Stockpiling food is a great way to ensure you have the ingredients you need on hand all of the time and can save you money by helping you avoid paying full price for staples when they are not on sale.
I like to stockpile items like sugar, flour, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned vegetables, soups, body and hair care products, toilet paper etc… Fresh produce is great to stockpile in the summer and early autumn when you can buy large quantities for just a couple dollars. Of course part of my stock pile are home made canned goods from some of that produce like peach jam, relish, pickles and more.
Unfortunately, it can be hard to keep the food in your stockpile fresh. Because you have so many things stored in your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, you have to make a conscious effort to monitor your foods. How can you do that? Simply use these tips for keeping your food stockpile fresh and stop wasting good food!
Store It Correctly
Storing food correctly is the best way to ensure your food stockpile is fresh. Some foods have a longer shelf life if they’re stored in the refrigerator while other foods should be stored in a dry pantry. If you’re unsure about the best way to store your food stockpile, then go online and do a quick search. You’ll find great ways to extend the life of your food, keeping your stock pile fresh.
Use Older Food First
Although you don’t want to use something that is bad or expired, you do want to use older items first. Check the expiration dates on your food and use the items that expire sooner. This will prevent you from allowing food to go bad, which will in turn keep your remaining food fresh. This is something you might hear being referred to as “rotating your stock pile.” Just do it.
Throw Out the Bad
If you have some vegetables that have gone bad, throw them out right away. Keeping bad food in with your fresh food can cause your fresh food to deteriorate faster. This is not good if you want to keep your stockpile fresh. On a regular basis, go through your fridge and pantry and pull out anything that could taint your food supply.
If you have bought a large quantity of fresh produce you should considering preserving it by canning or freezing to avoid spoilage and waste.
Check Expiration Dates
When shopping at the grocery store, always check the expiration dates before purchasing an item. When grocery stores restock their supplies, they usually put the older items at the front so that they’re purchased before the expiration date. Newly stocked items are placed in the back since their expiration date is further out. To help ensure that your food stockpile is fresh, always find items that have a longer expiration date.
Do you stockpile? What are your best tips for keeping your food stockpile fresh?
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!