The biggest mistake that people make when they set up food storage is that they don’t buy food they would actually eat. People who are used to eating pizza and french fries end up buying a barrel of flour. What do you think you are going to do with flour? If you’ve never made bread or pasta from scratch, or better yet, don’t like making bread and pasta from scratch then flour isn’t your best option. There are three principles you can use to make sure you can be prepared to deal with all of life’s disasters comfortably.

1: Store foods that are either very similar or exactly what you eat now for food storage. Some foods that you eat don’t have an adequate shelf life to constitute food storage. Fresh apples only last so long, but applesauce can store for a very long time. When you are forced into a situation where you have to rely on your food storage you will be very glad that you aren’t stuck eating pickled eggs.

2: Eat your food storage. In order to make sure your storage is fresh it is important to cycle through it. This goes right in line with buying foods that you would normally eat to use as food storage. You don’t want to open up a can of food during an emergency and find that it is rotten. By cycling through your pantry you will not only find foods you don’t like, which will make them easier to cut out of your system, but you will make sure that the foods you really do like are fresh.

3: Have an offline knowledge of cooking. Whether you want to collect cookbooks or memorize how to prepare certain foods, you do not want to find yourself in a situation where you have all the ingredients you need and no knowledge of how to make them into a meal. The internet is great, and in many ways is replacing things like cookbooks because recipes online are often free and very accessible. Relying on the internet to always be there during a crisis is not wise. Power outages area associated with many disasters and may leave you scratching your head.