Top 6 Long-Term Food Essentials Every Family Needs in 2021

February 11, 2021 4 min read

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Many people walk around with the “it won’t happen to me” attitude.

The truth is… no one is immune to disaster.

Mother Nature is a beast, and this year has been especially chaos-filled in the disaster department, giving people a lot to think about.

One question on many people’s minds is: “Do I have enough long term food essentials for survival?”

Your diet may consist of frozen dinners and fast food (no judgment, we all love a quick burger and fries), but what happens when disaster strikes and the power goes out?

Here is a look at the six long term food essentials that every person/family should have in their home.

Better safe than sorry (or hungry, right?)

1. Freeze Dried Fruit

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Fresh fruit is super delicious, but the keyword in that statement is “fresh.”

In an emergency, it’s going to be challenging to find.

Fruits pack a large vitamin punch and give the body a healthy dose of necessary fiber.

Freeze-dried fruit can be a healthy alternative snack in a time of crisis.

The best part about freeze dried fruit is that the fruit’s original cell structure doesn’t change.

In English - the nutrients and nutritional value remain the same. The fruit will just last for up to 25 years.

2. Canned Goods

canned goods

In general, canned foods have a long shelf life, and the variety of tastiness available is endless.

It is a great way to have a supply of fruits, vegetables, and protein.

The bonus factor of canned foods is (although it is often more delicious when heated) most canned foods are fully cooked and ready to eat as is.

This can be a blessing when electricity is not an option.

Just make sure to have a manual can-opener to be able to get into your canned food.

The best canned goods to keep as long term food essentials are:

  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Turkey

3. Peanut Butter

peanut butter

Packed with protein and fatty acids, which are both essential nutrients for a healthy body, peanut butter is not only delicious.

Still, it can have a significant impact on your energy level.

Unless the jar indicates otherwise, you don’t have to refrigerate after opening.

To get the most bang for your peanut butter buck, purchase a two-pack of Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, which comes in 80-ounce jars.

The natural, no-stir, low-sodium, gluten-free peanut butter is ideal for groups with different needs, and at just 12 cents an ounce, it’s an affordable choice, too.

4. Freeze Dried Food

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Dehydration and freeze dried food techniques have come a long way in the past few years.

These significant advancements have improved the amount of moisture that is left within each product, which gives them a much higher shelf life.

It’s difficult to remove all moisture from dried food, but this is where Mylar storage bags really shine… Mylar is a trade name for a polyester film called BoPet. Interestingly, NASA used it first.

Its high tensile strength provides optimal insulation against moisture, light, gas, electrical disturbances, and aroma barrier properties.

Mylar is basically “the Cadillac” of long-term food storage.

Other “leaps and bounds” that food storage has made is that it is quite tasty.

No longer do you simply have to choose from dry blocks of WTF?

Masquerading as a hearty-beef stew, technology has given food storage products a “yum” factor.

Your taste buds will thank you for adding them to your arsenal of disaster preparedness.

5. Water

water storage emergency essentials

Humans cannot go long without filling their bodies with H2O.

Not having water will turn into a life or death situation.

When possible, stock your home with clean water storage.

When not possible, water should always be boiled to remove harmful stuff and junk before consuming.

Suppose you don’t have access to the ability to boil the water to remove harmful junk.

In that case, you can also use a Pressure Water Filter Straw that will remove 99.9% of harmful bacteria like colibacillosis, legionella, and salmonella.

6. Seasoning

emergency essentials seasoning

Ok, this one is not precisely “necessary,” but they can sure help out in an already not awesome situation.

Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Cayenne Pepper are among some of my favorites.

These can turn a bland meal into something tasty.

After all, we are only human, and why shouldn’t our food be adequately seasoned to make it more enjoyable?

The world has taken some severe hits lately, and if history has taught us anything… the hits will keep coming.

The more prepared you are, the softer the blow will be.

Tart preparing now because, well… you just never know what sort of disasters Mother Nature (or foolish human behavior) will bring your way.

Conclusion - 6 Long Term Food Essentials Every Family Should Have

After the tumultuous year and current year, it’s more important than ever to have long term food essentials for you and your family.

The six most important long term food essentials you should have are:

  1. Freeze Dried Fruits
  2. Canned Goods
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Freeze Dried Food
  5. Water
  6. Seasoning

With these six essentials, you and your family will be more prepared than ever before.

I know it can be challenging to keep your long term food essentials up to date and ready for anything.

Luckily - Valley Food Storage is here to help make things easy for you.

We stand by our products 100% and want you to be completely satisfied.

If you’re interested in checking out some of our freeze-dried options, click here to see all of our freeze fruits and vegetables.