Working at Valley Food Storage, we get several great questions on a daily basis. With that in mind, I am going to turn this weeks post into a mailbag of questions I have received. These are all based around food storage and camping food and what you need to know!
“I want to start my food storage, but I don’t know where or how to start.”
This part is easy for us to answer because of the product we offer. Many people will tell you to start with the staple items like wheat and corn. That may sound like a good idea, however we have found that most people do not know how to sufficiently prepare those staple items to produce consumable food. Not only is that an issue, but also the time it would take to produce something from its current form, to edible food, is more time than most people understand. To solve this, we suggest you start with a supply of freeze-dried and/or dehydrated food that makes things significantly easier, when you need to get necessary nutrients. After you obtain this food, like our one-month kits, you can then build on top of that with other staple items. Food at VFS is designed to do exactly that, start here and add on.
“I have a pantry full of food, is that enough?”
Another great question, one heard a lot from friends and family. Many people think that the few tin cans and other things they already have are enough to rely on. Unfortunately that’s just not the case. Food does not age well in the pantry; it can get forgotten about and expire quickly. Many overlook a common factor, that is, many of the things left in the storage, is the food you don’t like well enough to eat sooner. This will leave you with a ton of food that no one will eat. We also have to be careful with tin cans, they tend to bulge, break seems, and contaminate your food. Don’t mess around or waste your money on these.
“How quickly should I start my food storage?”
I will never advise anyone to go into major debt to purchase food storage. I realize that not everyone can buy a full year of food storage at one time. However, I strongly advocate for EVERYONE to have a 72-hour kit. No matter where we live or what time of year it is, we all need to be able to rely on ourselves for a few days. After that, you can gradually start to build it up month after month. There are a few different ways to accomplish this. First, you can sign up for monthly plans that will ship small amounts of food every month for you to cycle through.Another great way, is to buy more food every trip to the store.
“What about water?”
We know that we need to store one gallon of water per person per day, and we should have at least 3 days for each person as well. The importance of water cannot be overemphasized. We realize that without a water supply, no amount of gear or food will help you make it through any emergency. This is why all of our emergency kits and packs start with a water purifier along with food. It is important for us to pay attention to the water we drink and how reliable it is. This is why we have partnered with Berkey to provide a great option. My favorite thing about Berkey is that they are all gravity operated; no matter what happens outside, you will have the ability to get clean, pure drinking water.
“How do I store my food?”
We get this one many times as well. The best place to store your long term food is in a cool dry place. This means around 60-70 degrees out of direct sunlight and away from water and moisture. The most important factor is the sunlight and moisture, which can degrade the shelf life significantly.
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