What is FIFO?

December 3, 2012 by | Be the first to comment »

I recently posted an article about the types of food to store, but without practicing the First In, First Out (FIFO) system, it will likely go bad before you have an opportunity to eat it.

So what exactly is FIFO? It’s simply a system of stocking your newer food behind your older food so you always maintain a fresh and nutritionally sound supply.

There are two ways to do this, but either way, it’s pretty simple.

The best approach, in my opinion, are the can racks from Shelf Reliance. These maximize your storage space (I’ll explain how in a second) and make the rotation process much easier because all you have to do is drop your new cans into the opening and they roll into place behind your older cans. They’re a bit pricy, but well worth the investment.

If you don’t want to (or can’t) shell out that kind of money, you can simply pick up a few heavy-duty steel shelves at your local Lowe’s. That’s what I did when I first started prepping, and haven’t gotten around to changing over yet. The advantage is that these shelves are more cost-effective—I paid about $50/unit, however, the drawback is that you need more space. In order to properly rotate my food, I had to place the shelves about two feet from my garage walls so I could maneuver behind them to place the new food in the rear. Also, since the cans are stacked on top of each other, they sometimes fall over when stocking them.

It’s just a matter of determining which option better fits your budget and space best, but if you have the money, I’d recommend the can racks from Shelf Reliance. They’ll help you make more efficient use of your available space, and over the long-haul, they’ll save you a lot of time. Plus, they’re an American company and Jack Spirko over at The Survival Podcast raves about how great their service is, so I have the utmost faith in them.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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