Stockpiling Food Might Be Your Best Investment

Stockpiling Food Might Be Your Best Investment
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Stockpiling Food

Is Stockpiling Food A Good Idea?

When I was a little boy, and we ran out of peanut butter, my mother would send me downstairs to get another jar off the shelf. Usually, there would be two more jars behind that one.

My mother, just like her mother before her, always had months of food on hand at any given moment.

I grew up assuming this was normal, yet as a young adult, I didn’t shop this way.

After buying “BIG”, I might have two weeks of food on hand, but never three jars of peanut butter, eight cans of pork and beans or ten loaves of frozen bread.

I once asked my grandmother why she always had so much food in the house, and her answer was, “Just In Case.”

Now middle-aged, with children of my own, I fully understand her answer.

My grandparents grew up during the Great Depression and World War II. They and their peers saw our fragile economy collapse in 1929, the market plummet, banks folding, and an entire way of life threatened.

During World War II, they experienced rationing of sugar, gasoline, and consumer goods. Of course, the war effort required sacrifice, and they lived in constant fear of an Axis victory.

When the war and rationing ended, they continued stockpiling food and never stopped.

Not all that long ago my family relied wholly on the ability to go to our local grocery store and pick up whatever we needed on a moment’s notice.

I’d drive around with my tank on empty, knowing I could stop and get gas anytime I needed it. The gauge on my grandfather’s old Buick? It never fell below half a tank.

I used to rely solely on my utility company to bring gas and electricity directly into my house, without which my family would freeze to death in the cold Upper Midwest winters.

These are all typical modern day expectations; citizens are completely relying on others for basic survival, the assumption being the dollar will always be able to buy these goods and services.

We assume money is as close at hand as the nearest ATM. And the value of the dollars we withdraw will remain stable; both dangerous assumptions.

On September 11th, while New Yorkers were pulling together for the common good and fire and police agencies all over the country were sending people and equipment to Ground Zero. What was the rest of the country doing?

Many were sitting in their cars, in long lines, waiting to fill their tanks with $4.00 gasoline. Price gouging occurred all over the country as some store owners saw a chance to capitalize on people’s fears.

Luckily 9/11 was a one-day affair, and no follow-up attacks occurred. The price gouging didn’t spread beyond gasoline.

If we had endured another day or two of massive attacks, would it have spread to food or other consumer goods? If there had been a sudden run on banks, would the ATMs have been shut off?

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US Natural Disaster MapNow Take A Minute To Imagine The Aftermath Of A Real Serious Catastrophe, Natural Or Otherwise…

Imagine a man whose family lives paycheck to paycheck finds himself standing in line at the local grocery. He’s got a single ten-dollar bill in hand while watching the food disappear from the shelves and prices rise before his very eyes.

He has maybe two days of food in the house, and he has to do something.

So he throws the ten dollars on the counter, overfills up his cart with whatever he can find and runs from the store.

A chain reaction sets off, mass looting begins, followed by men carrying the only currency still honored, firearms.

The store empties within hours and will not be restocked. Because what store owner wouldn’t board up the windows after his inventory is looted?

Couldn’t happen? Just look at the looting that occurred after the Rodney King trial in Los Angeles, during the power outage that swept the Northeast a few years ago, or that occurred during Hurricane Katrina.

Government Shutdown
Civilization Disappears Along With Power, Water, and Food

For a brief time, it must have felt to those in New Orleans that they had seceded from the Union. Words on paper (even disaster response plans) cannot feed the masses, illuminate the dark, or purify water. The City Officials of New Orleans learned the real value of their emergency plan was less than the paper it was printed on.

Relying on a faceless Federal Government headquartered a thousand miles away, to swoop in and save us in times of disaster is a fool’s strategy.

Even the most stable, civilized nation on earth is only three days from anarchy, at any given moment.

Our constitution, our laws, and our public institutions are the framework that bind this nation together. However, when the power goes off, the water is polluted, and food becomes scarce, we are divided and divided we fall.

Technology Dependent SocietyIronically, The More Technologically Advanced A Nation Is, The More Vulnerable

We rely heavily on computers, electricity, petroleum, and vehicles for all aspects of our daily lives. And when those technologies fail or are unavailable, our system breaks down.

Nowadays, in this country, we expect others to pick up the pieces for us when disaster strikes.

It’s not that we’re lazy. It’s just the way we’ve been conditioned to have the expectation “Big Brother will rescue us”.

For the majority of us, disasters and our survival are in the hands of others: the City, the State, the National Guard, FEMA, the utility companies, etc.

old farmSo What Did Our Ancestors Do?

