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3 Prepper Food Levels That Increase Survivability


Surviving 25 to 30 years off of stored survival food is just not realistic for a lot of us.  Instead, there are 3 prepper food levels that I believe everyone can stockpile quickly.  These levels will also increase your survivability.


  • a lot of people that get involved with preparedness have the impression that you have some huge emergency food stockpile
  • I’ve seen people claim to have 25 to 30 years worth of food stockpiled.
  • However, that is not realistic for a lot of us
  • many of us don’t have the space to store it or the money to buy it with
  • also, I’m not sure if you would want to stay isolated for 25 years eating the same canned and dried food for so long
  • I can’t really think of a scenario that would call for 25 years of food stockpiled
  • There hasn’t been a time in history that had called for such an event
  • even a full-blown nuclear fallout would only call for a few years of recovery time
  • so instead of suggesting that you stockpile that much food, I want to recommend a layering system that will increase your survivability

1. Store bought food

  • when first starting off building your emergency food supply you should begin with for store bought food
  • these foods should, of course, have long shelf lives
  • the reasons you should start with food bought stores is because they are cheaper and you have easier access
  • you could start off with dried food but will pay more and have to wait for shipping
  • with store bought survival food you can pick up some now for cheap
  • you can find really great deals at dollar stores

Use couponing to really save money and build a stockpile fast

  • to take it one step further you can really build a supply up quickly by using coupons
  • when you are couponing you will want to stack them
  • what I do is get the weekend newspapers that has all the ads and coupons
  • I typically get about 2 or 3 newspapers so that I can buy multiple items
  • then I put those coupons into a folder system
  • that folder system has 12 folders, one for every month of the year
  • so for all of the coupons that I get for January, I will file them in the January folder
  • I don’t just go out and use them as soon as I get them
  • instead, I rely on a website called Truecouponing.com
  • this website will tell me when to use certain coupons
  • this is because foods run on sales cycles
  • there are certain times of the year that products are at the lowest prices
  • so True Couponing provides a weekly update on what coupons to use
  • This is where you get some really good discounts
  • if you combine the cheapest time to buy a product, with an ongoing sale with manufacturer and store coupons then savings are outrageous
  • there have been times that I have bought $200 worth of groceries but only paid $40

Additional tips

  • store-bought canned food is one of the most popular types of survival food to buy
  • this is because a lot of the canned food is ready to eat
  • so if you don’t have time electricity and heat to cook them you can still eat it from the can
  • I would recommend having at least 30 days worth of store-bought survival food, to begin with
  • once you purchase this amount then you should begin working on the next layer

2. Dried survival food

  • the great thing about freeze-dried food is that they have a longer shelf life as compared to canned and packaged foods
  • so you don’t have to continually rotate your emergency food supply
  • it is also lighter than canned food and provides more per container
  • freeze-dried food is healthier as it provides a lot more nutrients than canned food
  • the downside is that it is more expensive than store-bought survival food
  • they will also take more storage space than canned food but get more per container
  • the other downside, if you consider it a downside, is that it will take longer to prepare
  • like I said with canned food you can eat it straight out of the can
  • however, with freeze dried food you will need to add hot water
  • it typically takes about 10 to 12 minutes to prepare
  • you should have at least another 5 months worth of freeze-dried survival food
  • this will give you enough food until you can reap food from the final layer of prepper food

3. Survival Garden

  • a survival garden is a vegetable garden designed to provide enough crops to permit you and your family to live on the garden produce alone
  • to me, it is important to have a survival garden especially for long-term SHTF recovery scenarios
  • it is almost impossible to build an emergency food supply that will last you 40 years with just store bought and dried food
  • a lot of us don’t have that type of space to store it
  • instead, if there is a collapse scenario you will want to begin a survival garden
  • that way when you run out of your emergency stockpile you will then have food that you can pick from the garden

What to grow

  • when determining what to grow in your survival garden you will want to take in 4 factors
  • the foods should produce big yields, can be stored easily, they are perennials and can grow or be stored during the cold winter months
  • a lot of us don’t have a lot of room to grow a big garden
  • that is why it is important that the crops that you grow can produce big yields
  • they should be easy to store with long shelf lives
  • It would be helpful if those plants are perennials
  • a lot of plants die after you pick from them
  • however, perennial plants will still produce food after you pick from them for at least 2 years
  • finally, having foods that are immune to cold weather helps to ensure that you will have food after the blistering winter

Security concerns

  • now having a garden may draw some unwanted attention
  • there may be looters that will take food from others
  • you may even have the government taking food from people during a collapse scenario
  • one recommendation that I have read about is having a secret survival garden
  • a secret survival garden is really hidden to the naked eye
  • unless your eye is trained on it you wouldn’t realize that someone is growing a garden
  • it just looks like plants that grow naturally in the wild
  • so that is one recommendation that I would have for those that are worried about their food being taken
  • There is a book called The Secret Survival Garden that I would recommend as a good read
  • it really breaks it down into how to grow and structure that garden

Resources Mentioned

Best Foods to Grow for Survival

Secret Garden of Survival


About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear and author of The Strategic Prepper. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.