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05/31/2018 / By Zoey Sky
Preppers know that food storage is crucial to self-reliance. With a food supply, you don’t have to run to the grocery store when SHTF.
Researchers posit that the average American visits the grocery store at least 1.5 times per week. If you have your own food supply, you can keep your family fed for at least several months or even years. (h/t to PreppersSurvive.com.)
There are three major categories for food storage: short-term, long-term, and water supply. Being able to differentiate short-term from long-term food supplies ensures that you can store your food for as long as you need to while avoiding spoilage.
How do you determine if your family needs a short-term or long-term food supply? Consider your budget, cooking ability, if you plan to rotate your food supply and the reason why you’re storing food before you decide on the answer.
When storing food for a short-term reason, like a power outage or disaster, consider buying meals that can be stored for at least a month.
If you’re on a tight budget, it’s better to plan for a long-term food supply. However, some preppers often combine both to prepare for various scenarios.
A short-term food supply usually includes these food items:
Canned food usually has a short expiration date of at least several months, making them suitable for short-term storage. Take note that short-term food must be used and rotated regularly; otherwise, its color, smell, taste, and texture could change. The food could even spoil if you don’t regularly rotate your supply.
If power outages are frequent in your area, a short-term food supply is the best option for you. You also have to prepare a cooking method that suits your food supply. Additionally, you must always replace the food that your family consumes.
Don’t buy or store food no one in your family likes or it will just go to waste. Aim to store enough items for four days. Once you reach your target, store food for two weeks. Practice rotating your food regularly before you attempt to store enough food for a longer period.
Once you’ve reached the two-week short-term food supply goal, you’ll have an easier time when setting up a long-term food supply.
A properly sealed and stored long-term food supply often includes:
When stored properly, long-term food supplies will last indefinitely, making this a popular option among preppers. These food items are usually stored in five-gallon white buckets, large #10 metal cans, or Mylar bags since these containers will keep the food dry and safe from rodents.
For this option, you will need to follow several rules:
Here are some additional tips for short-term food storage:
You can learn more about the other items you can include in your short-term and long-term food supply at FoodSupply.news.
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