The holiday season is a time to relax and celebrate family and friends. For many of us it is a joyous time that we have fond memories of and look forward to every year. However for many less fortunate people it can be a very stressful time of year where money is short and even feeding their families can be difficult.
That is why I like to go through all of my stored food at some point around Thanksgiving or Christmas every year to check for foods that may be getting close to their expiration dates and donate them to local food banks. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your stored foods and not let any of them get too close to expiration anyway. Using this time of year to make sure you are Prepared and also to be able to help those less fortunate is a bonus.
When I store foods I generally keep them separated by expiration date and clearly mark them so I know what I have and how long things will last. It’s a pretty simple process to sort through everything once a year and give away things that are getting a little old (but not yet expired). As I do this I make a quick list so I can replace everything right away.
I also take a little time to reflect on what I have stored and to make adjustments to my preps. I’m constantly learning new things about proper nutrition, getting ideas for what foods might be best to store, and also have kids that are growing and whose tastes are changing. There are also a lot of new products out there that store indefinitely that I may decide to add to my preps. Thus, I almost always make adjustments in what I choose to replace my outgoing foods with.
So take the time to make sure you are as prepared as you think you are (it would really be a downer to find yourself in a situation where you need that food only to discover that half of it has expired). And in the process, help those in need this holiday season and every holiday season.