7 Reasons To Store Canned Foods
May 9, 2013 by Frank Bates
Stockpiling food is a no-brainer when you are prepping.
Most grocery stores stock less than two days of food, which will quickly get gobbled up when a panic hits. Smart folks who have food and water stored are going to be able to deal with the crisis a lot better than those who donâ€™t.
But what I sometimes hear from people is that while they know itâ€™s a good idea to stockpile food, they canâ€™t really swing it because theyâ€™re living paycheck to paycheck. They feel like if they canâ€™t afford to store freeze-dried and dehydrated survival food, theyâ€™ll just cross their fingers and hope that they wonâ€™t be hit by a disaster.
Donâ€™t get me wrong; buying and storing freeze-dried and dehydrated survival food is a great idea if you can afford to do it. But many budgets are very tight these days, and thatâ€™s why I keep a good stock of canned foods in my basement and in another location.
Here are my top seven reasons why you should include canned foods in your survival stash:
- Price. When you purchase items in bulk, you can save up to 75 percent by acquiring mostly canned foods rather than freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. Even if youâ€™re not able to buy in bulk, you will still save money with canned foods.
- Long-lasting. Many canned foods have a shelf life of between one and several years. You should still rotate your supply occasionally and eat the contents if the expiration date is getting close, but thereâ€™s peace of mind knowing that most canned foods last a long time.
- Variety. People will eat the same thing over and over again if theyâ€™re hungry enough, but everyone appreciates having choices. You can acquire a wide variety of canned foods that should keep pretty much everybody in the family happy for a while.
- Nutrition. Canned foods can be nutritious and rich in protein, which you and your family will need for keeping up strength. Donâ€™t worry about calories. Youâ€™ll need those extra calories when youâ€™re in survival mode.
- Water. Thereâ€™s very little water in freeze-dried and dehydrated foods (although there is usually a small amount), but most canned foods contain the water that will make preparation easier. Yes, that also makes them heavier; but that shouldnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re able to stay put to ride out a crisis situation.
- Familiarity. Most families normally eat foods such as chicken, beef, ham, fish, vegetables, stews, beans and pasta, all of which are available in canned form. In a time of crisis, familiarity will go a long way to â€śnormalizingâ€ť what you and your fellow family members are going through.
- Safe storage. Bugs and rodents can sometimes infiltrate boxes and bags, but seldom do they break through a can. If you find a little creature thatâ€™s strong enough to do that, hire it for your prepper team.
A surprising number of foods that you eat on a regular basis are available in canned form. Nutritious and rich in protein, they include vegetables, soups, meats, fish, stews, beans, pasta and a lot more. If the time comes when you need to rely on the canned food that you have wisely stored, youâ€™ll be glad if you provided your family and yourself with a nice variety.
To discover which foods will be impossible to get after a disaster, download my free report â€śThe Top 10 Items Sold Out After Crisisâ€ť from my blog. Youâ€™ll learn the 10 items you absolutely need to hoard as well as what foods not to stockpile and why.