Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Longer Term Food Storage

This week I purchased some canned black beans from Walmart.  I know there are a lot of people that strongly push only dehydrated or freeze-dried foods for your long term storage. Usually that's because they're selling it and they're trying to make money off of you.  You don’t need ALL your prepping food storage to be that type of food. When you are financially able, you can mix it up and have some of each type, and stock up on whichever type you prefer, but be informed and track the best by dates of ALL of it!

Take a look at these Goya Low Sodium Black Bean cans that are found in the Latino food aisle of Walmart. Look at that best-by-date!

These beans are regular food that cost only $1.00 per can, but their best-by-date is April of 2020! Think of that! That is almost five years for food that you can buy from regular grocery stores.  This shows that you can buy normal foods that have very far out dates for your prepping food supply.  This is why I stress that it is so important to track the best-by-dates of your food storage.

This supports the fact that simply following the first in first out (FIFO) method of food storage or “rotation” is seriously flawed due to best-by-date spread. These best-by-dates on items on store shelves constantly go forward and backward, even by as much as a year or more. If you want the longest length of time available for storing the normal foods that you or your family will be eating, then you should be tracking the best-by-dates to accomplish that.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this was helpful to you in considering the foods you choose to store for yourself and your family.

Happy Prepping!
Bob Hotaling

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