The Pros and Cons of Emergency Food Buckets
by Daisy Luther
Here’s why emergency food buckets are essential
Please understand that emergency food buckets, while vital, should not be the entirety of your food storage or your everyday diet. They are only part of the picture of a perfect pantry.
That being said, here’s why every prepper should have some emergency food buckets stashed away:
- A lot of calories can be condensed into a very small amount of space.
- If you have the capability to boil water during an emergency, a filling meal can be yours.
- They add variety and speed to an emergency food supply.
- Calorie for calorie, they’re lightweight and easily portable in the event of a bug-out scenario.
- They’re professionally packaged to have a 25-year shelf life, so you can get it, stick it in the back of your closet, and forget about it until you need it. It’s difficult to find any other food sources that will last this long.
You can use emergency food not only as is, for a hot, satisfying meal, but you can also combine it with other pantry items or leftovers to extend them far enough to feed a group. Don’t hesitate to get creative!
The cons of emergency food buckets
Now, the downside. When you’re going long-term, some compromises must be made.
- If you’re looking for ready-made meals, none of them are going to be completely without additives. This is impossible because they’re made to last for 25 years. As well, they take up minimal space, cook up quickly and efficiently, and taste reasonably good.
- Emergency food buckets contain processed food.
- Emergency food buckets are more expensive than purchasing things in bulk from the grocery store. (However, stuff from the grocery store won’t last 25 years.)
I won’t sugar coat it. Growing your own fresh food every year and preserving it is a wonderful way to go, but it’s not possible for everyone in every situation. It takes time, space, good weather, and all sorts of good luck. You’re going to want a back-up, even if this is your primary plan.
Ways to use emergency food buckets and still be healthy
If you look at the pros and cons and believe that emergency food buckets are something you want to add to your stockpile, here are some ways to maintain higher health standards.
- Look for products that are non-GMO and don’t contain MSG or HFCS. (Check out Legacy Foods, the brand I stock.)
- Look for buckets that help you maintain your current diet. For example, these buckets are guaranteed to be gluten-free. Go here to learn more about stocking up for a low-carb diet.
- Save money by ordering in quantity. Consider splitting a larger purchase with another family so that you both get a great deal.
- Add other nutrients to your basic buckets. We offer a variety of long-term freeze-dried foods, such as fruits and vegetables, meats, cheese powder, peanut butter powder, eggs, and milk.
- Be sure to have a way to cook your emergency food (I have this little stove) and extra fuel for it.
What about you?
Do you stock some emergency food buckets for your long-term supplies?
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Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio. Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. Daisy is the publisher of The Cheapskate's Guide to the Galaxy, a monthly frugality newsletter, and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. She is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find Daisy on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.