Rotating Your Long Term Food Storage

It is important to rotate your long-term food storage supply regularly. Chances are you will be adding to your food storage more often than you are taking food out so every time you add to your food storage remember these tips to help keep your food storage organized and manageable. 

  • Always add your new food items to your supply so that it is easy to pull the older cans first. Use the saying “first in, first out.” Rotate food from the back to the front; adding new items to the back and taking cans from the front of the shelf. Some may prefer to store from the left to right of the shelf; adding to the left and taking food from the right of the shelf. 
  • Mark expiration dates clearly with a permanent marker to make it easier to quickly identify which foods are older or close to expiration.
  • Know the shelf life of your long-term food storage. While most food storage companies such as Augason Farms, package food to last a long time, that time frame can vary from a couple of years to 30 years depending on the food item. Store bought canned and packaged food will have a much shorter shelf life of a couple of months to just a few years.  
  • Regularly inspect your food to check for expired items or damaged cans that are leaking or bulging (which could indicate botulism is present). Toss any questionable food items and move food that is close to expiration to your pantry cupboard and plan to use it before it expires.
  • Know and use your long-term food storage items. A good saying to remember is “Store what you use, and use what you store.” This way, should you find yourself relying heavily on your food storage you will know how to use to the food in there and you will be familiar to the flavors and recipes. Test out those store brand beans so you know if you like them come an emergency. Try out recipes using your freeze dried corn. Bake some bread using your wheat berries that you’ve ground into flour. By using this saying, you will also know what items to watch for sales on and to stock up on.
  • Clearly label your shelves so family members can help in rotating items. Store similar food items close together.
  • Regularly rotating your food storage gives you a chance to inspect your storage area for signs of pests, including mice.
  • Regularly rotating your food storage also gives you a chance to inventory your storage. Keep an inventory storage sheet near your storage, so as you use and add to your supply you can keep a running total of what you have on hand.

Using these tips in rotating your long term food storage supply can help keep your food storage organized, fresh, and easy to navigate.

Posted Dec 17, 2015
Tags: Food Storage
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