Long Term Food Storage FAQs

Long Term Food Storage Questions

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Storing Non-Wheat Flour 
My son has food allergies and am wondering if I can preserve the flours I use for him in Mylar with O2 absorbers. We use these types of flours- millet, …

Freeze Dry your own produce? 
Without a doubt, freeze dry is the BEST way to store foods. It is frustruating to not be able to store my garden produce this way, so I'm trying to learn …

Vacuum Packing - Questions & Answers 
Can you vacuum seal pancake mix in food storage bags and how long does it last? RESPONSE : Yes, you can, but remember: 1) Grocery store foods …

Storing Corn Meal and Flour 
I want to store whole grain corn meal and flour. What do I need in order to keep it from going rancid? RESPONSE : Both can be stored for 5-10 years …

Long Term Grain Storage 
Ok my question is two-fold: First, with so many varieties of grain, which exact "types" or species of grains are most advantageous to long term storage? …

All About Storing Rice  
Rice. One billion Asians seem to survive. It keeps well in air tight containers. And you only need a few different flavors to make a tasty meal. Breakfast, …

Is it safe to purify water before storing it in Mylar bags? 
I got some Mylar bags/boxes to store 5 gal water. If I purify with bleach by adding drops of bleach to each bag will the bleach react with the Mylar …

Storing Grocery Store Packaged Foods 
Hi, Can I dry can the noodles, pasta, rice and beans from the grocery store by putting them in a Mason jar with and oxygen absorber? I would like to …

Storing Dried Beans and Pasta Long Term 
Do you cook your legumes and/or pasta and THEN dehydrate them or can you put them straight from the bags into your containers with oxygen absorbers? …

Storing Cooked Food 
Is it possible to cook meat or veggies then place in a bag mylar with a oxygen absorber? RESPONSE : Cooked food needs to be stored in the refrigerator …

Storing Dehydrated Foods 
I just purchased a food dehydrator to do fruits and vegetables. As I was reading the instructions it stated that the foods can be stored in the fridge …

Home Dehydrated Foods 
Can you store home dehydrated fruits and vegetables in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers without putting it in a vacuum sealed bag first? Will the shelf …

Storing Pasta Long Term 
Does pasta have to be vacuumed sealed for long term storage? ANSWER : In short - yes. That said, pasta comes from the store already dehydrated. …

Storing Salt and Sugar in Ice Cream Buckets 
I have 4 teenage boys and we go through about 2 of the one gallon plastic ice cream buckets every week. Can I use these to store sugar, salt, rice, beans, …

Peas Corn Grow and Store 
Hello I wanted to grow some peas and corn in my yard. I want to be able to harvest them and store them long term. Would peas and corn last long in Mylar …

Long Term Storage in Zip Lock Baggies 
Is it safe to put dry foods like: rice, beans, grains, cereals, oatmeal in zip lock baggies for individual servings to store for long periods of time in …

Mylar in totes instead of 5 gallon buckets  
Two questions if I may, can I store my food in Mylar bags with o2 in totes instead of 5 gallon buckets. Second question is it ok to store those totes …

Long Term Food Storage in Las Vegas 
I have serious concerns about living here. I have started food storage however, I don't know anyone here who believes as I do as to what is happening. …

How to Determine Moisture Content 
At what percent moisture can you store grains, beans, peas, etc. and how do you determine the moisture content?

How Long Does Dehydrated or Freeze-dried Food Last After Opening? 
I have 2 adults and 1 teenager. I ordered some #10 cans when I called and asked how long they would be good after opening I was told 1 week. Know with …

Storing Multiple Foods in the Same Bucket 
Can I store multiple items in a single bucket? My plan is make single serving packages with the Food Saver and store in sealed Mylar in 5 gallon buckets. …

Storing Sugar Long Term (white & brown) 
What is the best way to store sugar so that it doesn't get hard? Admin Answer: White sugar doesn't really get hard. It may become a little lumpy, …

Dry food storage in sealed metal cans 
I've just acquired a 'Tim Taylor' kind of vacuum can sealer. It can seal cans up to #12 under vacuum or at atmospheric pressure. I'm planning on using …

What's Your Favorite Brand of Freeze Dried Food? 
Has anyone tried freeze dried foods? Have you found one brand better than another?

