Planning For Emergency Food Shortage
Every emergency preparedness supply requires seed and prepared food storage. These are the best strategies to lessen the detrimental effects of unforeseen crises, such as natural disasters and economic depression. When you have a seed bank and prepared foods for long term storage, you can eat nutritious food immediately and start growing your own food without depending on when the grocery store shelves get restocked. This plays a crucial role in your family’s food security and survival.
While there are ready-made emergency foods that you can easily put together, having fresh vegetables on your table is so great. Storing quality heirloom seeds is convenient and ideal. But it is not that simple or that quick to grow your garden in an emergency. There are several factors to consider, such as choosing the right seeds and proper storing to extend the lifespan of the seeds.
Best Seeds For Long-Term Storage
Seeds have an expected shelf-life that one should not overlook. It would be best to opt for seeds with a long lifespan. Unfortunately, there are times when you cannot use them, and the shelf life is edging closer to its end. If this is the case, rotating old seeds with new ones makes sense.
For these seeds to last as long as they should, it requires correct storing methods.
Proper Seed Storage For Emergencies
If you already have a stash of emergency kits ready, then you have some basic knowledge and good storage habits to ensure your supplies last for a long time. We just have extra suggestions that are focused on seed storage.
- Opt for heirloom seeds, since they have a high chance to thrive even in tricky growing conditions
- Put the name of the seeds, variety, and collection date on your seed container
- Follow the “first in, first out” tactic by placing the oldest seeds in the front
- Keep the same varieties together (e.g. herbs, flowers, vegetables)
- Mason jars with airtight lids work best for seeds you plan to use in a year
- Otherwise, use a vacuum-sealable bag, a plastic freezer bag, or a mylar bag
- Keep the seeds dry and cool. You can use a desiccant to absorb extra air moisture.
With all this information, you'll be able to pick and store ready-made foods and seeds effectively. Following this advice will allow you and your family to be well-prepared for any disaster that may occur. After reading this, would you consider your emergency supply good enough?