Survival Kitchen Tips–Food Storage on a Budget

While I’d like to encourage everyone to buy a year’s supply of freeze dried food, I’m aware that’s not possible for many people these days. So let’s talk about food storage on a budget.

Of course, you can always buy individual cans or containers of food from companies featured on the Food Storage & Preserving page in the Prep Mart. I recommend doing so because you can get food that will keep longer as well as offer variety.

First, consider what survival scenario you anticipate. What’s the most immediate concern? Job layoff? Hurricane? Earthquake? How long might you need to function independently of businesses and public services we normally take for granted?

Don’t worry about guessing the wrong scenario. Anything you do is better than doing nothing. The key is to take baby steps and begin now.

Plan to have at least a week’s worth of food on hand for you and those in your household. You can set aside as little as $10 a week for building your storage food supply. Even $5 a week is a start.

Get foods you’re familiar with and will use. Keep a few favorite simple recipes on file. Then make a list of canned items as well as items that don’t require refrigeration.

Of course, having dry beans and pasta is always a good idea. But don’t feel like your whole pantry has to be full of them.

Since much of what you’ll buy may be in cans, be sure to have a manual can opener with your survival kitchen supplies.

When planning meals, remember you won’t likely have access to a microwave oven or electric stove. Consider how you’ll heat what you eat or be prepared to eat meals cold. Do you have any sort of portable camp stove or solar cooker?

Wal-Mart sells large, stackable plastic containers, so you can use those for storing food and kitchen supplies.

Expect canned foods to keep about a year. Be sure to label and date the containers, or place a sheet of paper with this information inside the containers. That way you’ll know when it’s time to start using up the contents and replacing it with new purchases.

When storing food on shelves, put new purchases in the back so you’ll use older items first.

Food storage doesn’t have to be a budget breaker, but it is an essential part of your strategy for survival.

Other Resources

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.