- Prevents throwing away unused, expired food, which saves you money.
- Allows you and your family to get accustomed to eating stored food, essential in effectively dealing with emergency situation.
- Eating your long-term storage is healthy. Most food storage items are lower in fat and higher in nutrients than most convenience foods.
- Because these high-fiber food will be upsetting to the digestive system if you suddenly begin to eat them, it is important to start incorporating them into your diet now.
- By already knowing how to use your food storage, it will help to relieve a lot of stress in times of emergency.
- If you will eat food storage meals two days out of the week you can have a whole year’s supply rotated in just three and a half years.
How can you remember to use your food storage?
- Keep a permanent marker in the same place where you store your food and then every time you bring home a new package or can of food, just date it. If the item has an expiration
date already on it, you might want to circle it. I have also written the date on the item at the time of purchase.
- Keep small amounts of your food storage in the kitchen. The more you see these items the more often you will use them.
- Find recipes that sound interesting using food storage items. The Internet is a great resource. Many of the cooking websites allow you to enter either the recipe you are looking for and/or the ingredient(s) you have on hand. I like the websites where users rate the recipe and give comments. My favorite site is allrecipes.com. Also, BYU TV and byubroadcasting.org have a wonderful program called Living Essentials that has many segments on preparedness. Three of them are on rotating and using your long-term storage. You can also print the transcripts.
- Incorporate food storage items into your favorite recipes.