Food storage is arguably the second most important prep behind water, and the subject of today's lesson. In this lesson we will describe what foods are good for storage, how much food should be stored to start out, how to keep track of what you have, and how to avoid wasting both food and money. To start out there is a saying that is worth mentioning here. It goes "Store what you eat, and eat what you store." While it is good to have excess foods in some situations for barter or other reasons, for the starting prepper let's just ignore all of that for now. If you are just starting out, it is best to stick with things you know. The best way to do this is to take a look at the big picture. How often do you go to the store for re-supply? It is very common for people to go daily, or every couple of days. The goal of this lesson is to get the student away from doing this. By simply making a trip to the store every other week, rather than a couple days, you extend out your food stores quite a bit. Since storing foods longer than two weeks starts to run into issues with refrigerated goods, we will set the limit there for now. Set a goal of only grocery shopping for major items at the store every two weeks. In the beginning you will undoubtedly have to make trips to the store for missed items, but take not of what they are and make a point of buying more on your next major shopping day. Most humans are very set in their diets and don't change what they eat very often. This can make it quite a bit easier to store foods, since all you would need to do is simply buy more of the same things. If you like to mix things up, you will have to work a little harder. A menu matrix will make things easier, where you write out what you plan to cook for a period of time. From there make shopping lists and get enough for the two week goal. Some people like to use spreadsheets to track their food storage, some people hate them. I am personally in the middle, but find it to be bit too much effort and that effort to not necessarily be worth while. If you are a spreadsheet type of person, head over to the homesteading section and take a look at the food and water thread. You'll find several food storage worksheets there. For the rest of us, we still have to write down a couple things. The most important thing to write down is what foods do not last the full two weeks. You also need to write down what things you had too much of and also what you did not have enough of. Take a look at this every time you go shopping. For now, we won't get into long term storage or LTS foods. Let's just focus on getting the food that we eat stored to a point that we are covered in a majority of disasters.