Food Storage Essentials: Moving? What to do with food storage?

Published: Friday, April 5 2013 2:42 p.m. MDT

Having food storage does not have to make moving a negative experience. Some ideas are given to assist in decision-making and to make the process easier, whether people decide to get rid of storage before their move or take it with them.

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Having food storage does not have to make moving a negative experience. Here are some ideas to assist in decision-making and to make the process easier.

Get rid of food storage before moving

Some people prefer to avoid moving stores of food altogether, and there are several ways to deal with food storage beforehand.

With advance notice that a move is coming, the most economical way to avoid moving food storage is to use as much as possible before moving day. This is one great reason for having used what is stored in everyday cooking, and it is a simple thing if good recipes have been gathered. Money that would normally be spent on a weekly food budget can be saved to purchase new food storage at a new home.

Sometimes people sell their food storage at a discount to interested friends and neighbors if they have kept it in good condition and it is not too old.

Other times people simply give away their food storage. One family had a great idea — a “Food Storage Open House” for friends and neighbors to come and take whatever they would like. Or people have given away their food storage to a local food kitchen for preparing meals for the homeless or disadvantaged.

Take food storage with you

Some people consider the trouble of having acquired food storage in the first place worth the hassle and expense of moving their food storage. In some cases, they have been very glad they did when things did not turn out as planned.

Brittney and Bruce Roberts, married for just a year, began acquiring food storage early in their marriage. When a move across the country became necessary to attend graduate school, they decided to take their food storage. Things were tight when all their savings were spent to secure housing. Brittney would earn nothing as a student teacher, and Bruce’s assistantship would barely pay their bills. To make matters worse, the second day after arriving, Brittney developed severe stomach pain and required surgery to remove her appendix. Their food storage was invaluable in sustaining them over the next four months.

Cherry Davis wondered why she felt prompted to keep gathering food storage before a long-distance move with her husband and family. It didn’t make any sense, but she did it. They packed up their belongings along with their food storage, which barely fit in the moving truck. They arrived at their destination and after paying for the truck, home rental and other expenses were left with very little money. It was difficult for her husband to find a job, and when he did, it paid only enough to pay bills. Food storage helped them through one of the most difficult times in their lives.

One family had nearly a year’s supply of food to move so they enlisted the help of some neighborhood boys on the football team, who made short order of the loading. The family happily provided pizza afterwards to thank them.

Occasionally people hesitate to store food storage for fear of having to move. But with some creativity, there are lots of ways to deal with food storage when moving. The advantages of being able to provide for families in a time of difficulty and having peace of mind for many people outweigh any concerns about moving.

Leslie Probert, a graduate in home economics from Brigham Young University, has been a guest speaker and is co-author of "Emergency Food Storage in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition." EMAIL: foodstoragechick@gmail.com

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