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3 Long-Term Food Storage Tips for Survivalists

3 Long-Term Food Storage Tips for Survivalists

Most of you have seen McDonald’s food experiments in which hamburgers and fries look exactly the same years after sitting around at room temperature. Even insects and fungus won’t eat these “frankenfoods,” so they last seemingly forever regardless of environmental conditions. But to survive a societal breakdown, it’s essential we preserve real food correctly. There are three primary ways to preserve food long-term, while keeping it readily available to consume.

Freeze Drying

Astronauts, military personnel and members of various other groups adopted freeze-dried foods as common cuisine soon after the process (technically called lyophilization) became widespread during World War II. Nestle first introduced its Nescafe freeze-dried coffee in 1938, which led to several other companies introducing similar products.

Freeze drying entails using dry ice, liquid nitrogen or some other refrigeration method. The frozen products are then placed inside a vacuum apparatus that removes nearly all of its water. No preservatives are needed, because there is no moisture present for fungus, bacteria or other microbes to thrive. Conversely, dehydrated foods have only 50 percent or less of water removed. Thus the shelf life of freeze-dried foods can extend up to 30 years, whereas dehydrated food lasts anywhere from one to eight years.

Though freeze-drying is a great way to preserve and store food, it’s also very expensive. A home freeze-drying unit costs around $4,000. Those who are serious about this method of food storage and preservation should search for deals on home freeze-drying units.


There are two basic types of canning: water bath and pressure. Highly acidic foods such as fruits, jams, pickles and condiments are best preserved by the water bath method. Pressure canning is for meats.

The key to effective water canning lies in the jars themselves. Make certain there are no cracks, rough rims or anything that will prevent the jars from being sealed properly. The process starts by heating the jars so you can add hot food to them without the risk of cracking. Prepared foods are then put in jars, air bubbles are removed as necessary, and then the heating process finishes it. It’s best to watch a few videos if you’ve never done any canning before.

Pressure canning is similar to water bathing, but again, it’s best to watch a video or two on it first. But pressure canning is simple enough to do with minimal tools and power. It’s especially useful for those who raise chickens, rabbits and other meat animals.


Ready-to-eat, well-preserved food provides convenient meals that are a lot easier to prepare than you might think. Whether making beef, chicken, turkey or even fish jerky, the process is the same.

Your meat should be lean and cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips. The marinade is entirely up to you, but Worcester and soy sauce, along with salt and pepper are typically enough. Let it all sit for at least 24 hours. You can cook the meat in one of two ways: directly on your oven rack and baked at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, or in an at-home food dehydrator. Cooking time will span two to six hours. When you’re done, you’ll have fresh jerky that will keep for years.

Long-term food storage and preparation gives you a feeling of freedom and liberty like nothing else. It also happens to be a fun, enlightening activity.

The preceding article was a guest contribution to

How To Make Your Food Storage Look Amazing

How to Make Your Food Storage Look Amazing

You’ve decided that food storage is a necessity in your life, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be unsightly! You don’t need five gallon buckets taking over your kitchen or drums of water holding all the available space in your garage. After all, your food storage is here to stay! Instead, design a system that is attractive as well as functional to help give your food storage a longer shelf life instead of running it out of your home in frustration.

Develop a System

It’s great that you have enough spaghetti sauce and honey to last your family for a year or two, but none of that does you any good if you don’t know how to access it when you need it. Develop an inventory system that keeps all of a single kind of food together. Make sure that you keep fresh, new food at the back while older food that is closer to its sell-by date is pushed to the front. It might take a little longer to put it away that way when you return from the grocery store, but it will prevent you from having to throw away food that’s no longer edible.

Choose Containers You Love

It can be tempting to choose cheap, practical food storage containers that you don’t particularly like. After all, you’re on a budget! Taking the leap and purchasing food storage containers that are attractive as well as practical, however, will make it easier for you to maintain your food storage practices over time. Make sure that essential emergency foods are in clearly labeled containers so that you’ll be able to access them quickly at need.

Devote a Space to Food Storage

Whether it’s an extra-large pantry designed specifically with food storage in mind or a wall of your garage dedicated to food storage, you need to have space set aside that belongs to your food, water, and toiletries. You aren’t stockpiling for a short-term shortage that will occur as predicted and then disappear again. Food storage is a long-term goal that, with any luck, you’ll never actually have to use for its intended purpose. That means that you need to have a specific area devoted to these items. Instead of piling food storage haphazardly, organize it neatly in its space. That alone will make it seem more appealing in appearance.

