Rotate Your Stockpile

Rotate Your Stockpile

You know that you should be working on building an emergency food storage stockpile, but money is tight, so you keep putting it off.  I suggest you plan to spend an extra five to ten dollars each week for your stockpile items.

Once your stockpile is started, maybe even complete, you need to rotate your stockpile for freshness.  Not only do you have to rotate the items according to their expiration dates, you need to rotate them into your weekly meals so that you ensure you have the stockpile your family will enjoy eating.

There are any number of emergencies where well-stocked food storage would be vitally important to your comfort and even your survival. An emergency food storage stockpile is not just for the “the end of the world scenarios”, it will be use useful in a number of situations like a job loss, snowed in or there’s an illness in the family where the “shopper” cannot make it to the store.  Make sure your stockpile contains food you normally enjoy and are part of your normal meal preparations.

As you build you stockpile, mark the cans with a Grease Pencil, (or a China Marker)  as you add the item to your stockpile mark the item clearly with an expiration date without underlining the date.  If there is no expiration date, simply mark the date you purchased the item and underline it.   This allows you to quickly check the date of any product.  Place the newer items in the back of your stockpile and rotate the older items to the front. Store the items in rows according to their type.  Then you need to simply check only the first item of each row every month.  When an item has less than a month before expiring, either use the item, or donate the item to a church or your local food bank.

A quick note on expiration dates.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, high-acid canned foods such as tomatoes, grapefruit and pineapple can be stored for a year to 18 months. Low-acid canned foods such as meat, poultry, fish and most vegetables will keep two to five years if stored properly.  Beyond expiration dates, you should physically examine the contents of your stockpile to make sure they are still fresh. Make sure that none of your boxes or food containers have signs of pests or have been crushed or have opened. On cans, look for rust, bulging, punctures, dents or leaks. Never eat any food if its packaging or contents has come into contact with flood water or has been in a fire.

There would be nothing worse than going to your stockpile in the case of an emergency and finding that some of what you thought you had was not usable or guaranteed safe. In order to be sure you can stay on top of your stockpile rotation, it is best not to have more than a one-year stockpile supply for anything with an expiration date. Stock your food in a manner that will allow you to easily know expiration dates so the first in can easily be the first out as you rotate.


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