Planning to stockpile on food but you have no idea how to safely store them? Don’t be overwhelmed. Your food storage will depend on what you and your family eat, but you have to know which one is for short-term storage and which one is for the long-term.
In building your emergency food storage supply, you will go through several phases of stockpiling with foods you can get from the grocery store. This guide will help you get started with food storage!
Short-Term Food Storage
When talking about short-term food storage, it’s all about stuff like canned foods, sealed foods, MREs, and meal bars. Getting these products is fairly simple so there’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t do this.
For some preppers, it’s ideal to try and ration yourself early on in an SHTF situation for the sake of saving resources. The opposite will likely be true. Remember that you will be burning a lot of energy on the first few days of the calamity, so you should be nourished and safe along with your family. Once everything is stable, you start tapering your intake.
Shot-term food storage also involves perishable foods Once the power goes out the clock is ticking until these foods can’t be eaten. Being aware of this will allow you to eat what you can so things don’t go to waste. Learn how to avoid wasting your resources so you’ll have more chances for survival.
Try to store your short-term food in a cool place. The warmer the food, the less time it will last. Store any kind of food in a dark place. Light can have a negative effect on your food.
Long-Term Food Storage
The long-term phase of prepper food storage is all about a mix of starting to eat different foods that you’ve stored in advance as well as beginning to put sustainable food options in motion. This is the part where you need to know how to eat dehydrated or freeze-dried foods.
These foods can be effective as long as you have water. Not only are they great sources of fuel and nutrition, but they can last for a very long time in the right conditions, approximately 10-20 years.
Dehydrated fruits and veggies may include potatoes, carrots, celery, peppers, onions, and potato flakes. Freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, and meats are also good candidates for long term storage.
Foods for long-term storage are also very easy to accumulate and buy in bulk. If you play your cards right, foods for long-term storage will help you get to more sustainable options to help you survive for the long haul.
Long-term food storage also entails farming or growing your own food because, at some point, you won’t be able to rely on the food you’ve stored since they will all run out.
Food like grain, cheese, and meat are all things you can cultivate yourself and store for catastrophic conditions. Remember that a good candidate for long-term storage has a moisture content of 10% or less and low in oil content. Examples include wheat, Kamut, spelt, corn, white rice, pinto beans, black beans, white beans, kidney beans, split peas, lentils, rolled oats, and pasta.
This means you have to prioritize reducing moisture because it can cause food to go bad quickly and deteriorate the materials you’re using to store your food.
The best containers to package dry foods for long-term storage include:
- Foil pouches
- Plastic buckets
- Glass jars
This video shows how to package your food for long-term storage.
When talking about containers, try to remove oxygen from the equation. A well-sealed container makes a huge difference when it comes to prolonging your food.