When pulling together the nuts and bolts of your family’s preparedness plan, one of the biggest bolts to make sure you turn is long term food storage and it can be a daunting one. The first thing you have to do is figure out how you define “long term” and then appropriately slot that into your overall food storage plan. Once you have figured that part out, it really does not have to be difficult to square away your long term food storage. To prove it, I wanted to share a quick project that I knocked out in just a couple hours.
We continually add to our long term food storage and we do our best to cover a wide spectrum in the type of foods we choose to stock, but for this project I addressed a couple of the staples….beans and rice. During a recent trip to our local big box warehouse store I picked up some food supplies, I grabbed a stack of food grade buckets at a local bakery for $1 each and ordered the oxygen absorbers and Mylar bags from Amazon.com. What follows is the quick and easy way I package them for long term storage. Hopefully you will see that it is a really straight forward process and that you can do it too.
The project list:
- 2 ft aluminum level
- standard household iron
- Sharpie (red)
- 2 cup measuring glass
- 1 gallon Mylar bags (bulk)
- oxygen absorbers (bulk)
- food grade plastic buckets with lids
- 25 lbs dry pinto beans
- 50 lbs long grain white rice
To begin, I used the 2 cup measuring glass to measure out ten cups of dried pinto beans or 10 cups of long grain white rice into each 1 gallon Mylar bag and dropped in the oxygen absorbers.
Next, I pulled the top of the Mylar bag together at the top and pressed out as much trapped air as possible, then I folded it over the one inch wide flat edge of my aluminum level and used the hot iron (set to the highest setting) to seal the Mylar bag closed by pressing the one inch strip of the Mylar bag between the iron and the aluminum level across the entire width of the bag sealing it permanently. After a few hours, the oxygen absorbers pull all of the excess air out of the sealed Mylar bag essentially vacuum sealing the food safely inside. Once all of the bags are sealed and labeled, I placed the bags inside my food grade buckets with locking lids and then placed an external label on each of the buckets making them ready to go into storage.
As I hope you can see, this process is not as daunting as it may appear at first and that you can do an awful lot to bolster long term storage food supplies and deepen your larder quickly and inexpensively. Remember, at every level of your family’s food storage, you want to store what you eat and eat what you store. Stick to what you know your family enjoys and stack it as high and deep as you deem necessary to meet the requirements of your family’s preparedness plan. If you have questions or comments, please leave them below and I’ll get back with you as soon as possible.