One of the most challenging things you will face in a survival situation is making a good food storage unit. Many things can go wrong especially depending on the manner with which you store the food. The food storage process may sound simple and easy but it is a lot harder than it sounds. You need to consider a lot of factors before you can finally say you are ready to store food. These factors may be what determines how long you have anything to eat in the survival situation.
To be honest, not too many people prepare, in advance, food storage units they can use for their foods when disasters hit. In fact, it never even crosses the minds of most people. You only come to realize that you need a special food storage unit where you can store your food and prevent it from going bad, being stolen or attacked by rodents and other pests. This article will provide you with three crucial factors to consider before you store your food in any food storage unit.
The Red Cross and even FEMA recommend that each family member should have at least three days’ worth of food and water supply after a disaster. This might not sound like a lot now, but if properly stored, this stored food could last for even longer. If you are not for the three days recommendation and wish to store more food, then you need to build a food storage unit with more space to hold more food.
Your food storage units must always be dry. You also need to ensure the unit is kept at minimum sunlight exposure. Sunlight deteriorates food much quickly which will ruin the whole idea of storing more food only for it to get spoilt before you have the chance to consume it. in a survival situation, you do not want to be the one who ends up with spoilt food when it is so much scarce.
You can also shelf your food if you have canned foodstuffs. Packed foods are also great when shelved. Some foodstuffs can also be stacked on one another thus conserving more space. You need to know the foodstuffs that can be stacked before you do so.
This is another critical factor you need to note when choosing to store your food. Freeze-dried and dehydrated foodstuffs are the ultimate survival foods to have if you do not know how long you will be in the survival situation. this is because they do not contain a lot of moisture content and this makes them less likely to go rot faster. Freed-dried and dehydrated foodstuffs can have a shelf life of up to 25 years. Not unless you expect being in that survival situation for longer.
Canned foods also have long shelf lives. The only downside with canned foods is that they have expiration dates. This forces you to have to consume them as their expiration dates draw near.
Snack foods and foodstuffs high in fats are usually the fastest to spoil and should be consumed faster and changed when needed. You should also store the foodstuffs that have expiration dates in accessible areas so you do not forget to consume then before their expiration dates pass.
Picking the right foods
This is, perhaps, the most important point as it directly touches on the food itself. Knowing the right foodstuffs to store and the right place to store them is very important. This is what will ensure the food stays fresh and consumable for longer in a disaster. Otherwise, you will only set yourself to fail regarding your food storage process. Having the right plan and idea on how to store the right food in the right food storage unit will mean the difference between you and your family eating well or going hungry throughout the survival situation.