When our ancestors moved west to tame a new frontier they took no government promises. But they did take horses, covered wagons, casks of water and food, rifles and ammunition for hunting and protection, axes for chopping wood, etc.

They provided for themselves and their communities, come hell or high water.

We must recover some of that pioneer spirit. The desire to accept responsibility for ourselves and others, rather than expecting someone else to tow the line.

During times of crisis, the human condition can lead to behaviors as destructive as any terrorist’s bomb. We laugh when Homeland Security gives us tips such as keeping jugs of water on hand or fresh batteries in our flashlights, but when disaster strikes it is no laughing matter.

The unprepared citizen will find himself in that grocery store, amongst the looters, risking his life for scraps to keep his family alive.

We will have more power outages, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes and, yes, terrorist attacks.

Now is the time to prepare, to plan, to ensure our family’s survival, and, yes, maybe those extra jars of peanut butter would be a good place to start.

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Canned TunaWhat Are The Best Foods To Stockpile?

After some quiet reflection, you, like many of your fellow citizens, have decided that maintaining a healthy food stockpile is not crazy paranoia and is in your family’s best interest.

Good for you.

  • Now just what kind of food stockpile do you need?
  • Which foods?
  • What other kinds of supplies?
  • Just how big do you want it?

If you are relatively new to prepping for survival you may be excited by this new endeavor we call food stockpiling. But after the initial excitement is over, do you really want a stockpile that requires constant attention? One that takes constant rotation of foods and occupies half your basement?

Do you want one that eats up a significant portion of your savings?

food stockpile decision timeIt’s Time For Some Decision Making

How long do you need your food stockpile to last?

A week? A month? Three months? Six months? How about a year?

A year supply of stockpiled food may be overkill for most survival situations short of an apocalyptic event (i.e. TEOTWAWKI). However, if it helps you sleep better at night knowing you have a year’s worth of food stock on the premises, what’s that investment worth to you?

One can’t underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep.

What’s truly sad is the average U.S. family doesn’t even have at least one week of food in their homes.

Food Stockpile StatisticAnd the rare few have at least two weeks of stockpiled food on hand at any given moment.

This is just the nature of living in 21st Century America. Where the grocery store has replaced the filled pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.

Most natural disasters will not require survival stockpiling food beyond a few weeks, a month at the outside. If you are talking political upheaval, revolution or some other Third World intrusion into our ordered American lifestyles, you may want to stockpile food for up to six months.

By that time society should be regaining some semblance of order. However, if you think society will collapse into anarchy, you may want to stockpile for a year or longer.

One thing to keep in mind is that continuous anarchy is an unnatural vacuum. And human politics abhors a vacuum. Somebody or some group will fill the void. Perhaps it won’t be as altruistic as our current politicians (if you can imagine that). Still, humans are pack animals and will band together.

Still, humans are pack animals and will band together. Society in one form or another will return. This means if you do have a massive stockpile of food, these friendly folks may just relieve you of it, anyway.

This means if you do have a massive stockpile of food, these friendly folks may just relieve you of it, anyway.

But let’s assume you decide on stockpiling food in the mid-range of options, a six month supply of food on hand at any given time for your family.

• So what foods should you stockpile?
• What stockpiling foods are stable in storage?
• What are human nutritional requirements?

freeze dried prepackaged meals

For the serious prepper who wants a significant food stockpile that will last for a couple of decades with very little hassle, you should purchase freeze dried, prepackaged meals from a reputable emergency food supplier.

These emergency meals are designed to meet your families basic nutritional needs.

The best thing about this option is how fast and simple it is. Just figure out the amount you need, order it online, find a good place to store it in your home, and sleep better at night.

You can order a year’s worth today or buy a smaller amount over time, it’s up to you.

The Bottom Line: Freeze dried prepackaged meals are the easiest, fastest and foolproof way to build your food stockpile.

grocery store

How To Stockpile Food The Local Grocery Store Way

The human body needs fuel. Otherwise known as calories, namely: fat, protein and carbohydrates.

In the long run the body also needs certain vitamins and minerals to function properly.

Some of the vitamin and mineral requirements will be met by your food stockpile, but adding a couple large bottles of a good daily multi-vitamin is a good insurance policy against scurvy and other vitamin deficiencies.

Your real concern is choosing storage-stable foods that are dense in calories: fat, protein and carbs.

Rice and dried beans are great sources of carbs and protein and in their nearly zero moisture condition, can last almost indefinitely if stored in a dry location. Foods spoil in the presence of bacteria, fungi and mold, all of which require water.

