Food Storage – Getting Started

Posted: November 29, 2014 in Food Storage
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Yesterday I talked about the tale of the grasshopper and the ant.  The ant was a perfect example of being prepared by storing food.  So how do you get started with food storage?  It would be great to have a year’s supply of food on hand, but this is quite a large undertaking.  Where should you start?  What should you buy?  Ponder the old adage, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  You aren’t going to just get a year’s worth of food in one day.  Start with getting 3 days worth of food, then a week, then a month, then 3 months and then a year.  How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!  How do you store a year’s worth of food?  One day at a time!

The inevitable next question is… what do I store?  Wheat, MREs, freeze dried meals?  While all of these are well and good; I would not recommend starting with them.  They may ultimately play a role in your food storage plan, but let’s forget them for now.  Start simple.  Remember KISS?  Keep it simple stupid.  Just start by buying a little extra of what you already eat.  Next time you are at the grocery store get an extra couple jars of spaghetti sauce and an extra couple bags of spaghetti noodles and set them aside.  (Again, assuming this is what your family eats).  Buy the same brands and everything.  This familiarity will be very welcome in an emergency which is bound to be tense and stressful.

If money is tight (and when isn’t it?) just set aside and extra $5 or $10 a week for food storage.  Do what you can.  Do something, do anything!  Grab a few extra cans of soup, vegetables, and fruit.  Canned goods are a great place to start and are usually pretty cheap.  Canned tuna is a great source of protein if you eat it.  Get canned chicken if that is better.  You get the idea.  Aldi can be a great source for stretching your food storage dollars

The next step is to get some things in buik.  Buying in bulk is cheaper and makes your food storage dollars go futher.  Costco and Sam’s Club are great for this but Walmart will do as well.  Rice is a great prepper staple.  Pair it with beans and you have all of the essential amino acids (protein!).  Again, I would only get this if you already eat it or are at least amenable to eating it.  Make sure you know how to cook rice and beans the old fashioned way.  It isn’t quite as easy as you might think.  Beans take a lot of lead time to cook (days!).  Grab a 20 pound bag of rice and a 20 pound bag of beans (pinto, black, navy, etc).  20 pounds of each of these is a lot of food!

At first start with things that don’t require much to eat.  Things that only have to be heated or cooked with water are ideal.  Rice, beans, noodles, canned soups and vegetables, etc.  Again, keep it simple.

At this point I wouldn’t worry too much about how you store these things, but I would like to mention a couple things.  Light, oxygen, and moisture are the enemy of your stored food.  You want to store things in a cool, dark, dry place.  They will last longer.  We will get into this more later.  Canned food addresses all of these issues with the exception of temperature.

To reiterate.  Just start buying a little extra of what you already eat.  Start by getting a few days of food stored up.  You are on your way!  Don’t forget your water as we discussed previously (water storage).

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  1. Appfamnc says:

    Great advice on how to get started. Food storage can seem overwhelming so this gives some good direction on how/where to get going!

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  2. Preppermann says:

    Thanks! The biggest thing is to do something. Having just a few extra days of food on hand is far better than nothing! Food storage is never a complete project, you will always find more to do!

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  3. […] my prior two posts about food storage I addressed the basics (Food Storage Getting Started, Food Storage Beyond the Basics).  I’d recommend reading them if you haven’t […]

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