Our first prep challenge in October, is to buy oils and fats for our food storage. Some people don’t like the word fat, but you must store some because your body needs this nutrient to survive. Oils and fats are not a long-term shelf item, so you may store regular pantry oils and fats. The shelf-life of various oils and fats varies, so it’s important to understand how to store them. Let’s take a look.
Buy Food Storage Oils and Fats
- First, look in your pantry and write down the items you typically use for oils and fats such as nut butters, cooking oils, coconut oil, chocolate chips, chocolate candy, butter (freeze it), shortening and mayonnaise.
- Throw away old items that are past their shelf life.
- Smell them before using. (see chart below) It’s very important that you do this. These items do not last forever and can go rancid. You will feel sick when you eat something rancid.
- Write down the amount you want to store of each item. Perhaps 1 bag of chocolate chips, and 3 bottles of cooking oil. It’s totally up to you based on your normal use, finances, and storage area.
- Two gallons of oil is a suggested year’s supply amount for one adult according to the document An Approach to Longer-Term Food Storage. You can interchange oils and fats.
- Many of these items go on sale during the fall, so now is a great time to purchase them.
- I prefer buying oil in smaller containers if I don’t use it quickly.
- I only buy two canola oil containers at once, then in six months I’ll buy two more. This spreads out expiration dates.
Good luck buying oils and fats for your food storage.
Best wishes and stay healthy!
The Food Storage Organizer
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