Food Storage

by Brooke Tolman
(last updated October 12, 2016)

Food storage is an important thing to have in case of emergency. Having a few things stored up in case of emergency isn't good enough though. If you're going to have food storage you have to do it right or else it won't make much of a difference. Many people make the same mistakes in storing food and correcting these can really make a difference.

  1. Not having enough variety. The majority of people buy the same basic items because it's what we are most often told to buy. These include items such as flour, wheat, rice, milk and honey. Common sense tells us that most of us won't survive on such a diet that only includes foods such as those for several reasons. One of those being that a lot of people have allergies that they aren't aware of and those allergies might make themselves known if you have to eat wheat for every meal for a few weeks straight. Also you'll get sick of eating the same things over and over again. It's called appetite fatigue. Another part of having enough variety is storing an assortment of food that you can cook a number of ways. Don't store just dehydrated or freeze dried foods, store canned goods as well. To get even more technical, store not only store canned goods but ones that you canned yourself. The smart thing to do is to stock up on a variety of foods to prepare in a variety of ways.
  2. Assuming you'll get your vitamins from food. Most people don't even get enough of their daily vitamins in a regular day-to-day situation, but in an emergency situation it'll start to wear on you if you don't. A smart thing to have that most people forget to add to their food storage is a supply of vitamins. You'll want to make sure you have both a quality multi-vitamin and something to give you an extra boost of vitamin C. These are especially vital in young children as they don't store their vitamins as well as adults do.
  3. They forget quick and easy foods. These include goodies like Jell-O, pudding, candy, and freeze dried meals. They may sound like a waste, but they will be a lifesaver in the event that you'd have to live on your food storage for more than a few weeks. It's more than likely that you'll get sick of eating the same typical food storage type foods and as well as putting the effort forth to cook them. When that happens, you'll be grateful you have these quick and easy foods.
  4. They don't store their food in proper containers. This is important so that no harm will come to it by water or by rodents and waste it all. Never store your food in plastic or any type of sacks. You want tubs with tight fitting lids that won't fall off in the case of an earthquake or something of that nature.
  5. They never use their food storage. It's a common mistake to buy food for your food storage and then leave it down there, only using it when an emergency situation presents itself. You'll want to use it, not only so you are continually updating your food storage and not letting your food pass it's expiration date and go to waste, but also so that you know how to cook it and how it tastes and whether or not you want to stock up on more or try something different.

Follow these five tips and using your food storage in an emergency situation will be no sweat.

Author Bio

Brooke Tolman

Brooke is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. She currently resides in Seattle where she works as a freelance data analyst and personal trainer. She hopes to spend her life camping and traveling the world. ...

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