Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5 Easy Ways to Start Your Food Storage


The amount of man-made occurrences and natural disasters continues to climb. It's during these times that electricity, gas and water supplies aren't functioning. There are also emergency situations where you may be quarantined to your home, or even evacuated from it. Either way, you probably won't have access to groceries because most stores will be closed. So, what will you do? How will you feed your family?

5 Different Ways to Go About Building Your Food Storage

The best way to ensure that you're able to feed your family when a disaster strikes is by being prepared with a food storage plan. Wondering exactly how to get started? Here are five different ways to build your food storage without breaking your bank:

Buy in Bulk
 
As you know, anything you buy in bulk will get you more for your dollar. Buying non-perishables and other foods in bulk allows you to pay the lowest prices possible, per item. If you do choose to go this route, be sure to check the expiration dates of your products. The last thing you want is to have a need for your emergency food storage just to find out everything has spoiled or turned rotten.
 
                   Buy a Little at a Time
 
In today's economy, it may put a dent in your finances to buy large quantities of food at one time. This is especially true with food storage, as these are foods you won't be eating until a future date. If you're on a strict budget, a good way to build up your food storage is to buy a little bit at a time. Each time you go grocery shopping; simply add a few items that will go directly into your emergency food supply. In time, it will build up to include the amount of products needed for you and your family's emergency crisis.
 
                    Sales & Coupons
 
Are you a coupon-clipper or sales-watcher? If so, this is another cost-efficient way to start your food supply. Let's say you see a 2-for-1 coupon or a sale on a food item you generally buy. Simply add one to your pantry, and the other to your food storage. Keep following this procedure on a regular basis and you'll soon have the food supply you need.
 
                    Clean Your Cabinets
 
Many people don't even think of this great idea. You'd be amazed at some of the items in your pantry and kitchen cabinets that would make great additions to your emergency food supply. Go through them today! If you have two containers of salt, add one to your storage. Do you see 12 boxes of mac n' cheese. At least six of those can be stored away for an emergency. Continue this process until you've gone through all of the duplicate food items in your kitchen.
 
                     Freeze Dried Foods
 
These foods are one of the best investments you can make towards your emergency preparedness plans. Freeze dried food is prepared before being flash frozen. That means that they retain their quality, freshness, look and great taste. The foods also last more than 25 years, giving your family decades of security.
 

Author Bio
This content was prepared by Dirk Puckett. Daily Bread is an industry leader in long-term food storage plans. Ready to begin putting your food storage plan together? Start here and place your order today.

 
Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.

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3 comments:

Thomas Watson said...

I feel overwhelmed to think of storing a year's supply of basic essentials, but I think I should start a little at a time.

Brandon McBride said...

Thomas,

A little at a time is the way to go. It can be overwhelming to think of, but start with a one month supply. Then graduate to three. Then six. It's a lot easier on the mind (and the cash flow) if you take it step by step.

Anonymous said...

Freeze dried is great, but also pricey. And there aren't many companies using non-GMO or organic food. The only one I have found is out of my budget. My solution... Buy in bulk and DEHYDRATE foods myself. If done properly, and stored in Mylar with oxygen absorbers, it will produce a 20 year shelf life...very comparable to freeze dried.
AND, we are doing this in increments, using only the foods/vegetables we really want to eat. Many of the vegetables the freeze dried companies sell at a premium can be bought on sale, dried at home, and stored in SMALLER portions, at a fraction of the dollar amount. Of course that dollar amount is exchanged for time...