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How to Keep Food Storage Safe & Tasty

Preparing the Room

Step 1

Select a room to keep stored food. This could be a spare bedroom or any room where the temperature can be kept stable and the air is dry.

Step 2

Repair any cracks in the walls that could allow insects to enter the room.

Step 3

Erect shelves around the room. Keep the lowest shelf 2 to 3 inches above the floor. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, keep the lower shelf 2 to 3 feet above the floor.

Preparing the Food

Step 1

Repackage beans, pasta, wheat, and other dried goods into food-grade plastic pails, tubs or buckets and secure the top with a tight fitting lid. Label each bucket with the contents and the date purchased.

Step 2

Mark canned foods, either store-bought or home-canned, with the date and contents. Do the same for other boxed convenience foods.

Step 3

Keep empty pails and tubs available for opened cereal boxes or other partially used boxes of food. Or rewrap the open box into a zipper type freezer bag to help it stay fresh.

Step 4

Eat regularly from your stored food supply. This helps to keep the food rotated, but also allows your family to understand and enjoy the food choices that are in storage.

Step 5

Rotate the stored food, using the older food first and restocking the shelves with newer purchases.

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