Compelling Reasons Why Your Family Needs a Food Reserve Program —NOW!
Have you ever considered a emergency food plan for your family? Does stocking up on food supplies seem a little drastic or un-biblical considering you have a good job and your family is eating three meals a day now? Food prep is not for everyone, however there are circumstances in the world today that every family should evaluate and consider. Will you be prepared if any of these circumstances comes knocking at your door?
1. Prepared For Natural Disasters
Natural disasters are, most curiously, happening with increasing frequency. Severe Drought currently plagues the entire United States with food supplies dwindling rapidly. Creating a your own
food reserves, you won’t have to wait in long lines of frantic, hungry people, or wait until the Red Cross or National Guard gets to you. If in fact they ever do, which is unlikely in a major event. Every segment of the world has a Natural disaster potential risk: Volcanic, earthquakes, drought, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards etc… Being prepared with at least a three day food storage plan would seem to be logical considering the disasters that have struck in the united States int he past decade alone.
2. Prepared For Man-Made Disasters
We have always had these, but the biggest man-made disaster ever (nuclear biological chemical warfare) is presently on the horizon. If food production and/or delivery is disrupted in any manner whatsoever, chaos will consume America from border-to-border and from sea-to-sea. However, for families prepared with Mountain House freeze dried Foods and other survival supplies, …well, …you do the math!
3. The Certainty of Inflation and Rising Prices
Historically food prices continually increase, while wages rarely keep pace. However, you can be secure knowing that your family has reserved tomorrow’s food at today’s prices! Think about that! The drought in California alone could effect prices in every major food category in the world: Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, Water, Spices, Poultry etc… Storing food at today’s prices just provides sound financial logic to your families plan.
4. Peace of Mind and Security in a Steel Can
Mountain House freeze dried Foods are “insurance you can eat.” If you lose your job, or you get injured, or whatever, you will always have food on the table for your family and loved ones. Think
5. Because an Emergency Food Storage System is a Sound Investment
Mountain House Foods will not lose value over time, in terms of nutrition or price. In fact, all of our products have a shelf life of 25 plus years in Nitrogen packed, double enamel-walled steel cans!
6. Food is the Most Powerful Bartering Tool
With Mountain House Foods, and some extra that you can spare, you will always have a highly valuable commodity for trading with others for things that you might need. Think about that!<br>
7. Ease of Handling and Storage
Think seriously about this: If (when) the electricity goes out, all refrigerated and frozen foods will deteriorate within hours. Mountain House Foods do not need refrigeration, there is no spoilage and no waste. Best of all, an entire Mountain House Food System that will feed 2 people for an entire year, or 4 people for six months each, will fit neatly in a closet or under the stairs. If you must transport your food, they are very compact and light weight.
8. A Unique Win-Win Situation
In the unlikely event that you never need your Mountain House food storage system, you can always eat your great tasting, high nutrition Mountain House Foods right along with your regular meals. Alternatively, you can donate them to your favorite charity for a tax credit and replace them with new supplies as necessary. It is truly a unique win-win situation for everyone.
Food storage is considered part of being prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. Individuals and families can eliminate some stress, worry and inconveniences by planning for emergency food needs. How much and which foods to store will depend on the members of your household, your preferences, special health conditions, ability to use the food in an emergency, and space for storage. Planning for short-term emergency food needs may be as simple as increasing quantities of some staple foods and non-perishable foods that you normally would use. (Non-perishable foods like Mountain House that can be purchased from SafetyCentral.com are those that can be stored safely at room temperatures.)
Preparing a Three-Day Emergency Supply
A three day, one week, 30 day, 90 day or one year food supply supply and emergency preparedness kit will be useful for most disasters. Gathering the essential items that could be needed and putting them in one location will help you and your household through the worst days of an emergency. This preparedness kit should of course include food in addition to water, personal hygiene items, flashlights, blankets and other essentials recommended for emergencies. Your survival food supply needs to be non-perishable. select foods that require no refrigeration. If you will have to heat food you have put away before eating it, pack a grill, camping cook-stove and fuel also. For ease in managing your supply, select food items that are compact and lightweight.
Foods in a refrigerator and freezer can be used at the beginning of the emergency. See the section, If the Electricity Goes Off…, below. If you have enough advance warning about a possible power outage, you can extend the storage time of food in a freezer by filling empty spaces with frozen water. Fill clean plastic containers or jugs with water and freeze them. Food will keep in a well-insulated, well-filled, closed freezer for 2 to 3 days.
