When building up a food storage supply, it is very important to be knowledgeable about food preservation.
Food preservation has been around for a very long time. In 1820 a man named William Perry went on an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage. He took canned food along with him on his journey and came back with one can. This can was put into a museum and was opened up on 1938. After 118 years the food was still edible, it was fed to a cat in which did not get any kind of illness from it.
Now I am not advising you to save some canned goods for generations to come but, I am just letting you know that food preservation does work.
There are a ton of different ways to store food. The most tried and true way is with canned food. Nowadays this is made easy. If you have a local cannery, you can do it all yourself. If not, all you have to do is go to your local grocery store, go to the canned food isle and you will hundreds of choices.
Everyone should have a stockpile of canned food in their home. This is important, for the fact that you never know when you will not be able to just go to a grocery store and buy them. The world is prone to natural disasters that may make it difficult to get your hands on food. After the Japan tsunami the grocery stores were wiped out. When shtf, you need to be ready.
Also we hope this never happens but there is always the chance that we may face a economic downfall. In these cases it is very important that you prepare you and your family with a whole lot of canned food. A good amount would last about a year. Hopefully they will never need to last that long, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Frozen foods for food preservation is also a viable option. Below is a guide to help you know how long to store certain foods at 0 °F:
Bacon and Sausage 1 to 2 months
Casseroles 2 to 3 months
Egg whites or egg substitutes 12 months
Frozen Dinners and Entrees 3 to 4 months
Gravy, meat or poultry 2 to 3 months
Ham, Hotdogs and Lunchmeats 1 to 2 months
Meat, uncooked roasts 4 to 12 months
Meat, uncooked steaks or chops 4 to 12 months
Meat, uncooked ground 3 to 4 months
Meat, cooked 2 to 3 months
Poultry, uncooked whole 12 months
Poultry, uncooked parts 9 months
Poultry, uncooked giblets 3 to 4 months
Poultry, cooked 4 months
Soups and Stews 2 to 3 months
Wild game, uncooked 8 to 12 months
Knowing the food storage shelf life of foods is very important when dealing with food preservation. It is important when making a stockpile of food that you always use the oldest items first. Get a good system down and use your food in daily cooking. Also always add to your stockpile. Whenever items go on sale grab some of them.
Your food storage shelf life is important to stay on top of. Make sure to mark things that might not have a date on them. Mark it with the date you purchased it or canned it, along with the food storage shelf life, or the expiration date.
So remember that it is very important to be knowledgeable about food preservation. Keep your food in a cool, dry place. Keep a large stock of canned foods and know what the food storage shelf life is, and always use the food for your daily meals so that it never sits too long. Get a big shelf and add to it whenever possible so that you know if anything happens that your family will have food to eat.