One of the biggest concerns of prepping is building a long-term food storage. You may not need food storage for man-made disaster, but sometimes there are natural disasters that we need to be prepared for. The images of Katrina are in the minds of many people. In addition to natural disasters you may want to stock up to have in case of a loss of employment. I know personally, I have been laid off more than once, and wouldn’t it be nice to know you have something in your cup boards to help tide you over during the lean times. Why not take a few moments each and every time you go to the grocery store and buy a can or two of food that you can store to use later.
Starting food storage doesn’t need to be daunting, or even overwhelming. It can be very easy to do. You want to make a list of items you like to eat, and then plan around food that you already eat. Starting out you may want to start a food storage of three or even seven days to start. After you have a a week worth’s of food stored, you may want to then build up to a thirty-day or even longer supply.
If you haven’t already started building up a supply of food. Consider starting with items like canned soups, peanut butter, or even shelf stable foods. You will want to start with foods that can be simply heated up or even eaten cold. Purchase food that is ready to eat when starting your food storage. Once you get your ready to eat food supply build up, then start to work on items that need to be cooked. You will want to plan out how to cook raw ingredients, buying a ton of flour, and beans without a means to prepare this food will not be fruitful.
How do you build up your supply? Each time you go to the store pick up an extra can or two of soup, spam, canned beans. Doing this will help you flesh out your pantry. An emergency isn’t the time to try out new foods. Consider writing out a menu plan for two weeks, and then build your food storage to your plan.
Ten Tips for Food Storage
1. Buy only what you will eat. Do not buy foods that you are not familiar with, you may not want to eat new foods.
2. Write out a meal plan for two weeks, and purchase the foods you need to fulfill your plan.
3. Pick up a few items for your food storage each time you go to the grocery store.
4. Make sure you store a couple of can openers. Food, and no easy way to open the food is not a good situation.
5. Be sure to store water, 1 gallon a day is recommended per person.
6. Ideally, food should be stored between 32 and 70 degrees.
7. If you are transferring food into storage containers, make sure they are food safe.
8. When you design your food storage area, make sure it is free of bugs/insects/rodents.
9. Rotate your stock of food storage, first in, first out. Consider writing the dates on the cans in large numbers so you can easily see when your food expires.
10. Consider food items that can be prepared or heated without electricity.
Storing up a few extra items in your pantry is easy to do. By having a pantry that can feed your family for an extra couple of days, weeks, or even longer is a good idea. You never know when a natural disaster may occur. By having food in your pantry means you will not have to rush out to the grocery store, and get what ever you can. By planning ahead you can be relaxed in knowing you have taken care of your family properly in case of a natural disaster.