Do you have a long-term food storage plan? If not make a food storage list and get started building your stockpile.
You don’t need a food storage calculator to build a proper pantry. It’s simply a matter of getting some food storage buckets, then filling them with long-term food like peanut butter, rice, canned food items, wheat, beans etc.
Many people want to build an emergency food storage pantry but they imagine having to go out and buy it all at once. Truth is if you just buy extra during your regular food shopping trips you will have a solid amount of the survival food storage you need in a matter of months.
It’s important to identify foods you like, then buy more of those if they store well. Items like tuna fish, peanut butter, coconut oil, beef jerky, dry pasta, canned meats etc. all store well, are inexpensive and they can sustain you in an emergency.
In our basement, we have about 30 food storage buckets that are filled with the items described above. We use mylar to ensure the rice and other bulk item are not exposed to air. Oxygen absorbers remove excess oxygen before sealing those bags in buckets. You can easily find o2 absorbers online.
Instead of buying food storage buckets we went to sub shops like Firehouse Subs and purchased used pickle buckets for 2 dollars a piece, lids included. Yes, they will smell like pickles forever but that aroma cannot penetrate mylar or go thru tin cans or plastic peanut butter jars.
We devised a simple food storage list with common items and marked the list to indicate how much of each item is stored. As we use this long-term food storage, we deduct from the list so the inventory is accurate.
Over time, you will build a substantial amount of long-term food using these simple ideas. We use our storage regularly and rotate thru the stocks to ensure they are still fresh. Recently, we used up peanut butter that was 5 years old then replaced it. the peanut butter was perfectly fine and it really cemented in our minds how useful a well thought out stockpile of emergency food storage can be.
Another benefit I find is that I always have plenty of my regular items on hand. Cans of diced tomatoes, coconut milk, beans etc are wonderful to make quick meals and I don’t have to go to the store. In addition to our long-term food storage, we have a second pantry that is stocked up with plenty of back-ups. We keep a simple roll of paper to jot down what to buy as we use foods up.
I encourage you to start building your stockpile of long-term food storage today so you can have peace of mind and plenty of tasty food on hand. You don’t need a tin foil hat or a bunch of cammo to be a smart and prepared individual. Oh, I cannot recommend enough the course I created called Food Storage Feast. It contains over 70 videos that show you how to use long term food storage to feed your family, in an emergency or just a Thursday night. Here is a little sample of a simple dish that uses a well-stocked pantry.