Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Food and Water Preps

Thanks to Dan over at The Daily Prep

a question he raised about food and water storage, reminded me that I had an unfinished video of my food preps to publish, so I have put it together and here it is!!!

Living in an apartment doesn't mean you don't have room to store food and water! by being creative there is always some where to place a few items.

In my case it was under my bed!

Why store food?

Well the most important thing we all need is Shelter/Water/and Food, and something most people take for granted that they can always just pop down the store and get what they need.
I must admit a lot of people think you have lost the plot when you mention you have 6 months to a year of food, but I always say is it crazy that you insure your car against an accident?

You can live without a car, you cant live without food or water....
So take some insurance out for your self and family by having some basic food storage.

Look at Greece right now with all the financial problems, one of the major problems people are suffering is food and medicine shortages. And not just because people haven't the money, there is also a supply deficit.

Reasons to Have food storage?
Financial Crisis
Loss of Job
Natural disaster Storm/Earthquake/Flood
Pandemic and self isolation
Crop failure
Petrol/Gas shortage cut supply to stores
As an Investment.

Any number of reasons could cut off the food supply and you dont want to be standing in long lines waiting for handouts when a few changes now can not only protect you but save you money.

How to Start Food Storage?

"Eat what you store, Store what you eat"
That is the golden rule start off by buying extra cans and packets of what you already use.

Start by listing everything you purchase for your regular meals and expand from that.

Once you get started look for your items on sale, I normally purchase a single item every 1/2 months when its discounted, sometimes as much as 50% off, then I buy 2/3 months worth at a time and use them weekly as I need them.

That's your financial investment and gain right there, nothing wrong in making a 40/50% return on what you are going to spend anyway!

Where to Store Food?
I use under my bed as storage and surprising if you organize it well there is enough space for a years food for 2 people, and I always put purchased food in from one side of bed and take out from the other side giving me somewhat of a rotation system.

I tend to move the line along on laundry days and flip up the mattress to make it easier, but this could also be made easier with a simple wood frame to roll cans along, but i find its not a problem.

I also use a sharpie to put month and year on each item when i purchase!

Under the bed!

Water Storage?
Its also a good idea to have some water stored in case of loss of water supply.

again this can be caused by many unforeseen circumstances. On average you will need about 2 liters per person per day for cooking drinking ect.
I keep 2 liter Juice bottles filled with water in my bathroom and have managed to store about 6 weeks supply, covered with towels behind a laundry basket.

Another item we keep is empty wine casket bags, after enjoying the contents we wash them out and store them flat. each one holds 2 LTs and we must have a 100 of them in a closet, we could easily feel them in a few hours if needed in emergency, there's also a plastic sheet to line the bath tub, to create another source of water storage.

2 Liter juice bottles

Wine bags used as back up water storage, also ideal to keep in bug out bags / camping bags

Storage Dates?
This is one of the areas most people don't get!

The food suppliers don't want you to keep food they want you to buy more!

don't fall in to this trap, a "Best before date" is only a guide to when the flavor may start deteriorating this is not an expiry date! Most cans are perfectly fine for 4/5 years.

Now a "use by date" is an actual guide to when the food must be consumed, this is normally on perishable fresher items like meats/ Dairy ect and shouldn't be kept beyond that date.

As long as an item is stored in a cool dry place and has no damage to the packaging or can, then it is normally safe to eat. This is only a guide and (DISCLAIMER) always check with the manufacturer on storage dates.

Find Food Storage items in your area

Sterilite 19608006 41-Quart Underbed Box, White Lid with See-Through Base, 6-Pack

Well I hope that inspires everybody to think about having some sort of food and water backup, and again thanks to Dan for bringing up such an important topic.


  1. I would like to point out that although you are right about expiration dates on food, this is NOT true for drugs. Expired drugs can become less effective, not effective and in some cases turn to poison. So throw out expired drugs.

  2. Hey thank you for this great post! I absolutely love the picture of that food under your bed! I am hoping to do the same thing, but just haven't made it there yet. You share some excellent points, and I really appreciated this post!

  3. Hey there! What a fantastic blog! what a wonderful surprise. So glad to see you are doing and talking the same things I do for years! I am not alone heheheh
    Just a few weeks ago I started a blog to talk about it, cause i kept on talking about it with ppl. so i figured it would be better to build up a blog with my ideas and thoughts.
    So amazed that you do it for over 2 years! Great ideas, fantastic reviews on your successful project and failure ones. Quite handy!
    My blog has a bit different approach to the urban survival thing ... Take a look at my new born blog: Alive.. with Zombies. hehehe. Calm down, It is not about zombies. It has a 'zombie style like' but it is about growing, recycle, health, emergency measures, food storage... take a look.
    Hope reading from you soon, Anna

  4. Your blogs and every other content is so entertaining and useful It makes me come back again.
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  5. I saw your link over on Homestead Survival. Great idea for under the bed food storage.

  6. You can never have too much water. You can eat grass as a last resort but there is no substitute for water. I just increased my water storage capability (not stored water) by 140 gallons for about $30.00 and I am going to do it again this week. This is in addition to what I can put in the tub in an emergency situation and the stored water I have. Here it is:


  7. I live in a tiny apartment in Kentucky, yet I do have the advantage of access to a five acre piece of land to grow my organic garden. Yet, I can certainly relate to the under the bed water storage. I do the very same thing. My setup is no where mere as efficient as yours, so thank you so much for turning me on to this ingenious organizational concept! Keep up the good work, my friend! My blog/ podcast is just getting a start, and you have inspired me along with the likes of Jack Spirko and several others. I appreciate that inspiration very much!

    1. by mere, I actually meant near, lol! I'm exhausted, forgive my typo please

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