One of the most significant things a family can do to prepare for a potential challenging disaster is to have an abundant supply of food and water available to them. Food storage provides security and peace of mind that if faced with a disaster, your family won’t starve.
In order to effectively store food, you need to rotate it regularly. The last thing you want is to be in a disaster and find that your food has been spoiled and is no longer suitable for safe consumption. Everyone should learn how to properly rotate their foot storage in order to ensure that it stays fresh, and that your money doesn’t go to waste because it gets spoiled.
Knowing the expiration date of your food is the first key step. Simply mark the month and date that food will expire on the package. The month and year should always be marked, even if the food has a shelf life as long as 20 years.
Most shelf life time periods are for unopened packages. Once they’ve been opened, you generally have one year to use it before the food goes bad or expires. A useful tip is to use a different color pen to mark the food with the new expiration date once it’s been opened.
Your food supply should be ordered by expiration date once you have marked your food supply. Every six months to a year it is imperative to check all expiration dates and ensure that the food is still good to eat. This will help you know if you are running low or out of any food supplies and need to reorder to keep your emergency supply ready for a disaster.
It is also important that you keep your emergency food storage in an accessible and safe area. Store your food storage in an area that will enable you to perform food rotation on a regular basis. You will not want to store food in your attic if you live in a tornado or hurricane-prone area, just like you will not want to store your food in the basement if you live near flood areas.
Wherever your food storage may be, make sure it’s easily accessible during an emergency. Normally all food storage can all be stored together, but double check to make sure food packages don’t have any detailed storing guidelines. Food storage should be placed in a dry, dark area with no extreme temperatures. The storage container could spilt, pop, and lead to unanticipated spoiled food due to excessive icy, heat, or sun exposure.
Rotating your food storage regularly will help you to properly manage your food storage to ensure that it will always be useful to you.
About Augason Farms:
Augason Farms is a Utah-based supplier of emergency food supply and survival gear. The company was founded in 1972, and has since become a leader in emergency preparedness for homes, offices, and more.