Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Food Storage Safe

Food storage is a great way to prepare your family for emergencies. However, bacteria and other contaminants can invade your emergency food and render it useless. Here is a list of the top ten ways to keep your food storage safe and secure!

1. Before canning, make sure everything is clean! Many people can their own fruits and vegetables. This is a great practice for you and your family, just make sure you thoroughly clean off the produce and canning jars before starting. This may require rinsing in a water/bleach solution or boiling.

2. While canning, refrigerate the produce you aren’t ready for yet. If you plan on canning 10 lbs. of strawberries, it will take a while to get all of them done. Instead of leaving all 10 lbs. on the counter while working, put the fruit-in-waiting back in the refrigerator. This is very important for fruit has been cut, because it is more prone for bacteria. Refrigeration will help keep your fruit fresh until you’re ready for it.

3. Weevils? Freeze that flour! Ever heard of weevils? These pesky bugs will hatch in your flour and invade all of your other grains too! When you purchase any form of grain, make sure that you freeze it for 4 to 7 days before putting it in your storage room.

4. Store plenty of water. When planning your food storage, make sure that you have enough water for drinking, food preparation, and general hygiene purposes. You can do this with a combination of water barrels and filters. Water storage should also been taken into consideration when purchasing food storage. For example, freeze-dried food requires substantially less water than dehydrated foods, or traditional foods like rice, beans and wheat.

5. No more expired food, rotate it out. If a portion of your food storage consists of canned goods from the grocery store, make sure to put recently purchased items in the back so that the oldest items get used first. This prevents you from having to throw out expired food.

6. Have a balance of food groups and nutrients. Have you ever tried eating just noodles and bread for a week? It gets boring real quick, and you are more likely to get sick when you don’t eat a balanced diet. When planning your food storage, try to have a good balance of fruits and vegetables with your grains. You can do this by storing canned goods, freeze-dried foods, and/or canning your own foods.

7. Do you know what you have? Take inventory regularly. This allows you to keep track of what you need and helps you watch out for expired foods. If you keep an accurate inventory, finding expired foods can be completely avoided.

8. Include comfort foods. I know this sounds silly, but in an emergency you and your family will be stressed. Having a tasty piece of strawberry shortcake (or whatever your family’s favorite dessert is) will help ease the tension of survival.

9. Use a proper long-term storage container. Leaving food in the bag it came in, or not lining storage containers with plastic can make them more susceptible to moisture and other contaminants.

10. Use oxygen absorbers appropriately. These are great for preserving foods! Make sure they are put in all of your dry food storage containers.

by Alyssa Staehli

5 Replies to “Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Food Storage Safe”

  1. Where would I buy oxygen absorbers?



    Most stores that sell food canning supplies will also carry oxygen absorbers. If you do a quick online search, you will find several retailers that carry them.

    Thanks for the question,

    -Food Insurance

  2. Just a question, why would you store water when you can just as easily purchase water filter systems that can clean up any water source? No space required and no replacing the water.


    Jonny, thanks for the great question!

    You are completely correct, water filters are great for making fresh water out of most water sources, and we highly recommend everyone have one.

    Ever situation is different, and for those how live near a water source (lake, pond, river, stream, etc.), having a significant amount of water storage may not be necessary.

    Many people don’t have a water source near by, and are completely dependent on the public water supply. If the public water supply were shut off for any reason, they would have to go with out. Because of this, having a supply of water for several days, or ideally several weeks, could quickly become a life saver.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact us at, or 1-866-946-8366.

    -Food Insurance

  3. The food bag labels give a serving size and how many servings per bag. Is each serving individually packaged or does the one package contain all the servings? If all 20+ servings are in a bag, how are leftovers stored? And once the bag is opened, oxygen and humidity has now entered the bag and started the deterioration process. How is the remaining food in the opened bag stored?



    Our meals that are in pouches contain a maximum of 5 servings, so they can easily be used up before the food goes bad.

    For a more detailed explanation you can contact our Support Department at, or call us at 1-866-946-8366.

    -Food Insurance

  4. Instead of leaving your stuff to sit and rot in a bamneset or attic where it can be damaged try sticking it in a self storage unit. These units are very safe and will keep your stuff protected. Once your goods are stuck in the storage unit they are normally covered so that no dust can accumulate on top of your things, also your things will be put on top of crates so nothing can touch them for extra protection.

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