Long Term Food Storage
Long term food storage is a supply of food that you have prepared for a future, unknown challenge, disaster, or event. Generally, they are dry goods that can supply you with the necessary caloric and nutritional intake in order to survive. Luxury items are less important when it comes to emergency food storage as it is likely your last line of defense against starvation or malnutrition.
The best foods for bulk food storage are dry goods with very low moisture contents. Low moisture content is widely regarded to be 10% or less moisture. These items are also often low in oil. Because of the low parts of moisture and oil, these items have shelf lives of 20 to 30 years! Like previously mentioned, these items are your last line of defense against malnutrition. They are often times high in calories and take a bit of preparation in order to eat. Basic kitchen staples, which we reviewed in Short Term Food Storage, would also likely be a part of your Long Term Food Storage solutions.
Emergency Food Storage Examples
There may be more variety than you had initially thought when it comes to bulk food storage. Some good dry food examples are: grains, pastas, corn, sugar, salt, baking soda, legumes, and dried vegetables. Powdered dairy and eggs have a shorter shelf life of 10 years when compared to the other items, but are still great options for any long term food storage.
You should regularly rotate food between long term and short term storage so that you maintain a relatively fresh supply of food and limit waste as much as possible.
Building a Bulk Food Supply
Make sure to do your research regarding the conditions in which you are going to store your foods. This can make all the difference, and could substantially shorten or lengthen the shelf live of foods. You will also want to look into quality food containers. Air-tight options rank among some of the best as they can help preserve the food. Also, make sure to understand and properly make note of expiration dates. You do not want to be eating anything that may make you sick, especially in a disaster scenario.
This may seem like a lot of information, and it may be difficult to know where to start. Well, good news! Starting is super easy and does not require a massive financial investment. The first step anyone can make when it comes to building a supply of food is ensuring that your every-day pantry is well-stocked. Pick up an extra item here or there when they are on sale when you go to the grocery store. Soon enough, you will find that you have an expansive store of foods!