Long Term Food Storage may or may not have a place here on a real estate blog, but we are communicating with home owners and many of them facing difficult situations and potential short sale scenarios or foreclosure. According to David M Kinchen in his recent article: Realtytrac: Emerging Foreclosure Trends in 2012,
“..... foreclosure processing delays in 2011 have artificially exaggerated what would have been a slow, natural decrease in foreclosure activity off the foreclosure peak of 2010. This artificial trough in foreclosure activity in 2011 will result in a corresponding double-peak in 2012.”
As Realtors, this presents opportunities to assist buyers and investors but for home owners that are also our clients we might provide more tangible advice with education on the concept of Food Storage and hopefully assist those that need to get budget savvy and creative in order to stay current with their mortgage.
Food Storage especially a plan for long term food storage allows greater control over one of the most overlooked and underestimated budget destroyers. Eating out or meal prep on the fly is a costly approach to addressing the food budget. Creating a working pantry for weekly food prep and a more advanced long term food storage system helps alleviate stress, allows greater control over finances, and creates opportunities to take advantage of bargains.
Where to begin is the question that prohibits forward progress with many home owners. Does one invest a small fortune running to the nearest grocer and buying handy prepped items? NO.
Here are some simple steps to begin the process:
1. Formulate a list of foods normally consumed in the home and the ingredients to prepare those foods from scratch
2. Inventory the existing pantry
3. Start a basic plan to prepare more meals from scratch eliminating the need for last minute shopping or eating out
4. Begin a slow increase in the current pantry utilizing sales of food ingredients until a month supply exists as the working pantry
5. Begin to research the process of Correctly storing basic ingredients long term and prepare before purchasing large quantities. There is a multitude of info on the Internet and Utube on this subject. What forms store longer? Whole wheat stored correctly lasts up to 30 years versus wheat flour which starts to lose nutritional value as soon as it’s ground into flour.
6. Make small purchases at first of basic necessities such as Mylar bags, 5 gal food safe tubs (#2 on lids and bottom of tubs), a dehydrator if that is the process of choice, and possibly a food savor vacuum sealer.
Remember to keep it simple. Long term food storage takes time, organization, and effort but the rewards are healthier meals, more control over the food budget, and a plan to offset uncontrollable changes in income such as job loss, medical setbacks, and inflation.