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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.