When you are prepping supplies, particularly food items with expiry dates, it is important that you don’t suddenly discover a large portion of your prepped supplies have actually expired, especially when you only discover this when you need to use them.
When you purchase you prepped supplies, it is important to rotate your supply, so that you never have long expired food in your food stash, nor let any of it go to waste, so you can either use it in your household, give it to someone in need, or donate it to a food bank.
What many people do, is utilize something called First In, First Out method of prepping supplies so that nothing is wasted or expired.
The first in, first out (FIFO) method is a common practice used in food storage to rotate items so that the oldest items are used first. This helps to prevent waste by ensuring that items don’t expire before they can be used. Here are some tips for using the FIFO method to keep your prepping supplies organized:
- Label your supplies: To keep track of expiration dates, it’s important to label your supplies with the date they were purchased or the expiration date. Use a permanent marker to label the items clearly, and include the date you purchased them or the expiration date.
- Store items properly: To ensure that your prepping supplies last as long as possible, store them in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing items in direct sunlight or areas that are prone to temperature fluctuations.
- Organize your supplies: To make it easy to rotate your supplies, organize them by expiration date. Keep the items that will expire soonest in the front, and the items that will last longest in the back.
- Use the oldest items first: When it’s time to use your supplies, be sure to use the oldest items first. This will ensure that nothing goes to waste and that you are using the items before they expire.
- Replenish your supplies: As you use your supplies, be sure to replenish them so that you always have a stockpile of fresh items. When you purchase new items, add them to the back of the shelf so that you can continue to use the oldest items first.
By following these tips, you can keep your prepping supplies organized and use the FIFO method to ensure that you are using the oldest items first. This will help to prevent waste and ensure that you always have fresh supplies on hand when you need them.