Everything expires or goes bad over time. Even if you create a stockpile that should last you at least 6 months you should be prepared to rotate it on a monthly basis. Even though they claim that some sealing methods will keep food good for 20 years, do you really want to have to open a bag of 20 year old wheat berries down the road? Me either.
When you put an item in your food storage you should clearly mark on the package or container what the product is and the date you sealed the package. Depending on the product you will want to go through both your food storage and your health and beauty stockpile about once every 6 months or once every year to rotate out the older products and eat them or use them up and replace them with new fresh products. Remember, we aren’t building a stockpile here to last through the ages, we are just building a practical stockpile should something happen with the economy or consumer prices in the near future.
Even your water stockpile needs to be rotated on a 6 month basis. This one is easy though, simply pour out the containers and fill them up again with fresh water!
For your health and beauty stockpile, you may not put the products in a new packaging but it does hurt to write on the products the expiration date in large permanent marker so you can read it easily. Make sure this part of your stockpile is sorted through every 6 months and you take out the products that are close to their expiration date and then use them up or donate them.
A clean, well-organized stockpile is a happy and efficient stockpile. Things will be easier to find and you don’t have to worry about wasting money on products that are no longer good. When ever you buy a new product for you storage or stockpile, mark it with the expiration date or the packaging date and stick it in the back of the closet, pantry, or wherever your storage may be, and move the current stockpile items up further so they can be used first. In a grocery or retail store, it’s called facing, bring the older products up to the front so they can sell first and make room for the newer products.
Learn more about Practical Food Storage and Preparing for Price Increases. And make sure you check out how to save and live better in all areas of your life on the Making the Most page!