Saturday, February 6, 2010

Containers for Storing Food

While planning and implementing your food storage, there are various types of food containers to consider. Which is best will be determined by your resources, storage needs, storage environment and the length of time you need to preserve the food source for.

Any of these containers will allow you to safely store food. Click on a container type to find specific instructions on how to use it safely.  I use all of these types of containers in my food storage.
#10 Cans: These are great for rice, flour, powdered milk, pasta, wheat.... just about anything.  Pro's:  Can put 6 in a box, and can stack the boxes; rodent proof, light proof.  Cons: Price.
I use these primarily for powdered milk, onions, and some flour.
Foil Pouches:  Much cheaper than #10 cans, great for preventing light from entering food.  These work great in conjunction with Plastic buckets (5-6 gallon bags). Cons: Harder to stack (unless in boxes).  Rodents can penetrate these.
I use these to line my 5 gallon buckets.

Plastic Buckets: Pro's: Can get for free at many bakeries (ask for their icing buckets);   Stack well; works great in conjunction with mylar bags; rodent proof; size is desireable for many items.  Con's: Can let light through.  Air can also permeate the plastic. *Make sure bucket is Food Grade.
I use these for wheat, rice, flour, oats, and dehydtrated foods (packaged in vacuum sealed bag first).

Glass Jars: Pro's: found in most supermarkets; inexpensive; rodent proof; airtight.  Con's: Breakable; lets light in.
I use these for canned fruits, vegetables, jellies, jams, syrups, brown sugar, marshmallows, candies, etc.

Original Containers: Pro's: You don't have to do anything to these containers!  Con's: depending on what is being stored, can let rodents in. I will leave some items in their original container, THEN put it in a different container.  Example:  I keep boxes of jello and pudding in a large Rubbermaid container.

PETE Plastic Containers: Make sure not to use these if they previously stored non-food items. Pro's: cost; airtight.  Con's: Can let light in.

Vacuum Sealer Bags:  Pro's: Convenient and easy to use; can use for wet or dry foods, airtight; lightweight.  Con's: Must purchase a vacuum sealer; cost.
I use these for dehydrated foods, and foods that will be going in the freezer for a while.

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