Sit and Rotate; food storage tips for the long haul

Posted: 10/10/2009 in disasters, emergency preparedness, end times, equipment, survival, Uncategorized
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Normally, when you tell someone to sit and rotate, it’s an insult, but when it comes to long term food storage, that’s one of the key rules. Sit on your cache of carefully prepared food stocks and rotate it to keep it safe and fresh. The main purpose of having an emergency food supply is to have in when that emergency does happen. Therefore, we need to make sure we have not only enough food for the duration, but we need to make sure that food is safe to eat.

There are a lot of experts out there that will tell you one thing or another about storage, but not all rules apply to all food products in all situations. It is best to make your plan, contact suppliers and go with the information that they give you pertaining to the foods that they sell or manufacture. Depending upon type of food stored, and how it was packed, storage times vary from a few months to years, so obviously you’ll want to look for the longest storage times you can obtain. One rule of thumb you’ll want to bear in mind is that you should write the purchase date on the container when you put it in storage. Also, write beside it the storage time the retailer or manufacturer says it should last under optimum conditions.

Optimum conditions are usually considered to be an environment that is both dry and cool, 60F or less, but not freezing. I would say the low 50s is probably the best, if you can maintain that kind of temperature. The best places for that sort of environment is in an old fashioned root cellar, which we’ll get into in another post. Wherever you store your food, there should be ample airflow around the product as well, so I would suggest getting some pallets to place the product on. If the is stored in round cans or pails, you’ve enough space between already, but leave a little space around square containers to help the flow of air.

Put the newest product in the back of the row, and pull forward as you rotate your older food out of the storage supply. You should learn how to use this food to your best advantage, and you can do this by utilizing the older food in your daily routine of cooking. I wouldn’t make every meal you prepare in a row out of nothing but storage food, but mix it in and vary the recipes as you learn to prepare the food for use. Doing this will weed out the older stuff so you won’t have to discard it and waste your hard earned wages that you used to purchase the food in the first place.

Also, before you even start buying storage food, decide what you like and don’t like about the variety available. If the family doesn’t like beef stroganoff, don’t buy it. They might, and probably would eat it if they got hungry enough, but why start the coming times off arguing with the kids over not eating supper. Get what you know will be eaten with minimal argument.

As far as getting started, canned foods from your local grocer can be stored for quite a while in your cupboards, but they have a shorter life span, in large part due to the water. Dry foods store longer and safer. But canned vegetables and meats are ok to get started on. it’ll get you used to dealing with the hard core survival foods you really need to start loading up on before it is too late. Remember to write the purchase date on these as well.

You’ll find that there are several ways of packaging dried foods. One of these processes is called nitrogen packaging, or nitro-pack for short. This is probably one of, if not the best process, but it does add to the cost. Another tip is to look for the moisture content on the labels or spec sheets, and make sure there is as little moisture as possible inside. Refuse to buy any grains or cereals with more than 10% moisture. These will not last long, and the moisture makes a good breeding ground for various fungi and possibly bugs. I have heard, but haven’t tried, that one way of treating stored grains is to place ¼ lb of dry ice in the bottom of a food grade 5 gal pail and place the lid on loosely after filling with the grain. Wait five to six hours and then seal the lid. This supposedly prevents insects from hatching.

Mylar packaging is another thing to look for. Some cheaper foods are just packed in a poly bag under vacuum, but Mylar is a far superior product. Also, try to get food packed with a desiccant if you can. These little packets absorb any moisture that may remain in the package. Another item available are the oxygen absorbers that do exactly that, absorb oxygen.

I encourage you to experiment with your resources and learn all you can about all issues regarding to survival in the coming times. Look around, order catalogs and books to read. Don’t hesitate to call retailers and manufacturers along the way. Most of them are very open towards sharing information with you. If they don’t want to give you the time to talk, don’t do business with them. There are a lot of charlatans that are eager to separate you from your money, and most of them lack the knowledge, as well as the desire to build a customer relationship. They want your money, and nothing more. When the Y2K fiasco approached there were a lot of problems with people ordering emergency supplies and they got rooked big time in the process. I know of one family that spent nearly three grand on a year’s supply of food, never received part of the order, part of what they did receive was damaged, and the food was already approaching the expiration date. Be careful with who you do business with.

In the coming days I will try to build a new page and start posting relevant survival links to suppliers and agencies that have information on what you should do to prepare. I’ve been asked if all of this survival related stuff I’ve been sharing is related to the coming 2012 end of the world predictions. It is not. I don’t believe for one moment that the Mayans or anyone else have accurately predicted the end of time. Scripture tells us that no man shall know the day or the hour of Christ’s second coming, but I do know he will return. It doesn’t matter to me when, I am ready and have eternity to look forward to.

However, scripture also tells us that we need to be ready for what is to come, and also that it will be a rough road. Already we see the rise of Christian persecution around the world, and in some Muslim countries, Christians are being killed and burned out of their homes, forced to live in refugee camps and flee for their lives. That too will happen in the United States, though perhaps not to such a serious degree. If we are to live without the mark of the beast, we will need to learn to do without credit cards and checking accounts, and possibly live without a job. We will need to learn to live off the land and survive on our stored survival rations and supplies. And quite probably we will be herded into select areas away from the general population who have already started to embrace the enticing message of the antichrist.

True believers will live for eternity, but while still here on what we have come to call Earth, it won’t be a bed of roses with streets paved in gold. If have received the gift of salvation, pray for discernment of the coming times. If you have not received the gift of salvation, you merely need to repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. He’s already forgiven you. Find a church near you that has a strict bible based belief and teaching, not one of the Apostate churches that preach brotherly love and accept gay clergy, abortion and a multitude of other wrongs that these humans, these servants of the Antichrist want you to accept as being acceptable.

I’ll be posting a lot more on the subject of survival, but I would suggest you also look around and see what others have to say on the subject. Pray, and learn, and you shall survive the coming times.

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