Making a Food Storage Plan
Today is the perfect time to start making your food storage plans. There are many variables, one being the price of fuel, that causes the price of food to rise, so a good food storage plan can be a hedge against fluctuations in the economy.
Storing extra food doesn’t mean that you are anticipating the apocalypse. Most food storage is done to help protect against many tough situations in life.
Here are some some reasons that people choose to stockpile some food:
- Economical – Bulk foods are typically cheaper. If you can store food without having it spoil, consider buying in bulk and storing them.
- Financial – families with limited or fixed incomes may find that their grocery budget is lean during some months. Coupons can be a good way to help with this issue.
- Practical – You never know when family or friends might stop by, and may stay longer than expected. This aslo can provide you with the ability to share food with those in need.
Before you start to store food you need to have a good plan and undertand some basics.
One basic to keep in mind through your food storage planning and the stockpiling itself, is that you will need to use the stored food for regular meals and not only during a crisis.
The old adage, “first in, first out” is essential for your food storage to make ensure that your food is used up and fresh foods are brought in to replace them.
This is a good reason for you to only buy and store foods that your family will eat as part of regular meals.
Sudden Diet Change-up is Bad
You need to consider the types of food that you need to store. You should store the same types of food that you and your family currently eats regularly.
There is a medical condition called “appetite fatigue” which occurs when a person suddenly changes their diet. The symptoms of this are digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Appetite fatigue is most often experienced by the young and the elderly. These age groups have their own set of special needs so you will want to minimize their stress, not add to it.
If you are already in an emergency situation, you don’t need to deal with illness too.
Planning Food Storage 101
If there is an emergency and you cannot get to the store, your food preferences will not instantly change. You know what you and your family likes to eat. An emergency is not the time to change your family’s diet! A nutritionally balanced menu containing familiar meals will be necessary for your family’s health, well being and survival.
With familiar meals in mind, you need to start writing down your food storage plans. Don’t rush into this planning stage but allow yourself plenty of time to think and plan.
1) Consider a time frame. You will want to start to store and stockpile food for what length of time? Are you stocking food to last 3 days, a week, a month or several months?
If you are just starting your food storage planning, then a three month plan might be a good place to start. You can beef up your plan by adding to your food stores, to expand it, as time goes on.
2) Make a list of the types of foods that your family likes to eat and your regular meals. Make a list of the foods that you normally prepare and note the required ingredients. Remember that in an emergency situation, refrigeration may not be an option. Start to learn how to can, dry or dehydrate necessary ingredients.
If you aren’t comfortable with cooking, write down the meals that you typically eat and start practicing how to prepare and cook them yourself. Learning basic cooking skills will help you feed your family with nutritious meals in uncertain times.
Food Storage Basics Series:
- Part 1: Making a Food Storage Plan
- Part 2: Think Ingredients
- Part 3: Math, Recipes and Shopping Lists
- Part 4: Storing Your Food Storage
- Part 5: Storing Water
- Part 6: Storing Dairy Products
- Part 7: Building Up your Food Storage
- Part 8: Protecting Food From Pests