With all the talk of economic crisis, emergency situations, 2012, etc, it is a wise decision to start stockpiling foods for survival.
First of all, we need to decide WHAT kind of food storage we want to have. There are various ways to start a food storage, and it mostly depends on WHERE we plan to use it.
If we are planning to stay at home if a pandemic emergency arises, or some big economic crisis happens such as whole towns losing power for days, etc.... then it is possible to just buy extra food supplies whenever we shop and start building a food supply that way... or perhaps we can start a survival garden.. the ideas are endless in that sense.
HOWEVER if we are not sure WHAT we will do, or if we plan to run to a cabin in the woods, or to another state, then we will want to think in terms of long-lasting food storage. Freeze dried foods are the better option if you are simply wanting the satisfaction of knowing that if anything catastrophic happens - at least you have food!
Mountain House Foods are a great choice for that as they offer whole units of food, like a 6 month supply for two, as an example. The freeze dried foods keep for up to 15 years so there is no need to fear that it will rot for you.
Whichever method you choose, make sure you have at least a 6 weeks supply of food stockpiled for emergencies. You will never be sorry.
Keep your stockpiled food in a dry, cool place.
If you are storing regular cans of food, make sure you rotate it every 6 months - use the old and add new.