People often ask me the question, “Can you really live off of food storage?”. I usually answer with a question, “Well, can you cook?” I ask that, because the type of long term food storage you buy is dependent on if whether you can cook, or whether you even like to cook. So, let’s look at that.
If you are a person, single or married, that never cooks, and goes out to eat the majority of the time, then I would get a freeze dried food unit, where all you have to do is add water and let it rehydrate for a few minutes. Nothing could be simpler.
If you know how to cook, then I would get some bulk food items, normally called staples. But you have to be careful here. You have to store more than just staples or you will starve once it comes time to use your food storage. Also, you have to store what you eat. Most people don’t exist solely on wheat, rice, beans, sugar, and salt. I mean no one, lives on just that. So, you have to store other things. Don’t forget the spices.
My personal preference is to have all the various types of food storage. I have a freeze dried food unit, lots of buckets of staples, #10 cans of dehydrated food items, home canned goods, and store-bought canned goods. But then, my family cooks, so we know what to do with all this stuff.
To sum it up, if you can’t cook or don’t like to cook, buy a freeze dried food unit. It will allow you to continue to not cook in the next disaster. All you have to do is boil water. What could be simpler?
If you can cook, and more importantly like to cook, then by all means, get a combination of freeze dried, bulk items, dehydrated, and canned goods. You’ll be fine as well. Just remember to practice beforehand.