Although this is just my opinion, I think that most preppers would agree with me on this one. Our food
The number one item for preppers is........
You guessed it....
Our food storage can take many forms...
Store bought items including:
canned meat, vegies, etc
dry goods such as rice, pasta, beans etc
Home canned items including:
meat, veggies, sauces, soups, stews, etc
Home packed dry goods including:
Wheat berries, beans, lentils, herbs etc
Dehydrated bulk items including, well, almost everything under the sun from butter powder to freeze dried meats and everything in between.
If you think you have 3 or 4 months worth of meat packed into a deep freezer, think again. Without electricity your fozen storage will be gone in just a couple of days. I do actually have a good stock of frozen food, but also a generator and stored fuel to keep it going for about two weeks. This of course won't be an issue in winter, given my northern climate. But in any case, my frozen will be the first to be eaten.
Personally, my favorite food storage system is home canning for a number of reasons.
1) you can home can almost anything you would normally freeze.
2)every piece of equipment is reusable with the exception of very inexpensive lids
3)meals can be ready to heat or individual ingredients
Another good home system is dry pack. Get yourself some food grade buckets, mylar bags as liners and some oxygen absorbers and you're set. All sorts of dry foods can be stored this way. From dried beans & lentils to grains like wheat beries & oats.
One thing is for sure, you won't be able to do all your prepping from one system or the other. You may home can your fruits & veggies, get store bought pasta & grains, and bulk #10 cans of milk & butter powder. Just be sure you have a variety of foods so you don't get fed up with rice & beans every day and cover your 4 food groups for propper nutrition.
Suppliments may be a good idea too, in the form of vitamins to make up for shortcomings in your diet such as vitamin C as an example.
I will be covering the many food storage systems in detail in later posts, but for now, just try to buy a couple of extra items with each groccery order you make. You would be surprised how fast it will add up to something substantial. Remember, even if you don't experience a disaster of some kind, food prices are going up every day. Stocking up now is not only getting yourself preppared just in case, but actually an investment.