5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Emergency Food Storage Area

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Your emergency survival plan will likely include an area where you will store food, water and other basic supplies. This area deserves some special attention, I call it the emergency food supply isle. After all, it is the place that holds the key to you survival. Don't make the mistake of storing your food in an area that promotes the spoilage of the food you have worked hard to collect.

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The following tips will help you create the best food storage area you can in your home.

1-Enough space is important. Too often, people try and shove a year's worth of food into a pantry. This makes for chaos. You won't be able to see what is on the shelves and it will be impossible to track your inventory. You want to choose a place like a spare room, basement or a root cellar that allows you to walk in and really get a good look at all that you have. The space should have enough room for you to stay organized and easily see all that you have. The space should have adequate room for shelves that will allow you to take advantage of all of the space in the area, from floor to ceiling.

2-The space will need to be somewhat temperature controlled. It doesn't need its own cooling or heating system, unless you live in an area where extreme temperatures are an issue. Room temperature is perfect and by that, anything between 50 to 80 degrees works. Anything colder and you risk your food freezing and ultimately thawing. Freezing and thawing destroys most foods. Heat is another problem and can promote bacteria growth.

3-A dry and ventilated space will also keep your food in tip-top condition. You don't want it to be damp. Dampness ruins things like flour, pasta and any other dried food products. It promotes mold and bacteria growth, while making a nice environment for pests. If you are using a basement, it is extremely important you keep the place dry. Use fans or install an adequate ventilation system to ensure moisture isn't hanging in the air and threatening your food storage. All food should be stored at least 6 inches off the ground, just in case there is a minor flood.

4-Pests are a real issue and need to be closely monitored. It isn't hard to see when a mouse or rat has been around. They leave droppings everywhere and will leave paper or cardboard shreds if they have managed to get into your food supply. If you notice mouse droppings or see telltale signs of rodents, you need to take immediate action. Set traps, use poisonous bait if your household is safe to do so and seal up any cracks or holes that may be serving as an invitation for the rodents to invade. You will also need to watch for signs of ants or roaches. Keep the area clean and do not leave any food out that will attract bugs and other pests. Pests are a leading cause of food storage destruction.

5-You want to keep your food storage a secret for the most part. This means you don't want it completely obvious to any old Joe who rings the doorbell or stops by for a beer or whatever. Your survival supplies and what you have stashed away for an emergency is your business. You don't want to advertise what you have. Anybody who knows you have a big stash is going to come to your house first when things get crazy. Your supply of food, water and supplies should be kept to yourselves and your immediate family members. If you are keeping it in a spare room, keep the door closed when guests are over. Cover any windows to the room with heavy curtains. This actually serves two purposes; it keeps people from peering in and it blocks the sunlight that will cause your food to break down.

With these 5 tips, your food storage will be relatively safe and last for years.

Do your best to find the perfect space in your home to keep your food and emergency supplies. It may take some rearranging and even a small remodel, but considering it is your survival stash, it is well worth the effort.Here is a quick survival food list you can use for starters and remember to use the best food storage containers you can afford. Mason jars are cheap and do a great job of preserving your food and there is plenty of canned food you can store but here are some great ideas to get you started.

If you have more ideas, or we missed something, please feel free to drop it in the comments below!

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December 13, 2015  •  05:16 PM
Every time I see food storage photos, it's always on shelf's open to pests.

I made a one time investment in 50 thick plastic translucent sealable containers that are about 18 X 14 X 6 inches deep. All of my stored food is protected.

In the ten years I have been using them, I have had no damage from insects or mice. Before this I had to wash off the cans before opening them because of the dust and droppings.

Each container has several days of food in each one. I tried to mix the contents to provide a mix of canned meat, canned vegetables, pasta, and canned fruit. This provides an emergency bug out supply to be just a grab and go. The more you can grab the longer your supply lasts during the bug out.
February 19, 2016  •  02:02 AM
First in first out. Marker month and year on everything you put in the pantry. Put the oldest at the front so it is easy to use proper rotation. This also lets you know how long you have of each item.