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How Do You Store Your Emergency Food Supply?


First things first when it comes to where and how to store an emergency food supply—you’ve got to make sure each type of food is stored safely and in proper, pest-proof containers. Whether it’s in perfectly sealed glass canning jars, completely intact metal cans, food-grade plastic buckets, or oxygen-absorbing mylar bags inside another container—each type of emergency food storage you choose will have its own set of requirements. And that’s okay! Just make sure you’ve read up on each type of food you choose to store for your family to make sure it will be safe and nutritious come the time you pull it off the shelf for dinner.

One of the most important things to remember about where to store your emergency food supply is this: where there’s a will, there’s a way! We don’t all have a temperature-controlled bunker in which to tuck away a plentiful emergency food supply for everyone in the family! But you do have space somewhere if you’re willing to make it so.

The 3 Best Places To Store Emergency Food Supply At Home

The top requirements for where to store your food supply at home are that it is a place that’s commonly cool, dark, and dry. This leads us to our three favorite places to store your own emergency food supply at home.

  1. Store emergency food in your basement. If your basement accurately mirrors a dank castle dungeon, this is NOT a good option for you. But if you live in a relatively dry climate and can keep your emergency food supply up off the cement (which can easily transfer unwanted moisture to your food storage), the basement is a great place to store emergency food. Plus, it’s out of the way and easy to access in case of an emergency.

  2. Store emergency food in your garage or other outbuilding. If your garage or outbuilding is in a good, shady location where it doesn’t get overly hot or find itself infested with any number of vermin, these are good options for where to store your emergency food supply. Again, you just want to ensure it can stay fairly cool, dark, dry, and safe from unwanted dinner pests.

  3. Store emergency food around the house. Some of the coolest people we know are using their Hibernate buckets as cloth-covered nightstands in their kid’s rooms and we are super on board with it. Storing properly packaged emergency food under beds and tucked away in the backs of closets is one of the best ways to prioritize food storage when space is particularly tight. Plus, it’s great for midnight snacking.

5 Tips For Storing Your Emergency Food Supply

“Storing” an emergency food supply should realistically refer to long-term food storage that can have a shelf life of a couple of decades or more without losing much, if any, nutritional value. Here are some tips for storing your long-term emergency food supply:

  • Store your long-term emergency food supply in a cool, dry, dark place if possible.

  • Pick food for long-term food storage that has a shelf life of at least 20 years, like all of Hibernate’s nutrient-dense, freeze-dried meals, and snacks.

  • Opt for packaging that can easily stack for optimal storage.

  • Ensure you have some long-term storage that can travel well—think lightweight, portable buckets—in case of a move or even emergency evacuation.

  • Chances are if you’re having to tap into long-term food storage, you’re in a situation wherein everyone would benefit from simple and quick food prep. Choose foods that are easy to prepare and eat to keep in your emergency food storage.

5 Simple Hacks For Rotating Your Food Storage

“Rotating” your food storage often refers to short-term food storage that may only have a shelf-life of several months to a couple of years. Rotating through this type of emergency food storage will help you maintain the freshest, most nutrient-dense supply and extend the life of your overall food storage.

  • Again, keep even short-term food storage in a cool, dry, dark place if at all possible. (Are we making this point clear enough yet?)

  • Store household staples from the grocery store that can serve as a backup to your kitchen pantry or be used to create comforting, home-cooked meals in an emergency.

  • Add variety to your food storage with snacky items that may not last forever, but can easily and happily be eaten by your family as you replace them with newer, fresher items added to the rotation.

  • Keep a simple inventory as you shop for rotating food storage items in case labels or Best By dates wear off.

  • Make sure plenty of clean water is part of your rotating food storage so you can ensure your family’s proper hydration and access to potable water for meal prep.


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