how to store emergency prep food long term

I'd like to kick off our first blog post regarding natural wellness and emergency preparedness with a introductory post on long-term Mylar bag food storage. Many of us are aware of the food and supply shortages happening nation and even world wide. There is talk of an impending food shortage and supply collapse (manufactured, or not) and I want you to know there is a way to be prepared for these possible events by shortening the food supply chain by growing your own veggies and raising your own meat and slowly purchasing and preserving bulk quantities of food.

Did you know that with Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers you can store rice and beans for up to 30 years?

There is nothing more disheartening than to invest a lot of money into emergency food and realizing you didn't preserve it correctly and it's spoiled! Using the Mylar bag and oxygen absorber method is a very easy and effective way to store your emergency food for long term.

Vacuum sealing beans and rice can only successfully preserve your uncooked food for a few years. Over time, the vacuum seal bags allow air in and your food will become exposed to the elements and lose it's shelf life.

I will admit that at first I was intimidated by the concept of storing food in Mylar bags. I thought I needed a lot of fancy equipment and time to do it.

Boy, was I wrong.

Storing food in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers takes the same amount of time as vacuum sealing and is actually more cost effective than vacuum sealing (because you don't need a $100+ vacuum sealer to do so!).

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Here is what you need to store your emergency food with Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers:
  1. 1 Gallon Mylar Bag + 500cc Oxygen Absorber Set $18.99 (just buy the set so you don't have to do any calculating for proper oxygen absorber volume)
    store food for 20 years with mylar bags
  2. Heat Sealing Device (aka: hair flat iron) $9.99 with purchase at Pack Fresh USA
    store food in myrlar bags for 20 years
  3. Dried Rice or Beans (I found organic beans in bulk on Amazon)
    dried organic beans from amazon for food storage in mylar bags
  4. Plastic Storage with lids to keep your Mylar bags away from critters (doesn't need to be food grade IF you use Mylar bags)
    5 gallon bucket storage for mylar bag emergency food prep

I found all of my emergency food storage supplies at Pack Fresh USA. I like their website and products because they're easy to use, made in the USA, and high quality. They also offer FREE shipping!

Pack Fresh USA has a ton of free resources to help you find exactly what you need to properly store your emergency food stash for long term. I have purchased the 1 gallon and 5 gallon Mylar bags for our food storage. I like to keep both size bag options because I don't know what will be more useful in the event of an emergency.

My thought was that it would be easier to access and manage smaller 1 gallon bags of food rather than opening up 5 gallons of food if we were ever in an emergency situation. I may not have the resources to reseal a 5 gallon bag, so it might be better to have several 1 gallon bags to dip into as needed.

Additionally, it does feels good to see a big 5 gallon bucket full of properly stored emergency oats or rice. I imagine we could dig into a bucket like that in a large co-operative situation where we were all sharing and trading or perhaps feeding animals.

No matter what size Mylar bag you choose, you will need to put your Mylar bags of food in secure containers to protect from rodents and other critters. The Mylar bags are not resistant to chewing or punctures so be sure to secure your bags in a sealed container to protect them. Options include: square or round 5 gallon buckets with lids, metal buckets with lids, locking plastic storage bins, etc. Don't forget, rats can chew through plastic, so it's not a bad idea to rotate your stash and check for rodents in your storage area.

I hope this blog on emergency food storage and preparedness was helpful and informative to you! Stay tuned to my next post where I will detail directions for preserving food with Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers!

Don't forget to check out our Instagram page for updates. story highlights and live demonstrations on food preservation and other emergency preparedness topics!

Can't wait? Check out Pack Fresh USA's PDF on how to store food.

One last thing- you cannot store brown rice long term due to the fat/oil content. It will go rancid!

January 27, 2022 — Lauren Manwill

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