Survival food has become quite popular lately and for good reason.
Due to economic uncertainties and unstable food supply chains, storing long-lasting and nutritious food not only gives peace of mind but will also allow you to survive if things deteriorate further.
The most economical way to prepare your own homemade survival food is to do it at home, using your own ingredients.
Make Your Own Survival Food
Dried fruits and vegetables
Homemade Ration Bars
Make Your Own Survival Food
Making your own survival food will not only allow you to save your hard-earned money but you will also learn a skill for the long term. The ability to make your own survival food (that will last for months or years) is a highly valuable skill.
Fortunately, there is a good variety of different survival foods you can start making today. Each of these survival foods will ensure that you are receiving adequate nutrition, while being tasty enough to keep your spirits up during trying times.
In this article, we will be going over how to make several homemade survival foods that will last.
Hardtacks are considered as one of the oldest survival foods; these cracker-like foods were already produced thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt. In the modern era, hardtacks became popular during the American Civil War.
Hardtacks are baked several months beforehand and given to the soldiers as rations. Because these were difficult to chew, most people would dunk them into either water or coffee to soften these baked goods.
Making these are quite simple. All you need is some wheat flour, cups of water, and salt. These are the basic components but you can also add other ingredients to this recipe.
Like most other food, you must store the hardtack in a cool, dry, dark place where pests won’t be able to reach them.
Once you have managed to completely dry your hardtack, these will stay that way for years, provided it remains dry and protected from pests.
Because the bread is fully dehydrated (thus you will need to soak it in coffee or water), hardtack is lightweight and can handle long travels.
Dried fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are important components of our meals.
They provide us with all sorts of nutrients required for normal bodily functions. Without either of them, your health will deteriorate in the long run.
That is why it is essential for you to effectively preserve these provisions for weeks or months on end.
They should become a top priority if you are planning to preserve your foods for the long haul. Consider drying and freeze dried foods such as tomatoes, bananas, blueberries, spinach, and cauliflowers and enjoy these nutrient-rich, delicious foods that can be moved around seamlessly.
Canning your food is a fantastic way to store your meats and vegetables since they can last for a couple of years if done correctly.
Canning is also considered as a far more affordable option for food preservation.
Canning foods has been a method that has been used for the past hundreds of years to store any food that would usually be wasted (e.g. if any extra food was grown).
You can easily purchase foods at your local grocery store and stored using the canning method.
Here are several foods that can be canned for long periods of time:
Pickled: While this may not be for everyone, it is entirely possible to pickle almost anything – from vegetables to fruits and even eggs.
The high amount of acid content that comes from the vinegar, along with keeping it vacuum-sealed, will ensure food preservation. Pickled eggs are one of the popular food items for pickling, but there are a variety of delicious foods you can pickle.
Jam: These tend to have tons of sugar, but these also have a very minimal chance of contracting botulism.
Just make sure you never consume anything with the seal already broken (e.g. the lid popped when pressed in the middle).
Fermented: This type is a bit different than the usual vacuum sealed pack.
Fermenting foods such as cabbage, which can be made into sauerkraut or kimchi, and milk for kefir or yogurt, provide a whole new level of nutrition and taste. Lacto fermentation can still be very anaerobic; the high amounts of salt content and the lactic acid development will ensure no botulinum occurs.
Furthermore, studies have shown that fermented foods improve gut health.
Rice is a fantastic additional choice for home survival food because they can last indefinitely, no matter what kind of rice you decide to store – white, wild, jasmine rice, etc.
Rice is also very cheap to acquire at your store.
You can buy sacks of these and stash them into bins for a prolonged period. Although rice may not be the best nutrient-rich food around, it does come with healthy amounts of calories and carbohydrates.
Another great advantage of rice is the requirement for its preparation, which is not much.
We should note that brown rice can only be stored for 12 months, so make sure you avoid this and get another suitable rice variety.
Beans are packed with all sorts of nutritional goodness and is known for being a great source of protein and fiber.
One of the best things about beans is their long shelf life (compared to other foods).
Dried packaged beans have an indefinite shelf life. Canned beans are also an optional choice since they are easier to hand out during a difficult situation, but they will only last up to two years at most.
