Beginner’s Guide to Food Storage
Food storage is becoming quite a popular thing these days and you’ve probably heard the term used, but what do you really know about it?
Today is your lucky day!
Keep on reading through this blog and you will find out what food storage is, the different types, and what you can do to begin your own storage.
We are going to guide you step by step so that you have a full understanding of storing food.
You don’t want to miss out on this, so follow along!
What exactly is food storage?
In this situation, we are mainly talking about long term food storage, but food storage is the process of preserving, dehydrating, or purchasing foods that have a long shelf life.
The purpose of this is to act as a safety net in case of emergencies; to make sure your family has nourishment,
In the case of a natural disaster, if power is out and food is low, having a storage of foods for yourself or your family can help you survive.
Secondly, in the case of some economic crisis if prices for food were to soar, having a storage of food will be a great safety net.
What are the main types of food storage?
We are going to explain to you the 3 main types of storage that is highly used among society.
This method drys out the food with heated air. Typically when you think of dehydrated foods, you think of beef jerky or something similar.
The food will drastically shrink and for some items, you’ll want to rehydrate them before consuming!
Another great aspect of this method is that their shelf life is actually twice as long as regular canned foods from the store.
Buying canned goods from the grocery store is a great way to start a small food storage. If you’re trying to store for just a few months at a time, then there are so many different options of canned food.
The main downside is that you have to remember to rotate your cans so that nothing goes bad.
Going a step further, there is actually a long term canned meat that is provided by survivalcavefood.com and they last 25+ years!
Now, that is some storage!
Lastly, you can even can your own foods at home. If you have cucumbers, you can make pickles. Think of all the jellies and jams you could even make! The possibilities are endless!
Freeze Dried Foods
The last method is freeze dried foods and this is the only process that I would say a majority of society will not be able to do at home.
Foods in this method are flash frozen and then there is a certain process that removes all moisture from the food.
The great thing about these foods is that when they are rehydrated, they basically return back to the original state and still have all of the nutrients and flavor!
The downside to this method is that most of the time, you’ll have to purchase this type online, but survivalcavefood.com has a huge variety of options at your dispense!
How can you start your own food storage at home?
We’ll make it simple for you with a 5 step process!
Decide on the methods you want to use.
(REMEMBER- you don’t have to just choose 1 method!)
A. Dehydrating your own food
B. Purchasing canned foods from the grocery store.
C. Canning your own foods.
Figure out how much food you will need for your household and what foods you will actually eat!
Find an online food calculator that will help with the amount!
Find a place to store the foods that is generally a cool dark, dry location, but easily accessible in case of any emergency.
Gather your foods and have fun!
Once you’ve got the foods stored, date them and make sure they are rotated out as needed.
Since we’ve been talking about food here, I think it is important to state this.
DO NOT FORGET TO STORE WATER!
As we all know, it is essential to our survival.
While you’re busy stockpiling food, dehydrating, or canning your fruits, please be sure to set aside some water in your storage. You WILL need it.
As an added bonus, we’re also going to give you the essential items that you’ll want to purchase if you are gathering storage food from a grocery store.
This will really help you jumpstart your stockpile!
Canned fruits & vegetables
All of these items are inexpensive and they will last you a good long while.
Just pay attention to expiration dates and keep track of them so you know when to rotate them out.
You don’t have to toss them either! If the expiration date is getting near, you can eat it and replace it!
You are now an expert on food storage right?
Well… you are definitely on your way!
Now you know what it is, the three main types, how you can start on your own, and the basics to get you going from the store!
I’d say that is a pretty great start!
You’ll have such a sense of relief when you know that no matter what happens, you’ll be able to feed your family.
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