Once you have invested in additional food for your survival and that of your family, you will need to store it properly to insure the longest shelf life possible. Cool, dry and dark basements or cellars are the ideal location and the preferred method. If you do not have this type of storage area, there are other alternatives. Depending where you live, in a big city or a small town, an apartment or a house with a yard, or out in the country, there are numerous places to store your survival food supplies. I will cover places to store and hide your food stores in more detail in a future article.
All your survival food stores need to be stored in some sort of container that is easy to transport. Containers for food storage need to be strong, sturdy thick plastic and heavy-duty enough to withstand the rigors of the weight of the food and movement in the event of a bug-out. Use ones that have a sealed snap lid, that are water proof and have strong heavy-duty handles for carrying. Never use cardboard boxes, they don’t last long and if they get wet, oh well. (See photo)
When storing your survival food, containers are a must like the ones in the photo. When all hell breaks loose and you are forced to evacuate your home (say you have fifteen minutes), walking into your pantry and seeing this could mean life or death, unless you are willing to leave all the loose cans of food behind to feed someone else?
In the event of a bug-out and with your food the containers, you just have to grab them and put in your vehicle. This will save precious time and time could save your life. Your food containers need to be the right size so when their full of canned food for example, there not too heavy for the average person to lift and carry.
When packing your containers, you want to put a variety of food in each one. Don’t put all soups in one, all vegetables in another, all fruit in another or all pastas in another. Because if you lose a container or a container is stolen, you don’t lose all of one kind of your survival food.
Four, five or six gallon buckets with air-tight gamma-seal lids is the best option for grains. I will cover this topic in much more detail in a future article.
Containers must be properly sealed to keep out insects and rodents. Store them at least twelve inches off the floor or ground. Physically inspect all your food and containers at least every three months for any sign of rodent tampering. Every time you add food to your storage, take a permanent marker and write the date on the item. This is crucial for knowing when to rotate your food stores for consumption.
Next week’s article: Food variety, part 1