5 Things You’ll Need to Start a Long-Term Food Storage

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My food storage is OK. Actually, in comparison to a hardcore prepper’s food cache, mine isn’t very impressive; however, my mediocre store helped my family keep our grocery bill at a nearly impossible low for over a year.

It is running low, my edible stash, which kind of gives me a little anxiety because you never know what is going to happen—another job loss, a zombie apocalypse, a natural disaster, etc. And so I am on a mission to replenish our cache. And you’re going to do it with me. But only if you want to.  

As you can tell, I’m an amateur at long-term food storage. I’m alright at buying a little extra every time I go grocery shopping, but as far as knowing how to make goods last several years, I am still learning. I’ll share what I learn with you, and you share what you learn with me. Deal? 

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OK, with that, I’m going to start by sharing with you the supplies you will need to get your long-term food storage started.

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Vacuum Sealer

I don’t like spending money, but when my husband got a moose, we had to invest a few hundred dollars in a freezer and a FoodSaver. I’m in love with our FoodSaver—it was definitely worth the purchase. Did you know that with vacuum sealing, your meat will last for a good two years in a deep freeze? You probably knew that.

Because I think that a vacuum sealer is so awesomely useful, I would suggest getting one, even if it’s a little painful—it’s worth the financial sacrifice.

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And may I suggest getting a jar attachment for your vacuum sealer? Also, if you are short on freezer space, then a freezer is worth the purchase, too.

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Mylar Bags

My mom gave me a few bags of potato flakes that were sealed in a Mylar bag. I’m not quite sure how long she had them (knowing her, it had to have been a few years), but I had them for about six years before I fed them to my family. We didn’t die, and they tasted fine, so I think it’s safe to recommend that we could survive on Mylar-packaged food for several years if need be.

I’m buying some today on Amazon so I can Mylar-package some rice, oatmeal, and potato flakes this weekend.

Oxygen Absorbers

You are going to need some oxygen absorbers, as they play a key role in preserving food for long periods of time. They are in my Amazon cart, too.

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Time

It is going to take some time to prepare our food for long-term storage, so get ready because you’re going to do this with me. But like I said before, only if you want to because I’m not going to push you. I’m just saying it’s probably a really good idea.

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Can you suggest any other supplies that we need? Comment below about the goods you want to add to your long-term food storage. We can plan how to do them together.

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5 Things You’ll Need to Start a Long-Term Food Storage

Melanie Denney lives in the smallest of towns, with her two little darlings. She has a Bachelor's degree and happily works as a full-time mother and a freelance writer, specializing in sociology and recreation leadership. ... More

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  1. KITTYNOLAND says:

    Getting a print out list that itemizes the length of time that certain foods last!
    2. Alternate power, such as solar power/generator, to keep your EXTRA freezer running in an emergency.Harness whatever resource your area supplies (e.g.If you live in the desert-the sun or if you live on the plains-the wind).
    3. Look into gardening/the potential in growing your own foods.
    4. Go back to the good old barter system where one person can keep a few cows, for milk; and you can keep a few dozen chickens for highly important proteins. BARTER
    5.Hold on tightly to items that become desirable such as the following: coffee, chocolate, honey, spices, cigarettes, candy, and do not forget life saving medicines such as aspirin, Tylenol,Ibuprofen, Antacids, anti-diarrheal, antibiotics (they can be bought at a pet store that carries fish with very little research and instruction.
    6.A firearm to protect your stash and a sturdy well ventilated area that does not promote food rotting food.
    7. DO NOT SHARE WITH anyone what you are doing.Think about how you feel if you haven’t eaten in a day or two….people get irrational in their will to survive!
    8. Look into aquaponics, which is a sustainable food source in any climate.Aquaponics is a self-contained, balanced, very small area needed, sustainable food source. It is one-tenth, at minimum, of the basic price of hydroponics and it does not take up the scale (room) and research of hydroponics.
    9. Create an easy to manage storage supply, organizationally. Eat foods that expire the quickest first and organize them as such.
    10. Depending upon your options, try not to have to store thousands of pounds of foods that your family would never ever eat. This effects ones psyche and morale.Go with foods you enjoy as far as able.

  2. Alanna says:

    A vacuum sealer is a wonderful thing.

  3. LIZ says:

    great tips. tnx so much

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