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Storing Rice and Beans
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So I am somewhat new to prepping. I have building up my pantry over the past month or so, but need advice on storage methods. I do not have a food saver, nor do I have any other type of vacuum that would allow me to properly seal mylar bags.

Would I be able to use a 5 gallon bucket with a Gamma lid and O2 absorbers so that I don't have to buy expensive machinery? If not, is there any other way I can avoid investing in some kind of vacuum system (I am not being cheap, I just don't have the money for it right now)?
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That's what I've been doing is putting them in gamma sealed buckets with O2 absorbers and desiccant. I haven't had any signs of spoilage. But I'm not storing my stuff for the 5 to 20 year mark. I go through the stuff that I have in buckets and refill as necessary.
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streaker69;16061 Wrote:That's what I've been doing is putting them in gamma sealed buckets with O2 absorbers and desiccant. I haven't had any signs of spoilage. But I'm not storing my stuff for the 5 to 20 year mark. I go through the stuff that I have in buckets and refill as necessary.
Never stored my beans in anything more than a zip lock bag. We currently have 60+ lbs stored. Have never had rice sit long enough to worry about having to store it. My mom would store it in an air tight soda cracker tin since I was 5 or so. My wife does it now too.
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Spacemanvic;16364 Wrote:
streaker69;16061 Wrote:That's what I've been doing is putting them in gamma sealed buckets with O2 absorbers and desiccant. I haven't had any signs of spoilage. But I'm not storing my stuff for the 5 to 20 year mark. I go through the stuff that I have in buckets and refill as necessary.
Never stored my beans in anything more than a zip lock bag. We currently have 60+ lbs stored. Have never had rice sit long enough to worry about having to store it. My mom would store it in an air tight soda cracker tin since I was 5 or so. My wife does it now too.

Have you tried the rice that's been stored since you were 5? Wink
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streaker69;16365 Wrote:
Spacemanvic;16364 Wrote:Never stored my beans in anything more than a zip lock bag. We currently have 60+ lbs stored. Have never had rice sit long enough to worry about having to store it. My mom would store it in an air tight soda cracker tin since I was 5 or so. My wife does it now too.

Have you tried the rice that's been stored since you were 5? Wink

Knowing my mom, probably!
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Thanks for the replies guys.

I am trying to get some storage foods prepped for long-term storage, like 5-10 years or longer. I want to be able to have a decent stash of food that is separate from the pantry, that I don't have to keep rotating every few months.
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badey;16980 Wrote:Thanks for the replies guys.

I am trying to get some storage foods prepped for long-term storage, like 5-10 years or longer. I want to be able to have a decent stash of food that is separate from the pantry, that I don't have to keep rotating every few months.

The absolute best method is to do the mylar bags, where you replace any O2 in there with nitrogen and then heat seal the bags. That's about the only way you're going to get storage for that length of time. Even then, you're going to still have to store them in a cool dry place.
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Streaker gave some good advise about the storage. I just have one question. Will your family eat beans and rice in large quanities? Some people start to think about prepping and the first thing they hear is "rice and beans...rice and beans". While they are a very good source of nutrition not everyone will eat them. My suggestion is track what your family eats in a regular week and try to store those items. Most things can be bought in the can and cans can last for a few years. That is a good way to start, buy what you eat and rotate regularly. It is cost efective and much less wastefull.

If your family really likes rice and beans please disregard this post.Big Grin
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mpan72;17843 Wrote:Streaker gave some good advise about the storage. I just have one question. Will your family eat beans and rice in large quanities? Some people start to think about prepping and the first thing they hear is "rice and beans...rice and beans". While they are a very good source of nutrition not everyone will eat them. My suggestion is track what your family eats in a regular week and try to store those items. Most things can be bought in the can and cans can last for a few years. That is a good way to start, buy what you eat and rotate regularly. It is cost efective and much less wastefull.

If you're hungry, and there is nothing else available, you'll praise God you have Rice and Beans to eat.
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Which vendor is the best to purchase gamma sealed buckets?
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