Do you have a good food storage setup for your home? Food storage is important for a number of reasons, like saving money and being prepared for emergencies, but we want to give you a few tips on how you can better store specific food items in your home.
Dome Technology, a key player in industrial wheat storage, has helped us put together these tips to share with you.
Wheat is a great item to have in your food storage – especially if you have a way to grind it down into flour. Whole intact grains, like wheat, keep longer and better than flour does. But flour is a staple to any food storage. You can make bread with just flour and water, so this is a good one to have.
Keep stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry area. It will keep even longer if placed in the freezer.
Many fresh meats can be stored for anywhere from 2-6 months when sealed in the freezer. But a great option for long-term meat storage is to freeze dry it. This option can allow you to store your meat for up to 30 years! They keep their nutritional value and have the same flavor and texture when you use them.
Fruits and Vegetables
Do you ever plant a garden in the summer? Or do you like buying big boxes of produce to bring home from the farmer’s markets? Or maybe you want an excuse to do either without your food going bad.
Canning is the perfect option for storing fruits and vegetables long-term. AllRecipes has a great video tutorial for canning food. You can store canned fruits and vegetable anywhere from 18 months up to 5 years depending on the food.
Canned food from the grocery store is another great way to store these food items. High acid foods like tomatoes and some other fruits keep best up to 18 months. Other low acid foods like vegetables and meats can be stored for 2-5 years if the cans are in good condition – no dents or rusting.
Where to Store Food
It is a great idea to have a pantry of room separate from your everyday food for your food storage items. The best way to keep your food good for as long as possible is to have a cool, dry place to store it in. A cold storage room in the basement or a large closet would work great. And rooms without windows that don’t get too warm are good options for your food storage.
Be sure to write the dates of purchase (or production) or the expiration dates on all of your food items so you know when it is time to switch them out, or when you have to use them by. If you regularly “shop” from your food storage to stock up your kitchen, keep the older items in front of the newer items so they will get used first.
Little by Little
If you want to accumulate a large food storage for emergencies but don’t have the money now to go out and stock up an entire room of food, start little by little. Each time you go grocery shopping, buy one thing for your food storage. If you do this each week, then by the end of the year you’ll have a really good start.