With today’s uncertain economic times, more and more families are starting their own long term food storage. What’s more, more people would get started but they do not know the first thing about getting started. They don’t know what they need, where to get going or what types of food stores best. The good news is that it isn’t nearly as hard as some would make you think. You can get started as soon as your next trip to the store!
Probably the easiest way to get started is by waiting until you would normally be going to the store anyway. It really is as simple as that. So let’s start planning your long term food storage.
You need to have a dedicated space planned out to store your extra food. Some places you can use would be under a bed or a cleared out space in your closet. russian grocery store People with basements or space in their Garage can add some shelving and start there. The important thing is that whatever place you choose, make sure it will not freeze nor get scorching hot.
I actually took the closet in out “office”, which is an unused bedroom we put our desk and office furniture in, and built shelving around the perimeter. It drastically added to the amount of food we could store. When we filled that space up, we then cleared out a space in our Daughters closet. We now have enough food to last around six months or more.
As to what type of foods to start with, I’d suggest the KISS system. Buy the type of canned goods you’d normally buy. If you like Del Monte green beans, then on your next trip to the store, instead of buying 3 cans of beans, buy five or six! Bring them home and put them in your long term food storage pantry. It really is as simple as that to get started.
But don’t think all you have to do is carry a few extra cans of food. The reality is if you were ever in an emergency situation, you’d get tired of canned vegetables pretty quick! Don’t forget about the different types of canned meat. Things like Spam, chili, canned tamales, canned ham and chicken should be added to your pantry. At one of our local stores, I’ve even found canned whole chickens!
Don’t forget your dried foods as well. Dried beans and peas keep very well if kept in a container like the Rubbermaid containers. Evaporated milk is also high on the list of foods you should be storing. Yeast, sugar, flour, cornmeal and spices should also be store.
If you just buy a few of these at a time, it will not be long before you suddenly realize you have a pretty good sized pantry of food for long term storage set back in case something happens! Just don’t go running your head about it because if something ever did happen, everyone will be making a beeline to your door!