Many foods are naturally preserved not by chemical preservatives, but by their packaged moisture levels.

Remember that microorganisms simply cannot grow without water. Stored in a dry, enclosed container, inside mylar bags, dried beans, and rice will last for many years.

Furthermore, they are easy to prepare. Boil them in water until soft, add a little salt or other dry seasoning. They even taste pretty good, especially when hungry.

Another great source of fat, protein, and carbs is peanut butter. Stored in sealed jars, peanut butter has very low moisture and very high oil and fat content, which prevents spoilage.

It is also very calorie dense.

• So what about dried or smoked meats for protein?

Jerky, beef, chicken or turkey, will last a very long time. Again due to good food packaging, low moisture, and high salt content. However, jerky is not high in calories or fat and is very expensive unless you make your own.

This brings us to a whole other topic: preservation.

There are several good methods for preserving meats and fish: drying, smoking and salt-curing, however, we’ll save those topics for another day.

• How about canned fruits?

Modern cans do have a plastic coating inside, but the high acidity of many fruits can still cause the cans to corrode from the inside over time. I’ve seen this phenomenon with apple sauce.

In a real food emergency, the fruits can still be eaten, but may taste metallic or rusty. However, if you are starving you won’t even notice.

• So what about other supplies?

If I’m preparing and stockpiling food for my family, food won’t be my only concern. Here are some others: aspirin, antibiotic ointments, bandages, prescription drugs, OTC cold/flu medicines, knives, tools, matches and bullets to name a few.

Some of these may already be included in your emergency survival kits—also a good idea, by the way.

follow the stockpiling food rulesFinally, There Are Three Cardinal Rules For Stockpiling Anything

Rule #1: We don’t talk about our stockpiles with anyone.

Rule #2 and #3: See rule number one.

If you choose to ignore these rules and share your stockpile with others outside your family, well, it’s great that you are doing the good Christian thing. However, realize you are sacrificing your family’s security when you do. Be prepared to lose it all if things go bad.

If your heart tells you helping others is just as important as helping your loved ones, then follow your heart, let your love light shine and be prepared to accept the consequences.

Your 4 Step Stockpiling Food Action Plan

Your Stockpiling Food Action Plan

  • Action 1 – Decide on how many months of food you want to begin stockpiling in the case of an emergency.

This is a personal choice and I cannot make this decision for you. However, if you’re a regular reader of this site, you know that I believe our modern society is a fragile proposition at best.

I’m not sure in which form the ultimate catalyst will be but pick your poison: EMP (natural or coordinated), global financial meltdown, droughts, government tyranny, you name it.

The bottom line is there are many possible black swan type events and if you add up the odds of one of them occurring in your lifetime…well, you become very motivated to get prepared ASAP.

  • Action 2 – Figure out how many calories your family needs per day to survive.

This one is relatively straightforward with the right tools.

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  • Action 3 – Purchase the amount of emergency food as you calculated from a reputable dealer.

I recommend buying from Valley Food Storage.

Their prices are the best when factoring everything in such as shipping, quality sealing/containers, ingredients. Plus, their products are tasty (my Valley Food Storage review post), the food bucket containers are high quality and easily stackable (making storage much easier and less intrusive).

Here’s Valley Food Storage’s comparison chart for your review and proves its the best on quality, price, and shelf life.

Honestly, this may be the best investment you’ll ever make for your family. Even doubling of the stock market value can’t protect you from starvation if society collapses and grocery stores go empty overnight.

Food stockpiles and key survival supplies are the only things that can protect from that level of crisis.

  • Action 4 – Store this food in a cool, dry location, secure location and don’t tell anyone about it.

That’s it…4 easy steps that you can complete today.

dollar bill

Stockpiling Food IS The Best Investments You’ll Ever Make

In my opinion, stockpiling food is THE BEST investment you can make. Why? Because the alternative (a.k.a. the downside) is too scary.

Unlike your typical dollar investment (where worst case downside is losing all your money), the downside we are talking about in regards to a stockpiling food investment is your family starving.

But Jack, what if my food stockpile investment never pays off? Great, life continues as normal…enjoy!

But I ask you, what if stockpiling food does pay off?

Thank goodness you took action today.

Don’t wait, start right now because remember, there are no do-overs in survival. When all the grocery store food is gone, you get to live on what you’ve stockpiled.

Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack
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Comments

  1. messenger says

    Thanks and an excellent article. However, I am convinced that when this nation goes down it is not just going down: It is going under! Therefore we never quit prepping. There is no such thing as having to much food and water. We just keep adding it on and bracing for the day we know will come sooner or later. It may be Greece, Puerto Rico, or and emp etc. Who cares, sooner or later the crutches are going to be kicked from under this country and the Rodney King riots x 1000 are going to burn our cities to the ground. Anyone that is not habitually prepping is committing suicide. thanks

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Thanks for your thoughtful input.
      I believe the initial goal amount of food stockpile for someone new to prepping should a year. After a year…they should work towards 2 years, etc. I also tend to agree that it’s better to plan for the worst and hope for the best. So for someone new to prepping a years worth of food is a good 1st goal. Will a years worth of food be enough for a downfall scenario you describe? Probably not, but it will be good for a milder SHTF scenario. My advice is for everyone to start stockpiling as much food as they can…just in case.

      • messenger says

        You make good sense about starting with a years supply of preps. Without putting any emphasis on myself it is easy for me to forget that I was born in 1953. What we call prepping is what my grandparents called normal living. They never stored water, of course we had plenty of it back then, but food, preserved, canned, dehydrated, powdered, and in just about every other form was everywhere in their lives. And they were not big farmers, just small timers with no bills, no agenda, no nothing except the ability to have plenty in the toughest of times. Those people taught me a lot and I thank Christ for them every day. Well, that’s enough about me. Best wishes to you and keep up the good work.

        • Just In Case Jack says

          I like your point about what our grandparents call everyday living is now called prepping today…just reminds us how dependent the majority of our society has truly become on technology and others…scary.

          – Just In Case Jack

  2. Tahoejohn says

    Great info Jack. I have prepared and agree food is essential. I eat my FD food often; much better than MRE’s. We also need lots of canned food at first then I will break out the freeze dried #10 cans. Mountain House rules for on the go.

    I agree about secrecy but unless your circle is serious they will tip your hand before the crisis in casual conversation. How about the UPS guy? He is a local! So is the USPS and FEDEX driver. Your neighbors are always watching you if you get deliveries or unload boxes from your car.

    Some people in your neighborhood are waiting for this; they watch the news and some are very smart as well as anti-social. If you have provisions they will know. After the crisis the world will be silent. You will hear a horn from a mile away. People can smell food for blocks. You cannot hide your wellness and full tummy.

    You will fight for what you have or die.

    Carry a big shotgun when the SHTF..

    Semper Fi

    I

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Good points.

      Might be worth the effort to have the food delivered to a friends or family member’s remote or more hidden home and then transfer the food from there into your home in smaller amounts. Especially if you have nosey/watchful neighbors.

      The other option to consider is to have it delivered during the Christmas season and it will blend in with the rest of the UPS big cardboard box deliveries…just a couple of ideas to consider.

      I wrote a guest post on rethink survival that talks a little bit about forced starvation even tho you have food. Need to look like as if you are starving just like everyone else if you want to keep your food a secret.

      As far as cooking the food in secrecy…well, that’s a topic that deserves a post all on its own. One that I will be writing in the future so stay tuned.

      – Just In Case Jack

      • Karen says

        This is just plain paranoia about neighbors watching you bring in groceries all the time. People shop all the time and order off of Amazon a lot. People and your delivery person don’t always know what you’re bringing into your house. Whose neighbor is really sitting around watching what their neighbors are doing? We’re busy working, doing our own shopping, watching t.v., online, and minding our own business, etc. Just my opinion.
        I do agree, however, that you shouldn’t talk about your stockpile or bring attention to it.

  3. poorman says

    Stockpiling food has another advantage that you didn’t mention. You will be buying tomorrows food at today’s prices. Food prices are not going to go down. Also by stockpiling food it allows you to buy when you want to ( on sale ) not when you need to. Many things can happen that a food storage could be put to an advantage. Job loss, Hours cut,medical or car repair bill not expected or planed for. All of these things could be used as a reason to stockpile food.

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Very true. I focused this article primarily on a bigger SHTF scenario but as you suggest a food stockpile investment can pay off in more personal everyday type crisis as well(job loss, medical, etc.). It’s just good sense to have one of our human needs (regular amount of nutrition) stockpiled, just in case.

      – Just In Case Jack

    • retaillarry says

      True. But that is assuming you are eating your prepped food and replacing it as you go. There area lot of youtube preppers that are buying food, storing it, and not eating it. There is one very famous prepper whose been prepping for a few decades. Recently he had to replace 25 years of food because they expired. That’s what I call dumbshit prepping. Everyone felt so bad for him, but all I could muster was a face-palm.

