Food Storage Questions

I have enjoyed correspondence with many of my readers who have questions. This page is devoted to questions asked about specific issues others have about food storage, shelf life of food, keeping out insects and rodents, how much food storage, survival tips or any other related topic.

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Questions & Answers

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Mylar bags/oxygen absorbers/desiccants 
I've been storing rice, oats, pasta, grains, flour etc. in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. We live in Houston(high humidity and temperatures). My question …

Repacking Freeze Dried Food 
I would like to open #10 cans and combine various ingredients into jars making our own meals. If using O2 absorbers and vacuum sealing then kept in a cool …

Questions on Canning Meat 
I canned pint jars of meatloaf, one inch headspace, very lean hamburger, for 75 minutes. After processing there was grease in the water and jars had grease …

Water Storage FAQ 
Is it ok to store water in plastic milk jugs? ANSWER : No, not for long term storage of water. Now days, plastic containers are rated and classified …

Liter Soda Bottles for Storing Rice 
I have seen several people use plastic liter soda bottles to store rice. Is this a safe way for long term storage? ANSWER: Did you see it on "Doomsday …

Storing Baking Mixes 
Can anyone explain why all the instructions say to store plain flour instead of self-rising? I want to store baking mixes and self-rising flour and self-rising …

Storing Eggs Without Refrigeration 
I have been informed you may store fresh chicken eggs in the earth only after coating them with a petroleum product. Is this a safe way to store the eggs …

Mylar Bags for Storing Noodles 
Any suggestions on how to long term store noodles without crushing them? ANSWER : As long as you are not vacuum packing them (which might crush …

Botulism 
This is my first time on this site and I love it! Thank you so much. I couldn't find an answer to a question I have. About 4 years ago I bought a …

Can I dehydrate pre-cooked, peeled shrimp? 
I will be getting an Excalibur food dryer soon and already have a Food Saver vacuum sealer. Is it dangerous from a food spoilage point, for me to buy pre-cooked …

How to Plan a Family Meeting for Emergency Preparedness  
My family is scattered around the city. I am preparing what I can, but we want a plan to come together at one safe place, if possible, in the event of …

Growing Vegetables to Survive Tough Times 
I have put in a small garden. Just about 15 feet X 30 feet. Planted Crook Neck Squash, Zucchini, Okra, Corn, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Potatoes, Radishes, …

Emergency food storage when in a pinch 
This is great to help people like this.

Here is my concern: due to some medical/financial crises, we've been benefiting from our food storage in that …

Storing rice and pinto beans 
Can you store dried beans, rice, and pasta in clean applesauce jars with O2 absorbers for long term storage?? These have the screw-on lids. If so, what …

Grains 
I would like to include Milo Grain and Amaranth into my long term storage. By packaging in sealer bags with a oxygen absorber, then sealed in Mylar bag …

Boxed Mac & Cheese, Scalloped Potatoes, etc. 
Is it okay to purchase grocery store boxed mac & cheese, scalloped potatoes, instant rice, boxed cake mix, etc. and store them in huge plastic 2'x 3' …

Candy Storage 
I would like to store away candy. What stores best Should it be vacuum packed and Mylar bagged and how long will it still be good? RESPONSE : Just …

FoodSaver Food Storage  
What is the research on how long a FoodSaver is shelf stable for long term and best way to ensure quality? RESPONSE : I'm pretty sure you mean, …

Storing oil 
Can you put cooking oil in a dark glass bottle and pour melted wax over the top to seal it from air as a way to prolong shelf life? RESPONSE : I …

Storing Water in Musty Basement 
I know it sounds like a simple question, but I cannot find an answer, anywhere. Can I store jugs of water in my basement? It gets damp, but I keep cans …

How to Cook Stored Pintos 
A lot of people say that after storing Pinto Beans for a while that they can't get them to ever cook totally done, that they are always a little hard. …

Weevils in Rice 
I have bulk rice that I did not get in my containers before they got weevils, I have put it in the freezer and now want to get them out and store the rice …

Storing Opened Freeze Dried Meat 
If I open a #10 can of freeze dried meat, which I currently have in my freezer, what is the best and safest way to store (long term) what I did not use? …

Canned Blueberries 
The blueberries I canned 3 or 4 years ago have tiny white specks on some of the berries? Are they still good to eat? RESPONSE : Wow! I really can't …

List of all Grains, Rice, & Legumes with each of their storage life 
Where can I find a "List" that has of all Grains, Rice, & Legumes - and each one's Storage Life expectancy?. This way, I can label my storage cans correctly …

Jarring Food 
How do you Jar food (and what way is the best, pressure cooker or vacuum seal)? What is usual shelf life for all foods when jarred? ANSWER There …

6 Gallon Bucket Food Storage 
I am preparing for a family of 8 (3 adults and 5 children). I am leaning toward the 6 gallon bucket idea as I have a lot of tummies to worry about. …

Will freezing ruin wheat? 
If we store wheat vacuum sealed in plastic 55 gallon drums will it be OK if it freezes or will that spoil the grain? ANSWER I have no experience …

Underground Food Storage 
If I buried a 55 gallon steel drum in the ground would it keep fruits or vegetables good like a root cellar? ANSWER: Steve, I haven't had experience …

Storage below the freezing point 
What are the problems with storing emergency food over the winter where the storage temperature could hit -30F for a few weeks? What products are suitable …

Storing Meat Past the 'Sell-By' Date 
Is meat (pork chops) safe past the "sell-by" date if it is refrigerated? ANSWER: If it has been kept in a refrigerator the entire time, it is probably …

Out Building Storage 
Can I store my food supply in a out building? (Wooden building.) ANSWER: Hi Letitia, I'm guessing that living in NC where temperatures vary …

Storage of Herbal and Natural Meds 
I have not seen any posts on gathering herbal and/or natural remedies for medical situations during extended disaster times. Is there any one out there …

Storage of Pre-Packaged Foods 
What do I need to do to store pre-packaged foods like beans and rice, and noodles? ANSWER: You didn't mention whether you plan to store them short-term …

Emergency Food Storage: Be an Old-Time Pioneer 
Emergency food storage becomes less of a mental burden if you adjust your thinking. You are no longer a modern urbanite; you are now a brave and adventurous …

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