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Jul 01, 2019

Food Storage

Emergency preparedness is a very important task that should be taken seriously, but it can get easily pushed off with everything else that needs to be done. Dehydrated food is a great option to have in case of an emergency because it lasts a long time and usually needs minimal preparation. Here are some do’s and don’ts of food storage.

Do
Store it in a cool, dry area. A lot of people have food storage in a designated closet in their basement. According to the USDA, “Each 10F drop in temperature doubles the storage life of seeds.” Living in Southern Utah, it can be difficult to find a place that is cool enough to make food storage last a very long time, but anything underground or air conditioned is a good place to start. You may think that things like flour, wheat, and rice will last forever, even if they are stored improperly, but the general consensus is that you can definitely taste a difference between flour that has been stored correctly versus incorrectly, almost to the point of it being inedible.

Don’t
Buy everything all at once. Every item of food storage has a different shelf life, so if you buy everything all at once, you have the chance of everything going bad all at once. Make sure that you buy things over time and keep track of everything’s expiration date. Even if you take inventory once a year, it will be better than five years down the road realizing that half your food storage has gone bad. A lot of people eat their food storage along the way and then just continuously replace it. Buying things in bulk is much cheaper and it can be a great alternative than making constant trips to the grocery store for essentials.

Do
Start today! The best time to plant a tree was ten years ago, the second best time is today. Food storage is something that people always swear they are going to get around to, but in case you keep putting it off, this is the reminder that you need. You can get starter kits that will last a single person a month for only $0.76 a meal. Even if you place it in a closet, under your bed, in a storage unit, just having a small backup of food can make you feel more secure and prepared in case of an emergency.

Here is how long food storage will last if it is stored at 70 F:

Soft Grains- 7 years
Hard Grains- 10/12 years
Beans- 8/10 years
Dehydrated Vegetables-8/10 years
Dehydrated Fruit- 5 years
Dehydrated Dairy-15 years
Flour- 5 years

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