Jul 7, 2012

Why It’s a Great Idea to Have Basic Food Storage

Pantry Food storage photo

If you’ve ever seen a friend’s perfectly organized kitchen pantry or a closet dedicated to food storage, it can be easy to get discouraged about your non-existent food storage. However, food storage and disaster food prep can be easy if it is broken down into manageable steps.

It’s difficult to ignore the various natural disasters occurring worldwide. Sometimes families, neighborhoods, and whole towns are forced to rely on whatever they have at home to get them through an emergency situation before additional resources arrive. Besides being essential in an emergency, food storage is a excellent resource if the breadwinners in the home are laid off and unable to purchase as many groceries as usual.

Coming up with a basic food storage list is the best way to
start building your emergency food storage. Sit down and make a list of the foods you usually eat and the meals that you most often make. This list will serve as the main guideline as you create your food storage. The next time you go to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for those meals, buy an extra of everything. This extra can, package, or bag is the beginning of your food storage.

In a disaster situation, it won’t do you any good to have these meals that require a stove, oven, or refrigerator if those resources become unavailable to you. Consider buying a camping stove that uses propane so you can cook meals if your home stove is out of commission. Disaster food prep becomes a lot easier when you have the resources to actually make the meals you have stored.

Having and creating a food storage doesn’t have to be a huge production. The best way to get started is by simply buying an extra of everything when you buy meals at the grocery store. Storing food that you really eat is essential. Make sure you have a supply of water, too, and consider what amounts of water you will need for cooking purposes. Disaster food prep may be the last thing you want to think about, but if an emergency situation every occurs, you’ll be glad you did think about it.