Top 10 Food Storage Tips
The following post was originally written for TheSurvivalMom.Com, but we thought it was important enough to share again.
10) Never underestimate the importance of the staples. You may receive products in a pre-designed food storage kit that you may not want, but someone else might. Even if it’s something you don’t want or need, it may be useful in the future for barter, pet food, or something else entirely. (If you don’t want to buy anything that you already know your family is allergic to or just won’t eat, a pre-packaged “survival food” kit probably isn’t for you.)
9) Use your food storage to make sure you like it and you know how to use it. Do this before a big emergency hits! Just having food is a huge step in the right direction, but if you won’t eat the food or don’t know how to cook with it, what’s the point?
8) Rule of thumb: Oxygen absorbers work for years, nitrogen works for decades. It’s a fact, there is no better storage environment for food than nitrogen. Keep this in mind when you're purchasing food storage or are packaging products at home.
7) Rotate, Rotate, Rotate. Every few years, pull out some of your oldest products, use them, cook with them, learn if you like them and then replace them. This keeps fresh food storage in your pantry at all times and you get to check off #9!
6) Store for your pets. I know this may sound silly, but your pet can be your biggest asset. Whether it’s for a home alarm system, hunting buddy, or just a companion, don’t underestimate your little furr-kid.
5) Buy and store quality – It’s like a parachute, it has to work. Sure, you got it for $.10 a box, but if it has absolutely no nutritional value and actually requires more energy to prepare than you get out of it, why would you store it?
4) Don’t keep everything in one place. Imagine you have a basement where all of you food and water is perfectly organized and stored, but then a massive storm rolls through and floods your basement and you and your family are stranded in the house. The food is directly below you, but completely ruined and inaccessible. The same goes for fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and any other disaster. Get creative. Try putting some of your food under beds, at the base of closets, behind the couch, anywhere.
3) Keep your food and water in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Heat is the biggest enemy of foods and whether your foods are in Mylar bags or steel cans, that metal container will work like an oven in the heat or sunlight and cook your food, thus eliminating your nutritional value and destroying your shelf life.
2) Purchase and store foods you eat. If you’re purchasing a pre-designed unit that comes with foods you may not want, but it’s cheaper to get it that way, ignore me. BUT! If you have the option to individualize your food storage, do it! A lot of food storage companies out there today only offer combination packs of fruits or vegetables, but for me, even the thought of peaches makes me nauseous, so why would I want that? If you can find a company that sells those products individually without forcing you to purchase their variety, half of which you won’t eat, you may have a winner.
1) Your kids won’t always be kids, plan accordingly. Sure, you have a 6, 8, and 10 year old who don’t eat as much as adults, however, in just 6 short years, you’ll have a 12, 14, and 16 year olds who all can scarf down a whole pizza by themselves. If you plan on having to feed all adults, you’ll never be in the position of not having enough food when you need it.