This is yet another “Eat what you store / Store what you eat” post. I had a few experiences in the last week or so that has worked me up to this article.
Eat what you store
First. A few weeks ago I went to get some cooking oil from our storage area. I discovered to my dismay that well over half of my oil had gone rancid. I’m not sure if I had a tempurature fluxuation or what happened. Bottom line: I was almost out of oil. Fortunately it didn’t ruin my dinner plans, but imaging discovering that your oil was bad in the middle of a crisis? The oil was out of date, but my previous experience has lead me to believe that generally oil has more longevity than is stamped on the bottle.
Second. I was really craving a pot of beans. I soaked the beans over night, and gave them plenty of cooking time. At dinner time I had a nice tasting but crunchy bowl of soup. I was really bummed. Not only did the beans not turn out, but now I need to replace that bucket, because the beans were too old.
These two stories are related in that I discovered old/past date food, but not in a time of crisis. I’m eating my food storage, so I have the ability to find these kinds of things before I’m in a serious pinch.
Store what you eat
This brings me to my second point. It is really important to store items that you will eat on a regular basis. There are a number of reasons for this, most of which have been brought up before, but which probably are worth repeating:
- Keeps your food storage fresh.
- Makes sure that you don’t have dietary issues when you suddenly switch your diet in a time of emergency.
- Gives you the skills to make and prepare your food storage items.
- Lowers food costs. It is sort of silly to have two complete sets of food in your house. Make those bulk sales work for you.
I’m sure there are more reasons but this is why I use my food storage.
To finish up this post I thought I would share a funny article I came across today. Disclaimer: I seriously doubt this would actually store well, but it proves my point of storing what you will eat.
Everyone loves pizza right? Why not store pizza in a Jar?