Starting a food stockpile may be easy if all you want is be covered for 1-2 weeks, but things get tricky if you want enough supplies to last longer. In what follows, you can download over a dozen resources related to stockpiling, canning, and root cellars.
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REFRIGERATOR & FREEZER STORAGE CHART – from the FDA
A super-useful chart of the most common foods and their shelf life in both the fridge and the freezer. Get it here.
Shelf-Stable Food Safety – from the USDA
A handy table of most common canned foods and their shelf life both before and after opening the jar. You’ll also find a nice FAQ section before the actual table. Download it here.
Food Storage and Shelf Life Guidelines
Another collection of lists of foods and their shelf life in both the fridge and the freezer, along with further info on what the various dates on commercial products mean. Get it here.
Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks – from the American heart Association
A PDF outlining a basic survival stockpile, with additional tips on where to store everything, and much more. Get it here.
Family Emergency Kit Checklist – from the CDC
This 7 page checklist is a very good start if you’re prepping along with your family. Download it here.
The Ultimate Bug Out Bag Checklist
A solid 59 page report on how to build a survival kit. You definitely don’t want to miss this one. Full download.
Emergency Checklist – from Broward County, FL
A 2-page checklist that covers most of the essentials. Print it out and make sure you have most if not all items on this list. Get it here.
Home Storage of Foods: Shelf Storage
A comprehensive list of foods that can be stored in the pantry, and for how long. Free download.
Food Storage for Safety and Quality
Probably the most comprehensive table I have found, with shelf life for storing foods in the fridge, the freezer, as well as the pantry Get it here.
Principles of Home Canning – form the USDA
A very good introduction to home canning, that will teach you safety precautions and solid tips in order to safely can foods at home. Download it here.
CANNING FOODS YOUR GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL CANNING
A 62 page guide on home canning. Full download here.
Smoking Meat and Poultry – USDA Guidelines
A brief overview of meat smoking and some of the precautions you must take when doing it at home. Full download.
TECHNIQUE OF THE QUARTER : THE SMOKING PROCESS
A good overview of the main smoking methods, diagrams of how a smokehouse works, as well as a few smoking recipes you can try on your own. Full download here.
HANDBOOK FOR BUILDING A ROOT CELLAR
A step by step PDF guide to build a root cellar on your own, from A to Z. Get it here.
Vegetable Storage in Root Cellars – from the University of Alaska
A good reference for how to best store veggies in a root cellar, complete with ideal temperatures, humidity, and shelf life for most common veggies. Get it here.