Common Myths About Emergency Food Storage
You would think that with something as important as emergency food storage, everything pertaining to it would be clear and simple:
FIVE MOST COMMON EMERGENCY FOOD STORAGE MYTHS
We plan and plot out our food storage so we can feel safe and confident that when we need food, water, and other basics of life, we will have them. However, there are a lot of myths about how and what we should be storing:-
●Water Doesn’t Expire
This is definitely a common belief. However, there is so much that can go wrong with stored water, and your water storage does need to be checked and rotated every six months to ensure that chemical leaching hasn’t occurred as well as to make sure bacteria and other pathogens have not contaminated your emergency water supply.
●Building An Emergency Food Storage Is Too Expensive!
It can be surprising to see the price of emergency food storage bins and for building an adequate food storage pantry for long-term use. But those prices are most definitely cost-effective when you calculate and realize how long high-quality food storage will last. And building your food storage needn’t happen all at once either! Even with the anxiety and urgency you might feel to get prepared for any upcoming emergencies, if you start making changes to build your emergency food storage now, it won’t be as nerve-wracking as you might think.
●Canned Foods And Freeze-dried Meals Are All You Need
It may come as a shock to some, but there is so much variety to be had in your food storage. It’s not just about how many cans of beans you have or how many MREs are on your shelf. Yes, these are great and important assets to your storage, but canned items will lose their nutritional value in a few years’ time. And MREs, as vital as they are, do require a large amount of water to prepare, which is why water is always needed in such high quantities.
●Once A Ten+ Year Food Pantry Is Met, You Are Done!
As good as it feels to have an organized and stocked food storage, it isn’t over at that. You will continue to increase your inventory and use the food you have on hand as you regularly rotate your supply. This can be as simple as adding dates with a Sharpie marker on your foods as you put them in their designated storage spaces and putting the newer foods in the back and using the foods at the front.
●Storing food you don't like and will never eat.
Definitely be sure to stock up on foods that you actually enjoy eating. Being in a dire emergency situation doesn’t mean you will want to eat whatever you have on hand that you wouldn’t normally eat on any regular day. So fill your pantry with nutritious favorites, as well as comfort meals, beverage mixes, snacks, and foods that cater to the specific needs of those in your household (the particularities of toddlers’ and older childrens’ diets and those with food allergies and/or sensitivities)