Packaging Long Term Food Storage: How to Do It Right
- Your family food store is a valuable investment that should be protected. Bulk grains and legumes usually come in bags that are perfect for use within a year. When you purchase foods to keep in extended storage, great care should be taken to package foods in appropriate containers using proven methods to prevent insect infestation. Just how do you properly package grains and legumes for optimal long term storage? It starts with the following steps:
- 1. Start by selecting quality dry food products that are less than 10 percent moisture and low in oil content.
- 2. Pick the right container to suit your personal needs and preferences.
- 3. Select the best treatment method to prevent insect infestation in your chosen container. This can seem a bit daunting, but I promise it is not. These are simple principles that can be easily followed to produce fantastic long term storage results. We wrote a detailed post with clear instructions for you at: Long-Term Food Storage - Best Containers and Treatment Methods theprovidentprepper.org/long-...
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Other articles by The Provident Prepper on food storage that might interest you include: How to Package Dry Foods in Mylar Bags for Long-Term Storage theprovidentprepper.org/how-t...
Packaging Dry Foods in Glass Jars for Long-Term Food Storage theprovidentprepper.org/packa...
Packaging Dry Foods in Plastic Bottles for Long-Term Food Storage theprovidentprepper.org/packa...
Great ideas for places to store your food -- theprovidentprepper.org/ingen... How to build a 3 month supply of food -- theprovidentprepper.org/3-mon... How to build a long term food supply -- theprovidentprepper.org/long-... How to know when food storage is too old -- theprovidentprepper.org/food-... Best practices for storing food -- theprovidentprepper.org/8-foo... If you don't want to package your own food storage we recommend the following sources: The least expensive, quality, long term basic food storage can be purchased at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Home Storage Centers. They have just a few basics but the prices are less expensive than anywhere else. You do not need to be a member to purchase food storage. To find one near you go to: providentliving.churchofjesus... The next best place is their online store at store.churchofjesuschrist.org...
Once you have the basics we recommend purchasing from Auguson Farms at www.augasonfarms.com/?avad=24.... They have a wide variety of foods packaged for long term storage.
Prepper Series – How to Dry Can Beans and Rice (This controls bugs and larvae in food stores)
IF YOU HAVE MOISTURE IN JARS AFTER SEALING, DO THIS: NOTHING!! The moisture will re-absorb in a few hours after cooling! UPDATE: March 21, 2020
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I DID BUY a pair of silicone gloves and they work great! Thanks for the 1000 comments on best gloves to buy for heat canning!
Hand in jar comments: Please STOP and read -- This method is not about 'sterilization' as nothing is sterile unless it goes through 'time, steam and pressure', like a pressure canner or hospital auto-clave.
Note: This video is about killing larvae that can attack your pantry food stores.
Other methods you may try: You can freeze dry goods for 3-6 days as well, not killing it for seed. Heat does kill the seed for planthing later on...don't use this method if you are planning to plant the dry goods in a garden later. Use the O2s or vacuum sealer for using as seed.
These dry goods will go through the oven after you TOUCHED the jars or product ... you can't have water left in the jars and you MUST check for this ... many did not do this step and regretted it, as moisture built up in their jars and their product turned to mush on top
SOME MOISTURE is okay after taking out of oven, product will re-absorb the moisture. But if moisture is still in jar after cooling, open jar and let product air dry and vacuum seal. You did the job of killing the larva. Seal in a way you would like.
I used that jar of beans and I'm still standing! LOL! So to answer it in short. Be clean. My hands used clorox wipes all over the kitchen. And, remember, if were not for germs, we'd all be dead! TRUTH! Some germs you don't want to kill. We have germs on us that keep us alive and fight off the bad bacteria. You don't want to kill that. So, touching the beans is not valid here. The beans were dirty off the combines and factory belts, into the semis, and onto store shelf before I got it... it's why we pressure can food in cans and jars... The best you can hope for in oven DRY GOODS canning to store for long-term is SANITIZED or CLEAN situation with no larva left alive to breed in your pantry. I hope this makes sense. I could put a mouse in a canning jar and pressure can it...and I could eat it. The most you can do in oven canning is to KILL IT! but the meat would still rot inside the jar if not pressure canned correctly. Gross yes, but true.