|The Enemies of Stored Food
Perhaps insect and rodent invasions first come to mind when considering long-term food storage problems. Although these are formidable opponents when food is not properly secured, the more insidious and damaging culprits are time, temperature, moisture, light and oxygen. Exposure to any of these degrades the nutrient quality of the food, greatly decreasing the shelf life during long-term food storage. Our products are packed in #10 cans, heavy duty plastic buckets and pouches that protect food form these issues.
Undeniably one of the top considerations in long-term or emergency food storage. Heat dangerous to shelf life. The ideal temperature for most food storage is room temperature or below consider where you place your disaster food storage area.
The ultimate goal is to keep your food in a dry basement, climate-controlled garage or lower floor closet if possible.. Keep long-term storage food away from appliances and heating ducts. Once disaster strikes, you probably won’t have control over the temperature, but until that time comes, storing food under optimal conditions is important. If you need help with your disaster preparedness planning, Freeze Dry Guy offers assistance from our preparedness experts, completely free! Contact us today to discuss your food storage plan. 866-404-3663
Light, Moisture and Oxygen
Light destroys many of the nutrients in food for long-term storage. This type of food degradation is something you can’t see, but it remains an important consideration. Your lives might depend on those nutrients. Keep all foods in clear glass or plastic containers in the dark. Store them in cartons or use long-term food storage mylar bags to protect them from light.
Changes in moisture content, especially in dehydrated or Freeze Dried foods, can vastly reduce shelf life. Freeze Dry Guy offers products that are unaffected by light, moisture and oxygen.They are packed and sealed in containers by superior manufacturing methods.
Think of a cut apple and how quickly it turns brown. This is what happens when food is exposed to oxygen. Even when you don’t see the reaction as obviously as with the apple, it is still occurring and degrading your survival food storage supplies. Disaster preparedness foods specifically made for long-term food storage are vacuum packed or have nitrogen gas replacing an inert gasin the packages and cans. This prevents oxidation of the foods. If you prepare your own survival food, use methods that keep oxidative damage to a minimum. Freeze Dry Guy has a great selection of dehydrated and Freeze Dried food that are packed for the long term.
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|Using a Rotation System
In the real world, it is often hard to always keep long-term food storage conditions optimal. In addition, many people supplement their survival foods with conventional foods. For these reasons, setting up a rotation system ensures that your precious supplies remain fresh and nutritious. The object is to establish a routine where some stockpiled food is used and replaced on an ongoing basis. This is especially important for food that does not have a long shelf life. Freeze Dry Guy offers a wide variety of survival food that can last for several decades. This limits the amount of time it may take to create and manage a rotation system.
Preparing an organized system of food storage for survival starts with separating the foods based on shelf life. One set of shelves or a rack should be designated for Freeze Dried food storage. These specially prepared survival foods typically last for several decades when kept in reasonable conditions. Another area should be devoted to dried food storage. These dehydrated foods have a longer shelf life than conventional foods, but not as long as Freeze Dried. Conventional, grocery store items get their own set of shelves. Be sure these are the most accessible because this is the area needing the most frequent rotation.
Keep a long-term food storage list by each group of foods. You can use your emergency food storage list to keep track of which foods need to be replenished as you remove items. Keeping the oldest food in the front, while putting the newest acquisitions at the back of the shelves, keeps this system working smoothly. Rotation of survival food from Freeze Dry Guy may only need to occur every decade or so in your Freeze Dried food storage area. The conventional foods are a different story though, needing much more frequent attention. Rotation of items should be done several times per year at a minimum. Any conventional food item not marked with an expiration date should be marked with a purchase date and used within a year or less.
A long-term food storage chart can be printed out and placed in a storage area. These charts show the average shelf life for a wide range of convention and survival foods. It might seem like a tedious chore keeping a survival food storage list and rotating your supplies, but think of the alternative--food that has gone bad when you desperately need it.
Freeze Dry Guy has over 40 years of experience in long-term food planning and organizing and we can help you whether you are just building your supply or you are trying to round out your current supplies. Contact us today and we will be glad to help you with your planning. 866-404-FOOD (3663)