Food Storage mistakes

10 dumb food storage mistakes

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I believe that the majority of people comprehend that storing food for an emergency is a good idea. Even if they never get around to actually doing it, they understand that the concept makes sense and realize that if a crisis does occur, they’re going to regret not having done it. There is a lot less knowledge and agreement, on the other hand, regarding what types of food to stockpile and how to store it the best way.

You could have tons of wheat stored, for example, but too much of any one thing – even a good thing like wheat – is not good. Variety is not only important physically, but it will also help you and your family psychologically if you find yourself in an emergency situation that goes on for days, weeks or months. The type of container in which you store your food is also very important because exposure to air and moisture can ruin your food storage plans.

In an article titled “Seven Major Mistakes in Food Storage” (see link below), author Vicki Tate discusses those two mistakes and others. Please take a look at the article and let me know what you think. While I agree with the “mistakes” she mentions, I think she’s missing a few that are even more important than some of the ones she lists. Meet you on the other side!

» Article: Seven Major Mistakes in Food Storage by Vicki Tate

I think you’ll agree that the author touches on some important mistakes people make when storing foods for the future, including issues regarding variety, extended staples, vitamins, psychological foods, balance, containers and usage of the storage.

But any advice list for people who are storing food absolutely has to include the temperature at which the food is stored (should be between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and the importance of keeping containers out of the light, which can negatively influence vitamins, proteins and fats. I would also make sure that people understand that they need to focus on foods that do not require refrigeration, since a power outage would spoil those foods quickly, and that keeping some foods at a secondary location is important, should their homes be destroyed in an emergency.

Following is my Top 10 list of dumb food storage mistakes:

  1. Ignoring the importance of nutrition in the foods that are stored
  2. Using sacks or other containers that are not air-tight
  3. Failing to keep food containers in a cool, dry place
  4. Failing to keep food containers out of the light
  5. Storing too many items that need refrigeration
  6. Failing to include enough of a variety of different foods
  7. Failing to maintain a good balance in the foods that are stored
  8. Failing to include at least a small percentage of “comfort” foods
  9. Failing to occasionally check expiration dates and rotate stored foods
  10. Storing all of the food in only one location.

What to store

As you study this one-year’s supply list, you may wonder where you can buy the foods listed, if interested. This particular food storage plan is based on products that are available through LDS/Mormon Home Storage Centers. You do not need to be a church member to purchase food at these locations, and if you
check the price list; you will be surprised at how inexpensively you can build up a good stock

The other items that are included on the one-year’s supply list are readily available products that you can find at your local markets. Some of these products, like the oils and fats, will need to be rotated on a regular basis.

If you have been prepping for a while, this is a good basic list to judge your storage against, and if you are a beginner, it’s a good guide for getting started. Personally I would consider this list as a minimum one-year supply. It has its faults — carb-heavy for one, but that’s what canned and freeze dried meats and vegetables, as well as some comfort foods are for. I buy mine through Thrive Life, and have been very happy with the taste, quality, and packaging. (I am a Thrive Life consultant.) But you can purchase a home freeze dryer   and make your own 25 year shelf life freeze dried foods a lot less expensively except for the initial cost of the machine.

Ever wondered what a 1-year supply for 1 person looks like? Well, now you know!

For more information that will spice up your food storage supply, read these:

· · A Round-Up of Food Storage Resources

· · 15 Helpful Hints That Will Make Your Food Storage Taste Better

· · 28 Spices & Seasonings to Avoid Food Fatigue