Food Storage Tips For Preppers
One of the first thoughts that inevitably crosses people’s minds during times of crisis is Food, and in particular food storage tips…..
They wonder if they have enough food at home to last through the crisis. In most cases they don’t because prepping for disaster and emergencies is not something most people consider on a daily basis. So when disaster strikes, they start rushing to the grocery store, along with a million other people, to grab whatever food that they think they’ll need.
One or more of three possible problems will occur when you leave it too late like this.
Firstly you simply may not have access to the mall or shops because the roads are closed or inaccessible due to the nature of the disaster, – such as flooding or earthquake etc.
Secondly, the mall itself may be closed since most employees will be quite correctly huddled in their homes waiting for the disaster to pass or conditions to settle down.
Finally, even if the mall IS open, you may find that the shelves have already been stripped bare and most, if not all, of the items you need are already gone.
All three scenarios are common and should highlight the importance of choosing and storing your food BEFOREHAND so that you can more easily survive an emergency for at least a few days.
In this article, I’m going to be showing you 8 practical food storage tips for preppers which will hold good for most emergency situations. Yep, – just stick to these and you’ll be fine.
Ideally, you want to store enough food that will last you for 30 days. While this may seem extreme, it is a good place to aim for since you can last through most crises and emergencies with 30 days of food supplies. Only the worst disasters will require more food and if that’s the case, by then there will highly likely be some sort of food aid provided by the authorities.
Do note that when storing the food, you should take into account the needs of all family members and make sure you have sufficient supplies to cover the entire family. If you have pets, hey, they need to eat too.
Rotate your food
When storing your food, place the newest stores at the back and the older stores in front. If there’s a crisis, ensure that you consume the older food stores first. It’s a good idea to have a record book to monitor when you purchased the food and the expiry dates. This will make it much easier to track your stores.
Store food properly
Your food stores should be tightly sealed and not exposed to heat and rodents. Ensure that your stores are kept in a cool and dry environment.
Store foods you like
Ideally, the food you store should be what you and your family enjoy eating, but they should also be nutritious. It’s a good idea to also stock some comfort foods like chocolate, canned fruit, etc. During emergencies, these foods will lift your spirits and give you an emotional ‘break’ from the stress of the situation.
Rotate your food stocks
Monitor your food stocks and consume them when they’re close to expiry. Replenish the food as soon as possible. In this way, not only will you prevent wastage but your food supplies will not have expired without your knowledge.
Know what foods to store
Some foods like milk, bread and eggs do not have a long shelf life. Storing them will be a hassle. You should focus on freeze dried foods, canned food, uncooked rice, flour, meals ready to eat (MREs) and other foods that have a longer shelf life and contain the nutrients you need. If you do store milk, be sure it’s the UHT variety.
You may consider getting food that can be chilled or frozen but there’s every chance you’ll be hit with blackouts during a crisis and then you’d need to consume the food in the refrigerator and freezer before they start rotting.
Utensils and paper plates
During crises, you’ll want to conserve water. Use disposable plastic utensils and paper plates instead of the usual washable items. Do remember to have trash bags stored too.
Spices and other condiments
Do remember to store ingredients and sauces used to flavor your food. In the event that you want to cook, having spices, sauces and salt can make a world of difference in how your food tastes. There’s no need to suffer bland meals during a crisis.
The 8 tips above are just scraping the tip of the iceberg, but they’re a great starting point if you stick to them. Just the fact that you’re getting ready for any possible emergency makes you that much more prepared to handle whatever may come your way. Learn as much as you can about prepping and apply what you learn.
As a final thought, in this article we’ve talked about food. For tips on how to tackle your water problems, I’ve written another article HERE.