Have a Home Food Storage Party 
I recommend doing what some friends invited us to do a few years ago. We had a meal made only from MRE's (meals ready to eat). It was an enjoyable …

Storing Beans in Mylar Bags 
If I have already put beans and flour in Mylar bags and then freeze them is this OK? RESPONSE: If you have put oxygen absorbers in each bag before …

Short Term Refrigeration in a Warm Climate 
If living in a warm climate and you find yourself without electricity, the following tip may be used for short-term storage of fresh vegetables: Take …

Still freeze after packaging? 
I have already sealed my dry goods in 7.5mil Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. I have a deep freezer, should I still put the packaged items in the freezer …

Dehydrated Food 
I am thinking of purchasing a food dehydrator and using a food storage vacuum sealer system to store the dried goods. Any idea on how long the food will …

Oxygen Packs 
If you dehydrate and vacuum seal fruit or veges, do you have to use an oxygen pack? RESPONSE : Some people do, but it seems redundant to me. Both …

Used Plastic Barrels for Food Storage 
I have plastic barrels that pharmaceuticals came in. They are air tight when sealed. I plan to put many cans of vegetables and Armor canned meat that I …

Should I reseal Mylar bags? 
I just started using Mylar bags and buckets in my food storage plan. Most of the bags suck down to a crinkled mass with no visible air left in them,but …

Storing Dehyrated Fruit 
I dry a lot of apples and pineapple and give as gifts. I try to get a head of the game. Do I need to add oxygen absorbers to my dried fruit? I usually …

Canned Goods and a FoodSaver 
I have tons of "canned vegetables" as in from the store, such as Green Giant. I find that the cans weigh a lot. I wanted to make them more portable. I …

Dehydrating Fruits and Veggies for Long Term Storage 
Can you dehydrate fruits and veggies and vacuum seal in FoodSaver bags? And how long do they last? RESPONSE : Now you're talking. ;-) Yes, you …

Portion Controlling Food Storage 
I'm portion controlling my food storage, dried beans - rice and such if I seal my meals in a FoodSaver bags with an oxygen absorber and then put them in …

Checking Contents of Food Storage Buckets 
If I order food storage kits and open the buckets when my shipment arrives to check if its contents are correct and to make sure the bags are sealed, will …

First In First Out 
The problem I see when people store food in large containers and they start to use this and half way down they buy more food and do not clean out the container …

Used Buckets for Food Storage 
When storing food, I know you put oxygen absorbers in the Mylar bags with the item, do you also put absorbers in the bucket as well??? I am using 2 gallon …

Insects in Stored Oats 
Can oats (for oatmeal) sealed in Mylar bags get bugs, worms, etc.? I have read horrible stories of people finding larvae and worms in rolled oats, …

Long term storage from bulk foods 
Hi, I bought from bulk foods rye flakes, TVP textured Vegetable protein, Organic spelt flakes and Kamut flakes, some over two years in storage in plastic …

What food to store next? 
I have just started preparing my own buckets with beans and rice with the Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. What other things can I put up? ANSWER …

Storing Dry Food 
How long will dry food store in Mylar bags? ANSWER : It depends on the food product but most will last 25-30 years. Check this page for more info: …

Learning About Storing Coconut 
Is it safe to store flake coconut in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers? Thanks ANSWER : I don't know whether botulism is a problem with coconut. Some …

Long term Storage of Honey and Veggies 
Your Chart says indefinitely for shelf life of honey. Is that honey in, say, a Honey Bear at the supermarket? And the veggies are they freeze …

Those Mysterious Oxygen Absorbers 
When I open a Mylar bag that has already been prepared and sealed with oxygen absorbers to use some of the product, do I need to add a new oxygen absorber …

Freezing food after it's been sealed in Mylar 
Can food such as flour, rice, beans, wheat which has been sealed in Mylar bags and stored in buckets be frozen and then thawed? Living in MN and having …

New to Food Storage 
What foods can you store in Mylar bags? ANSWER: Just about any dry food, Thomas. Wheat, rice, oats, pasta, corn meal, pop corn, sugar, any kind …

My food storage was exposed to heat! Is it ok? 
Our food storage recently became in contact with temperatures of 135-145 degrees Fahrenheit - canned goods, liquid in plastic bottles, dry goods. Will …

How can I prevent insects in my food storage? 
We are beginning to store staples. I just opened a bucket of beans to discover insect larva! Also in one bucket of rice. How do you prevent this? I …

How to Store Powdered Milk Long Term 
I have stored boxes of dry milk. Enough that I have extra but not enough that I won't use it before it goes out of date. That is assuming I continue to …

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