One of my biggest priorities in Preparedness is increasing my food stores. Although not difficult – for me it is a matter of money, space, organization and planning.
One of my favorite food storage staples is peanut butter. Peanut butter can be eaten right out of the jar, on crackers, on bread – it just tastes great. From a nutritional viewpoint – peanut butter does pretty well. High in fat and containing equal amounts of carbohydrates and protein – it has the calories needed to make a big dent in your caloric intake needs daily.
Now – I have no plans to live on peanut butter – but it certainly can be included in a post-TSHTF diet. It also could be a great morale booster for those that may be getting board with their survival diet. Peanut butter is also very useful as an ingredient in baking.
Shelf life is excellent – coming in between 1.5 to 2 years or more for a jar. I have found that some brands are lower than others – so shop around. Since my family consumes peanut butter on a regular basis – it is an easy food item to rotate on the shelf to keep fresh. I currently keep my peanut butter stores in an extra freezer in my garage. I feel that this method “freezes” the lifespan meaning that once thawed I will have 1-2 years or more of life left.
Cost? Very cheap. Buying on sale as well as using coupons a typical jar can run under $2.00. Also – multi-packs as well as large value sized jar can be purchased at a discount at wholesale clubs like Costco and SAM’s Club.
Peanut butter is a great addition to any size food storage program – whether it be a 72 hour kit or a 1 year supply.
Time to go get some Ritz crackers and peanut butter. Yum!