Preparation & Planning

food preparationIf you are thinking about storing food long term for any reason, you need to know a bit about how to do it safely. According to the World Health Organization every year 1.8 million people die from diarrheal diseases with the majority of these from poor food storage practices.

Making smart decision about food storage for any reason will ensure that when the time comes that your family needs that food, it will be safe for them to eat.

An important factor to consider beyond caring for canned or stored goods is what is in your freezer. If an emergency should happen and your power is cut, food in the freezer should be good for at least two days, longer if you keep the door closed. You can help frozen goods stay cold longer by grouping them together if your freezer isn’t full at the time of the power failure.

food planningMany of the booklets in this section will deal with the question of how to keep food safe in this type of situation, such as the excellent Keeping Food Safe booklet that would be a good one to keep by the freezer door in case of emergency. If you are just setting up a food storage area for emergencies, you might want to start by reading our Food Storage Research booklet to find out what items are the best for long term storage, followed by one of our guides on setting up a food storage area such as Food Storage Made Easy to keep track of inventory or How to Store a One Year Supply to get you the basics for creating long term food storage.

For more information on emergency food storage you might want to look at our Emergency Food section or our section on Canning and Pickling foods for your food storage area.

This Food Preparation Section can answer such questions as:

  • What is the best way to set up pantry food storage?
  • How do I save for your emergency food storage items?
  • How much is enough of any given food for six months of emergency food?
  • What foods have the best nutritional value when stored long term?
  • What is the best way to store water long term?

 

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