Imagine waking up one day to turn on the news and find out that China has decided to no longer let us borrow any more money from them.
In an instant, you’ll see our markets crumble and all of the resources most people take for granted will be strained beyond capacity.
Food… water… fuel… electricity… it would literally change life as we know it in a very short time and some are saying that this is inevitable at our ongoing rate of “over-borrowing”.
When that happens, your #1 priority will be how to feed yourself and your family while everyone fights over the last remaining food on the store shelves
Those of us who are “awake” to the future threats we face are taking steps to prepare now by taking steps to hoard survival food.
Some are even building a separate “survival pantry” of dry goods to help them survive an extended period of collapse.
This can certainly help, but there are some serious concerns you should be aware of to make the right choice to prepare your food storage plan and…
Here Are 6 Reasons A Survival Food Pantry
Can Fail You When You Need It Most
1. Takes Up Too Much Space
For the amount of food you’d need to survive for an extended period with no resupply, you’ll need to build lots of shelves in a separate part of your house (like a basement).
Not everyone has that kind of space available just for food and it’s not the only supplies you need.
You don’t want to skimp in one area that could have you better prepared in because you didn’t have room.
2. Instant Wipe Out
If the disaster you face is something that can level your home (like a tornado, hurricane, wildfire, etc.), all that food you stocked up on could be destroyed in an instant.
Some canned goods might make it through, but much of what you have will likely be destroyed or compromised by the elements (if you can even get to it through the rubble and ruin).
3. Poor Bug-Out Plan
If you’re forced to evacuate your home and put your family into your vehicle to get to safety, you’re only going to be able to transport a certain amount of equipment.
You’ll of course have your bug-out bag of gear as well as some water for the ride, but all of this could take up a lot of room in your car or truck.
The space left over won’t allow for much more food and you’ll likely have to leave a lot of what you’ve stored behind.
4. Limited Shelf-Life
I know it seems like canned- and dry-goods will last forever… but they don’t.
Properly vacuum-packed, some dry goods (like rice) can last many years, but that’s not how most people are storing so you may only get 2 years shelf-life under normal home conditions.
Even canned goods require rotating before expiration dates that can be surprisingly short.
5. Longer Preparation
Except for ready-to-eat foods (like canned tuna and beans), the longest lasting foods are staples (like rice, flour, etc.) that require lots of preparation to make meals.
Soaking dried beans… cooking rice… preparing recipes… can get old quick and with no way to preserve leftovers, could lead to valuable food being wasted.
6. Hard To Conceal
When you’re prepared and everyone else isn’t, your food storage could make you a target to hungry neighbors or even local leaders and authorities who decide you need to share.
Your best option is to not let anyone know you’re hoarding in the first place by hiding your food supplies.
That’s hard to do with a gigantic food pantry of canned goods and giant bags of rice and flour.
Planning Your Survival Food Hoard…
As you can see, it takes a layered approach to piece together a proper survival food plan and there are several factors you need to take into account.
Personally, I have a combination of only a slightly larger than “normal” supply of canned goods that are ready-to-eat and I hide my “secret” survival food kits for long-term sustainability.
They have a 25-year shelf life… are delicious and quick to prepare… and are stored in easy-to-stack plastic containers that you can pack in your vehicle if your family needs to “bug out” in a hurry.
Whichever direction you choose, be sure to evaluate your family’s individual needs as well as space requirements and how easily you can conceal your wise planning.
You need to put more thought into your planning beyond just stocking up some shelves.