Food Storage Guidelines

Hopefully, these food storage guidelines will provide the extra push to get you moving forward on building your food storage inventory. It is human nature to avoid working on any project that has no particular end or definite use. But rather than thinking of your food storage as another form of insurance, consider it an extension of your regular food inventory. You're going to have to use it before it goes bad, so unlike insurance, you're guaranteed to take advantage of your investment if you plan properly.

Step One

Determine how far out you want your food storage to last. Keep in mind that the further out you go, the better your plan will need to be to recycle your food inventories throughout the course of the year. What we are trying to say is, it is easier to use up a week's worth of food over the course of the year than 6 months of food. That being said, you want to plan out as far as possible. Just be prepared to incorporate the food in your emergency inventory into your normal daily use and replenish it.

Step Two

Determine what you want in your inventory. Visit our food storage inventory page for additional food storage tips on what and how much to store.

Step Three

Consider where you are going to store your food. Select a cool, dry area of your home. Also consider the how your will store your inventory. Look into purchasing collapsible food storage containers. These make it easy to organize and store materials efficiently. Make sure you use air tight containers and include canned foods as well. Some companies offer complete food storage systems that organize your entire inventory effectively.

Step Four

An easy way to start out is to assemble a 72 hour kit. Once you have that assembled, begin working towards your goal. A natural step up from 72 hours is two weeks. Then attempt one month and then on to a 3 month food supply. Simply purchase a little bit each visit to the grocery store and before you know it, you'll have built up an excellent emergency supply.

Step Five

As mentioned early in these food storage guidelines, be prepared to rotate through your food storage on a regular basis so that you don't waste the food by letting it go bad. Pay close attention to the code dates and store your food in a manner that promotes food storage safety.

Additional Thoughts

Be sure to make use of one of the many food storage calculators found on the internet as a reference. Also consider the following food storage tips:

  • "Variety is the spice of life." Contrary to what you might think, your body is not going to survive on flour and water alone. Maintain a selection of the foods you would normally eat.
  • Include vitamins in your emergency preparedness food storage.
  • Have a good balance of canned food storage, dehydrated foods, and other dry goods but pay attention to the code dates.
  • It's o.k. to include comfort foods such as candy and chips. These foods can help take your mind off of the situation and pacify grumpy children.
  • Be sure to include the tools you need to prepare and consume your food storage. For example, don't store wheat if you don't have the mill to go with it.
  • For food storage advice for storing food on the run, review some of our camping food storage guidelines.

If you want to take the easy way out, you can simply purchase a food storage kit assembled just for your family size. Our friends at offer several varieties of food storage units at a reasonable price. Be sure to check out our online store for more great deals for your food storage needs and great deals on pre-assembled food storage kits. Begin implementing these food storage guidelines and soon you'll have the food storage food storage inventory you've been wanting.


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