WHAT IS FOOD STORAGE?
The Utah State Extension Service defines food storage this way “Proper food and water storage can assist families in case of a disaster. When a disaster strikes it may be impossible to obtain food and water, even at the supermarket. Therefore it is important to have adequate food storage and water available in case of a disaster. The Civil Defense recommends storing food and water adequate for each family member for two weeks.” In a nutshell food storage is food that you store for a time of need. In today’s world we see many needs for food storage either with a natural disaster or a disaster of an economy lurking all around us.
WHAT IS THE COMMON FOOD STORAGE FOOD I SHOULD HAVE?
Well, there are two main types of food storage food: 1) long term food storage and 2) short term food storage or three month supply. The long term food storage consists of items such as hard wheat, powder milk, rice, beans, sugar, salt and dehydrated/freeze dried fruits and vegetables properly stored which have the main characteristic of being able to be stored for 20+ years. (To learn more about long term food storage, please visit my long term food storage page.) Short term food storage or three month supply are canned goods you would purchase at a grocery store, i.e. diced tomatoes, canned corn, pineapple tidbits, etc. They are the items your family uses on a consistent basis. (To learn more about short term food storage, please visit my short term food storage page.)
WHY SHOULD I HAVE FOOD STORAGE?
While some store food for religious purposes, it all boils down to the fact that we all need to eat! Having a little food put away in food storage is no different then having money put aside in a savings account. In fact, the Washington Street Journal agrees that food storage is not only a good idea but in some instances a better return on investment than your savings account (click HERE to read the full article). We don’t know when disaster will strike, and we certainly hope it never will but it is always good to be prepared.