FWIW, if you're stashing instant potatoes that are packaged in a cardboard box, repack them ASAP. We opened one a few months ago and found that they taste like cardboard. Bleh. Lesson learned.
(We haven't had this problem with our boxed pastas, but I'm going to start repackaging those just in case...)
Flour supposedly looses a good bit of nutritional value over time. Given the over-processed nature of most commercial flours, that's not good... We invested in a mid-level hand mill a few years ago, and really like using fresh-ground flour when we can. I know that seems like a big leap when you're just getting into food storage, but it's worth it if you can work it into your daily diet / food habits. If it's not something you're likely to do, just make sure you rotate your stored goods (true for all stored goods,not just the flour).
Salt and sugar: Win.
Towanda wrote:YMMV, but I find that powdered soymilk has a better flavor, consistency, and shelf life than powdered cow's milk.
Is that something you can find in your regular stores, or do you have to order it?
Branth wrote:We've got limited shelf space in our apartment, but my grandparents live minutes away and have a place for us to store some food. Ideally, we wouldn't dip into it unless in an emergency.
You don't have to limit yourself to shelf space, especially when it comes to long-term storage items. Get creative with your storage options.
Flats of canned food will slide under a regular bed frame pretty easily. If you've got the room, add another shelf up above the regular shelves in your closets.
Non-foods can be stashed in the utility closet around your water heater and furnace IF you take care to do it safely and not interfere with air flow, etc.
Also make sure it's easy to move so that the maintenance guys can do their job without a lot of hassle.
Behind the couch, under the couch, behind books on the shelves, etc. These may seem like tiny spaces, but if you add it all up, it really helps. It also may seem a bit goofy, but stored food is better than no food...
Also consider water storage. I know you are asking about food, but you've got to have a solid water plan to work with your stored food, otherwise it's all for nothing.