Mylar Packed White Rice, 16 Months Later

A while ago I posted an article on Food Storage in Buckets with Mylar Bags, and since I ended up opening one for the first time the other night I figured I should share the results.
A little background first though; while I keep long term food storage in Mylar bags stored in five gallon buckets, we also keep a number of buckets with gamma lids in our pantry for daily usage. Recently, we managed to burn through 25 pounds of white rice and my lovely wife asked me to get some more from longer term storage. I’m not going to lie about it, I was a little excited at the prospect of seeing how my long term food storage is doing. So, I wandered out to find the bucket of white rice and snagged the one on top.

This is not my handwriting, but rather the work of a twelve year old girl. =)

This is not my handwriting, but rather the work of a twelve year old girl. =)

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Planning Food Storage

When I first started out on the path to building a food storage plan, my initial thoughts were along the lines of “Oh, I’ll buy lots of canned vegetables, some MREs, and some freeze dried food. Then I’ll be good.” I also only was planning for two weeks of food storage, everything fit in our kitchen pantry, I had no idea of how many calories I had on hand, I didn’t know how to calculate daily caloric needs for our family of five, and in general I didn’t even know how much I didn’t know.

That was three years ago. Today, we have around six months of food storage at any given time. It’s all inventoried, shelved, organized, and in a dedicated store room that’s kept relatively cool to increase the shelf life as much as possible. The kids actually joke about it, occasionally asking if they can “go to the store” to grab a can of fruit for dessert. 🙂

I’ve made a number of mistakes along the way, but I feel that I’ve learned enough to put my knowledge out there in the hope that someone else can avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made. Before I talk about suggestions, let’s get the mistakes out of the way…

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What’s In Your Bag? Part 6 – Food & Cooking

Welcome to Part 6 of What’s In Your Bag?

Today, I’m covering Food & Cooking. Everyone seems to have different opinions on what is best, but this is what I stock in my bag.

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The first food item I carry in my bag is three field stripped MREs. I’m not sure which flavors these are but it doesn’t really matter to me. Even though cooking is a hobby of mine, there are very few things I care about when eating. Since I can’t carry a medium rare ribeye steak in my bag, MREs will do. If you’ve never heard of field stripped MREs, definitely look into it as it significantly reduces the weight. I was shocked to find that the packaging of MREs is almost 25% of the total weight! [Read more…]

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Food Storage in Buckets with Mylar Bags

The other night I was sealing some food stuffs in mylar bags and mentioned it to a friend of mine via email. His first question was: “Why bags and not buckets?” I quickly whipped off the reply that the food would last longer in mylar bags, and that they were going in buckets shortly as well.

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