Tips to Keep Your Stockpile Fresh
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4 Tips to Keep Your Stockpile Fresh

Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 7:00 am
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How can you keep your stockpile fresh? Do what the grocery stores do. Rotate your stock!You have started your very own stockpile. You planned ahead, compared prices, and shopped with coupons. Now, you are going to have to figure out how to maintain it. The trick is to keep up to date with the organization of your stockpile so nothing goes to waste. Here are some tips that will help you to keep your stockpile fresh.

Keeping Your Stockpile Fresh

Rotate Your Stock
This tip is one that grocery stores have been using for years. A store that is filled with food, and that needs to sell the food before it goes bad, must discover a way to reduce waste. One way they do that is by hiring people to rotate the stock. You don’t have to hire people to help rotate the stock in your stockpile, though. It is easy to do it yourself.

Like goes with like.
Grocery stores have a system that they follow in order to keep track of stock. They put one specific brand, of a certain type of food, on the shelf together. You see a box of Cheerios at the front of the shelf – and know that there are more boxes of that type of Cheerios behind it (all the way to the back of the shelf).

You need to set up this same pattern in your stockpile. Like goes with like. Make a row from the front of the shelf to the back of just one type of product. Everything will be easier to find.

Check the expiration date.
The product that is closest to its expiration date needs to be in the front of the shelf. The product that is at the very back of the shelf has to be the one that has the longest amount of time between today and whenever it expires. The ones in between go in order of expiration date. When you go to your stockpile to get something, you will end up grabbing, and using, the food that will expire first. This cuts down on waste.

Stock the shelf correctly.
You have just come home after a grocery shopping trip. Don’t just shove that food into your stockpile anywhere it happens to fit. Don’t put it on the floor and figure you will get around to organizing it “later”. Do it now!

Check the expiration date of each and every can, box, or package that brought home. Check the date of the same type of product that is already in your stockpile. Typically, the new product will have the longest expiration date, and will end up at the back of the shelf. Scoot the rest of them forward, put the new one in the back.

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