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The Best Emergency Food Storage Gifts

Cat Food Emergency Food StorageIn today’s society, our food and supplies come from all over the world. Because the stores always seem full, it is hard to imagine a real food shortage happening. If our intricate food system, so reliant on computers, should be disrupted, a food shortage is a real scenario we all should be planning for. Today, people are increasing their own personal preparedness for climatic, economic and everyday life events.

With the holiday just around the corner, many are making it a Christmas priority to be better prepared, in addition to gifting items to the ones they love.

We at Buy Emergency Foods wanted to give you some great ideas for products to consider when thinking of some unique and meaningful gifts. Below are just a few items that might interest you:

Here is a great backup stove with fuel pack that can be used both indoors and outdoors, as a way to cook food, should there be a power outage when electric stoves won’t work.

http://www.buyemergencyfoods.com/emergency-stove-fuel-kit

Here is a nice single bucket gift of freeze dried/dehydrated food that will last on the shelf for 25 years. Legacy Premium is known for the largest serving size, GMO free, and gluten free selections! This means more for your money, and high quality food.

http://www.buyemergencyfoods.com/32-serving-family-72-hour-emergency-food-kit.html Larger sizes also available!

This is a great kit to have in emergencies, either at home or on the go.  You can keep as is or incorporate more items to customize just for you and yours.

http://www.buyemergencyfoods.com/premium-family-survival-kit.html

Need a thoughtful stocking stuffer? Check out this survival gift bottle jam packed with preparedness goodies! http://www.buyemergencyfoods.com/survival-bottle.html

For the person that gluten sensitive, check out our gluten free selections!

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Or, how about this package that comes with one of everything, making for a great variety backup to have on the shelf.

http://www.buyemergencyfoods.com/183-serving-mega-sample-pack.html

Lets not forget about a backup food supply for our furry friends!

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Consider buying some preparedness items for family, friends, and even those who can’t afford to buy it themselves. Providing items for some backups, should any emergency situation occur, provides both you and them peace of mind!

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How to Best Organize Your Food Stockpile

Emergency StorageStockpiling food and water is not only a great idea, but can save your life in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Purchasing food, water, and life-saving products is the fun part, but what about organizing your inventory?

Although it can be tedious and boring, a well-organized stockpile can help you keep track of what you have, what you still need to purchase, and what has expired. It also makes accessing your stockpile easier in an actual disaster where you need to act quickly. Follow these tips to organize your stockpile to be even more prepared for your worst-case scenario.

Think About the Space You Have

The first thing you’ll need to do when organizing your emergency food and water stockpile is to think about the space you have on hand. If you have an entire room dedicated to stockpiling, it may be easier to organize than if you only have a kitchen cabinet or a few shelves. When purchasing inventory, keep this in mind and don’t buy more than you can store – you’ll end up wasting it.

Organize by Type

For easy access to what you need, when you need it, organize your stockpile by the type of product. Keep your water, grains, sauces, vegetables, fruits, and any other inventory you have sorted and organized by the product type. Don’t mix and match. You’ll end up forgetting what you have, or you’ll have trouble finding what you need in an emergency.

Picture Above- 5 Gallon White Bucket & Lid – Set of 3 -$20 On Amazon

Label the Product Clearly

Ensure your inventory is clearly labeled and up to date. If the product has an expiration date, make sure it’s visible and can be seen from the item’s location. Keep track of the expiration dates and throw away any product that has gone past it. Make sure to keep your lists updated, and replace any product that has gone bad.

Use Containers

Always make sure you use the proper storage and containers when organizing and storing your inventory. You’ll want to keep your food in containers that are rodent- and insect-proof, and strong enough to keep moisture and sunlight out.

Ensure any storage bins and containers you use are properly labeled with the product and expiration dates. Keep the same products together even when using containers, and keep your inventory lists up to date when any product is discarded or used.

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Can you guess what’s in this can?

Keep your food clearly labeled with the product and expiration date.

Keep it Cool and Dark

In addition to keeping your food and water stockpile in an easy-to-access location, ensure it’s kept in a cool and dark space. Keep your products away from direct contact to sunlight and moisture. If you live in an apartment or house with limited space, think creatively. You can keep your stockpile under your bed on risers, behind the couch, or even in your dishwasher.

Keep food and water away from solvents, cleaners, or anything toxic. Ensure that the area you use for storage can’t flood, and keep it as clean and tidy as possible.

It’s important to be prepared for emergencies and natural disasters, even if your stockpile starts off small. The American Public Health Association recommends keeping at least a three-day supply of food and water on hand at any given time. Keep your supply organized from the start so you’ll know exactly what you have, what you need to get, and where it’s located.

Brian Flax is a freelance writer based out of the Washington, D.C., area. He is experienced in a variety of topics including business, finance, and education technology.

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Mylar bags

 Mylar Bags for Long Term Emergency Food Storage Supply on Amazon

Mylar bags are metalized storage containers that create an oxygen barrier to protect food and keep it from going bad during extended long-term food storage. The bags are composed of a polyester film which is laminated to aluminum foil to keep out both oxygen and unwanted moisture.

Mylar bags also come in large sizes which can storage items such as rice, beans, flour and wheat.  Dividing up food into smaller mylar bags will allow you to access your food while still maintaining long-term freshness.

It would be a good idea to purge the air out of the bag before sealing it. There can be insect eggs in grain and they will hatch unless you can purge all of the oxygen from the bag.  Use dry nitrogen (from a 160 liter compressed gas cylinder), or even dry ice, which also works very well. For added measure adding a oxygen absorber can be included inside your sealed bag.

Using mylar bags is simple.  Carefully transfer the food from its larger container to the bag. Make sure to leave several inches of space at the top of the bag to allow for heat sealing. Heat sealing can be done with a straightening iron used for hair, or a standard clothes iron. Ensure that the top of the bag is free from any food as it will affect the quality of the seal. Fold over the top inch and press the iron down firmly for several seconds, and your done!  Be sure to label your bags.

Foods to store in Mylar bags:

Powdered milk & Powdered eggs

Baking powder and baking soda, you can’t long-term store yeast

Freeze dried fruits

Freezed dried or dehydraded vegetables (carrots, peppers, etc) mix in rice or beans.

Spices (Cinnamon, Pepper, dry mustard powder)

Flavored drink mixes (Ice tea, kool-aid, hot Chocolate mix, Tea and Coffee.

Powdered Mash potatoes

 

5 Food Storage Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Stockpiling Efforts

5 Food Storage MistakesWhen stockpiling for the unknown, it’s easy to focus only on the basics and not consider what your actual day-to-day existence will be like. If you’re only out of action for a day or two or three, the bare minimum will suffice, but any longer than 72 hours, even non-perishable food becomes questionable, storage becomes much more important, and psychological food burnout becomes a real risk.

Follow this guide to making sure you’ve planned well for an event none of us had planned on.

Dented Cans

Canned goods are the backbone of food storage. They keep for a long time, they’re easy to store, they’re already cooked and are ready to eat, and they provide variety to prevent food burnout. They can also kill you.

Dented cans are likely to contain tiny punctures that are invisible to the naked eye. Those punctures let in air that can breed harmful – even deadly – bacteria such as botulism. Never consume food from a dented can.

Forgetting Necessary Basics

Don’t forget shortening, salt, cooking oil, yeast, powdered eggs, baking powder, and baking soda. Even the most basic recipes require one or more of these ingredients to cook. It is tasty food cooked from good recipes that will prevent food burnout.

Vitamins

Pack plenty of multivitamins. Although there is no substitute for quality food, multivitamins can supplement a mediocre diet and keep you healthy, especially if you are prone to illness or are around people who are sick.

Some vitamins, like vitamin D, aren’t found in food, and only come from sunlight, which you might be unable to reach if you’re holed up for a long time.

Storage

If your containers are inferior, it doesn’t matter what you have inside. Transfer all food out of sacks or cloth bags. Any plastic wrap must be food-grade quality. Glass jars are good, but they are heavy and, of course, prone to breakage. High-quality Tupperware-style containers with tight-fitting lids are the best bet.

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Always make sure cans are free of dents and bumps.

Condiments and Luxury Goods

Survival has a lot to do with wanting to live. If everything you’re eating is conceived solely on calorie count and nutrition, you’re going to get bored very quickly, and when you do, food burnout is right around the corner.

Packets of ketchup, mustard, honey, hot sauce, salt, and other spices and non-essential condiments actually are essential – to you keeping your sanity. Every ten meals or so should be peppered with something you want to eat, not something you merely need to eat to stay alive.

Never pack food in breathable cloth bags or containers.

Sustenance is the key to survival in the event of a natural disaster or something worse. The food you pack determines what kind of lifestyle you’ll live while trying to stay alive. Obsess over storage, put safety first, and don’t forget how important comfort food will be when there is little comfort to be had.

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about long-term storage, disaster preparation, and online reputation management services.