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Long Term Food Storage

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Hi guys :-) My name's Mike and I'm new to the forum, I've joined this and another forum hoping someone can give me some more info on the things I need to know. I want to store food long-term, I have canned food but want to store grain, rice etc preferably lasting as long as possible! Does anyone have any experience in long-term food storage, I know there's bags you can buy, but what the difference is between mylar and aluminium foil coated bags I have no idea! Anyone with any experience or links I' be grateful. Thanks for your time guys and thanks for the forum!

 

Mike

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Welcome to the forum MS1984!

 

 

That is not one of my strong suits, but there are a lot of resources available.  If it's not on this site, I'm sure we can find it somewhere.

 

 

Doc

 

 

 

 

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Hi Mike and welcome to the forum.

 

I've never set up for any long term grain storage but read quite a bit about it.  A lot of places will use mylar bags inside of 5 gallon buckets, putting in some type of oxygen absorber just before sealing the bags.  I've never tried it.

 

I do store some stuff long term in my basement.  Just need to make sure it is clean and dry before storing it. Keeping it out of the light in a cool dry area seems to work well. 

 

I have also used my dehydrator on hot peppers.  I have had some of those stored for over two years with no problems (other than the intended watering eyes, sweating forehead and running nose).

 

It will be interesting to see what you find.

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Hi again, thanks so much for the information. I'm pretty excited to get everything ready although maybe I should have started earlier. Never too late though I suppose! :-) I found a loadof info at http://www.mylarshop.com/mylar-shop-articles and http://www.sorbentsystems.com/mylar.html I decided I want to go with Mylar rather than other foil bags as, for the price extra, I think it's worth it. I ended up going with these bags: http://www.mylarshop.com/mylar-bags/heavy-duty-mylar-bag-25cm-x-35cm as I'm in the UK so the Sorbent Systems shipping is too much. They should arrive any day so I'll put up a review if / when they arrive! I haven't got a heat sealing thing but apparently an iron will do and this is a good video on how to do it:

If anyone knows of any shops in the UK other than the one I picked I'd be grateful. Anyway I'll be back with a review and maybe a video on how to store grain if I can find a video camera. Thanks everyone and thanks for your time. Mike

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