Disaster Preparedness - Foods to Store

At our house we have created a Food Pantry for storing dried grains, beans, seeds, nuts, dried fruits, salt, honey, sweeteners, condiments, vinegar, oils, supplements, herbs, spices, seaweed and more. It was a closet that was transformed by my husband, Charlie, into a food closet with shelves.

This pantry is a multi functional food storage that is in continual use. We buy most goods in 25lb bags from Hummingbird Wholesale in Eugene, Oregon, and then store them in 4 or 5 gallon buckets. Other items are already in glass containers or plastic.

All these items we are using continually and then get refilled when needed.  That way we are keeping an eye on the goods and they do not go rancid.  Herbs such a bay leaves and rosemary twigs can be put into the buckets of grains and beans to keep moths out. Also checking the lids regularly and moving the grains, beans etc, around with your hand occasionally will crush any moths since they are very light and are usually found in the top first few inches.

Then in case of a disaster we have camping gear for cooking in our shed, or our wood stove in the house.  Water can be stored in 55 gallon barrels obtained from Hummingbird as well. Just add something to keep it sterile like a water purifier.



By Brandon from Ready Store |  31 Comments

Previously, we addressed why rotating your water storage was so important. However, we had a lot of questions from people asking how to set up water storage. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Type of container Size 

  • Make sure that the container is big enough for your needs. It’s recommended that you have 14 gallons per person in your family.

  • Preparing the container

  • When you first purchase the tank or container, it might come with preparation directions. To ensure that the inside is clean, you can use a mild dish soap and clean water to wash out the inside walls, base and lid of the container.

  • We recommend using a water preserver to keep your water safe for 5 years. If you don’t use a water preserver, you’ll have to rotate your water storage every 6 - 12 months.

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