5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Food Storage

Any prep is better than no prep at all, and there’s not a person on the planet who isn’t constantly making mistakes, so don’t expect to get everything right when preparing for a civilization-altering scenario. If such a scenario comes to pass, your neighbors will be wishing they’d made your mistakes.

That said, it’s best to correct errors along the way. And some of the most common errors preppers make are in the realm of food storage. Since this aspect of prepping can quickly become expensive and space-consuming, it’s worth staying on top of the process. You don’t want bad decisions and inefficiency to hold back your progress.

Here are five mistakes to watch out for.

Storing Unfamiliar Foods

All the wheat in the world won’t help you if you don’t have the slightest idea what to do with it. Your beans will be of little use if you aren’t sure how to cook them without a working stove. Make a habit of not just packing your pantry full of food, but also learning how to use that food in an emergency situation. Print out recipes, yes, but remember to practice as well. What’s difficult to make in a convenient kitchen will be nearly impossible under adverse conditions.

Poor Storage Facility

You don’t need a walk-in freezer to start prepping, but you do need to make sure that your storage facility is appropriate for the food you’re packing away. Few products will last long if the environment has wild temperature swings or excess humidity. Many preppers insist that food be kept in an air conditioned room to avoid moisture and heat. Additionally, make sure your containers are tightly sealed.

Storing Too Many Carbs

A diet consisting of little more than refined flour and rice will have you feeling drained and lethargic within days. Better than nothing, yes, but not nearly good enough. If you’re in the habit of stockpiling carbs, carbs, and more carbs, diversify your storage with some protein and fats. Canned meats and vegetables, dried dairy products and fruit, beans, and more can round out your survival nutrition needs.

Letting Food Expire

There are survival food products that can last several years, but you don’t want to get into the habit of testing their limits. Long before many of these foods go “bad,” they will lose much of their original flavor and even some of their nutritional potency. For that reason, a better approach is to habitually cook from your food storage pantry and replace what you use to keep the stock fresh.

Overlooking the Details

Just because you’re dining in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world doesn’t mean you have to put up with bland pasta. Spice up your storage pantry with extras and luxuries like condiments, salt, utensils, candy, and spices so your survival meals aren’t such a chore to eat. Keep some supplies like cooking oil and matches handy as well.