Whether The Walking Dead has convinced you the end is near or you want to prepare for potential winter weather problems, food storage is a smart endeavor to embark on.
However, food storage isn’t necessarily simple. What do you buy? Where do you keep it? How much will it cost?
Regardless of what type of scenario you are planning for, creating a food stockpile you can depend on in a crisis is a daunting task and you’re going to need some help.
Before you run to the grocery store and load up on 10 pound bags of beans, make sure you check out these resources for tips on getting started, growing a stockpile and safely keeping food.
What food can be stored?
Before you rush off to the store and purchase dozens of cans of food, read up on what you should be storing. Depending on how long you intend to store the food and what you hope to get out of it, your grocery list could be very different than the usual items you’d purchase.
If you are looking for long-term storage, this is a great list foods that keep the longest from OffGrid Survival:
If you are interested in seasonal storage for weather-related scenarios, this list might be more fitting for your short-term storage needs:
What does storing food cost?
While there is no set number for what storing food costs, it’s important to understand that it isn’t necessarily an endeavor that happens over night. If there isn’t any urgency in your stockpiling needs this plan is a great way to go.
Instead of trying to determine what you are going to ultimately spend on food storage (which can be a continual effort) determine a budget that works best for you. Decide on the size and timeline of your efforts and commit a weekly amount to your food storage plans.
Where do I keep my food storage supply?
If you are creating a large food storage supply, odds are you’re not going to want all of that clutter in your pantry and kitchen storage areas. Where else do you keep food though if not there?
Whether you have a large linen closet going unused or an indoor storage unit you think may be a good fit, there are certain conditions your storage space should meet to qualify as a proper area for your stockpile. This resource outlines those conditions in a clear and simple manner:
How do I preserve foods to store?
If you’re interested in storing and preserving food beyond what you can simply find in a can or bag at the grocery store, there are great books for preserving different items that may not be particularly common supplies in the store.
Food storage can be a very important part of preparing for emergencies, but it’s not as easy as buying a few supplies and sticking them in the back of your pantry. Before you hit the store, make sure you read up on how to best stockpile your food.