If you are just getting started with storing food, there are a couple of common mistakes that most beginners make.
Stocking up on foods that you don’t regularly eat.
While stockpiling pizza might be your idea of the ultimate food storage strategy, it might not be the most practical idea. That being said, you do need to stock up on foods that you eat on a regular basis.
A survival situation is not a good time to try something for the first time; doing so could wreak havoc on your stomach, and cause problems that make your situation only that much worse. Make sure you stock up on things that you really want to eat, and foods that have a lot of flavors.
Storing all your food in the same place.
A common mistake that I see a lot of new preppers make is designating one area of their home as their preparedness storage area.
If you only have one place, then, by all means, use that place. But if you have the room, it’s always a good idea to have multiple food storage locations. That way if a disaster like a flood or an earthquake damages your supplies, you’ll have a backup supply that hopefully wasn’t touched by the disaster.
Not using your stored food.
This is a big one. A lot of beginners have a but it, and then forget about it approach to food storage. They stock up on huge stockpiles of food and then let it sit in some basement closet until it starts to stink.
Don’t forget to rotate your food; storing food that you don’t eat is, in my opinion, a huge waste of money. Every time you go to the store, put the new food you buy at the very back of your supplies; and eat the stored food first.
- Check out the Harvest Food Rotation System by Shelf Reliance for easy rotation of food stocks.
Make sure you know how to use it.
This may sound odd, but it’s pretty shocking how many preppers have no idea what to do with their emergency food stocks.
I talk to people all the time who tell me about their about their buckets full of beans, wheat, grains, and you name it; these same people have never cooked a homemade meal in their life. Having buckets full of grain is great if you know how to use it, but if you’ve never baked a loaf of bread, what good are all those buckets?
Resources for learning how to cook:
- Top tips for those who want to learn to cook from scratch
- Cooking with Basic Ingredients: War Time Recipes
- 56 Long-Term Survival Foods and Essential Supplies
Don’t forget to stock up on sweets and comfort foods.
During a survival or SHTF situation, junk food can be a huge morale booster. While it’s not the best thing for your body, it can help to calm your nerves and clear your mind. The physiological boost of having foods that you like is more important that you realize, especially during a stressful survival situation.