Like anything else, prepping is a skill that takes time to learn. We have been prepping for several years now and along the way we have learned some very valuable lessons. Thankfully we have had the time and the opportunity to rectify the mistakes and make sure we don’t repeat them when it really counts. However some folks are not that lucky. If you are only starting your prepping journey then you don’t have time for mistakes and missteps. You need to do it right the first time.
The issues we ran into are normal and they are rookie mistakes. Some of them are no brainers and I am sure they will have you shaking your head. However our idiocy in the beginning will hopefully serve you better now as you are starting your journey. Here are some common food storage mistakes that we’ve discovered along the way.
Out of Order
It is really easy to go to the store and buy extra supplies. It is even easier to do that when there is a super sale. In many cases you will be able to buy 3 and 4 times the normal amount. This makes it easy to start storing up. However you need to make sure you have a system in order. Having a proper place for all of your items will not only make it easier but it will make it more functional.
Since our start in the prepping world we have added several cabinets in the garage as well as a deep freezer and another refrigerator. These things have made it much easier for us to store items and to have an order. Far too many people are just throwing their items together and they have no idea what they have or what goes where.
Always make sure that you have an accurate inventory of the items you currently have. Again, having the items on hand is one thing. Knowing where they are and what you have is another. Take the time to create an inventory sheet and make sure that you know what you have and how long you have had it. Speaking of dates…
Always make sure that you are keeping an eye on your expiration dates. It does you no good to have 35 cans of green beans that are all spoiled. Always try and keep the stock rotated well. This will help you keep your food longer and it will also help you save money. Plus, you can always donate the food that is close to expiring. Most food banks and soup kitchens will use it right away.
Bad Storage Containers
We started out with a few gallon jugs to store water in. They worked okay for a while but the end result was not so great. The containers were flimsy and they just didn’t work well. Plus, the sizes of most soda bottles make them impossible to stack and store easily. So make sure you spend the extra cash and get some good containers for storing water. It’s well worth the expense in the long run.
Buying Stuff You Won’t Use
Sometimes we think we need an item and once we get it home we realize we were wrong. Just because you find a great deal on canned meat, that doesn’t mean you actually need to buy a whole truck load of it. Will your family eat that meat? Or will it likely all go bad before you ever open the first can?
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
We are not big on the whole village concept. Some people will say that there is security in numbers, and they might be right. But we have chosen to keep our neighbors in the dark about our preps. We work hard to provide for our family and we are not providing for the rest of the neighborhood. So make sure that you take the time to properly store your items out of sight.
Further, if you ever have people in your home, such as the cable guys or security alarm installers, they might notice your supplies and they could take a mental note. It is always best to keep your items well hidden.
These are just a few of the mistakes we have made along the way and hopefully you will learn form our blunders. What are some other rookie food storage mistakes that you’ve seen in the prepping community?