Staying Prepared:Rural Food Storage

Certain foods, if properly stored, will last for years and your goal is to have a long term food supply so that you can be self-sufficient.

Staying Prepared:Rural  Food Storage

Staying Prepared

  Rural Food Storage Tips 

 

The Coronavirus has really put a lot of things in the light about preparedness and what that really looks like. Today we are going to look at how you can be more prepared and self-reliable when it comes to food and food store.

If you haven't already as soon as possible, you need to have your food supplies set aside for your long term survival.  This is one less thing you need to worry about in a crisis. Know that you have enough food will give a head start in any crisis situation.

But for food to keep for any length of time, it has to be properly stored. Not all foods are good for long term storage, but many foods are. 

Certain foods, if properly stored, will last for years and your goal is to have a long term food supply so that you can be self-sufficient. The list below names foods that you should buy and put aside for the future. These foods will keep well. 

So what's too good to buy for long term storage

Honey

A story about honey that’s often touted was the discovery by archaeologists of honey jars in an ancient Egyptian tomb. The honey was carbon dated as 3,000 years old and was still food-safe and tasted just like honey.

2. Salt

If you can keep the moisture out of stored salt it will last indefinitely. Salt is a standard staple in any long-term food storage plan and is used in food preservation methods such as curing and pickling.

3. Sugar

Sugar possesses many of the characteristics of salt but here again, moisture is the enemy. If you can keep it hermetically sealed and perhaps add a moisture absorber, sugar also can keep indefinitely.

4. White rice

White rice can last up to 20 years if properly stored. As a staple of most diets around the world, it’s a must in any long-term storage plan.

5. Whole wheat grains

Whole wheat grains are usually purchased through a supplier that specializes in long-term food storage. They are often sealed in large, foil packages and sometimes repackaged inside large plastic buckets.

The foil package is hermetically sealed to remove oxygen and prevent the permeation of moisture. If processed, packaged and stored properly it can last for decades. Remember that you’ll need a flour mill to further process any stored whole wheat grains.

6. Dried corn

Corn when properly dried and protected from moisture will last for decades. It’s another staple that provides significant nutritional value.

8. Instant coffee, cocoa powders and tea

If you succeed in keeping these ingredients dry they will survive for decades without losing potency or flavor.

9. Powdered milk

This staple will survive for up to 20 years. Moisture absorber packets are highly recommended when storing powdered milk for the long-term although some packaging solutions – such as in #10 cans – might not require them.

10. Bouillon products

This may seem a bit redundant with salt, but bouillon products have the added value of flavor. Most are chicken or beef flavored and the granular type tends to store better that bouillon cubes in the long run. With proper processing, packaging and storage, they can last for decades as well.

Foods With a Very Long Shelf Life

These are the some of the common foods packaged to have a very long shelf life:

  • Dried beans, 30 years
  • Rolled oats, 30 years
  • Pasta products, 30 years
  • Potato flakes, 30 years
  • Dehydrated fruit slices, 30 years
  • Dehydrated carrots, 20 years

You can also Buy powdered milk. This doesn’t taste the same as fresh milk, but this type of milk can last at least 20 years and you need milk - not only for cooking, but for children as well.

You can also buy dried fruit or freeze-dried fruit that you can reconstitute by adding water. 

Make sure dried corn is also in your food storage supply.  Buy sugar, honey, tea, coffee, peanut butter, nuts and seeds, salt and canned goods. You’ll want to buy canned meats as well. 

Though these don’t keep as long as other survival foods, canned goods can often last many years at a time. You should also buy pasta. You’ll need oils like olive oil and fats like lard.

Just buying the food isn’t enough

If you don’t know how to store it, the food will go to waste. Foods that are put back in storage are susceptible to oxygen, light, moisture and temperature changes - especially heat. 

You want to store the food in a cool room where the temperatures are less than 60 degrees. To properly store your food, you can use food-grade containers. You can get buckets like this at no cost from grocery stores and restaurants. 

You can also purchase them. What some people like to do is to put a Mylar bag into the container first and put the food down into the bag. Then the top of the bag is sealed using a heat source. 

The Mylar bag helps keep out what would destroy your food source and makes it last even longer than it would last just in the container alone. To help absorb the oxygen, you can put silicone gel packs into the containers or you can use salt. 

Make sure that you date stamp the outside of the container so that you’ll know the month and year that you put the food into storage. Rotating your food stores is one key to maintaining a healthy food supply. 

Even now we are currently in a crisis that doesn't mean you still can't be prepared!

Keep prepping.

This won't be the last crisis or diaster we will have.

I hope this was helpful

Please Stay Safe, Stay Kind

Until Next Time, Keep Ruling 

Tamara J.