Monday, June 20, 2022

Prepping On The Cheap - A Money-Saving Food Tip

By Tim Gamble

Dehydrated and freeze-dried "survival" foods and MREs get a lot of publicity within the preparedness community because they are designed to last decades. However, they are very expensive when compared to "regular" foods, are often out-of-stock, and you have a limited selection from which to choose. The good news is that you don't actually need most of these expensive foods for survival.

Canned foods, dry beans and rice, oatmeal, and other regular store-sought items can last for many years, even far past their so-called "expiration" dates when properly stored. And these regular foods are much less expensive than the long-term survival foods. So, today's money-saving tip for prepping on the cheap is Don't waste your money on most long-term survival foods. Instead, stock up as much as possible on regular foods that will last many years, such as canned foods, beans, rice, and oatmeal, among others.   

An exception to this tip are perishable items, such as milk, cheese, butter, and eggs, which  are problematic for true long-term storage. Your best bet if you can't produce these yourself is powdered, dehydrated or freeze-dried products intended for true long-term storage (10 years or longer). For my money, Augason Farms has the best selection, excellent quality, and are reasonably priced compared to other long-tern food options (I am not an affiliate of Augason Farms, just a very satisfied customer).

These two articles may provide additional insights:
Here is the first article in the Prepping On The Cheap series:

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this Tim.
    Being on a limited income doesn't mean I can't have foods set back for long term that I know I'll eat. I garden and can or dehydrate a lot.
    In addition storing canned foods, rice and oatmeal or so important.
    I don't go by expiration dates but definitely will read your article on that too. Sadly so many throw food away just because it says best used by a certain date. Usually there is nothing at all wrong with the food in the can.
    Thanks again for sharing!


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