Today I wanted to talk about some of the more common long term food storage mistakes that I see people run into when they are implementing a survival food storage system.
By knowing and understanding what could go wrong in advance you will have a much better chance of avoiding them and saving yourself a lot of time and money.
By avoiding these common mistakes and having a general understanding of how to store food long term, you will find that establishing your long term food storage is actually quite easy and will extend the life of the foods that you are storing.
Common Long Term Food Storage Mistakes
One of the most common long term food storage mistakes that people often make is storing the wrong types of food.
When preparing your survival food supply you will need to ensure that you are storing items from each of the three main food types: proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
To prevent your food supply from spoiling, you will need to store foods that have low moisture content and never build your food storage around foods that have to be refrigerated or frozen.
Even if you have a generator to keep your foods cold or frozen you will only be able to maintain the correct temperature as long as you have fuel to keep your generator running.
In the event of an extended power outage, consume the foods in your refrigerator first before going into your long term food supply as these foods will spoil the quickest and once they spoil they will provide no benefit to your survival efforts.
Investing in cheap mylar bags
Establishing a proper long term food storage can be expensive so people will often look for ways to cut costs in building up their food storage.
One of the most common mistakes I see people make when trying to cut costs is to buy cheap mylar bags to store their food in.
You may think you are getting a deal by buying thin mylar bags but this really is the one thing you do not want to skimp on and you should never buy mylar bags that are less than 5 mils thick.
Mylar bags are the one thing that is preventing your food from being exposed to air which can degrade your food.
By buying mylar bags that are less than 5 mils thick you run the risk of your bags losing their seal and letting air in.
You will find that it is actually not that much more to invest in high quality mylar bags which are much thick that cheap ones, in fact when I last ordered 5 gallon mylar bags I got 5 mil bags for around $1.50 each and 4.3 mil bags where around $1.25 each, 25 cent saving per bags is really not worth it at all.
Here is a great source to find 5 mil mylar bags.
Getting the correct mylar bags is just the first step, once you get them and add food, you will have to make sure that you vacuum out all of the air and properly seal the bags to prevent air from getting in.
Its a good idea to practice sealing the bags a couple of times before you actually start sealing your food storage, there are plenty of guides and tools that make sealing the bags a breeze.
Storing your food in the wrong area
It is best to store your food in a cool and dark area away from sunlight and heat.
You should never store your food in the attic or in a room that gets direct sunlight as the heat will cause your food to lose years of life, in fact by storing your food in these areas your food could spoils up to 4 times faster than properly storing your food in a cool and dark area.
How and where you store your long term food storage is a big factor that you need to consider.
Not rotating your food supply
Not all food has the same long shelf life like grains, rice and beans so it is important that you check your food often and ensure that you are rotating out food that has a shorter shelf life like fats and certain canned foods.
It is a good idea to make a list of your food supply and put it in order by which foods will expire the soonest so you will know exactly which foods need to be rotated out.
Not having the proper tools to prepare your survival foods
This one is often overlooked, not having the proper cooking tools to prepare the food you are storing.
For instance, if you are storing white rice, you will need the proper size pot and enough water to properly prepare it.
If you are storing certain types of wheat, you may also need a wheat grinder as well as a general knowledge of how to grind wheat.
Typically a long term food storage will include foods that you are not use to eating everyday so having a knowledge of how to prepare and cook these foods is as important as the food itself.
Trying to do it all at once
If you are new to food storage you can easily become overwhelmed at the thought of just how much food you will need to store to sustain your family for 6 months or more.
I have always found that if you take baby steps you will have a much easier and more manageable experience.
To do this you should first aim for gathering a 2 week supply, then a 1 month and so on until you have your desired amount of food.
If you are on a budget then this will also make paying for your survival food supply something that can be spread out over time, plus if you make a mistake along the way, it will be much easier to correct since you are dealing with a smaller and more manageable amount of food.
Common Long Term Food Storage Mistakes
One of the ways that I was able to avoid so many of these mistakes was to invest in one of the long term food storage kits from Wise Food Storage who offers a complete line of food storage packages.
Let’s face it, you are going to make a few mistakes along the way, it happens when you are building your first long term food storage but by knowing these common long term food storage mistakes ahead of time you will have a much greater chance of success and your experience will be far less stressful than it has to be.