Many families today do have emergency food storage in order to make sure in cases of emergency; they will have enough to feed their families. This was a basic practice many years ago in several countries around the world. In the farming season, they reaped the harvest and stored the food so that in case next year’s harvest was limited due to weather conditions; they had enough to feed their communities and families. The human race has survived due to long-term food storage.
Of course, as many countries became industrialized such as the United States, families no longer canned their own vegetables, fruits, and no longer stored grains, or other items in case of famine or an emergency. However, the economic conditions are constantly changing and people that realize they could be out of work next year know the importance of long-term storage. Obviously, people cannot predict the future, but they can ensure they can feed their family in the event they lost their job.
Where to Store Food
When storing foods long-term, you must make sure the conditions are right, otherwise, your supply could ruin. First off, make sure the temperature where you are storing the food is consistently at 75 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler. Secondly, keep stored food containers off the floor as this lessens moisture from seeping into the containers. Darker areas also are better to store food items, as it was common practice during the early days of America to keep food stored in cellars where it was cooler and darker.
How to Store Food
Food needs to be stored in the proper containers. All containers needs have seals so that air is kept out completely. If you live in very warm areas of the country, storing grains even in airtight containers can still result in bugs finding their way inside the container. Bay leaves can reduce this problem significantly; simply have plenty of fresh bay leaves on hand. Put some of the bay leaves on the bottom of the container, then add some grain, add more bay leaves, and add more grain on top. You want a layer of bay leaves, then a layer of grains until the container is filled with the final layer being bay leaves.
You can use jars or metal containers to store your food, but avoid using plastic as air can easily make its way inside plastic containers and is not recommended for long-term food storage.
When deciding to begin long-term food storage, find the place you want to store the food, and begin purchasing the containers. Determine the amount of food you wish to store based on the number of people in your family. A six-month food supply or longer is a good place to begin. BOLA TANGKAS