Getting Started with Food Storage
Although this site covers various topics such as wilderness survival, personal protection, and getting your financial house in order — if there were just one topic that I would want you to work on, it would be this: Food Storage.
If possible, every family should have some amount of food storage on hand — three months being the minimum but ideally one years’ worth. Now before you criticize me and think that I’m crazy, first of all, you came to this site so you must be interested in these topics and secondly, it’s just common sense.
Think about it. Having a supply of food on hand is not just for the fear-mongering survivalist, it’s beneficial for many reasons among which are:
- Food Storage Can Save You Money: When you buy food for storage — especially long-term food storage — you tend to buy in bulk. This amounts to big-time savings and you can take advantage of sales and low prices. With longer-term food items, it’s even more apparent because you are buying primarily food staples, which is the cheapest form of purchased food (I say ‘purchased’ because gardening is in-fact the cheapest food. But that’s covered elsewhere in the site).
- Food Storage Prepares You for Financial Hardship: So what happens if you lose your job or some other financial hardship hits you? This seems a lot more relevant given the condition of the economy right now. Having a years-supply of food available when financial hardship hits gives you one less thing to worry about allowing you to fall back on your stored food to save money.
- Food Storage Prepares You for Natural Disasters: If there’s one thing that Katrina taught us, it’s that we can’t count on the government to be there when the infrastructure collapses. However, it doesn’t necessarily take a Katrina to open our eyes to the importance of food storage. Blizzards, ice-storms, power outages, (*cough…pending economic collapses…*cough) can all make it difficult to get to a store to buy food. And even if you can get there, the shelves might be bare by the time you arrive — all the more reason to store food.
- Food Storage Gives you Peace of Mind: I feel the greatest benefit of food storage is knowing you’re prepared. In a survival situation, mindset is key and when you are prepared, fear and worry subside. Confidence comes in knowing you’re prepared.
So now that you’re convinced where to you begin? Over the next few articles I will be breaking up the seemingly daunting task of storing food into bite-size chunks (pun intended) so stick around…
(UPDATE): I’ve included the list of articles for easy access below:
- Getting Started with Food Storage
- Food Storage Basics: Step 1 – Water
- Food Storage Basics: Step 2 – Building a Three-Month Supply
- Food Storage Basics: Step 3 – Long Term Storage
- Food Storage Basics: Step 4 – Non-Food Items
- Food Storage Basics: The Basics and Beyond