Beginning Food Storage

“Food Storage???”

“Isn’t that just for those extremists that think the world is going to end?”


We have decided to begin saving food, but not obsessively so.  In fact, we can’t store massive amounts of food because of the military lifestyle. We move every 2 years or so and we can’t modify any of our rented houses to hold shelves and shelves of storage.

But we have started a small food storage and I feel like that’s important.

Why Build Up Food Storage?

Simply put – it’s insurance.  Like putting money in a savings account for a rainy day, an emergency, or against job loss.  It’s a way to make sure that my family can eat/drink/bathe in any situation – not just for the “end of the world”.

As I write this, I think about the many communities that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  We’ve lived on the East Coast a couple of times now and I feel very fortunate that we never went through a storm like that.  We would have been one of the unprepared families when the electricity went out and the stores were inaccessible.

Most of us aren’t really too concerned about having extra food, water, and supplies on hand because our society makes it so easy for us to live week to week.  We (usually) don’t have to think ahead like those in generations past.

I would have to say that living in a desert community in the middle of nowhere was what really got me thinking about food storage.  More importantly, WATER STORAGE.  I began thinking about what would happen to my family if there was an emergency and the water was off.  Depending on the time of year, we could be in serious trouble.  When I began to research food and water storage, I found that the recommended amount of water you need is 1 gallon of water per day PER PERSON for 3-14 days.  And that’s not counting the dog.  We are far from this total but I’ve gotten some waterbricks and am feeling slightly better about our desert location.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you what to do.  It’s a personal choice and there are so many different ways to make sure your family is prepared.  Some people have very expensive insurance.  Some prepare monetarily.  Some stock up in food, water and supplies.  It’s funny, though; there seems to be quite the stigma surrounding the term “food storage”.  I’ve found that even some of my friends who are staunch supporters of our various healthy changes, look at me funny the moment I mention *gasp* “food storage”.  I blame the uber-survivalists and reality TV for this.  Here’s the way I see it:  Not too many generations ago, everyone had a cellar full of food and more than a vague notion of how much they needed to see their family through the winter.  It was just plain common sense.  I want to use some of the hard-earned knowledge of years past to feel confident about my family’s future.

Here’s just a few of the things we eat the most and have started storing in bulk:

You need: Food-grade storage buckets with lids and oxygen absorbers to keep your food fresh.
Storing old-fashioned rolled oats in a 5 gallon, food grade bucket.
Black beans are one of our favorite beans to eat so we made sure to stock up!



At least five 100cc Oxygen Absorbers are recommended to absorb the oxygen from a five gallon bucket.

If you’re interested in the idea of becoming a little more self-reliant, I recommend you start with the ladies at Food Storage Made Easy.  They have a TON of great information and ways to get organized.  The Baby Steps make a daunting task seem quite doable.

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