Label Your Shelves

Do you frequently have help putting away the groceries? If you want your food storage to stay organized, you need to have a system that everyone in your household can understand. When you label your shelves, everyone can easily see where each food storage item goes. Don’t forget a reminder that the most recent food goes at the back, not at the front! This will keep your food storage continuously organized.

Make Your Kitchen Part of Your Food Storage

You don’t want the food in your food storage to go to waste. That means that you should be regularly using the items in your food storage and replacing them. For that to happen, your food storage has to be conveniently located. If you have space in your kitchen, consider making it part of your food storage area! Use your cabinets to the best possible advantage and consistently stock them based on the first-in, first-out rule (FIFO) instead of shoving new items in from the front. There’s no reason to have the same food in your kitchen and in your food storage area! Use your kitchen to your full advantage. This is especially crucial if you have a smaller kitchen.

Your food storage area doesn’t have to be an eyesore! By keeping it neat and organized, you can ensure that your food storage is simply part of your home. When guests visit, they’ll be amazed by your organization and preparation, not disturbed by your hoarding tendencies–which might just be enough to convince them to start food storage systems of their own.

About The Author

This article was a guest contribution from Lee Flynn who is a routine contributor here. Lee is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

Valley Food Storage Review

Valley Food Storage Review

I am honestly not even sure how many food storage companies are selling long term food storage products right now. It seems like there is another company that pops up every month. They always claim to have the best tasting, longest lasting survival food on the market. Because of the fact that there are so many food storage brands on the market, I was somewhat hesitant when I was contacted by Valley Food Storage to see about sending me a sample of their product.

Valley Food Storage

A few days after I agreed to try the product, I received a package in the mail that contained a single packet of Valley Food Storage’s Pasta Primavera entree. I can’t say for sure that I know what makes something primavera or not, but I know that I was optimistic. First of all…primavera sounds fancy and most of all, before I agreed to have a sample sent to my house, I did a little snooping around at some of my fellow blogger’s websites that had reviewed Valley Food Storage products to read their thoughts and there was overwhelming feedback that Valley Food Storage was the real deal.

I decided that the best way to give it a try was to make the pasta dish for dinner one night. My wife didn’t mind because she didn’t have to cook. The preparation was very simple and the instructions are so easy that my 9 year old son helped me make it without issue. I added the butter that was suggested by Valley Food Storage in the directions but I don’t think that it really made too much of a difference. As it cooked, I also discovered that I needed to cook the pasta for about ten minutes longer on my stove to get the dish to the consistency that I wanted it to be. This is not uncommon on our stove though. For some reason, things seem to take a little longer to cook on our stove. The extra cooking time didn’t make the noodles mushy or anything so we came out just fine in the end.

Valley Food Storage

(A funny note about the pictures boys kept giving me a hard time for taking pictures of our food. They told me that if I wanted to tell people what I thought that I should just tell them and not worry about taking pictures.)

Once the pasta was to the consistency that I wanted, I served it up. Surprisingly, the final number of servings matched up accurately to the number listed on the package. This is how things should be but I often see food packaging that says that it contains “X” number of servings and what actually ends up happening is that the realistic number of servings is less. I chose to finish mine off with a little parmesan cheese but I am not sure that really changed the flavor much. If anything, it probably changed the texture a little.

So…when we dug in, the findings were positive. The flavor was good. Actually, the flavor was surprisingly good. I was not alone in my opinion either. All three of my boys had great things to say about the pasta but what really sealed the deal was the fact that my wife not only tried it, she ate all of hers. For anyone who knows my wife, you know that food storage types of food are not something that she would ordinarily even smell, let alone taste. This really let me know that the Valley Food Storage entrees were a truly great option and would be something that I could stock in my preps.

Another great thing about Valley Food Storage is the fact that they have so many options when it comes to their food choices. Valley Food Storage’s inventory includes eight breakfast options, seventeen lunch and dinner choices, and three different sides (including brownies!). Purchase options include the choice of purchasing items by the pouch, by the case, in a grab and go bucket, or in monthly increments.  On top of everything else, there are dairy free and gluten free options available, everything is made in the United States, and the food can be stored for up to 25 years!

