it will force you to change the manner in which you keep your family fed. While the thought of living without electricity might seem dire, the reality is that for the vast majority of human history people got along just fine without the use of electricity or any of the other modern technologies we enjoy. If they could do it, then you and I can as well. The key to being able to survive in a world where electricity could very well be a thing of the past is to start preparing now.
When you stop and think about just how many things could go wrong in the world, it's a wonder that we have made it this far. From war to terrorists, to epidemics, or a nuclear holocaust there are so many ways that modern society could be brought to its knees that it's downright terrifying. What's even more frightening is that nobody seems to be talking about it. Most people are simply oblivious to what is happening, and the world's governments are doing their best to keep us all in the dark. If the majority of the people in the world got up one day and realized the dangers they faced, there would be panic in the streets.
So what you do now is up to you. You can keep on living in a fantasy world like the rest of the people around you, or you can do what's necessary to ensure that you and your family survive. This means that you need to start prepping now, you need to gather supplies now because once things start to fall apart, and it’s going to be too late. As soon as a catastrophic event happens people will panic and raid grocery stores and anywhere else they can get supplies to help them survive. That's why you have to prepare now. First of all the last place you want to be during a disaster is out on the streets with the rest of the people that are panicking, looting, and rioting. You need to be home with your family working to keep them safe. The other reason you don't want to be out scavenging for supplies is that there won't be much of anything to find. After the chaos starts, the stores are going to be stripped bare very quickly, so even if you tried you probably wouldn't be able to find much to improve your situation.
So obviously you are going to need to start getting ready sooner rather than later. You will need large stores of water, medications, weapons, clothing, and also food. Sure the human body can survive for weeks without food if it has to, but that's not something you want to experience. That's also not anything that you want your kids to have to endure. On top of that when you aren't eating enough your energy levels are going to drop, which will make it harder for you to do what you need to do in a long-term survival situation. You can't afford to be tired or worn out. You need to be at full strength so that you can meet any challenges you are going to encounter head-on. The good news is that there are a lot of very nutritious foods out there that you can store long term without refrigeration. The following is a list of foods that you should start stockpiling now so that when things head south, you and your family will be able to survive.
Pemmican is an ancient survival food that was first produced and used by Native Americans. They, in turn, shared this secret with Europeans when they came to what is now the United States, and it quickly became a staple in their diets as well. Pemmican is a mixture of rendered fat and lean protein from sources such as beef, deer, or buffalo. It is made by combining ground and dehydrated meat with rendered fat. Some people will add in dehydrated fruits as well, but this isn't necessary. What is truly astonishing about Pemmican is that if it is properly stored, it can last for decades. All you need to do to keep it preserved is keep it in a cool and dry place.
In addition to being able to keep for a long period Pemmican is also a great survival food because of the high levels of energy it provides to you. Pemmican is very high in calories, and when you are struggling to survive in a desperate situation, you are going to need all the energy you can get. Another bonus is that you can eat Pemmican as is, or you can use it as an ingredient in a meal. So if you have no way to cook you can always just grab a bar or pinch of Pemmican and sit down to dinner. On the other hand, if you have access to cooking supplies then you can use Pemmican like you would a normal source of protein such as steak or chicken.
Beef Jerky is another excellent survival food because it packs a lot of protein. Beef Jerky is simply dehydrated and seasoned beef that has been prepared and packaged for easy consumption. You can buy it from the store, or you prefer it you can also make it yourself. Beef Jerky is a great survival food because it requires no refrigeration, and it can be eaten as is. The only drawback to beef jerky is that it is extremely lean so it isn't something that you can rely upon as your only source of food. Believe it or not, the human body needs fat, and if you are consuming a high protein diet without much fat, you can suffer from protein poisoning. Now don't let that put you off of beef jerky, just make sure that you are eating other foods as well.
During a long-term survival situation, you aren't likely to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But if you aren't eating fresh fruits and vegetables then you aren't providing your body with the well-balanced nutrition that it needs. This is where dehydrated fruits come into play. Much like beef jerky, dehydrated fruits are simply fruits that have had all moisture removed. The result is a tasty food that packs a lot of vitamins and minerals. Dehydrated fruits are also a good survival food because they are high in sugar, which can give you a real energy boost.
Canned fruits and vegetables are another way you can enjoy produce when there is no fresh produce available. The only drawback with canned fruits and vegetables is that you usually need a can opener to open them. The other drawback is that can are heavy and bulky, and if you are going to be on the move a lot during a survival situation, you are probably going to want to avoid carrying around all that extra weight. But if you are planning on sheltering in place then canned goods can be a real lifesaver. You also probably would prefer canned vegetables that have been heated, but in a pinch, you can eat them cold.
Protein should be the main part of any healthy diet, and during a long-term survival situation, this is especially true. You need protein to build muscle, and in a world where violence may be the new norm, you need to keep your strength up. Canned Tuna and Chicken are great alternative protein sources so that you don't have to rely only on beef jerky and Pemmican to get by on. Much like canned vegetables you probably don't want to be carrying canned Tuna and Chicken around with you. But if you are sheltering in place then these are invaluable resources that you should have on hand.
Having dry beans on and as well as rice, flour, salt, and sugar can enable you to cook complete meals when you are in a long-term survival situation. At some point, you and your family will get pretty tired of eating Pemmican and Beef Jerky all the time, and you are going to want a real meal. You can't keep bread for long, but you can keep flour and the other ingredients you need to make dough handy. Sure it won't be easy, and you will have to find eggs, but it's still worth the effort. Dried non-perishable foods can help you to add some much-needed variety to your diets while you and your family focus on survival.
Meals Ready To Eat are the military's way of providing soldiers in the field with nutritious meals during battlefield conditions. The thing about a battlefield is that you won't have access to refrigeration or a means to cook food, which sounds quite similar to a long-term survival situation. What makes MREs such a great survival food is that they are complete meals, they have a shelf-life of several years, and they come with chemical-based heating so you can enjoy a hot meal when there are no available means to cook with. Keep MREs on hand in case of a long-term survival situation is a great way to keep your family fed during the crisis.
If you want to survive during whatever crisis it is that sends society into a death spiral you are going to need a few things. You will need water, shelter, medical supplies, weapons, and food. Among these things, food is probably going to be the hardest thing to come by if civilization as we know it comes to an end. There are methods of processing water to make it safe to drink. You can move from place to place and find new shelters. You can even conserve ammunition and use hand to hand weapons in a pinch. But there's not a lot you can do to produce food. The chances are that you aren't a hunter or farmer, so you probably rely on grocery stores and restaurants for food. When these places are gone what are you going to do? You either better be a really quick study or learn how to hunt and gather or farm quickly, or you better be prepared ahead of time.
This means that you need to start stockpiling food reserves now so that you will be ready. You don't want ever to see that they are suffering and hungry. So don't wait any longer, fulfill your sacred obligation as a Husband and Father and take the steps needed to keep your family fed. You also want to make hiding your rations a major priority. Your next-door neighbor might invite you over for a barbecue next weekend, but when he's hungry and desperate, he won't think twice about attacking you and trying to take what you have.
Hopefully, all of the prep work you are doing won't ever be needed. I'll tell you right now that if I never have to rely upon my training and supplies to survive, I will be a happy man. But just take a moment to look around at the world. Does it seem stable to you? Or does it seem like there's a different lunatic every day trying to plunge us into chaos? Don't make the mistake of ignoring things and hoping for the best. Instead prepare for the worst by stockpiling food and other supplies now, and then hope that the day never comes when you are going to need them.