BAGS FOR FOOD STORAGE
food in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers is one of the
best ways to store your emergency foods. A Mylar bag is
a vapor barrier bag that blocks oxygen, moisture and light,
the three big enemies of food storage. Think of it as
a flexible metal can. Many preppers get by just fine with
using only food grade buckets and oxygen absorbers. Most
foods will keep for years stored that way.
BAGS FOR FOOD STORAGE
Sealing food in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers is one
of the best ways to store your emergency foods. A Mylar
bag is a vapor barrier bag that blocks oxygen, moisture
and light, the three big enemies of food storage. Think
of it as a flexible metal can. Many preppers get by just
fine with using only food grade buckets and oxygen absorbers.
Most foods will keep for years stored that way.
However, the problem is that plastic is a very poor vapor
barrier and over time oxygen and moisture will actually
work its way right through even a 5 gallon bucket, right
into your stored products. Using a Mylar bag greatly reduces
this and can add years to the storage life of your emergency
supply. Rice, wheat, grains, pasta etc is said to stay fresh
after 20-30 years in these mylar bags with oxygen absorbers!
Food Storage Using Plastic Buckets and Mylar
New to prepping?
Wondering how others use those large buckets and Mylar
bags for food storage? Wonder no more. The mystery that
is Mylar will be revealed in three easy phases.
1. Plastic buckets
are generally used for bulk storage because they're fairly
rodent proof. They tend towards water impermeability,
but they're not always great at that. What they really
do is keep the mice and rats out of your food. Important
2. The second layer
of the food storage is a plastic Mylar bag. Mylar evolved
out of the NASA space program and is a really cool material
which is used everywhere. It's an interior layer of polyester
and an exterior layer of evaporated aluminum that has
the ability to keep all moisture out of the things you
store inside it. It is not, however, strong enough to
be used on its own - you need an exterior layer.
3. The third thing
that goes into many Mylar bags is something to kill bugs.
I use oxygen absorbers. You can purchase these purpose
made, or you can simply buy off the shelf hand warmers
at the end of the winter season. Either way, the iron
filings/powder will reduce the amount of oxygen left in
the bag after it is sealed, thus reducing the ability
of vermin to live in your stored food.
Get plastic buckets. I get mine free from my local grocery
store bakery. These are food grade. However, when you
are using Mylar, you have the choice to use other materials
that are not, such as dry-wall buckets. Food grade plastic
will not leach any chemicals into your stored food. Other
buckets might. Use these at your own risk and with your
own best judgement.
2 - Purchase Mylar bags and insert into the bucket.
Fill with what ever food product you are storing.
Step 3- Open O2 absorber
and toss into bucket.
Step 4- Press all the
air you can out of the top of the bag.
Step 5 - Have, on hand,
a hot iron and a board. Flatten out bag at its seams and
use iron to seal the bag. Mylar adheres to itself with
heat, so just iron it shut and double-check that no air
is able to get in and out - I do this by flattening the
whole thing down as I fold the extra material into the
bucket. If there is a little bubble of air pressing back
at me, it's a good seal. Alternately, you could pull the
extra material up and see if it sucks air back down into
Step 6 - Put lid on bucket
Step 7 - Label and date
so that you can rotate the stock.
storage should consist of a year’s supply of basic
food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel. After this goal
has been reached, emergency and expanded storage should
1. The choice of
storage foods depends on availability, nutritive value,
cost, storage qualities, and other considerations. Store
foods that the family is willing to eat. In times of stress,
it may be difficult to eat unfamiliar or disliked foods.
2. Store a variety
of foods, as no single food has all the essential nutrients
in the correct proportions.
3. Store the highest
quality or grade of food obtainable. For example, wheat
should be cereal grade, double cleaned, at least 11 percent
protein, and no more than 10 percent moisture.
4. Store foods in
sturdy metal, plastic, or glass containers with tightly
fitting lids. Sturdy wooden, straw, or earthenware containers
may also be used, but a plastic bag liner would help protect
the food from possible contamination.
5. Store foods in
areas that permit easy access and allow control of temperature
and humidity. (In general, cool temperatures prolong storage
life and quality.) Not all storage items should be located
in one area of the house; not all should be stored in
one type of container.
6. To destroy insects
that may infest grains, nuts, dried fruits, or other foods,
place the food in temperatures of 0° F. (or below)
for four days. As an alternative, the food may be sterilized
by being heated at low temperature (around 200° F.)
for about one hour, depending on the nature of the food.
Spread the food on shallow pans so that the heat can penetrate
easily. Stir the food occasionally to keep it from scorching.
Dry ice kills most adult insects and larvae, but it probably
will not destroy the eggs or pupae. Pour two inches of
grain into the bottom of the container. Add dry ice; then
fill with grain. Eight ounces of dry ice is recommended
for one hundred pounds of grain, or one pound for each
thirty gallons of stored grain. Seal the containers loosely
for five to six hours; then seal them tightly.
7. Storage foods
should be planned for and acquired according to an orderly
and systematic plan. Food costs can be minimized by budgeting
and shopping wisely. Borrowing money to acquire food storage
is not a good idea.
8. Use stored foods
on a regular basis to maintain quality and minimize waste.
Maintain a food inventory and replace items as they are
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