The last thing you want when an emergency hits is to discover you have a large quantity of expired food. I keep a careful tally of what I have, both on my computer and in a handwritten version, because my computer might not always be accessible in an emergency.
I keep a log of all my food stores using this worksheet:
I then can quickly jot it down when I either go shopping for my food stock, or write it down as I unpack groceries, and then I can pop it into a spreadsheet later. I change the date bought column to date expired.
Google Docs is also a great way to keep track, since it is kept online and you can access it from any computer, and there is a mobile app version, so if you see that great deal on something but can’t remember how much you have of it in your supply already, you can quickly check online.
Here are some other links on how others are keeping track of their own food supplies:
- Gathering your Grub has the most detailed post I have seen on this, definitely read it.
- From Gardners to Bergers on how they track, with some great pics of their cache and spreadsheets.
- Self Reliance Works talks about organizing and keeping track of food storage
- PreparednessDaily did a video covering this.