The Importance of Food and Water Storage
Article by Tim James
Food storage can save you and your family in a crisis, but many of us never actually get around to stocking up the food reserves that will carry us through difficult times. And those who actually do have some type of food storage often make some mistakes that can make the whole effort pointless. The good news is that most of these mistakes are easy to avoid.
One of the most common mistakes is the usage of containers that are not up to the task. If you expect your food storage to last, the containers will have to be extremely reliable. This means you will have to use the right food grade containers for everything, whether the food will be in 5 gallon buckets or Mylar bags.
Many people also keep their food storage in the wrong place. When you put away this large amount of food, it needs to be in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight and can maintain a constant temperature. This location should also be convenient. If it is easy to get to, you are more likely to rotate it properly.
Food rotation is another important step, but so many people often forget it. Make sure that you use the food you have in storage and then immediately replace it. This way you can catch any problems like deterioration or spoilage in the food or the containers.
One other problem is the simple lack of variety. Many people believe that a lot of canned goods will be enough for them. It is a lot better, though, if you include a variety of goods such as things that are quick and easy to access and eat as well as the canned and home foods.
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes, though, is the lack of proper water storage or a filtration system. Water storage is critical because we need it to drink as well as reconstitute some of the foods we have in storage. It is suggested that we keep at least two weeks worth of water or a good filtration system on hand.
Finally, one mistake that should be avoided is the lack of sufficient cooking and preparation equipment. Most of the stuff in a food storage isn’t immediately edible, and you will need some tools to cook or reconstitute it all. If you want to make everything edible, this is something you shouldn’t forget.
Food and water storage is simply a good idea. We never know when a crisis might happen, and if you avoid these mistakes you will be sure to have the reserves you need in those situations.
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One of the most basic aspects of being prepared is to have water storage. There are other things, such as food storage, that can also play a role in saving and sustaining the lives of you and your family in the event of a natural disaster.