Friday, November 13, 2009

Storage Conditions



As I've been storing food for the past few years, a few of the things I've worried about are rodents, insects or water destroying my hard work. To avoid having pests or water destroy your hard work here are some tips.

First, store food in containers that are bug proof. Plastic containers are good and any other container that can keep the food smell away from critters. Also, keep the area where you store food clean as possible and do any prep work away from the storage area.

Second, resources on the Internet suggest to keep your food dry and as cool as possible. Usually a basement or cellar would work best for these conditions. Keep food off the floor to allow for breathability. I'm assuming if you have a water leak you'd likely still lose some things so an auto-shutoff valve when water is detected may be just the item to have installed. Online you can pick one up for around $100, and it could definitely be worth a lot more than that in savings to your house and storage.

My third tip is to use what you store. If you're just storing food to use in 30 years or whenever disaster strikes, you might find that your food just wasn't stored properly, but 30 years too late. I think it's best to keep food you use, rotate food you have and set up a replacement schedule so that you can buy things on sale, and use them later. I also think that you should have your minimal threshold of food storage, and keep a small reserve beyond that to allow time to replace what you use and always have your desired level of storage on hand.

Sources

Provident Living - Storage Conditions

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