6 Tips for Building your Food Storage

 
Being prepared isn't just for boy scouts.  Making our groceries last longer and having multiple ingredients on hand makes sense for both your wallet and your sanity.  It also ensures that you won't be caught off guard if there is a natural disaster in your area that leaves you unable to run to the corner market for daily groceries.  Here our six of our favorite tried and true tips for food storage:
 
  1. Thinking about all of the possible ingredients your family needs to live on for an extended period of time can be quite overwhelming.  The best way to build an arsenal of ingredients is to build slowly with a plan in mind.  Take stock of what kinds of food your family eats regularly and start there.  Buy an extra jar of peanut butter or canned fruit each time you shop and you will be surprised how quickly the extra items turn into weeks or months worth of extra groceries.
  2. Another overwhelming part of buying extra food is finding a place to store it.  My dream is to have an entire section of my house that acts as a mini grocery store with shelves and coolers.  Until then I need to find creative ways to store what we have.  This means using extra space under beds, hall closets that act as a second pantry or even a small shed outside.  If you use space under beds I have found a system that works well is to pull food from one side as needed and refill from the other.  This way you don't have to think about the order in which you stored the food.
  3. Water is one of the most important items to have on hand incase of a natural disaster.  A good rule of thumb is three gallons per person per day.  
  4. Once you start to build up a good supply of food it is imperative to rotate it.  Using what you have on hand and then replacing it requires some organization and inventory management.  Don't let that stop you.  There are so many great resources online that will help you track what you have and what you need.  
  5. Keep your food up off the ground to ensure rodents or other crawly things don't get into it.  Keeping food safe will ensure you have quality groceries and not just quantity.
  6. Know how to use the food you store.  I have seen many people buy food in large quantities but have no idea how to use it.  Remember in a disaster you may not be able to google a recipe or how to prepare a certain food so with each item you buy have a plan for it.  Build a menu around your food storage.

Krista Numbers

Krista is the founder of Simplify Supper. She is passionate about making family dinner a priority and strives to provide simple solutions to make it happen.

Feb 02, 2014
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