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Proper Food Rotation & Storage Procedures

The following article is a guest post submission from Lee Flynn, a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

Proper Food Rotation And Storage Procedures

Rotating food supplies is important. During emergency situations, families must have plenty of food and if the proper food storage and rotation procedures are used, everyone will have enough food for several days or weeks.

Why Food Must Be Rotated

When food is rotated, the food will better maintain its nutritional content. Food must also be rotated often so that it maintains its flavor. When homeowners rotate their food items, there is always a suitable store because the stored food is not expired.

Rotation also helps families because everyone gets to try dehydrated or freeze-dried foods if that is what is stored. Learning how to eat these long-term storage foods is important because it may be the only option in an emergency situation. Eating long-term food storage items also offers health benefits because the items have less fat and plenty of nutrients.

Using Food Storage Items Efficiently

Many families store their food items in basements and in food pantries. These locations are great because they are cool and dry; these conditions make food last longer. This poses one unique challenge however…because basements and pantries are out-of-the-way places, homeowners usually do not use their food on a regular basis after it is stored. There is a way to solve this problem though. Many preppers use solutions that were designed by food storage specialists like the Shelf Reliance Food Rotation System.

Kitchen Storage Procedures

Food items in the kitchen should be stored in small containers. These small containers can be used to remind others that there are more items in the basement. Because the containers are small, they will not take up a lot of space and will need to be replenished more often, resulting in stored food being rotated. Canned items should be stored on the kitchen shelves.

Designing A One-Week Menu

Many preppers test their food storage skills by making a menu. After they design a menu, they usually notice that certain items are not as efficient as others. A menu also helps preppers understand if they have enough food for certain meals, such as breakfast. In most cases,  an initial trial of the menu will demonstrate that you do not have enough items for certain meals; this is why a menu is important. An efficient menu also prepares families for disaster situations because they can test emergency meals and know what they need to have stored.

Advanced Storage Procedures

It is also an important practice to rotate your food storage items in to your current recipes. For example, many food storage professionals use cheese powder in macaroni and cheese. They also make pancakes using wheat. Beginning to incorporate food storage products such as these into your current recipes will allow you to become familiar with the qualities of the food products you store and how they can be included in recipes you are familiar with and know how to make.

How To Increase The Life Span Of Stored Emergency Food

Food usually lasts longer when it is stored in an area that is 40-60 degrees. Each food item should be rotated and dated properly. All new foods should be placed towards the back. Placing the food on the floor is not recommended because the air will cause problems. Instead, place all food on a shelf. Depending on the weather, the food could get very cold. However, the food should never be placed in an area that has a freezing temperature to best preserve it.

Date And Rotate

Individuals and families should practice their food rotation procedures. Rotation keeps food in great condition, as long as the food is also properly maintained. Most long-term items should be used regularly, such as bulk foods. This procedure is what best helps preppers rotate and replenish their inventory.

It is wise to remember that there are food items that do not last as long as others. For example, canned foods do not last as long as a bucket of grain. However, most items have a date that lets you know how long the food will last.

It is also helpful to remember to use organizing techniques when storing preparedness items. One way to organize food is to place the newest food to the left, leaving the older food on the right. Then as food is used, take food from the right because the items on the right are the oldest. The oldest food should be eaten first because fresh food is needed during emergencies situations and it will avoid losing valuable food resources to spoilage.

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Why Have Food Storage?

When it comes to food storage, some folks ask “Is it really necessary?” But recent events in the United States and around the globe are evidence to the fact that, sometimes, things just happen that are beyond our control. Take Hurricane Sandy, for example. Surely, the locals didn’t expect to endure such a trying disaster in the months leading up to the horrific event. Many endured losing everything they had. Others were forced to evacuate as soon as possible. But all involved experienced a level of uncertainty and instability.

Perhaps you are saying to yourself “That is a horrible disaster, but something like that will never happen where I live.” Maybe not, but maybe so. The fact is that many things are simply out of our control. Natural disasters seem to hit with increasing frequency these days. Do you want to be unprepared if you are forced to stay at home for days on end?

