Why I Do Not Rotate My Food
I am often asked, "Do you rotate your food?" and the answer is, "No" which elicits looks of stunned surprise. "Why on earth not?" they ask. Here's why:

When I first started prepping, my initial goal was to stockpile enough food to keep my husband and myself fed for a year. After I achieved that goal, I started talking to my friends about what I had done, encouraging them to do likewise. "Hell," they all replied, "We don't need to stockpile food, because as soon as things get tough, we're just going to come over to YOUR house, Janet!" This put me under tremendous imaginary pressure, because if I have enough food to feed two people for a year, then I only have enough to feed four people for six months, or six people for three months, etc etc. If I end up having to feed 365 people, then I'm only going to be able to get through two days before being eaten out of house and home by a large collection of unprepared grasshoppers.

There's no easy way of creating a dividing line between the people I'd be willing to feed and those I'm not willing to feed. If I must feed my dear friend Kathleen, then I should also feed her grown son. If I'm feeding her grown son, then I should also feed his girlfriend. If I'm feeding his girlfriend, then I should also feed her mother. If I'm feeding her mother, I'll be asked to feed her neighbor.  Where do you draw the line? How do you say, "Sorry, YOU have to starve"?

As I began to realize just how difficult it is to convince people to start prepping, and just how many people were going to be showing up on my doorstep when SHTF, I also began to realize that my puny one-year stash of food for myself and my husband was just not enough. I therefore began a program of stockpiling the greatest amount of food, in the smallest possible space, for the least amount of money. I am not interested in keeping a moderate amount of food constantly fresh. I am interested in sheltering the greatest amount of food for the longest possible time under the best possible circumstances. Whether Doomsday arrives in a year, or a decade, or half a century, the whole thing will end up being a grand experiment in the effectiveness of modern-day food preservation techniques.

"But what if your food goes bad?" ask the Rotator people. I reply, "When SHTF, first we will eat the fresh food. Next we will eat the stale food. Then we will eat the rotten food. By the time we are finished with the rotten food, we will hope one of three things has happened: either A) the crisis is over; or B) the cavalry has arrived; or C) the first harvest is in.

My oldest foodstuffs were stored in 2004. I regularly break open caches to check their condition, re-pack them, and get them better organized. So far I have only come across a single package of ruined food, and that was ruined by bugs that were inside the package when it was at the factory, as all the bug poop was confined to the inside of the affected package.

Here's an article on bomb shelter supplies which were stored in 1964 still being edible (if not palatable) today. If I can achieve the same thing, then stores I am setting aside today will still be good fifty years from now. Who knows what might transpire in the next five decades? By the year 2060, the earth's population (if it continues to grow at the same rate it is now) will be about 11 billion. The world's supply of petroleum will be gone, or nearly gone. The climate may undergo rapid changes.

By then, I'll either be dead, or very very old. By then, if my crawlspace is still full of food, maybe there will be some starving hordes only too happy to eat some stale rations.

9/21/2012 02:09:48 am

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