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Having a large stockpile of food is one of the primary goals of every prepper. Unfortunately, many people that are new to the lifestyle think that all they have to do is head to the nearest store and fill a cart with canned foods. However, this is a huge and costly mistake.
The truth is that you need to take a little bit of time to figure out what foods to stockpile and learn how to store them.
Not sure where to start? You’re in luck! By the end of this guide, you'll know the basics of food storage so you can start stockpiling the foods in the proper places to ensure you and your family have something to eat in the case of an emergency or disaster situation.
Let’s dive in!
Before you actually start buying food, you need to consider where you are going to put it. This will have a pretty big effect on how much you are able to store. If you happen to live in a small apartment with only a little room for storage, you are going to have to get a bit creative.
Here are some top features to look for in a food storage space:
You probably already have some spots in mind. If not, here is a list of places that could potentially make for suitable food storage areas:
Now, you don’t want your stockpile of food just sitting out in the open for everyone to see. If a disaster wipes out the local market and federal aid can’t get to your area, people are going to remember all those tasty boxes of food you had stacked in your kitchen or living room.
If too many individuals know about your food, chances are you’ll either have to share it—which means it won’t last very long—or you’ll have to turn people away (which means they could become a potentially lethal threat to you and your family).
Your stockpile of food should be kept out of sight and only discussed with your immediate family. Your coworker or neighbor doesn’t need to hear about all the food that you have been storing. Remember, if nothing will stop you from providing for your loved ones—nothing will stop them either. Be smart and don’t put the temptation out there.
Now it’s time to get a little more specific!
What foods should you be storing exactly? The short answer is: whatever your family likes to eat. There is an old saying: “Store what you eat and eat what you store.” That might seem a little vague, but it’s the one rule you need to keep in mind when you start purchasing extra food.
Never store food that your family absolutely can’t stand, no matter how great of a deal it is. You might be thinking, “If we are hungry, we will eat anything, so who really cares?” While this is sometimes true, you still want to focus on foods that everyone will enjoy. During a long-term disaster, it’s crucial to do everything you possibly can to keep up morale, and disgusting foods that no one enjoys will only make that more difficult—trust us on this one.
Here is a list of foods with a long shelf life of at least a year or longer:
There are many other long-lasting food items, but this is a good list to help get the gears in your head-turning. If your family has a particular staple that they just can’t live without, be sure to add plenty of it to your emergency food storage. Better yet, learn to make it from scratch and stock up on the necessary ingredients.
There are a handful of tricks and tips that will help to make your food storage a success. We’ve talked about where and what to store, so not let’s get into all the miscellaneous tips.
It goes without saying that food is an important aspect if you want to make it out alive following a disastrous situation. If you are preparing for the worst, be sure to follow our guide to help you in terms of long-term food storage.
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