What are the biggest food storage challenges people faces? Do you have enough space for your emergency foods? Are you storing food in your kitchen cupboards and pantry, but still need more space? Join me in taking a look at five easy tips to get your food storage started.
1) Utilize All Space
One of the biggest challenges of food storage is having enough space for your supplies. You want to ask yourself before starting, “Do I have enough storage space for all the food that I want to store?” Preparing the space in advance will help you discover other areas for your storage.
If you have only a small amount of space, do not panic. Utilize this space the best way you can, using every inch possible. You do not have to just store your foods in the kitchen. You can use other spaces in your home that are available too. Some of these areas include under the bed, inside plastic storage bins, behind couches and other furniture.
2) Utilize Your Time
In all honesty, everyone is busy! Sometimes you may not even have time to sit down to dinner at the table. Yet, it takes time to stock up on a whole year’s supply of food. Here are a couple of things you can do to use the time that you do have to create your food storage:
- Learn to use your freezer. Make extra portions of your favorite foods. Bag them and freeze them.
- Cook days ahead of time. Prepare meals in advance so that you can be prepared for the week. Just store them in your freezer until you're ready to heat and serve them.
NOTE: Storing your foods and preparing meals in advance does not have to take a lot of time, it can actually help you to SAVE time in the long run.
3) Set a Budget
You may be working on a budget, but that's okay. You can still start your food storage without breaking your family's bank. It's not expensive start a food storage plan, especially if you add a little at a time. Use a checklist to ensure that you purchase foods you will actually eat. Then, add to your storage in baby steps, little by little. This will help you stick to your monthly budget, while adding to your food storage over time.
4) Be Organized
Most of us reserve a special time each year where we do our major “ spring cleaning.” It's all about cleaning each room, getting rid of the unnecessary clutter. When it comes to your food storage, you need to follow this same concept. You have to do a check, every month or so, to make sure that you get rid of any food items that have expired. You also want to switch things around to ensure that items expiring the soonest, are in the front of your storage. This will ensure that you use the oldest items first, prolonging the shelf life of your foods. Keeping your storage organized will also help you see, at-a-glance, products that have been used up and need to be replaced.
Remember Diet Restrictions
If there are people in your household with dietary restrictions, provisions need to be made to ensure their safety. These restrictions can be related to allergies to certain foods, health restricted diets or disliking for certain types of foods. Be sure to consider these factors when planning your food storage. When a disaster strikes, you don't need to have to worry about allergic reactions. You also don't want to see your family starve because you've filled your storage with pork products, and no one in your home eats pork.
The content above was written by Dirk Puckett an emergency preparedness expert. Click here to place your food storage order today.