Just something I'd thought about for a while. I'm not one of those survivalist nuts that thinks the world is going to end by plague, nuclear war, asteroid impact, etc. But there are always possibilities that might make food difficult to come by for a short period of days to weeks. Hurricane Katrina or the recent disaster in Japan are good examples. So I've been thinking maybe I should stock up more on some non perishables. I don't want to can or vacuum seal anything myself. I'd be afraid I would do it wrong and wind up with botulism or something. I've seen that you can buy MRE's on eBay, but they are kind of expensive. But on the other hand, I was wondering what some good alternatives might be. For example, beef jerky (and all of the variants) will store for years and there are lots of little fruit cups you can buy that are sealed in their own little pudding-style cups. That would give you protein and some basic vitamins. Also I've seen that places like Academy and Cabella's stock "camping" food that is pre vacuum sealed and freeze dried meals. I've never tried any of it, though. Hormel also makes those "compleats" meals for about $2.00 a piece. I've tried several of them. They range from horrible to edible, but none are particularly delicious.
Why do I care what they taste like, you might ask? Well, since most of these products have a shelf life of a few years, I figure the best way to keep it all current is to actually eat it from time to time to cycle the old stuff out. So, just wondering if any of you guys have any suggestions on this.
Water is certainly not a problem, we drink lots of bottled water around here, so we always have a few weeks supply of that on hand.