Important note: Some caretakers, such as personal care home providers, are required to have at least a three-day emergency supply of food on hand. Sample stockpiles and methods for calculating amounts needed can be obtained from your County Extension Agent.
Preparing a Two-Week Emergency Supply
Even though it is unlikely that most emergencies will cut off your food supply for two weeks, some people choose to consider a short-term supply as one that will last that long. If you are in an area where it is known that power can be off for extended periods, a two-week supply may seem very reasonable. The same general suggestions found above for a three-day supply will also work for a two-week supply. However, for two weeks or more of emergency eating, it might be wise to pay more attention to nutrition needs than is necessary for 3 days of surviving special conditions. Plan food supplies so at least one well-balanced meal could be eaten each day.
Emergency or Disaster Food and store in a special location.
Preparedness.com is a good sources for some compact, well-preserved freeze dried foods that are good choices are for emergency preparedness kits. A group of foods called MREs, or Meals-Ready-to-Eat, require little or no preparation. Freeze-dried foods are lightweight and take up little room, but you will need to plan extra water supplies for rehydrating them for use. Some dehydrated foods, like fruits, can be eaten as is, of course. If some foods in your kit will require cooking, be sure to also include some that are ready to eat. Fires or stoves for cooking may be available during some emergencies; sometimes you may not even have those available, or at least not all the time. Keep in mind that short-term emergency supplies need to emphasize survival, energy and hydration (water), but planning ahead means that you can also plan nutritionally balanced meals.
If the Electricity Goes Off…
FIRST, use perishable food and foods from the refrigerator. THEN use foods from the freezer. To minimize the number of times you open the freezer door, post a list of freezer contents on it. In a well-filled, well-insulated freezer, foods will usually still have ice crystals in their centers. Consume the foods only it they have ice crystals remaining or if the temperature of the freezer has remained at 40 degrees F or below. Covering the freezer with blankets will help to hold in cold. Be sure to pin blankets back so that the air vent is not covered. FINALLY, begin to use non-perishable foods and staples.
Cooking Without Power
For emergency cooking you can use a fire, a charcoal grill or camp stove outdoors only. You can also heat food that tastes better warm with candle warmers, chafing dishes and fondue pots. Do not plan on using these warming items for cooking raw foods that have to be thoroughly cooked to be safe ? for example, raw meats, poultry, seafood, eggs and products containing them.
Additional Advice About Canned Foods
One of the best choices for emergency food supplies is commercially canned freeze dried foods. Canned foods from Mountain House can be eaten right within 10 minutes but can be stored for 25 plus years. Foods that are canned are considered shelf stable and do not require refrigeration until opened. Shelf life, or how long they will last, is determined by methods that evaluate the quality of the food. Canned foods from Mountain House can last 25 plus years. For best quality, store canned foods in cool, dry locations and use within one year.
If you include Mountain House canned foods in your emergency food supply, inspect your supply periodically to make sure there are no rusty, leaking, bulging or badly dented containers and no broken seals. Dents that involve seams or can ends can break seals. Large or severe dents in the sides of a can may also break a seal around the can end or seam, even though it might not be obvious. Replace items found in any of these conditions. Do not eat out of cans found in any of these conditions during the emergency. If the disaster has produced conditions where canned foods are in flood waters, inspect them carefully for signs of damage. Throw out any home canned foods or foods in glass jars, whether opened or not, that have been soiled by flood waters. If food has been commercially canned and the metal can is still intact and not rusty or bulging, it can be used but will need to be cleaned and sanitized before opening.
Cleaning Sealed Cans After a Flood
Mark contents on the CAN with a permanent ink pen.
Remove paper labels (they can harbor dangerous bacteria and they probably won’t stand up to the rest of the procedure).
Wash the cans in a strong soap or detergent solution with a scrub brush. Carefully clean areas around lids and seams.
Soak cans in a solution of two tablespoons of chlorine bleach to each gallon of water for 15 minutes.
Air dry cans before opening (with sanitized can opener!)
Frequently Asked Questions About Food Dates and Storage
How should I store dry foods?
It is important to keep dry foods in airtight, moisture-proof containers away from direct light in cool places. Consider stocking zipper-closure plastic food storage or food freezer bags in your emergency supplies. They will be useful for storing leftovers from opened packages of dry milks, potatoes, rice, cereals, dried fruits, etc. Store purchased packages of food staples for your emergency supply in airtight plastic food storage containers, glass jars with screw-top lids, or non-rusty metal cans. Then you will have the containers for storing opened packages during your emergency.