Are you thinking about starting your food storage, but feel overwhelmed with all of your options? Or are you wanting to start one, but aren’t sure what to store? These are all very common feelings and questions.
Let me debunk one of the many food storage myths that are out there: You don’t have to have a lot of food, a ton of buckets, or a crazy amount of space to have a successful food storage.
In fact, the best thing to do is just to start. Food storage does not have to be complicated or difficult. There are 8 food items you can store starting today to have a successful food storage. We will also talk about their shelf life. These items don’t take up a lot of room and can easily be rotated and used with your current cooking.
Plus, you will be surprised at which ones you already have in your home. Are you ready?
8 Must Have Foods for a Successful Food Storage
Shortening is one of the go-to amazing versatile foods when butter and oil are not available. Popular to contrary belief, yes, shortening does expire.
Unopened cans and sticks of shortening have a shelf life about 2 years from the manufacturing date. If your can is opened, the shortening will last about 1 year while opened shortening sticks will last no more than 6 months.
Salt is another amazing, miracle food. We could discuss all of the things this food does for the human body, for food, and so much more.
If you purchase regular old salt, this salt will not expire. However, once you add iodine or another element into regular salt, then the shelf life is shortened. Iodized salt will last for about five years.
The shelf life of honey depends on how the honey is stored. The shelf life for commercial honey is about 2 years. Pure honey, stored in sealed containers can remain stable and edible for decades.
When you store honey, please be mindful of the possible physical and chemical changes that can occur. Changes occur when honey darkens and loses its aroma and flavor.
4. Powdered Milk
I know powdered milk is not the most flavorful to drink. But, I have some really great news for you. Both instant and non-fat powdered milk have a shelf life of up to 20 years.
However, the powdered milk must be stored in a cool area with an average temperature below 75 degrees F. If the average temperature is higher, then the shelf life decreases.
Storing legumes, or dried beans, are easy to do, and once you learn how to cook with them, it’s even easier. However, there is some good news and bad news.
Legumes are packed with amazing vitamins and needed nutrients for the human body. Hence, why these are so perfect for your food storage. Yet, their shelf life is only 2 years because of vitamin degradation.
Wheat is an amazingly versatile food with the possibilities of cooking so many products. It’s no wonder wheat is the recommended product versus storing flour. The shelf life of whole intact grains (like wheat berries or brown rice) is a lot longer than expected.
If stored properly in an airtight container (or on the shelf), the grains will keep up for 6 months. If you freeze your wheat, it will last for up to 1 year.
Yeast is what brings life to so many food products. To safely cook with and store yeast, I would encourage you to place your yeast in the refrigerator. By doing this you have given your yeast a lifespan of 6 months, whereas yeast on the shelf can safely be stored for up to 4 months.
The key to storing water is to be smart about where you put it and how it’s stored. Do not store water near gasoline, kerosene, or any other similar substances. Store your water in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. When water is properly stored, it has an indefinite shelf life. However, I would strongly encourage you to rotate through your water supply every 9-12 months to maintain freshness.
I strongly encourage people who want to start their food storage to use what they have, replace, and repeat. When you use this rotating food storage plan by using what you have, you will never waste money, you won’t be throwing away money (or food), and you’ll know how to cook with your food should the time ever come when you live off your own food storage.
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