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
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.