(Natural News) After setting up a food stockpile, you need to regularly rotate your supplies to ensure that you always have a fresh batch of food. Set aside some time for checking your stash of emergency food on a semi-regular basis. Check if your family can eat the food that you have stockpiled and make sure to rotate your supplies to prevent spoilage. (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com)
Stocking up on freeze-dried or dehydrated foods
When considering freeze-dried or dehydrated food for your stockpile, try them first before buying in bulk. Doing this gives you and your family a chance to taste the food before SHTF to avoid being left with freeze-dried products that no one in your family likes.
A lot of freeze-dried or dehydrated food products are made by commercial processors who seal them in #10 cans with oxygen absorbers. In some cases, these products may be sealed Mylar foil packets.
Like most foods, freeze-dried foods don’t last forever. Some freeze-dried foods only have a shelf life of around three to five years, like butter powder. Even #10 cans with cheeses and mixes with cheese ingredients may have a shorter shelf life than you would expect.
Always check the expiration date of your supplies. When sampling the food from your stockpile, take note of the color, smell and taste of each item. If something looks or tastes bad, dispose of them properly.
When implementing a food rotation system, consume the items nearest their expiration date first and replenish the items that you use up. Sort items in order of when you purchased them. (Related: 4 Survival foods to consider adding to your food pantry.)
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