Top 6 Problems with Emergency Food Supply

May 05, 2021 5 min read

jarred emergency food

Have you ever wondered why your emergency food storage never seems to live up to its promises?

Knowing the difference between quality emergency food and subpar emergency food can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars on wasted food.

With so many new faces in the food storage industry, it’s essential to do your research and ensure that all of your emergency food lives up to high standards.

So today, we went through and found the top 6 things to watch out for when looking to purchase emergency food.

1. Metal Cans

metal cans for emergency food supply

This form of emergency food supply has to be one of the worst ways to store your food and may lead to any diseases.

Metal cans have a propensity to become an oven very quickly.

Whenever you add heat to preserved foods, it starts to break down the oils and everything inside the can.

Another issue you will encounter when storing your emergency food in these cans is moisture. Water and metal do not mix well!

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Warping and rusting will often occur, causing fractures in the cans and exposing the contents to oxygen, which essentially destroys whatever is stored in there.

If you’ve been stuck with this horrible emergency food storage option, your best bet is to wrap the cans in 3 to 4 layers of plastic stretch wrap.

You can easily find this at Lowe’s or Home Depot for around $30.

For me - it’s worked great to prevent rust on any of my cans and protects my other emergency food supply as well!

2. Soybean Oil

soybean oil

Soybean Oil is a nutritional contradiction in the emergency food supply world.

What do I mean by this?

There are several benefits to soybeans themselves, but once they are processed, and the oil is removed, most nutritional benefits are taken away.

A significant issue with Soybean Oil is that it has a chemical that mimics estrogen; thus, testosterone levels are reduced.

In men, this can significantly diminish their overall health in more than one way.

Soybean Oil should be avoided at all costs when it comes to your emergency food kits.

Every company must accurately share nutritional information about their products, so just be on the lookout for it!

3. Coconut & Other Oils

oils in emergency food storage

Many food storage companies use a variety of different oils in the production of their food.

What most companies don't do, however, is use the best ones. A lot of the time, they will use Soybean oil, as we mentioned earlier.

One of the main issues with several oils is the stable shelf life length for your emergency food storage.

For example, soybean oil only has a stable shelf life of about a year; however, it is recommended that you store emergency food kits with it for a few months only.

This principle applies to most other oils. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however.

Coconut oil is known to last for several years, even beyond its estimated shelf date.

Palm oil is another of these exceptions as it has a unique preservative property that increases its shelf life by several years without adding any flavor to it. Making a food wax is also advisable for the foods, fruits or vegetables to last longer.

Our advice - steer clear of any unnecessary oils and ingredients in your emergency food kits.

Instead, you should opt for a clean emergency food supply that supports you and will be around for at least 25 years.

4. Packaging

packaging for food storage

Proper packaging is essential to the longevity of emergency food storage.

Several factors go into packaging your emergency food kits properly.

Basic Principles of Emergency Food Storage:

  • Using Poly-Mylar for its thickness and durability. It allows for storage flexibility and is waterproof.
  • The use of silver packaging that would reflect any light away instead of black would absorb it and cause the contents to heat faster.
  • Machine packaging - we have found that many manufacturers will use automated assembly lines to package their food. This allows a large amount of oxygen to remain in the pouch even if there is an oxygen packet inside.

Making sure that your emergency food supply is vacuum packed as well as a crucial step for longevity.

A lot of companies that sell survival food kits will hide their actual packaging inside of a bucket.

5. MSG


That’s why - MSG is everywhere, including most emergency food supply options.

MSG stands for Monosodium Glutamate. This is one of those mysterious ingredients that have been added to foods for several years.

MSG has been linked to several different health issues ranging from obesity to hormone issues.

Many emergency food supply companies will add MSG to their ingredients to add flavor to their meals.

If you needed to rely on your emergency food storage, MSG would be the last thing you would want in your diet.

Another study on MSG in emergency food kits has shown that it can lead to symptoms that include: a burning sensation at the back of the neck, blistering on both arms and occasionally on the anterior thorax, general weakness, fatigue, and palpitations.

This is not something you want to go through when the world is falling apart around you. 

6. Taste & Nutrition

chicken ala king from valley food storage

This is our 6th problem with some emergency food kits, but it should be our first in many ways.

Taste is often overlooked in emergency food storage, saying you will eat anything if you are hungry.

While some of that might be true, studies have found that having a great-tasting meal in tricky situations can lift your mental outlook, improving your experience and health.

Many emergency food storage companies do not put enough effort here, thinking that this will never be tested.

We encourage you to try your emergency food kits often.

Nutrition is also a massive factor in your emergency food kits, and not all are created equal.

One thing to look into is real calories. We all know that 200 calories of sugar drink and 200 calories of broccoli are very different.

Ensure you know that the calories you are receiving in your emergency food supply are all-natural food and not fillers!

Conclusion - Top 6 Problems with Emergency Food Supply

With the ever-growing emergency food storage market, it’s more important than ever to make sure you know exactly what you are spending your hard-earned money on.

Tons of emergency food supply companies will cut corners and give you horrible emergency food that will lead you to waste thousands of dollars.

Lucky for you - Valley Food Storage is 100% clear and transparent about what’s in our emergency food kits.

We pride ourselves on making sure we cut out the BS in the emergency preparedness community.

Our emergency food storage is made without cutting corners and adding fillers and other nonsense to make it cheaper to make.

When emergency situations arise - Valley Food Storage is here to help you with all of your emergency food and water storage needs.