Survival Kitchen–Top Ten Food Storage Myths

The people at The Ready Store have shared thoughts on the top ten food storage myths, and I’ll pass along the main points because they’re worth considering.

Myth #10: The Government Will Give Me Food in an Emergency.

Even the government tells you to have at least a three day supply of food on hand. It may take that long or longer before they get to you, if they come with food at all. It’s best to be self reliant.

Myth #9: I’ll Never Be in a Disaster Where I Need Food Storage.

Oh? What if it’s not a natural disaster that puts you in a bind? If you’re injured or have lost your job, use stored food and pay bills with what you would have spent on food.

Myth #8: Food Storage Tastes Disgusting.

Have you tried it lately? It’s much better these days with so many more delicious choices.

Myth #7: Food Storage is a Pain to Rotate.

Not to worry. The way long term storage food is packaged these days, it can last 30 years.

Myth #6: To Live Off Food Storage I Have to Do Things Like Grind Wheat and Bake My Own Bread.

Make all the bread you want, or don’t make any at all. Freeze dried food preparation only requires hot water and waiting a few minutes.

Myth #5: Only Fanatics and Doomsdayers Get Food Storage.

You might be surprised how many “normal” people are being prudent and getting storage food. Didn’t your grandparents or great grandparents have a root cellar full of preserved food?

Myth #4: I Don’t Have Room For Food Storage.

Everybody has nooks and crannies they could use for at least a couple weeks worth of food. How about under your bed? Get creative.

Myth #3: You’re Better Off Saving Money than Stockpiling Food Storage.

What if you can’t get to your money in an emergency because banks are closed, power’s out, etc.? If you’d use money in an emergency to buy food, why not spend it for storage food now so you won’t have to buy food in a time of crisis?

Myth #2: I Can Just Use the Food in My Fridge or Cupboards For Food Storage.

If power’s out for long, there goes whatever’s in your fridge or freezer. Willl you be able to cook what’s in your cupboard without electricity?

Myth #1: Food Storage is Way Too Expensive and I Can’t Afford It.

Considering how long storage food keeps, your overall cost for a year’s supply may reduce to about $100 a year. Besides, when you prioritize things, do you need a bigger TV set now, or would you be better off with food you can eat in an emergency?

Check out The Ready Store’s storage food offerings, then become a storage food myth buster yourself.


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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.

6 thoughts on “Survival Kitchen–Top Ten Food Storage Myths”

  1. A friend of ours had food storage in-case of a natural disaster but ended up using it when they were unemployed for many months. They refused to get into it at first with the excuse “we need to save it for an emergency”. This was an emergency though and it saved their life!

    1. I’m glad they had it. I can understand their reluctance to use it, but they did the right thing. I hope things have turned around enough that they’ve been able to replace at least some of their supply for the future.

  2. Myth #9 reminded me about this…Many people think an emergency is something bug like a tornado, fire, earthquake, etc. They forget about snow storms and power outages as emergencies. Last winter our friends in NH were snowed in and powerless for a whole week to two weeks. They could not get to the store because of the ice and snow. Their food storage saved them.

    1. Yes, that’s a good example of how we need to be prepared for all kinds of scenarios. We take our normal way of life for granted.

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