The most compelling reason to value food storage is that it preserves nutritional quality. As foods age, many of their vitamins and minerals can degrade. Then, when we consume them, we absorb fewer nutrients, leading to deficiencies we would not have if we were eating fresh food. By valuing food storage, we can ensure that we always have nutritionally dense, healthy food on hand.
We can preserve the nutritional quality of most foods if we sharpen our skills and store them properly. These skills include knowing which foods are appropriate for long-term storage and what containers are the best. Furthermore, some storage methods, like fermentation, can even increase the nutritional value of certain foods by adding valuable microbes that keep our microbiome healthy.