The wealth of information available surrounding emergency food storage can get overwhelming for somebody just starting out.
There are guides telling you what you should buy, how much of it you should buy, where to buy it, how to store it, how to cook it, and believe it or not, even how to eat it.
Now I’m not saying these guides are bad by any means, a lot of the information is good information. But for somebody just starting out, it can be so much that they don’t know how to start building their own emergency food storage down to pure confusion.
That is why we have written this guide today. To give beginners some simple tips to get their own food storage started.
1. Don’t Try to Rush It
If you feel overwhelmed with the amount of information available on the subject of food storage, you will become even more overwhelmed if you start to think that everything needs to be done immediately.
You don’t need to go out and buy a year’s supply of food straight away. Start small and take your time.
Start by just focusing on storing enough food that could see you through three days and then you can gradually build up from there until you have a weeks supply. Continue doing this and you will be surprised at just how quickly you can build your food storage.
If all you can manage is to purchase a couple of extra cans of food each week, that’s OK!
Work at your own pace and not of that that others tell you to. Many prepping websites and forums will tell you that you need to do it fast, it just isn’t true.
It might be a challenge, don’t make it a chore!
2. Be Wise With Your Money
If you have a budget, stick to it!
You don’t have to spend all your money to get the top of the range items all the time or the most expensive foods.
Use coupons, deals, and anything else that can allow you to save money. And if possible, use a pound store/dollar store where you can pick up great bargains on your food items. These are usually what you would end up spending more for in the supermarkets anyway!
3. Get Creative with Your Storage Space
A big challenge can arise when trying to find places for your emergency food supply. The smaller your home or apartment, the bigger the challenge!
Have a walk around your home and look for any unused spaces where you might be able to store some of your supplies. This might be under the bed, on top of the wardrobe, or even under the sofa.
If you have cupboards that are full of items that don’t get used, consider selling them or giving them to a charity and using the space that it provides as your emergency food storage.
You will have no problem getting rid of items you don’t even use if you truly want to build your stockpile.
Be sure to pay attention to tip #5.
4. Store What You Eat
Websites will tell you that you must store certain food items and readers then believe that it is gospel. This is not the way to go!
For a week or so, at the end of each day, write down what you and your family ate. These are the items that you need to be storing. There is no point wasting money on food items that won’t get used just because others say that you should.
There are certain bulk foods such as beans, rice, oatmeal and powdered milk that are staples in the survival food pantry and are all fairly inexpensive. These are basic food items that can get you started but again, only buy them if they will be of use.
Also, do not forget to store at least one gallon of water per person per day along with your emergency food supply.
5. Pay Attention
Your whole emergency food storage could be ruined in one go if the storage conditions are not right.
The main enemies that you must deal with are temperature, moisture, oxygen, light, pests and time.
Before deciding on the location of your food storage, you need to make sure that the conditions are good.
FIFO (first in first out).
Food doesn’t last forever. Because of this, you should periodically go through your emergency food supply and rotate out the oldest items. Just remember to replenish what you remove.