Food Storage Tips

You are looking to grow your food storage cabinets but you have no idea where to start. We have all seen the TV shows where people have years of food storage stacked up and you have a little bit of a desire to be more like them, but it can be so hard and expensive to start! We are here to give you great tips and help you be on your way to having a great supply of food just in case a Zombie apocalypse ever does happen.

A place to store it

Before you can really start collecting and making a great collection of food storage you have to decide where it is that you are going to put the food that you are collecting. If you are looking to have a 1 year collection of food, you are going to need to have a large space to keep it all. It is also important to think about the temperature of the room when you are deciding. Food is going to stay better in a cool, dark place. However, I learned from a conversation with a Branchburg pest control expert that mice and other rodents also love to live in cool, dark places so you have to be sure that you are choosing a room that is secure from outside so you do not have a rodent problem on your hands quickly.

Shelf Life

While pasta and beans have a great shelf life, it is going to be a long year if you only have pasta and beans to live on. Before you get carried away and fill your room with items with a 10 year shelf life, you need to determine and do the math to decide what you need to feed yourself if you actually had to live on your food storage. Oatmeal and flour are other great items to keep that can transform into many different meals.

Shelf life is important because you do not want to have to be replacing food in your pantry every year. We would highly suggest that you eat out of your food storage. You have to continually be updating and using older items. If you are constantly eating of your storage you will be able to use the food instead of waste it. It is also great to be in the room often because you are looking through what you have and it is on your mind. You should continually be looking through the food to be sure that nothing is going bad.


The way that you organize your food storage is very important. We would suggest that you organize your stash by the shelf life of the products. You want to keep products with a shorter shelf life near each other, and products that have a longer life somewhere else. You may also want to organize these areas by the type of food that it is. For example, keeping fruits separate from grains will help you see what you have.  

Having a great source of food storage is great, but you have to do it right in order for it to be useful for you and your family.