Min/max stocking levels

Self Reliance Exchange recently posted an article about how to determine the minimum and maximum levels to store of any particular item in your food supply. It’s a good article–a simple principle, but one that is easily overlooked.

Let’s face it, how many of us really know just how much storage we need? My particular religion advises we keep a year supply of at least the basics, but most of us scratch our heads and ask ourselves, “So…how much is that? My guess is… a lot!” Then we stock up on as much of everything as we can cram into our houses and then wait until half of it goes bad. We’re prepared, sure! But it’s not very efficient, and sacrifices short term efficiencies for diminishing long term gains.

Home storage is not an art. It’s a science. It requires research and planning. But in far too many cases we don’t even know what we don’t know. That’s why I appreciate Self Reliance Exchange and their excellent articles. They’re thinking about this stuff.


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