When faced the prospect of tough economic times the wise stockpile! But once you’ve started stocking up on the essentials, how to manage a stockpile? We’ve got some stockpile management tips that will help you keep on top of what’s coming and what’s going out of your pantry.
The Proper Security
No one should invest money in a pantry or stockpile if they aren’t willing to protect it. Your stockpile location should be separate from your general pantry. It should be located in a place where the temperature isn’t too hot or too cold. Your stock should be protected from the elements including water. Also, securing the stockpile is easier if your room or pantry has only one door or at the most two. If you are stockpiling in your home keep your stock in one room separate from the rest of the house. You probably aren’t worried about security at home, but if you are use a simple padlock or combination lock on your door.
Dating Your Stock
Most of your stock will probably be in cans. Canned goods can last years! But you’ll need a system to help you identify which cans are the oldest. Private citizens who stockpile are probably buying a little at a time. You’ll need to take a black permanent marker and write the date on the top of the cans as they come in. The same goes for flour, sugar and rice. Put those staples in plastic tubs and date the tubs on the tops. Don’t rely solely on the expiration date on the cans. Rely on the dates you write on top. Also date meat packs that head for the freezer. You’ll want to use the oldest first.
As you add to your stockpile weekly or monthly you’ll need to shift your stock. Move the older cans to the front of the shelf while pushing new added cans to the back. Separate by food types. Vegetables, fruits, legumes and soups. Then by dates. As your general kitchen pantry needs supplies take from the front of your shelf while adding to the back.
A general stocking ratio in regards to paper products is 20 to 1. For every twenty cans of food add one paper product to your shelves like toilet paper or paper towels. If you buy larger packs of paper you could increase that ration to 30 to 1. Water should be stored by the gallon and also move according to dates. Avoid stocking sodas and food with no nutritional value.
For a short term stockpiles, it’s good to have food for about two weeks. Be sure and have on hand extra Vitamin C and a multi-vitamins. For kids it’s good to have ‘impulse food’ that has some nutritional value to them. Like granola bars and dried fruit snacks just to name a few.