Food storage is a great idea, and frankly everyone should try to do it themselves. Not only is it a great way to have a wide selection of foods you may enjoy eating, it is also a fantastic fallback option if some type of disaster should befall you. However, coming up with some food storage ideas may not always be the easiest task before you. Instead of waiting till the last minute, take a little time and answer these questions to help you come up with some great ideas for you to use.
- What do you like? While everyone may think that food storage means that you have to have a bunch of nasty tasting foods, which you are frankly a little afraid to eat, this couldn't be further from the truth. Instead, think about what you like to eat, and think of creative way to make those items. Keep in mind that the food you store will need to be eaten eventually, otherwise you will end up throwing good money away for no reason; so you may as well purchase food that will get eaten (eventually) rather than items which will go to waste.
- How much do you need? A very important item for consideration when planning your food storage is how much you will actually need. Think about what you and your family eat in each meal, and plan accordingly.
- Where are you going to store it? While it may be nice to think that you will buy large amounts of bulk food items, unless you have somewhere to store it, you will soon end up running out of room. An often overlooked aspect of food storage is where you are going to store the food. Food tends to take up a lot of room, so you need to plan accordingly. An easy solution for this problem is to actually consider your pantry to be part of your storage plan. Go "shopping" from your storage for your weekly groceries as much as possible, and when you go to the store shop for your storage.
- How are you going to store it? We have all seen those expiration dates that are on just about every kind of food you can imagine. They have those for a reason—food degrades over time. This is why an important aspect of food storage is determining how you are going to store the food. There are many great methods available, but it often seems like each of these are more expensive than the last. Some possible methods that you can use is to buy items that will have a long shelf life, and not require a lot of refrigeration. Some examples of these products would be canned goods, dehydrated and reconstituted food products, and believe it or not Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) that you can purchase from a military surplus store. While it may be a tad expensive, each MRE can last for at least a year, requires no refrigeration, and will contain 3000 calories of nutrition.
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