Avoid Food Storage Fails
Food Storage Fails Wreak Havoc on Survival Preparedness Plans
Part of any good disaster survival plan includes food storage. Do you think you know how to put a food storage kit together? Let’s see!
Food storage is about more than buying grains and seeds and tossing them in the basement, shed or bunker. When you fail to plan beyond your shopping list, you’ve wasted your money. Food storage includes not only purchasing the right foods, but wise food storage. Here’s what you need to know and what you need to avoid.
The Right Foods
Your food storage shopping list includes these staples:
- Dried Herbs
- Whole Wheat
- Whole Kernel Corn
- White Distilled Vinegar
- Liquid Smoke
You’ll also want to purchase canned goods. But where are you going to store those canned goods? In a cool, dark place, with the emphasis on cool. Think of those cans as little ovens if you store them in rooms that reach soaring temperatures in the summer.
Buying more than you can store or carry is also a mistake. You aren’t going to be able to lug 50 sacks of rice wit you should you have to make a run for it. Consider purchasing smaller containers when you can.
Storing Food Correctly
You spend hundreds of dollars to stock your food supply, only to store everything in the perfectly wrong containers. What have you done? Thrown your money away. Water should be stored in stainless steel containers. When you do this, your water doesn’t need to be replenished for three years.
Don’t leave food in plastic bags, even if that’s how you purchase it. Make an investment in air-tight containers and transfer your rice, wheat and sugar over to them. This ensures that your food is sans insects when you have to use it.
Temperature control is also important. If you think that your garage is the perfect place to store your food, you’re wrong. Even in the Midwest, summers get hot. Hot enough to spoil your food kept in a closed garage. Your food storage should be as temperature controlled as the food in your home.
No Supplies Means No Food
You’ve bought all of the right foods and you’ve stored it all correctly. Fantastic! Now what? When the time comes to grind your wheat, you aren’t going to do it with a rock. You may be surprised at the number of people who fail to consider tools and supplies when putting together a food storage plan.
Keep these tools handy:
- Pasta Maker
- Food-Grade Bucket
- Multi-Tool or Swiss Army Knife
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- Solar Oven
- Manual Can Opener
You may think of more supplies that your family will need, but these are definitely the staples. Take a look at the food that you purchase and ask yourself what you will need to use to make it edible.
Wise food storage plans are about more than a simple shopping list or a trip to the wholesale club. If you don’t avoid considering all aspects of your plan, you’ve failed. Don’t neglect to consider storage and supplies beyond your food. When you do this, you’ve created a food storage system that is going to keep you alive for months.