How much food do you need to store? This is a very personnel thing. A lot depends on your reason for storing food. I have seen people plan on anywhere from a few days to 7 or 8 years. Myself I recommend at least a year.
One of the first things you have to decide is what approach you will take. Some purchase prepackaged units from dehydrated and freeze dried food dealers. If you have the money this is a good way to go. They have units designed to feed you from a week to a year. The food will store for 25-30 years. Most provide about 2000 calories a day. Personally I think this a little low, especially if you have to work hard.
There are some things you need to watch for when you go to buy. Check the calorie count per day; I have seen some cheaper units that only allowed 1600 calories a day. This would leave most people hungry. Buy from a well established company; you don’t want to open your cans sometime in the future to find them inedible. When you check prices be sure you are comparing apples to apples and not apples to oranges.
The advantages to purchasing a prepackaged unit are, if correctly stored (kept dry and cool) they should still be good 25-30 years from now. It’s something you can put away and forget. No worries about rotating your food. It is easy to prepare and tastes good. The big disadvantages are the price and you need water to fix the meals.
A lot depends on how much food you are storing. If you are only storing a weeks emergency rations because you live in an earthquake area I would definitely recommend something like Mountain Houses “ Just in Case” or freezedryguy “ Grab and Go” buckets.
For longer term I personally think that a mixture is best. Your storage should consist of wet pack (canned food), correctly package grains, rice and pasta, freeze dried, dehydrated, and other miscellaneous foods.
Food storage is a big subject and cannot be covered in just one or two pages, so I will be putting up lots of information in future posts including what to store, how to package it, as well as recipes and cooking tips.