By Bernie Kelly
Survival Food Storage
When it comes to food storage, is it better to have a large cache or many small caches? Food storage is an investment toward your future survival; and, like any wise investment plan, there should be lots of diversity and many options. Unless you know where and when the next disaster will attempt to hold you, hostage, I suggest small investments to begin.
One Large or Many Small? One large cache or several small caches? Over the years, I hear most people think about one large cache of food in the location where they live or in a separate location they plan to escape toward, in case of disaster. I personally believe that a single large cache works best if you have an expensive, highly engineered bunker to escape to. The engineering has to survive earthquakes, flooding, mold/mildew and all manner of bugs and beasts that are going to dine on your preparations.
Look at how Animals Survive
In nature, animals don’t have one large cache of food. Large cats and canine packs will sit on a kill until they have eaten it, but the remaining forces of nature all conspire against them over a short period of days. The large predators have to consume the resources as fast as possible to avoid loss. Also, they can’t leave the food cache unguarded; in effect chaining the food cache to the predator and prohibiting mobility.
Squirrel and Woodpecker Bankers I think the best solution is found in several small caches. Squirrels and woodpeckers are like investment bankers who diversify their food storage portfolio and invest in several locations. Fires, floods, and scavengers never get all the supplies. Likewise, use should have several places where you store food and water. In an earlier blog, I mentioned giving your neighbors food to store for you. The first five gallons of rice and beans will keep your neighbor from trying to scavenge your stash; they have food so they won’t need to take from you. But, the next couple of buckets can be an investment in case your stash falls to any kind of destruction or discovery. As part of your Neighborhood Defense Plan, hold food storage parties, so you can train neighbors and build a supply. Work together to find the best storage methods for your area.
Container, Containers, Containers Which one? What size? What’s best? Again, I would say, “Yes!” to all manner of food storage method. Each method of food storage will survive under specific situations. Diversify the types of storage methods to maximize your chances of success. Use canned goods and dried goods in mylar buckets. Use pre-packaged supplies. Use military MREs and backpacking supplies. I would caution that you should never scrimp on the quality of the food or the storage materials. I also suggest that you regularly give away, or use, older stock and replace it with new. This way you can better monitor how effectively your cache methods and locations are holding up. Learn to squirrel away food.