Rotating Food and Why You Should Do It.

rotating foods

Racks like this can make it simpler to rotate your food.


As you saw in yesterdays post, older long-term food stores turn up fairly regularly.  I even had a friend call me up and say that he still had a number of cans of Dri-Harvest in his storage.  Now rotating food is always your best course of action, but is it always practical.

There is an old saying “eat what you store and store what you eat”.  This is something we have always tried to do.  But it is not always practical, if you use a lot of fresh foods and cook from scratch.

Rotating food has the following advantages.

  • The food is always fresh
  • No loss of foods from failed cans or packaging.
  • The maximum nutrition.
  • You always know your food is good.
  • You eat what you store.

We are very careful to rotate all of our wet packed canned goods, both home and commercial.  They are incorporated in our regular diet.  Foods like grains, rice, legume and pasta are rotated as much as possible.  Some things like salt and sugar that are probably packaged, we don’t worry about rotating.

Where we have a problem rotating foods is with some of the long-term storage foods that are designed to last for many years.  Some of them we make a decision to taste test and then store without using them on a regular basis. We open cans and use them on occasion to make sure that they are still good, but they are not rotated on a regular schedule.

I have been storing various foods for well over forty years and so far have not had a serious loss of products.  At times, we have made decision to get rid of something, by converting it to pet food or using it for fertilizer or if we are sure it is still good, donating it.

We have always followed several rules in storing foods.

  • Keep it dry
  • Keep it cool
  • Keep it in the dark
  • Rotating foods is always best.
  • Check your foods regularly.
  • Rodent and insect free.
  • Keep the food secure.
  • Store foods you and your family will enjoy eating
  • If you are going to keep glass jars, protect them from falling off in case of an earthquake.  It seems like everytime I watch Doomsday Prepper, when they are talking about earthquakes there is always a lot of glass jars on a shelf with no protection.

Just use your common sense when it comes to rotating foods.  Rotate everything you can, and store nothing you have not tried.


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One Response to Rotating Food and Why You Should Do It.

  1. Morgan says:

    Good article. I would like to add.
    Even if you currently have no rodents. Plan as if you have a rodent problem. I have seen many mice or rats chew through plastic. They get on the lid and start chewing away until eventually they make a hole. Also you will want to be able to wash the outside of containers if you see mouse dropping or urine droppings. I currently have mice investigating dish soaps . Anything else is inside cupboards with closed doors
    or metal garbage cans. Keep watch for droppings or drops that could be urine. Sometimes there is only urine and no droppings. Chipmunks can be very destructive,
    just like mice and rats.

    Also think of flooding in basements. Your basement might not always stay dry as it is now, if your electrical power goes off for an extended time.

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