Most people say that they don’t have food storage because they do not have room in their home. Since having a supply in your hope could potentially save your life and lives of every member of your family, space should be found and set aside for an emergency supply.
Food storage should be placed in an area of the home with little to no moisture and where the temperature is steady year-round. Places like the garage fluctuate in temperature drastically during the summer and winter months, making the food not able to last as long.
Places like the basement, however, are easily accessible, the temperature is stable, and people like how it is out of the way and not taking up living space. It is also a safe place to gather in situations like a tornado.
After setting aside a place to store your emergency food storage, you can start building up your supply little by little. While putting food in your storage room, remember that the supply is not to be put in there and forgotten about until an emergency happens.
Instead, the food should be rotated regularly. Try to use as much of your supply as possible in your everyday meals, and then replace what you use. This ensures that the food in your supply does not go bad.
The most important thing to include in your storage supply is water. This is one thing that is essential for the survival of all human beings, and your supply should be in abundance.
Your supply should contain enough water for each person in your household to have the use one gallon everyday for at least 10 days. If at all possible, that supply should be increased to a 30-day supply. This means that a family of four should have a minimum of 40 gallons of water stored in their house in case of an emergency.
The water can be housed in plastic or glass containers so that it stays clean and drinkable at all times. It should not be next to any gasoline, pesticides, or any other harmful substances. Your water supply will not only be used for drinking, however, it will also be used for preparing food and any sanitary needs.
Your food storage should also contain dry and canned food. Dried food usually includes things like rice, dehydrated beans, noodles, wheat, flour, and sugar. These are supplies that can be used for many different meals, and typically only need water to help prepare a meal with.
Dry food can be packaged in buckets and last over 25 years. There is also something called freeze-dried food. This method can take freshly cooked meals, flash freeze them, and then suck out all of the oxygen and 98% of the moisture from the food.
These can be housed in buckets or water and oxygen proof packaging and can last up to 25 years in bucket or 10 years in other packaging. When you open up the package, you simply add water and the food will be ready to eat.
The next thing to get for you emergency needs is canned food. These things include canned soup, vegetables, fruit, and any other things that come in a can and can be stored and last potentially for years.
Food offered in cans can be eaten without any preparation or added water. Sometimes soup is concentrated, and it is suggested to add a can of water to it, but the water is not necessary to make it edible. Adding water, will of course make it last longer because there will be more, but it is not required.
The dry and canned storage supply can be used for a variety of different meals, and are easy to incorporate in your everyday meals so you can rotate you supply often. A good amount to have on hand is about one year’s worth of food to sustain every member of your family.
Tom Selwick has worked the past 21 years in the food storage industry. He suggests buying food storage from a quality company so you know your food will last.