If you believe that peak oil or post oil is going to bring about a dismal world and a chaotic society then you might want to start learning how you can store food for some long term survival. Knowing how to store food items for a long time is essential and something that a lot of people no longer know how to do like early Americans once did. As things progressed Americans eventually grew away from the need for storing their own food. Now, with things looking kind of uncertain with peak oil and all that going on it might be a good idea to learn now.
You should make up a pantry list that should have items on it with all that you already have and things that you will need for your basics. Look at what you have and what you need and do research on the different prices and how available the items are.
Go out and buy the items you need as well as containers that you will need for home storage. When you want to store things like grains and other bulk foods such as wheat berries, lentils, beans, rice for example you should use 5 or 6 gallon buckets that have lids. You can get these easy enough online. You will want the 1 to 3 gallon size containers to store things like sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and other items similar to this. Canned good can simply be kept in their original cans.
Make sure to compare all the prices with your different sources when you are shopping and note any changes you might want to make in your shopping list for your next rip. For instance say you purchased 35 pounds of peanut butter online for $2.25 a pound but then found it later at a local store for just $1.80 a pound, make sure to note this so you can go to that source next time.
You should make sure to buy a variety of things that can be saved for months and years a little at a time. You should try to include it in your budget to buy so much each month. For example you might want to start setting aside about $75 to $100 a month for these foods and then stock up on a variety of items each month instead of focusing on just one category at a time.
When it comes to water, you really aren't going to be able to store that because the shelf life of water is only about 6 to 12 months. You can though go ahead and try it by storing it in large containers with airtight lids or the large bottle water bottles. Just make sure that you store up on some heavy duty water filters or have a water treatment system that has a lot of extra filters on hand.
Make sure to choose plenty of grains, flour and beans for your storage. Items like these if stored correctly can actually last you for decades if not longer. You can find these often at food co-ops and health food stores in large quantities. Make sure to include barley, corn, oats, rye, popcorn, rice, whole, wild and brown. Don't forget to stock up on pasta like egg noodles, lasagna, spaghetti and wheat pastas.
Add some cereals as well like granola, oatmeal, grits as well as some processed ready to eat cereals as well. Don't forget to include legumes, lentils, pinto beans, navy beans and split peas. All of which have extremely long shelf lives and provide you with a source of protein as well.
Other things you are going to want to include are the following: