Saturday, August 23, 2008

Do-It-Yourself Long Term Food Storage - Is It Right for You?

The task of do-it-yourself long term food storage is a very daunting task. It is necessary that you be up to the task. It will require you to become knowledgeable about numerous techniques and methods to do it in a safe and economical manner. You will need to learn about the different types of storage containers and the different methods to preserve and protect your food items. Just as canning and preserving your home-grown fruits and vegetables require a lot of work, even more time and work can be involved in a safe, economical “DIY” long term food storage program for you and your family. Many commercial suppliers, such as Nitro-Pak , offer safe, economical solutions for a long term food storage program.

The types of containers that are the safest to use, the best way to protect your food supplies from insects and pests, the numerous ways to prevent temperature and humidity from ruining or contaminating your food supplies, and the numerous other items that you will need to know before you start a long term food storage program would fill a book.

Unfortunately, The Prudent Pantry (one of the best books on the subject) by Alan T. Hagan is no longer available in print, but is still available for download from the internet in PDF format. It is 125 pages of information that will help you decide if a “DIY” long term food storage program is right for you.

Download it here: Prudent Storage Facts Version 4.0

It is also important not to forget your water supply needs for drinking, cooking, and sanitation purposes when you are starting a long term food storage program. A food storage program will become useless once your water supplies are depleted. Once your stored water supplies are used up, you will need to find additional sources of water in order to survive.

Download water treatment & storage info here: Water Treatment and Storage

Make an informed decision before starting a "DIY" long term food storage propram.

Staying above the water line!



Marie said...

Doing things right is always a concern, because food that could last 20 years has to be stored properly if you want it to last that long. I have tried the oxygen absorbers with some of my food supplies, and I hope they work well enough that the food is good when I open it back up. As usual, excellent points, and thanks for the links!

Riverwalker said...

To: marie

It takes a lot of work and attention to the details to get it right. Thanks marie.


Bill in NC said...

Commercial packed long-term storage foods (freeze-dried & dehydrated) now seem to all use oxygen absorbers (instead of nitrogen flushing as in the past)

Plastic "superpails" with mylar liners and oxygen absorbers are probably the best you can do at home - mix with food-grade diatomaceous earth if you're really worried.

If you can get access to a LDS cannery you can can (#10 cans) your own foods, - IIRC they sell mylar bags and oxygen absorbers there, as well as bulk food you can repackage.

Superpails would be a cheaper option for bulk items though (wheat, beans, etc.) than #10 cans.

Riverwalker said...

To: bill in NC

Thanks for the great comments! It is really appreciated.



John Wesley said...

You've put out some good info and links here. It's obvious from the previous comments that there are those who are indeed taking food storage seriously. I'm glad to see that.


riverwalker said...

To: John

With so many different things involved in properly storing foods for the long term, I'm at least hoping people will do it safely. Thanks John


Ron Mylar said...

My opinion is that the long term food storage is not good for better health. The task of do it yourself long term food storage is a very daunting task. Please avoid.

riverwalker said...

To: Ron

When done in an informed manner, you can safely store food for longer terms without endangering your health provided it is done properly.

For instance, home canning was around long before anyone ever heard of an oxygen absorber.

Proper rotation and storage is the key.


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