Let’s consider a few other situations where a food storage supply would certainly come in handy. First, with the economy like it is, many have been left without work or means of supporting their families. This has meant hungry little ones and frustrations at every turn. Or what about those who suddenly experience the loss of a loved one who has previously provided for them? Or even a loved one who can no longer work due to an accident of some sort?

The fact is that things happen in life that we just cannot control. But we can control how much we prepare for certain events, which includes obtaining a food storage supply. So while some claim it is not really important, others know it just might be the difference between life and death.

So what are some essential items to have in your food storage? Very simply, you need to include all the basics that will sustain human life and keep you healthy. These basics include grains, legumes, dehydrated milk, sugar, salt, oil, and garden seeds. Also, you’d be smart to get items that last a long time and that you really enjoy eating. If a disaster ever struck, you’d be grateful you did. In addition to food, it should go without saying that you need a pretty solid water supply. Some recommend having a gallon for each person per day (but as you don’t know just how long the emergency might last, it’s a great idea to store quite a bit). You can purchase bottled water or large storage containers from emergency essential stores.

A quick note: You don’t need to run out and buy your food storage all at once. In fact, doing so can be a bad idea, as it is a lot harder to rotate properly. Buy items every week or month, depending on your budget, so you always have a rotating storage that will sustain your family in the event of an emergency. As the saying goes “Better safe than sorry.” Food storage is not a paranoid measure for those who just like to worry and expect the worst, it is a precautionary measure that can save your life. As some say, once the event has occurred, the time for preparation is long gone.

Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and food storage advocate.

10 Essential Foods To Include In Your Food Storage – Guest Post

Hey, Preppers! It’s almost Summer. That means increased chances of heat waves, wildfires, monsoons and hurricanes. So, what have you done to prepare for such disasters? Well, we’re here to help you be prepared by starting your food storage.

When starting your food storage, experts suggest keeping things simple. That means beginning with your most immediate needs. We’ve put together a prepper’s list which contains items required to meet those needs. Feel free to print it out and take it with you when you go shopping. You can even print out copies to pass out to your loved ones for their food storage.

10 Food Storage Essentials

The list below contains 10 essential foods you should include in your food storage. Our calculations are based on the needs of one person, for six months. These products can be purchased at your local supermarket. All of them can have a very long shelf life, as long as they’re stored properly.

  1. Wheat or White Flour – 10 lbs – It would be best to store both for variety.
  2. Rice – 20 lbs – White rice has a longer shelf life than brown rice. But, both is best.
  3. Beans – 20 lbs – For larger quantities, pinto beans are recommended.
  4. Sugar – 5 lbs – Granulated sugar stores quite well if sealed tightly.
  5. Salt – 2 lbs – This is a multipurpose product for emergency preppers.
  6. Cooking Oil – 1 gallon
  7. Powdered Milk – 5 lbs
  8. Baking Soda – 1 lb
  9. Baking Powder – 1 lb
  10. Yeast – 5 lbs

Be Prepared for Emergencies with Food Storage

The shopping list above contains very basic foods to help you survive an emergency or disaster for six whole months. Be sure to add other products to meet your daily nutritional needs. Some of these include vitamins, health shakes and various healthy snacks.

One of the best ways to add some variety to the list above is to include canned foods and freeze dried foods in your emergency supply. Canned fruits, vegetables, beans and meats will help your family maintain a healthy diet during these times.

However, canned foods are very bulky and heavy to carry. So, if you ever need to evacuate, you’ll need foods that are easier to travel with on the road. Freeze dried foods come in many varieties, just like canned foods. Yet, freeze dried food weighs much less, making it best for evacuations.

Check the labels of the foods you purchase. You want to be sure that they contain loads of proteins and vitamins. Also, when buying products for your stockpile, make sure to purchase foods you and your family normally eat. For example, if you like to cook with canned tomatoes a lot, make sure your food storage also contains lots of canned and freeze dried tomatoes.

This article was written by Dirk Puckett of Daily Bread. They provide the essentials needed for your stockpile needs. Get prepared by starting your Daily Bread Food Storage today.