If you want to prepare for emergencies, you’ll have to ensure quick access to well-preserved food. Of course, you can rotate your stocks to keep some food as fresh as possible. At the same time, you can also rely upon long term food storage containers to keep food from getting spoiled or contaminated for quite awhile.
Glass jars can serve you well if you need to store bulk grains, seeds, nuts, and preserves. In fact, you can even wash and reuse glass jars that you purchase food in from the grocery store. That can also make glass jars a frugal solutions.
Of course, the drawback of glass is that it breaks easily. If you choose to use glass jars for food storage, you should make sure you keep them in secure shelving. You may even want to pack the jars within boxes that you fill with packing material.
You may also choose to keep preserves within food-grade buckets. One obvious benefit that these plastic buckets will give you over glass is that they won’t break or shatter in case of an earthquake or similar calamity. Make sure that you acquire lids that will close with an air-tight seal.
Quality buckets and lids should keep your food preserved and safe from pests for about five years. Since buckets may hold five gallons of food or more, you might find rotating your stock to be a challenge. The more often you open and close the lid, the more likely you are to wear the lid out and ruin the air-tight seal.
You can also purchase Mylar pouches and the equipment to close these pouches with a vacuum seal. Because the pouch protects food within a air-tight environment, it can protect most kinds of food for about five years. The problem with these pouches is that the seals could burst if they have to endure rough treatment. Also, rodents can chew right through them.
One of the best things to do with your Mylar pouches is to seal them up and then store them inside of plastic buckets or glass jars. Some people say that this extra layer of protection can also preserve food for well over a decade, so you won’t have to worry about rotating your stock as much.
Additional Protections For Long-Term Storage Containers
When you purchase some kinds of seeds or grains in bulk, they may already come infested with invisible insect eggs. This doesn’t sound appetizing, but it is actually pretty normal and safe for human consumption. You do not want those eggs to hatch because then you will have insects that can leave droppings and consume your food.
To prevent this problem, you can microwave your grains for a few minutes to kill the eggs. Alternatively, you can freeze your food for a few days. After you have prepared the bulk food, you can store it according the method that you choose.