Where to Store
Some of you have an entire extra room or wing in your home to devote to your provision planning; others may just be able to squeeze a shoe box under the bed or tucked in the back of a closet but not much more. Whatever your storage capacity apply a few principles to take care of your stock.
Principles of food storage: cool, dry, dark and airtight
- Temperature – cool. Find a place which is not too hot or too cold (in other words not outside). The ideal temperature for storing canned foods is between 50 °F and 70 °F. Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit are harmful to canned foods.
- Moisture – dry, less than 15% humidity is best. Damage or rust to cans is possible in a humid or moist environment. Mold is a possibility to dry goods (cereals, rice, flour, etc.) plus they absorb moisture and can quickly get an off-taste if stored in a moist environment.
- Sunlight – dark. Foods exposed to sunlight can change in flavor and color not to mention an increase in temperature. Sunlight contributes to a loss of food’s nutritional value and quality.
- Airtight – oxygen is good for humans but less is more when storing food. Also airtight containers help keep your stock critter-proof. Store your foods in vacuum packs, plastic bins, or otherwise protect it from bugs and rodents
Designate a place in your home that best fits the principles of food storage. Now that you have a place for your provisions, determine what you want to buy and when. Choose from the Budget Plans (coming soon).
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