Interested in Food Storage? Here's Where to Start

Have you ever wanted to get started in preparing a food storage but don't know where to start? Have you ever questioned on what to get?  Do you know how much food/water storage you need if a disaster were to hit? You've come to the right place and here we can help you get everything you need to be one of the best in being prepared.

WHAT DO I NEED?

Now this all depends on how how many people you are wanting to prepare for. We do have a tool on http://thereadystore.com called the FOOD STORAGE CALCULATOR, which can help you in figuring out how much food you need to store.

*Calculations are based off of 2,000-2,400 calories per day for an adult. Your caloric needs will vary according to your body type, activity and gender. This calculator errors on going over the needs in case of an emergency.

For example, lets see what you would need to feed 2 people for 3 months; you would need about 6 cans of breakfast meals, 18 cans of lunch and dinner entrees, 2 cans of fruit, 2 cans of vegetables, 2 cans of sides(which we would recommend snacks/desserts), 6 cans of pasta & potatoes, 2 cans of sauces & potatoes,  2 cans of meats, eggs & proteins, 2 cans of drink mixes, 12 cans of grains & flours, 6 cans of beans & legumes, 2 cans of cooking basics(sugar, flour, milk, etc), 4 cans of cereal, and 18 cans of dairy items.

Yous should also consider that you need water to prepare most of these items and if we are going off using the example of storing water for 2 people for 3 months, you would need about 180 gallons. Remember, this amount of water is for drinking, washing and cooking. Check out our WATER STORAGE CALCULATOR. 

NOW WHAT?

Now that you have an idea on what you need in order to start building your food storage, what's next? We offer many different varieties of items that you'll need to have in your storage, now it's up to you to decide what specific products you need based on your situation. Here are some of our best and most popular sellers that you could include in your storage;

SARATOGA FARMS WHITE FLOUR - Here is a food that everyone knows and uses on a daily basis: white flour. It's in nearly everything we eat--and should therefore be a big part of our food storage. If you're looking to expand your food storage, or if you're just getting started, then you need to look into getting Saratoga Farms White Flour. Imagine the peace of mind you'll have, knowing that if you run into little problems like running out of flour, not being able to make it to the store, or not being able to afford groceries one week, you will still have the most important staple for your diet.

SARATOGA FARMS BACON POTATO CHOWDER - Saratoga Farms Bacon Potato Chowder makes a wonderful addition to your food storage. This tasty entree is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The chowder has a thick and rich creamy base with a hint of bacon. The hot meal will be a warm welcome by those looking for a quick and easy way to make meal that is delicious and satisfying.

SARATOGA FARMS POWDERED MILK VALUE BUCKET - Saratoga Farms Powdered Milk ValueBUCKETs come with powder loaded to the brim. We know food storage space is a premium for most people and that filling the bucket to the brim is the best way to conserve space and give value to our customers.

SARATOGA FARMS FREEZE DRIED CORN - Saratoga Farms Freeze Dried Corn is a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals to keep you going in an emergency. With a 30 year shelf-life, you and your family won't be lacking for years to come! This corn can be used in your favorite recipes! Use them in stews, chowders, chilis, salads or simply as a side dish! All you have to do is add water to restore the corn to its original state!

SARATOGA FARMS FREEZE DRIED STRAWBERRIES - Saratoga Farms Strawberry Slices are a great way to add delicious diversity to your emergency food supplies. They are sweet and nutritious, easy to prepare and have a shelf-life of 20-30 years or more!

SARATOGA FARMS FREEZE DRIED CHICKEN - It's time to add some hearty meat to your veggie and grain based food storage! Chicken is an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats plus; containing essential vitamins and nutrients known to boost the immune system. When times are tough or meats have simply become unavailable due to an emergency, this freeze-dried chicken will replenish your family with much-needed nutrients. Add it to pastas, teriyaki dishes, soups and more for an instant dose of healthy mouth-watering flavor. Just add water to prepare and the diced chicken regains its texture, nutritional value and flavor that can satisfy even the most vigorous of appetites. This heavy-duty #10 can provides a 30-year shelf life so prepare now for any unfortunate circumstance even those in the distant future!

SARATOGA FARMS FRUIT PUNCH SPORTS DRINK - Saratoga Farms traditional basics fruit punch is second to none in terms of quality and taste. This drink will make you wonder why you waited this long to find a great tasting drink mix to go with your water storage. The fruit punch flavor will have everyone that tries it in smiles, simply a great way to add some flavor to life while helping you get the needed calories your body requires. Great any time, whether it is a disaster, job loss, or you are simply looking for a great product to drink at home with your entire family.

I HAVE MY PRODUCTS, NOW WHAT?

Now that you have purchased the necessary items needed for your food and water storage, you're probably wondering what the next step is. Make sure that the location of your food storage is consistently cooler. We recommend storing your food storage in temperatures between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to make sure that your food isn’t stored in clear or see-through containers. Now, if you buy food from The Ready Store, you don’t need to worry about that because all of our food comes in #10 cans, boxes, pouches or barrels. However, if you can your own foods and have them in glass jars, make sure that you store them in a dark place. Consistent light can fade colors, zap your food of vitamins and make fat go rancid. One of the reasons that freeze-dried and dehydrated foods last so long is because water is taken out of them. Water and moisture leads to deterioration and corruption. Freeze-dried foods typically have a shelf life of 20-30 years. Dehydrated foods typically can stay on the shelf for 10-20 years. You'll want to make sure that moisture is not an equation in your storage room. No puddles, drips or high moisture content in the air (as much as possible).

All of this may feel overwhelming but rest assured, you have just started building an emergency food/water storage for yourself(or your family) for anything that might come your way! Please keep in mind of the manufacture and expiration dates on your food and water. As said in the reading above, our food has a shelf life of 25-30 years. It would be appropriate to write those dates somewhere you can remember so you can be aware on when to replace when necessary. And that all there is to it! Each food/water storage is set up differently depending on the situation. This is all on you and how you want to prepare your emergency storage.

Not only is an emergency food storage supposed to have food and water, it should also include emergency supplies such as flashlights, first aid kits, radio, batteries, hand warmers, emergency blankets, hunting knife(for survival if necessary), matches, etc. Remember, each situation each person/family is different, so it's only ideal to prepare for a situation that is most common in your area.

We want to hear from YOU. We want to know tips and tricks that you have implemented into your storage that could essentially help a fellow prepper!

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