Building up a food supply may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out this article for my top tips on how to do it.
Should I stockpile food?
Is it difficult to get started?
These are just a few of the often asked questions about stockpiling, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Building up a food supply may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.
Check out this article for my top tips on how to do it.
When deciding the best foods to stockpile, the are three main considerations
Knowing a product's shelf life is essential since some products spoil quickly. That doesn’t mean you can't have fresh goods, you just need to know how to properly store them.
Remember to stock up on the essentials for cooking, such as herbs and condiments.
The second thing to consider is nutritional content. Your body needs a wide variety of foods to get everything it needs. If all you stockpile is ramen, you’ll probably die.
Lastly, buy things that you like (or at least don’t hate) to eat.
If you don’t already know what types of canned goods you like, then it’s a bad idea to go out and buy a bulk of the first thing you think will taste good.
Instead, buy one of each type/brand and try them. One you find the ones you like, stock more of those.
This is one of those questions where the answer will differ greatly depending on the person.
Firstly, how much time of food you want to stockpile for, and secondly, how much does your household consume?
A single person that only wants stores for a couple of weeks in case of a big storm is very different from a family of 4 that is planning for ‘the end of the world’.
Whatever the case, I recommend setting a goal for yourself and working your way up to it bit by bit.
Start by figuring out how much you go through in a week, then aim for getting that much extra stuff (food, toiletries, etc).
Perhaps you just buy a few extra things every time you go shopping then gradually build that up to two weeks, then three, etc.
How fast you can build up stores will also depend on your budget. You don’t want to break the bank doing this. Be sensible about it.
Rotating your stocks means to consume the oldest things and replacing them with the new ones.
Even if there are some foods that last for years, they can still go bad over time, especially if you just set them somewhere and don't have a tracking system of when you bought what.
An easy way to do it is to have things in an organized row. Anything new you buy, place them in the rear, then only consume what's in the front.
Well, those are my simple tips on how to properly stockpile food.
Keeping things simple allows you to think more clearly and prevent the feeling of becoming overwhelmed.
Stockpiling may seem like a massive task (and it can be depending on how many stores you want to stockpile), but if you do it gradually and plan ahead of time, you will be able to ease into it.
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He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.
As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others.
These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan.
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