Episode # 95, "We Should Be Layering Our Food Storage"


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Practical Prepping Podcast Episode # 95, "We Should Be Layering Our Food Storage"
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After a disaster, SHTF, job loss, economic collapse, or an alien zombie frog invasion we will still have to eat, so we must be storing food and water. Those food preps should be "layered."

In this episode, we explain what those layers are, why you should do it, and how, especially focusing on the middle layer and how you can make food buckets of these items.

Layering food preps

  1. Short term storage, lasts for 1-3 years in storage
  2. Longer term storage, lasts for 5-15 years depending on storage
  3. Extremely long term, 25+ years of storage life

Short-term storage - lasts for 1-3 years in storage
Canned vegetables, canned meats, pasta, boxed meals (mac & cheese), frozen foods
Items that we buy two extra on every grocery trip
These are the foods that we eat regularly and will be rotating in and out of our food pantry as needed to maintain freshness.

Long termed food storage - lasts for 5-15 years depending on storage
It's a little hard to store more than one year of short-term foods without having some expire. term and extreme storage foods let us build our food preps to much longer than a year without having to rotate them.
Building long-term food buckets of rice, beans, and pasta lets you share with others in dire circumstances

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Dry beans/peas
  • Rice
  • Various spices, sauces, and salt alternatives

All of these items will store well in food buckets if kept air-tight, out of direct sunlight, and protected from rodents.
We don't suggest that you build food buckets or buy twenty-five year foods until you have three months minimum worth of food and water stored up. Then, and only then, should you start building up some long-term storage foods.

Extreme long term storage (25+ years of storage life)
These are the twenty-five year storage foods, such as freeze dried foods, dehydrated foods, and powdered products like eggs and milk.
The whole point is that regardless of what happens, you will have to eat! It really doesn't matter how you do it, just properly store food and water. The best way is by layering.
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