How to Make Your Own Food Storage

As I mentioned in a past post, the Crankee Yankee and I have always had a “food storage” downstairs in our basement. I realize that not everyone has a basement or cellar, but there is still a way to get your food storage together in other ways. More on that later.

The whole reason for food storage is to have available food should some kind of event (such as the corona virus) happen where we might not be able to go out and buy food. Perishables such as cans of soup, beans, juices, bread mixes, rice, condiments, jars of Parmesan cheese, pasta and so on.

From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, there is this information:

“There are three main components of food storage:

  • Food supply (three-month and long-term)

  • Water supply

  • Financial reserve (keep a stash for “just in case”)

Store foods that are a part of your normal diet in your three-month supply. As you develop a longer-term storage, focus on food staples such as wheat, rice, pasta, oats, beans, and potatoes that can last 30 years or more. Of course, keep a can opener handy as well!

How much food storage do I need?

Take the amount of food you would need to purchase to feed your family for a day and multiply that by seven. That is how much food you would need for a one-week supply. Once you have a week’s supply, you can gradually expand it to a month, and eventually three months. Don’t forget your pets and their food as well.

For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans. A portion of these items may be rotated in your three-month supply.

Where should I store my food storage?

Make sure your food storage is properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place.

If water comes directly from a good, pretreated source, then no additional purification is needed; otherwise, pretreat water before use. Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. Consider using plastic bottles commonly used for juices or soda. Keep water containers away from heat sources and direct sunlight.”

So there you go: by keeping a food storage and some extra “grab it and go” cash just in case, you will feel better and more safe knowing that you are prepared. As I always like to say, “Be prepared; not scared!”



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