The only thing that I can say that is even remotely negative is the fact that I thought the pasta primavera was a little on the salty side. Even so, all five of us completely finished off our portion. I don’t hesitate (even a little bit) to recommend Valley Food Storage products to you. I don’t think that you will be disappointed at all. My future plans definitely include ordering some of the other entrees to give a try. I personally have my eye on the pasta alfredo, mac and cheese, Irish pub cheddar potato soup, chili mac, and the baked potato soup. Valley Food Storage is also graciously willing to send you a free sample, all you have to do is pay the shipping.

If you choose to try Valley Food Storage foods, let me know what your thoughts are.

Mountain House Sale!

Prepared Ninja partner, Camping Survival is having a huge sale on Mountain House! For those that may not be familiar, Mountain House is typically considered the freeze dried food company of choice for preppers, backpackers, etc. They have a long history and are not one of these companies that have popped up to try to make a buck of the popularity of preparedness. Mountain House has been making freeze dried meals for the U.S. Army Special Forces since the 1960’s and since then has gained popularity for the flavor of the meals, the ease of preparation (add hot water and stir), and the fact that there are so many people that swear by Mountain House!

Get your Mountain House cans and pouches here.

You will also find that Mountain House foods last a LOT longer than the other freeze dried foods on the market. Most of the other companies claim a 5 year shelf life on their pouch meals as compared to 12 years for the Mountain House pouches.

Camping Survival has 72 Mountain House items marked down including their #10 cans, pouches, and bucket assortments. It is a great opportunity. Buy your Mountain House food storage before you miss out on the great selection.

If you are not convinced yet, see what some others had to say:

If you are looking for a tasty freeze-dried vendor for your next camping trip, long term storage plans or Bug Out Bag, Mountain House gets my vote.

-Pat Henry, The Prepper Journal

Like most of their meals, the Mountain House Noodles and Chicken is very tasty and a huge upgrade from the majority of the new comers in the market. The meal quickly sets up and is a hearty , you can eat it with a fork unlike some soupy entrees Iv’e had recently from Wise Foods.

-Shawn Anderson, Top Food Storage Reviews

When you are looking for quality freeze dried meals, look no further than Mountain House Freeze Dried Food.

-Freeze Dried Food Reviews

This is only a sampling of what is out there but as you can see there are some pretty good reviews. Now I think if I looked hard enough, I could find some less glamorous reviews but this is no different than any other product out there. As they say, “haters gonna hate.”

One last thing, Camping Survival is offering a free bottle of KIO3 with every purchase of $100 or more. This is a bottle of 90 FDA approved tablets of potassium iodate, the active ingredient needed to block the absorption of radiation in the thyroid following a nuclear or radiological event. This single bottle can sustain a family of four adults for 10 days following a nuclear or radiological disaster which makes it a great bonus!


Stuff Worth Sharing

This week I stumbled upon some great information that I felt was worth sharing. Some of it is prepping related while some of it is political in nature. Whether you lean one way or the other in the political arena, it is important to know what is going on in the world.

Food Storage Basics Plus A Super Food Storage Giveaway

Jennifer from Are We Crazy, Or What? has put together a great post on the basics of food storage including the differences of long term and short term storage as well as things to consider when storing food. The full article can be read here.

Anti-Surveillance Mask Can Hide You From Biometric Face Scanners

Mac over at posted a story about a new rubber mask that would allow the wearer to hide their true identity from facial recognition software. Check it out here.

No Knock Raid Results in Multiple Cops Shot – One Killed

Freedom Outpost outlines the scary epidemic of no knock raids executed by the increasingly militarized police forces around the country and how it has led to increased fatalities of both law enforcement officers and citizens. Read about it here.

USDA Puts Out a Request for .40 Cal Sub-Machine Guns

For those that haven’t heard yet, the United States Department of Agriculture is the latest federal government organization that is looking to add military grade weapon systems to their inventory of equipment. Their request is not for any run of the mill sub-machine guns either, the solicitation specifically outlines the need for,

Submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burst trigger group, Tritium night sights for front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and scope (top rear), stock-collapsible or folding, magazine – 30 rd. capacity, sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.

Read the full account here.


How I’d restore Ronald Reagan’s vision for America

LTC Allen West outlines how he believes that we may be seeing what he calls the first light of the “dawn of a new America.” Personally, I hope he is right. Read his take on things here.

I hope that everyone had a great week but don’t stop preparing for the tough times that may lay ahead.