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How Can I Store My Food?


There are several ways to store food and many of them are quite good.  It just depends on your resources and what works for you.  Below are my 4 favorite ways to store food.


Mylar bags work well to get a good air-tight seal.  If you throw oxygen absorbers in them they will allow for maximum shelf life.  The only problem is that they are not puncture or rodent proof.  Make sure to store them somewhere that they are kept out of harm’s way such as a box or bucket.


Canning jars work fairly well to store food of all types.  They can be filled and have an oxygen absorber placed on top and tightened to get a good seal.  Make sure the seals on the lids are fairly pliable.  You can run them under hot water to increase the pliability.  Just make sure they’re dry before using them.  The drawbacks to canning jars are that they don’t hold a lot of food and they can break so make sure they are protected.


Food grade plastic buckets are a great way to store food.  They store a lot of bulk food and are easy to seal.  Make sure to get them with a rubber gasket for a nice airtight seal and throw in some oxygen absorbers to keep your food fresh and bug free.  Make sure you don’t stack them more than 3 high some they won’t break open if the fall.


PETE containers are also a really good storage option.  You can either buy new PETE containers or use  pop and water bottles.  The lids screw on tight and the bottles last forever.  You would only need one oxygen absorber per 2-liter bottle sice they are about half a gallon.  Just make sure to keep them out of the light and somewhere that is vermin proof since mice and rats can still chew into them and the light will damage the food.


My personal favorite is a #10 can.  They withstand all sorts of abuse and there is no way the rats are getting in them.  You can either buy your food already packaged in these cans or you can borrow a sealer from a cannery and seal your own food.  Just keep them in a fairly dry place so they won’t rust.


What’s the Shelf Life of My Food?


Food that is packed in an air tight container with a sufficent amount of oxygen absorbers

will have a much longer shelf life.  The shelf life estimates listed below are for items packed

in this manner that are kept at around 60 degrees.  The higher the temperature the lowwer the shelf life.


Food                            Shelf Life                              Food                            Shelf life


Wheat                          30 years                                Granulated sugar          indefinite

Flour                            10 years                                Brown sugar                indefinite

Corn meal                    5 – 10 years                          Powdered sugar           indefinite           

Rolled oats                   30 years                                Honey                          indefinite

White Rice                   30 years                                Fruit Drink                    2 – 5 years

Pearled barley               8 years                                 Gelatin                          2 – 5 years

Pasta (with no eggs)    30 years                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                 Baking Powder            18 months

Beans and peas            30 years                                Baking soda                 18 months

                                                         Salt                              indefinite

Cheese powder            7 – 15 years                          Tomato powder            5 – 7 years

Powdered milk                                                          Bouillon                        2 years

of all flavors                  20 years                                Butter powder              3 – 5 years

                                                                                 Yeast                           2 years unopened

Powdered whole egg       10 years


Fats and oils will last about 2 years so make sure to rotate them well. 


Dehydrated fruits and vegetable will store for at least 15 years maybe more in a cool dry place.  Potato flakes, apples, and carrots last up to 30 years.


Also, while white rice will store for 30+ years while brown rice will only store for about 18 months unless it’s in the freezer which will double of triple it’s shelf life.