You could be making serious food storage mistakes right now. And you may not even know it.

It’s very possible that you have too much of one food item and not enough of another in your stockpile.

Variety is very important, both for nutrition value and psychologically, especially if an emergency were to go on for days, weeks and even months.

The types of containers you use and where you keep them are also among the many crucial factors in food storage.

Here are my top 10 food storage mistakes. Please check to ensure that you are not making any of them.

Following is my Top 10 list of dumb food storage mistakes:

Ignoring the importance of nutrition in the foods that are stored.

Sometimes people are so concerned about the volume of food they store that they forget about vitamin and mineral content. For example, older adults need at least 800 international units of Vitamin D every day, which you will not necessarily find in a typical MRE packet. Instead, try storing powdered milk, orange juice mix and canned fish.

Sprats on crispbread on wooden cutting board

Canned fish can be an excellent way to get vital nutrients that you won’t be able to get from any other food.

Using sacks or other containers that are not airtight.

This is wrong for a variety of reasons. Air and moisture will greatly decrease the shelf life of stored food. In addition, containers that are not airtight increase the odds of insects or a critter getting into the food. Only use durable containers that keep out air and moisture.

Harvest potatoes in burlap sack on rustic background

Potatoes are great of course… but unless food is in an airtight container, it won’t last but for so long.

Failing to keep food containers in a cool, dry place.

Heat and moisture are two of the chief enemies of stored food. Basements are generally much better than garages for storing your containers, because there are fewer temperature changes.

Grungy cellar scene with an abandoned radio

Your storage environment is as important–if not more important–than the foods you actually pick.

Failing to keep food containers out of the light.

It’s best to go to the dark side when it comes to storing food. Light can deplete the vitamin content of food. Make sure sunlight cannot reach your containers.

Lot of old inedible food

Even if your food is in an airtight container in a dry place–if it’s bathed in sunlight every day, moisture can dry up or worse, grow into mold.

Storing too many items that need refrigeration.

It’s very likely that a crisis will include the loss of power, which could mean that refrigerated items will spoil quickly. Make sure that no more than 10 percent of your stockpile requires refrigeration. And even less is better.

Concerned Woman Looking At Pre Packaged Meat

It’s sealed and refrigerated… but is that a guarantee for years of storage? And what if the power goes out?

Failing to include enough of a variety of different foods.

After a couple of days of eating the exact same thing, people want some variety. Not everything you store needs to be somebody’s favorite. Mix it up. Your taste buds will thank you.

Closeup of an assortment of colorful spices, herbs and teas on a wooden table

Spices are a great way to add a ton of variety to your food… you could eat rice seven ways in seven days if you tried difference spices on it.

Failing to maintain a good balance in the foods that are stored.

Make sure that the various food items provide a variety of different vitamins and minerals. This will require a little more effort, including reading labels. But it will be worth it.

Top view of Japan's Rice with wooden plate and wooden spoon

Speaking of rice, you really don’t want to eat it day in and day out if you have to go for weeks or more when an emergency happens.

Failing to include at least a small percentage of “comfort” foods.

In addition to satisfying a sweet tooth, comfort foods will be a big help psychologically for individuals and families in a crisis. So be sure to include some items such as candy bars, hot chocolate, popcorn, etc.

Salty crackers, tortilla chips and other savoury snacks with salsa dip

Obviously you can’t live off of junk food… but the right snack at the right time can change your perspective about a long-term emergency.

Failing to check expiration dates and rotate stored foods.

In each container, organize food by expiration date. When an item’s expiration date is approaching, eat that food – or donate it to a shelter – and replace it with newer food. Of course, if your emergency food has a 25-year shelf life (like this free sample), you don’t have to worry about this. If not, be diligent with it.

Canned food is a good start... but often extra salty, not great in taste, and it doesn't last forever

Canned food is a good start… but often extra salty, not great in taste, and it doesn’t last forever.

Storing all of the food in only one location.

This is the classic case of putting all of one’s eggs in one basket. If a home is destroyed in a disaster, residents will be glad that they kept food and water at a secondary location. You may not need as much at your other location, but you should at least have 72 hours’ worth.

Llano TX, United States - February 7, 2016: Llano TX, United States - February 7, 2016: Shelves at local Food Banks are dependent on contiuous supply of donations.

What if your one storage pantry is flooded? Fire? Is it your only source of food?

If you’re not making any of those 10 food storage mistakes, pat yourself on the back. Your food stockpile is probably in good shape. If you’re making all 10 of them, well, I hope you’ve been practicing the discipline of fasting.

But chances are, there could be two or three of these mistakes you might be making. Get those cleared up and you’re good to go.

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