Welcome back to our apocalyptic pantry discussion.
Welcome back to our apocalyptic pantry discussion.Last time, we discussed how to approach the idea of food storage and what needs to be done before you even consider purchasing food. This week we are going to dive into the nitty gritty. How do you purchase the food needed and just where in the heck are you supposed to put all that food, anyway? Ready? Well, just like the apocalypse, ready or not!
So, now you have your handy-dandy list of staples, those food items that you can use to make any dish every month. If you need a refresher take a look at part 1 of this discussion, here.
Now it is time to think strategy.
First, you need to think about storage. If you are like me, my kitchen doesn’t have close to enough room for me to store enough food for 2 weeks, let alone, 6 months. But that is exactly what you need, a minimum of 6 months of food for however many people are in your family. This is where you need to get creative. And for all you dad’s out there, this is the perfect time to put all those power tools to use and build yourself some more shelves in that hallway closet that’s just cluttered with board games… *cough* that’s what I did *cough*. More like that’s what my husband did, but you get the point.
Here is a look at all my storage space.
First you have my main pantry. This is where I keep the food I am currently using. (yes there is a lot of ramen noodles, trust me you haven’t seen anything yet)
Next, I have my Secondary Pantry. This is where I keep the back ups of what I am currently using. I know this seems redundant, but trust me it helps and I promise it will all make sense when I’m done. Well, I hope it does anyways.
And last but certainly not least, I have my Food Storage Pantry. This is where I keep the back up of my back up. Or the food that will get used once all the other food is gone. (told you there would be more Ramen noodles.)
Between these 3 cabinets I am able to keep food for about 5 months. My storage is still not where I want it to be, but it’s a start.
Now that I have you all questioning my storage skills allow me to explain why I have 3 different storage areas.
First, that’s just how it happened. We knew we wouldn’t have enough room to have a food storage with just that one cabinet, so we bought the cabinets for our Secondary Pantry from Lowe’s. We later converted our hall closet into storage, once we ran out of room with the other two cabinets.
Second, this allows me to rotate my food efficiently. When storing food it is important that you always rotate your stock. In the world of Culinary we call this, FIFO, or First In, First Out. This simply means that the items you bought first need to get used first. My 3 pantries allow me to do this easily. I just simply place all the oldest items in my main pantry, the next oldest in my Secondary Pantry and the newest in my Food Storage. In order to do this easily, I date everything I purchase with the month and year. Trust me, the last thing you want to happen during the apocalypse is to grab a can of beans out of the pantry to discover that they expired 3 years ago, now on top of surviving the apocalypse, you have to fight off food poisoning. No fun. What good is a food storage if it is just going to make you sick later? Seriously, just rotate your food and avoid the nasty all together.
This is also why I suggest you only store food that your family eats. This helps to ensure that the food is constantly being rotated through.
Now STOP. Take a breath. I know you are starting to freak out on me. I can see the signs. You are starting to sweat and you have that crazed look in your eye. This is not impossible and it does not have to be expensive. You can easily get started with what you currently have in your home. The expanded room can come in the future. The reason I bring it up now is because it is something that has to be considered before you have all that food to store. So, think about it. You don’t have to actually do anything about it until you need to. Of course, if you can do it now, then all the power to you.
Good? Great. Let’s move on.
This part is easy. Every time you go shopping just pick up one or two extras of every item on your staples list. Before you know it, you will have enough food to live off of for two weeks, then a month, then 3 months. And next thing you know you will have enough for 6.
And when the apocalypse hits, all your neighbors are going to suddenly become your best friends.
Well I hope this post helps you with your food storage prep. Please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment with any questions you may have. I am always willing to discuss anything you want.
And please feel free to share any food storage ideas that you have or strategies that you use. I would love to hear from you!
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