Jerky is probably one of the better-known options when it comes to survival foods.
While it is possible to purchase some from either the convenience store or supermarket, making your own will be healthier.
Plus, most store-bought jerky contains all sorts of chemical preservatives.
Homemade jerky contains high amounts of protein. It is easy to make portable survival food.
You can choose your favorite strips of lean meat, such as beef, venison, or any other wild game.
The next steps are marinating and dehydrating the meat.
It is possible to pull this off by using your oven to dry them, or you can use a dehydrator a well. Personally, I enjoy using the oven since it brings out the best flavor of the meat.
Homemade Ration Bars
Most of the time, we think about a ration bar as some sort of dry energy bar that provides calories but is lacking in taste.
Since most ration bars are made for survival purposes, it tends to have that cardboard-like taste. This can actually be avoided depending on your preparation; it can be made using different techniques.
Regardless of how they taste, you can make your own homemade ration bars for emergency purposes.
These bars are packed with the required calories with lots of fat and protein. The energy provided by these bars will ensure that you are able to do your tasks for the day.
As stated before, there are several ways to make a ration bar at home, but the most basic recipe includes oats, sugar, water, packaged Jell-O (orange or lemon), honey, milk, chia seeds, and coconut oil.
You can also add more ingredients if you wish; it all depends on your preference.
There are several reasons why you should make sure ration bars are a part of your food storage plan. First, ration bars will not make you thirsty while you are on the go.
If you are in the middle of a disaster or you need to ration out your drinks, then ration bars will be your best bet since they do not provoke thirst.
They are also quite compact and have an extended shelf life. Plus, it can easily fit into any of your bags, making room for other essential items.
Ration bars do not require heating or cooking, so you can just simply unwrap them and eat up. This is what makes them ideal for survival.
If they are tightly sealed and safe away from vermin, ration bars are capable of lasting for a couple of years(this is especially true for homemade ration bars).
Some manufacturers add expiration dates to the store-bought ones, it is usually to ensure the person consumes them during the time it still has its full nutritional value (since they can degrade over time).
Furthermore, they are capable of tolerating extreme heat and cold temperatures, which makes them great for storage.
When storing your homemade ration bars, try to keep them in containers or zip lock bags if possible.
If you don’t, there is a high chance you will attract all sorts of pests or get them wet, making the rations inedible. Plus, keeping them in zip lock bags will help you in other ways, such as portability during survival mode
Nutrient Survival has done its best over the years to come up with the best nutritional survival foods available.
The R&D group has worked tirelessly to make sure that every survival food developed is jam-packed with the best nutritional value you could ask for, all while ensuring that they have a long shelf life.
We want you to ignite your body’s natural power to defend itself from all sorts of dangers.
Each food and drink we create comes with densely packed nutrients, simple to make, ready for whenever you need them, and most importantly, it provides your body with everything it needs to survive.
The best part about our survival foods is that not only are they packaged with the nutrients required for your body’s daily needs, but they also taste great.
You don’t need to worry about consuming something that tastes like cardboard or worse.
Plenty of people believe that they will need something that lasts long enough to ensure their family is fed during a time of crisis.
This is especially true with recent events that have occurred globally; more families are becoming concerned about potential food shortages.
Our survival food was made to ensure that all nutritional needs are provided while having a lasting shelf life.
Nutrient Survival has developed various stocks of food that will boost your energy and enhance your immunity. We proudly recommend the Nutrient Granola Bar-Meal.
This bar is not just any ordinary bar filled with useless calories and sugars like other commonly sold ones.
Each bar will provide you with 12 amino acids, 14 vitamins and minerals, all the required proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber which your body desperately needs. Each pack carries 20 bars each, and you can get them in different flavors: honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chip.
Hopefully, this article has provided you with the information you’ve been looking for when it comes to creating your own homemade survival food.
Each of them is quite simple to make and can be prepared in a very short time.
Nutrient Survival wants to ensure that you are fully capable of providing yourself with everything you need to make it through a crisis.
If you need any other goods for your survival plan, check out our store to see what else you can get for survival food preparations.