How to Store Food for the Apocalypse

Have you ever anticipated what you might do if the world as we know it, came to an abrupt end? It would surely suck. All those common comforts we’ve grown so used to would be a thing of the past. No more toilet paper, air-conditioning or fast food. Medicine would become a trading commodity like never before. We don’t even want to think about the need for emergency medical treatment or cavities that could no longer be pulled by a professional with the use of anesthesia. Transportation would be constructed from anything you could find in the carnage of your immediate area but likely limited to non-gasoline, human-powered machines. Life would be vastly different, to say the least.

The list of apocalyptic problems goes on and on but first things first. Like trying to survive an uninhabited island in the middle of nowhere, the list of priorities quickly changes and you need to first concern yourself with an adequate food and water supply.

Decimation at the end of timesDon’t wait for decimation and destruction. Plan ahead and be ready for a worst-case scenario. The apocalypse could be as close as one well-planned terrorist attack that our government didn’t foresee. There’s simply a very real possibility that the towel-heads could someday be smart enough to stop using technology for tipping off the government to their planned devastation and succeed with their evil intentions, believing themselves to be one step closer to their ultimate goal of fornicating with 72 virgins.

Terrorist activity is only one example of several world-ending possibilities so be prepared for anything. Even NASA has a Family Preparedness Program setup for a worst-case scenario while acknowledging a terrorist attack as a very real threat.

The Day After the SHTF

As you emerge from your storm shelter and find nothing but chaos and calamity, you’ve got to think quick. It’s not just the days ahead but the years ahead that are going to require supreme survival skills. Acting fast in the beginning could mean all the difference in the resources you have going forward.

You might first consider going to what was the nearest grocery store or pharmacy. You’ll want to stock up on any available medicine. We recommend finding a nearby hiding place that will allow for temporarily concealing your loot. Spend the night hours moving your items back to the place you plan to use for shelter. Be careful though. Catastrophe has a way of making everyone nucking futs and there’s every chance that any kind of delayed response in getting to food, water or medicine is going to mean interacting with many other people trying to have their needs met and lead to conflict. Your best bet is to avoid this by being first.

How to Plan For Food

Non-GMO rice will go a long wayBack to food and water. What’s your plan? There’s only so much you’ll be able to carry away from a market before the multitudes assemble. Even in a best case scenario, you’re likely to only get enough food to last a few weeks and the apocalypse is forever, man.

Plan your food and water supply today while you can. If that sounds a little too Evan Almighty for you, worrying that others will be laughing at your disaster plan paranoia, keep in mind that this is something you can do in the privacy of your own shelter. Ideally, it’s best that nobody else knows you have a ridiculous supply of food on hand in case of a world emergency, anyway.

So what’s the best foods to prepare with? We want non-GMO (genetically modified organism) consumables. Genetically modified foods will spoil much quicker and since you’re able to plan ahead, it makes sense to buy the best. The shelf life will be four times as higher in many cases and that could mean years added to your food supply.

You won’t typically find non-GMO foods at Walmart or your local supermarket. Look to Farmer’s Markets or even Amazon to stock up on foods in the here and now.

The Food List

Rice tops the list for survival foods. It has a shelf-life of more than a century and provides plenty of carbohydrates, which you’ll need for additional energy in a Mad Max kind of world. Amazon sells a 25 pound bag of non-GMO rice for $55. Buy one a paycheck for a long time. Keep in mind that brown rice won’t keep nearly as long as white rice, as it has a higher oil content. It’s no time to worry about high/low-glycemic carbs though, so buy white rice.

Honey is another carb-friendly food that will keep for ages. It may even crystallize but that doesn’t keep it from being safe to ingest. There’s something to be said for being able to satisfy your sweet tooth in stressful times while providing your body with a superior energy source.

WWII soldier eating spamCanned meats are essential for protein. Spam was popular in WWII and those old stored away cans are still good today. It’s a pretty nasty meat for sure, but the shelf life is undeniable and it gives your body what it needs. Tuna fish and potted meat are great choices too.

Peanut butter is one of the best apocalyptic foods around. It will keep for five to ten years and it’s an undeniable source of all protein, carbs and fat. It also just tastes darned good. You can’t have enough of the stuff. At a time when food is scarce no longer being able to overeat, getting 200 hundred calories from two tablespoons of peanut butter is priceless.

Corn starch, salt, lard and hard liquor can also last several years and supply a great variety of uses.

Bottled water is an obvious selection. Make sure you have plenty. You’ll especially need it in the beginning of the apocalypse, when you’re running to and fro in an attempt to hunt and gather like your cavemen ancestors, whose lifestyle you are now somewhat emulating while trying to create a semblance of civilization as you once knew it.

Other Food Considerations

food storage in 5 gallon bucketsHaving “the stash” will mean everything when trying to survive. You’ll be glad you planned ahead. But along with the readily consumable food, consider items that will help to propagate survival and allow your food chain to become self sustaining.

A cast-iron pan/skillet or three will be necessary. It’s for cooking and boiling rain water. Rain water is generally safe to drink when falling through uncontaminated air and into a clean container but boiling it ensures you are ridding it of all contaminants. It’s no time to get sick or chance your health. A skillet with some cooking lard will also make that fried spam taste far better than it does straight from the can.

Box matches are a must. Stock away as many as you can and get the waterproof version. Fire is essential for survival and you don’t want to be rubbing two sticks together in a couple years because you didn’t store away enough matches.

Garden seeds will help to ensure food for tomorrow. Have plenty on hand and get to planting that new crop of vegetation as soon as the last freeze is over.

Store all your food and food related items away in five gallon sealed buckets. They keep moisture out, as well as any four-legged creatures also in search of survival foods (help that little guy out though). Add dried ice to the bottom of your buckets before sealing them to keep oxygen out and give all your apocalyptic treasures the longest possible shelf life. Don’t forget to add labels so you know what’s in all those buckets.

Being a part of the end of times is going to prove to be a challenging and exciting journey. Plan ahead today so you can be here tomorrow!

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