  4. yooper says

    Jack, There is another reason your grandfather never let his Buick go lower than 1/2 a tank. You get better gas millage. The more I see what you have on your site, the more I like it, because you are doing a heck of a job of informing the people that really need it.

  5. Anthony says

    I’ve taken the better part of a week to read this, something always comes up, so forgive me if I missed something or forgot. If you are in the city, food is an excellent investment but in the rural parts, a second best investment. Fact is, nobody can store enough, long enough should upheaval come to term. I think though we can skip the Mad Max scenario, there will always be laws. Seeds is what I think could be the best investment, but only if you know how to grow them to fruits. One can have a continuous amount of food, and do it without everybody at the grocery store of delivery business knowing it. Reading a book or watching TV is not knowing how to grow stuff, it’s watching them grow stuff. Knowledge is by studying but wisdom is the thing you need, and get, just after you needed it.

    I must admit that freeze dried anything just don’t make a lot of sense to me, even with a well, cistern, and springs on our property. We’re between 2 lakes but they are well polluted as well. Thing is, if things are scarce you can bet your sweet aunt Bessie water will be the most scarce. You can live weeks without food, but 3 days without water.

    The secrecy thing, a must. If you notice I haven’t said how many years of food we have stocked up, or how much ammo to defend it. The ammo is mute though. 1 against 1, great. 1 against 100, not so much. And there will still be laws. So perhaps if you are like us, when the dates get close to the end, donate it to people or churches in need. Perhaps the Daily Bread type thing feeding the homeless. That excess is a tool you have to use now for the future later. Just don’t drop it all off at the same spot or the same time. We don’t grow everything we need and have to buy food too.

    That leads to forget about being totally self sufficient, it won’t happen. There are things you need aside from food, but even just food, nobody can produce all they need unless they live in the perfect environment. Going into the great outdoors and becoming the great hunter… not happening either. Even skilled hunters and fishermen will starve because there are too many looking to do that. If you are like us and have ponds, therein lies 1 solution, stock it with fish.

    One reader hit the nail on the head. Well fed people look well fed. That in and of itself paints a target on your back.

    • Yep that's me says

      I disagree we currently don’t have to go food shopping… We grow everything we need…from fruit to vegetables to our own pork chicken turkey etc….. Soap from ash and lard… Rotating stock through our pastures for feed… So yes you can grow everything you need but it’s very hard work …..we go to shopping if we WANT something not need it

      • Just In Case Jack says

        Congratulations. You are not like 99.9% of the rest of the US citizens. Very few people grow all their own food and make their own soaps. Good for you.

        – Jack

  6. V.Sann says

    Stock piling good is great but we have to remember about. H2O that’s just as important.

    How can we stock pile water? Set up your gutters to collect Rain Water. Using Blue barrels and and remove leaves and sticks, then using water purification pills or contraptions to make it drinkable.

    Growing one’s own vegetables and having a small farm saves money now. If you have the land. Using methods that are great great grandparents did.
    Buying dried or canned foods help, or canning.

    If you really want to stock pile food a 55 gallon barrel works but must have a lid.

  7. Nancy Lowe says

    My worst nightmare is losing my social. Security .It is all I have .Any ideas on stockpiling for that would help

    • Just In Case Jack says

      If money is worthless, you’re social security won’t matter. I don’t have any ideas on how to stockpile social security. If you can live on less than you bring in you could save some of the $’s but sounds like that would be difficult for you. And if you are able to save some of it, maybe a small food stockpile would make some sense.

  8. Carol Allen says

    Very useful information. Thank you for sharing that. We are hunters as we as grow a garden, we can most everything. I also have fruit trees and bushes, and that is canned as well. We have emergency kits stashed in a few locations, undisclosed, and money. I pray we will never need to use any of it but I am prepared. I really appreciate your helpful articles and will make sure to tell others about this site.

  9. retaillarry says

    Great article, but you forgot something MAJOR. Water. How are you going to boil that rice and beans without water?

    Storing water, unfortunately, is a bigger prepping problem than food. It takes up more space and there seems to be a lot of ambiguity as to which is the best way to go about it. Google searches bring up a lot of tutorials but even more contradictions.

    Most people aren’t going to have a water source to harvest water so stockpiling it is the only way, yet few have the room to stockpile even one months worth of water let alone 6 months.

    The problem with living within an Empire such as we do is empires fail and die, and the average people are the ones that do all the suffering when it does. The goal is to ditch the empire model and do something else. It’s unsustainable for the masses.

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