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Siege of Leningrad

Siege of Leningrad Provides a Solemn Reminder for the Value of Food Storage

The story of the Siege of Leningrad provides a solemn reminder for the value of storing a pantry of shelf-stable food. While this is one of the most extreme examples, it is an excellent one for illustrating how quickly a shock to supply chains can effect a population.

Some say the supply chains we rely on are too fragile, and without social and economic stability could fail. While disaster may or may not be around the corner it is always on the table, albeit not our first priority until disaster strikes. So the logical low cost and simple preparation is to prepare a simple pantry of food reserves you rotate through.

Bulk rice and lentils are an excellent core ingredients in a food storage pantry because they are low cost, cook fast with boiling water, combine to provide a complete protein, and can stay fresh for years if properly stored in air tight containers. Once a core like this is built expand on it as you like. As long as you’re rotating your food, and replenishing when you can, you’ll have  food in reserve to weather a storm.

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Datrex Food Ration Bars

Datrex Food Rations

Storing a variety of shelf stable food choices is essential, after all diversity is required to resilience. One smart selection would be sea rations. Datrex emergency food ration bars is used by the U.S. Coast Guard and have a five year shelf life. Each food bar is 200 calories and they are packaged in 2,400 or 3,600 calorie packages.

A case of Datrex bars currently costs about $140 and delivers 72,000 calories (20 packs or 18 200 calorie bars). If the average adult male needs 2,000 calories per day then a case of Datrex bars would last 36 days. That would be a very long month of eating nothing but Datrex bars but you can see how stocking your shelter with such a food item would be very cost effective and consume no fuel or water to prepare.

In the following video series the Urban Prepper gives himself a 72 hour challenge and eats only Datrex emergency food ration bars. So before you buy be sure to watch and read any reviews you can find. Buy Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar.