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Answers to the Most Popular Long Term Food Storage Questions
In today’s video, I follow up with the many questions that I received on my recent series of food storage videos, including:
- Can I store dried fruit with an oxygen absorber?
- Can I use an oxygen absorber and silica gel pack together?
- Should I include bay leaves with my food in a mylar bag?
- Can I reuse mylar bags?
- Can I reuse the silica gel packs that I find in other food and vitamin packages?
- Is it okay to put whole grains or white rice in a 5-gallon bucket for long-term storage?
- And many more!
Food Storage Videos
I collected the questions in today’s in-depth video from the comments on my series of food storage videos. (I even had questions come in as I was filming!)
If you haven’t had a chance to watch these videos, start with the oxygen absorbers versus silica gel packs video to understand these necessary food storage supplies. You will need to use these products when you store your food for the long-term in your Prepper Pantry.
Next, the following comprehensive food storage video gives you the grand tour of the best food storage options from 5-gallon buckets to mylar bags, and more! I also show you the easiest way to install Gamma lids on your storage buckets.
And speaking of mylar bags, this tutorial video will show you the best way to seal food in mylar bags with your clothes iron in just seconds.
Food Storage Resources
Here are some of the references that I mention in my food storage video:
- Long-term food storage (Latter Day Saints)
- Preserve the Harvest (Utah State University Extension Service)
- Silica Gel Packs (Silicon dioxide) (Food and Drug Administration)
- Oxygen Absorbers Recommended Amounts (USA Emergency Supply)
- National Preparedness Month (US Department of Homeland Security)
Free eBooks for Your Prepper Pantry Library
Be sure to download the following resources to help you learn more about storing food for the long-term and how to be prepared for emergencies.
- A Guide to Food Storage for Emergencies (downloadable booklet from Utah State University)
- Ready emergency preparedness publications (numerous PDFs from the US Department of Homeland Security for families, seniors, pet owners, and more)
- How to Stock Your Essential Traditional Foods Four-Corners Pantry (my free 36-page pantry list)
You’ll want to save the electronic files on your computer or mobile phone for easy reference. And you’ll also want to print out your essential eBooks and pages so you’ll physically have them in case you don’t have electricity to power your electronic devices and access your files.
After you download my free pantry list, be sure to watch my accompanying video to see how you can best use his comprehensive eBook with your Four Corners Pantry, including your Extended or Prepper Pantry.
Even though the month of September and National Preparedness Month in the United States is drawing to a close, our preparedness efforts continue for the long-term. These series of videos will help you build your Prepper Pantry over the long-term with real food and within your budget.
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Shop for Items Mentioned in This Blog Post
Favorite Food Storage and Prepping Supplies
- Silica Gel Packs (5 g) (10 g)
- 5 Gallon Buckets w/ Lid
- Bucket Lid Opener Tool
- Gamma Lids (White) (Multi-Colored)
- Half Gallon Canning Jars
- Leak Proof/Air Tight Jar Lids
- Handheld Foodsaver with Docking Port
- Handheld Foodsaver
- Foodsaver Jar Adapter Kit
- Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer
- Bay Leaves (helps deter bugs)
- BIC Mark-It Permanent Marker (to label your mylar bags)
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Favorite Kitchen Supplies
- 10-Piece Glass Bowl Set
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- 8-Quart Slow-Cooker
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