Top 10 Food Storage Myths
We often hear myths about why people can’t prepare food storage for their families. Here are a few:
10. Natural disasters don’t happen much around me, I don’t need it
Thinking that food storage is only good in case of a natural disaster is a mistake. It can be helpful in times of unemployment, economic hard times and more.
To suppose that you live in an area where natural disasters don’t occur is also a mistake. Earthquakes could strike anywhere along with lightning storms, wind storms and even man-made disasters.
9. I’ll need to learn how to grind wheat and care for chickens
While survivalist skills are helpful, they aren’t necessary for you to be prepared. Focus on knowing how much food you need to survive and how to prepare and use that food.
8. All I need is a gun
We often hear people say that they don’t need to prepare, all they need is a gun to take the food they want from others who prepare. So, let me get this straight. You’d rather be faced with the idea of killing someone else than make actual preparations?
I would much rather prepare than be faced with an idea like that.
7. Someone else, like the government, will help me with food
Typically, government agencies don’t step in to disaster areas for food relief for a few days – and even then, they can’t feed everyone! You might even have a disaster in your area and it’s not declared a “disaster area” by the government. That means no government agency help!
It’s important to remember that you don’t just use food storage in natural disasters too. You can use food storage to guard against unemployment or simple power outages.
6. Food storage tastes disgusting
Gone are the days of just grain and potatoes in food storage. With modern technology, you now have access to fruits, vegetables, and full meals that just require water. Freeze-dried food storage items are a great way to have a wide variety of entrees, desserts, drinks and more that have a shelf life of 20-30 years!
5. Society is prepared enough that I don’t need a personal food storage
This is closely related to the myth that the government will help you with food. Natural disasters can put a strain on supply chains and you might not be able to go to the store to get your groceries. Many times, natural disasters like earthquakes can even put stores out of business because they can’t handle the wrench in the routine.
4. Only fanatic extremists and doomsdayers have food storage
Recent TV coverage has brought many people to think that food storage is activity of doomsdayers and extremists. However, being self-sufficient and prepared is not extreme – it’s just smart. Communities and religious organizations have been told to prepare with food storage for decades.
3. I don’t have room to store food
When you’re exhausted because haven’t eaten anything after an emergency, you’ll wonder what you were doing with all that extra space!
There are all sorts of little nooks and crannies in your home where you could store food and not even notice it was there. Under your bed, for example. You might have to get a little creative, and it might not be all in the same place, but everyone has enough room for at least a couple weeks supply of food. Even if it is under your bathroom sink.
2. I have enough extras on my cupboard or in my fridge
I was interested today and went to my cupboard. I purchased a few cans of beans, corn, tomatoes etc. They all will expire within one to three years of my purchase. (Actually one of them had already expired six years ago! haha) Having extra food in your cupboards is always a good thing, but food designed for use in an emergency will be so much more usable and beneficial.
1. Food storage is too expensive and I can’t afford it
Food storage doesn’t need to put you in the poor house. You can collect little by little and make food storage a priority in your budget! Food storage is an investment in your future. You’ll have food on your shelf, no matter what situation comes your way, for decades! Check out our post about how to meet your food storage goals on a tight budget.
What do you think? What myths have you heard about food storage preparation?
Updated February 1, 2010