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Storing Rice and Beans
#11
Honestly, the best price I've seen on lids is from Costco where they have a 12pack of lids with O2 absorbers for $85.99 +free shipping. Buckets, any new white HDPE bucket will do, but you can order 3, 5 and 7 gallon buckets that will take the lids from Baytec Containers, but shipping on them is kind of high.

Check out this thread for links to both of those: http://www.pa2a.org/thread-website-for-supplies
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#12
streaker69;18070 Wrote:Honestly, the best price I've seen on lids is from Costco where they have a 12pack of lids with O2 absorbers for $85.99 +free shipping. Buckets, any new white HDPE bucket will do, but you can order 3, 5 and 7 gallon buckets that will take the lids from Baytec Containers, but shipping on them is kind of high.

Check out this thread for links to both of those: http://www.pa2a.org/thread-website-for-supplies

Thanks, streaker!
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#13
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 your family really likes rice and beans please disregard this post.Big Grin

You make a good point. Before I even got into storing food, I learned the valuable lesson from a podcast to "eat what you store and store what you eat."

My family likes rice and beans, although, I am trying to get some variety (canned veggies and fruit, mac and cheese, pasta, etc.). Rice and beans just seem to offer the cheapest calorie to $ ratio, and since I don't have a lot of $, I am trying to store more rice and beans.
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#14
Keep what ever you are storing in a 'dark' place.
Try to keep temperature steady and on the cool side.
So --- dry, cool, dark, like a basement would be good.
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#15
Okay - so what *is* a "gamma-sealed bucket"?
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#16
Johannes_Paulsen;29584 Wrote:Okay - so what *is* a "gamma-sealed bucket"?

One of these:

[Image: Gamma-Seal-lid.gif]

It's a two piece lid that fits on 3, 5 and 7 gallon buckets and creates an airtight seal. They can be fairly easily opened and closed.
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#17
Is there a particular type of rice that is better for storage? I see several varieties at the Farmers' Market and really don't know which to acquire.



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#18
Make sure you freeze your dry goods for at least 48 to kill off any insect eggs. I do it for pasta, rice, beans, sugar, salt, and flour. Also cans are often times the most cost effective solution to long term (5 year) storage.
Don't forget the salt!
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