Food storing is a huge part of homesteading and survivalism. Storing food allows people to have food in times of a crisis that may prevent them from having access to it. There’s a lot of information regarding what to store and how to store it, but still, we sometimes make mistakes when it comes to storing food properly.
- One of the major mistakes in food storage is storing food you don’t actually enjoy. Don’t store food just because you can, instead stock up on the non-perishable items you like to eat. It’s a complete waste of money to buy and save food you wouldn’t see yourself eating. Some people buy in bulk simply because there’s a great deal being offered. But, this is a waste of money if it’s food you don’t necessarily eat or enjoy.
- Non-perishable doesn’t mean the item will never go bad, just that it will last a long time before going bad. For that reason, it’s best to maintain a log or mark items with their expiration date (however long it may be) so you can keep track of all your food. Don’t buy food and forget about it. Buying food, storing it, and never paying attention to it isn’t prepping. So, use your storage, that’s what it’s there for.
- As you shouldn’t store food you wouldn’t eat, you also shouldn’t store food you can’t cook. Again, it’s pointless. It will be hard to enjoy certain foods if you don’t know how to cook it. Keep it simple and store items you know how to cook in the long term.
- Also for cooking, it’s important to have spices and other condiments to cook with. Storing food doesn’t mean you can’t indulge on good food. Stock up on the spices you enjoy so when you began to cook your favorite meals, you know you’ll have your ingredients on stand-by.
- More for short-term storage, but another mistake is forgetting to take leafy greens out of their plastic bags before storing in the refrigerator. Plastic bags do not allow air to circulate which causes it to become soggy and slimy. So if you want your greens to last a while, take them out their bags and store them in a container.
- Your goal shouldn’t be to fill up the refrigerator as there might be a chance that the power goes out and all the food in the refrigerator goes bad. Not cool.
- Not having a variety of food in your storage is a recipe for disaster. Chances are members of the family will grow tired of eating the same food repeatedly and that food ends up going to waste. Therefore, it’s important to have a variety. Just because you’re prepping doesn’t mean you have to prep for bland and repetitive food.
- Don’t forget the vitamins! An important thing to have especially if you have children, they’re bodies don’t restore vitamins like adults, so it’s important to keep them healthy and growing.