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Has anyone lived off of their survival food in a real emergency?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19333points) 2 months ago

For a long duration?

I have never gone more than three days on only my survival food. As a way to decide what I enjoy to eat.

Have you ever had to crack open your emergency food/shelter for an extended length of time? Covid, civil unrest? etc..

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Yes we lived off saved food about a month during the first panic in 2020 when grocery store shelves were empty.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@KNOWITALL Did you get sick of the food? Did the non- parishables taste ok? Day in and day out?

chyna's avatar

My brother had a survival food room as the year 2K approached. A lot of people were saying it was the end of times. I laughed at him, but of course had it been true, I would have been over to his house shopping in his “Y2K” room.
Anyway, of course nothing happened and he used as much as he could, but a lot was wasted.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@chyna I ate all 14 packages of my sample bucket of Mountain House meals. They were ok. I prefer the Mountain House blueberry granola and milk. I have 3 packs left.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t have survival food.

zenvelo's avatar

We all tried the earthquake supplies when we were moving offices. I would have to be damn hungry to eat one of those again.

YARNLADY's avatar

I try to keep new purchases in the back of our emergency cabinet so I continually use up the oldest first. We label all items, and I don’t let any go past two years old, which means sometimes we have an odd mix of foods as I have to use them up.

JLeslie's avatar

I wouldn’t call it emergency food in a shelter, but I have spent days eating food in my house after a hurricane. Electricity out so trying to eat up any cold food, and winding up eating pantry food that wasn’t the greatest combination. Also, a lot of the pantry food isn’t great for health, or doesn’t taste good if it can’t be heated. I always try to store up on fruits and veggies that will last without very cold refrigeration like carrots, pears, apples, clementines, so I don’t eat only chips and other garbage.

Luckily, hurricanes we have warning. We stock up on pantry food all hurricane season, but add more if there is a storm out in the Atlantic that is headed towards us. We start eating freezer food 3 days ahead of a storm. Then a few to several hours ahead of the first bands I cook the frozen pizzas before the storm and any raw meat so it will last a day or two in styrofoam containers or coolers.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@RedDeerGuy Nope, it was only a few weeks. But we did stock up on more frozen venison for jerky as needed. We want to dehydrate more fruit and veggies this year so it’ll be better.

JLeslie's avatar

@KNOWITALL Do you have a special dehydrator appliance or you use your oven?

KNOWITALL's avatar

We have a 10 rack home dehydrator. Its my favorite appliance! :)

RocketGuy's avatar

Our survival food is canned soups and dry noodles. We rotate them out, so end up eating them as normal food. I have Mountain House dehydrated food for backpacking. They have gotten pretty good these days. Used to taste like cardboard.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@RocketGuy How are the MRE’s? I’ve never had any but thought about ordering some.

RocketGuy's avatar

There is a technician at work who gets them regularly from the Army surplus store. He says the BBQ pork MRE’s taste pretty good. I think he said the beef ones were like beef jerky, so not fun to eat.

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