Survival Food List
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When making a survival food list your first priority should be to determine where you will be storing this food. Once you have determined where your survival food will be stored, at home, in a remote location or your survival bag, you can begin to make your list.
Any survival or disaster situation will add stress to your body. Stress robs your body of important nutrients and minerals. Harsh weather conditions also have adverse effects on the body as well. Being able to provide nutrient rich foods during an emergency will improve your ability to endure and ward off minor medical problems.
Limited Water? Limit Your Protein
The basic foods groups required for a normal diet need to be provided during a survival situation. The only exception might be the amount of protein that you should consume daily. If safe drinking water is limited you should reduce your intake of protein. Protein robs the body of water which can leave you dehydrated. Fruits, carbohydrates, vegetables, protein and sugar in the proper proportions should be consumed daily.
Store Foods You Will Eat
Storing survival food at home is easy. Make a list of the ready to eat foods that your family enjoys. Canned pasta, stews and soups, canned or dried fruits and vegetables may all be eaten cold if necessary. If you have planned ahead and have an alternative method for cooking you can store staples as well. Oil, flour, white and brown sugar, legumes, rice and baking supplies can be added to your list. When purchasing canned food for survival storage choose cans that have the longest shelf life.
If you are making a food list for your survival bag you need to foods that are lightweight, have an extended shelf life, require no cooking and provide the best nutrition possible. Freeze dried foods can be hydrated with cold water and require only a few minutes of soaking before they can be eaten.
Compare Dehydrated with Freeeze Dried
Nitro Pak has an article comparing freeze dried and dehydrated foods that provides details on the differences between them. Life boat rations are an excellent survival bag food. They do not degrade when exposed to temperature extremes and they contain the nutrients and calories required.
Planning which foods to store at a retreat will require serious consideration. The most important thing to keep in mind is the environment. Extreme cold will freeze standard food cans. Heat can alter the taste of commercially prepared food. Rodents and other animals may also be a problem. Storing food supplies in glass jars or heavy plastic totes will keep many of the smaller animals from getting into your supplies.
Remote Storage Means Extra Precautions
Larger animals like bears, can be a problem if you are storing food at a remote location. People who live in bear country find that using steel doors, concrete buildings or upside down cisterns prevent bears from gaining access to stored supplies. Freeze dried and dehydrated foods have extended shelf lives. It may be necessary to place these in other containers to prevent rust from forming and to keep animals from chewing into them.
As you make your survival food list remember that it is important to choose foods that you and your family will eat. It wont do you any good if you have stored nutritious food if your family will not eat it. Spinach is great source of iron but there are only a few folks who would enjoy it daily.
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