Learned my lesson when I had to toss about 8 boxes of instant brown rice I had stored in a closet. Was surprised how fast it went rancid. Now I buy only white rice for long-term storage.Brown rice does not last long. White a good 20 yrs. I never stock brown rice. Might last 3 yrs max.
I have had pineapple in pop top cans blow the lid completely off in the floor, just a couple of years old.And yet... I bought pop top cans of fruit (peaches, pears and fruit cocktail) at Aldi in 2014... we used the last cans in 2020... never had a failure.
I do suspect they wouldn't tolerate much rough handling or drops without compromising the seal. But I was surprisingly happy with them.
I agree about the oils. Just a fyi solid Crisco will keep for a very long time. I talked to the company many years ago and they said it had an indefinite shelf life. Yeah i know it is not the healthiest stuff, but it fry's well . Oil is very important in your diet.Consider oils, pbutter, Mayo, ghee, tallow, bacon grease, even crisco…Fats are hard to store but you do need them.
I don’t have hot weather issues so your storage may need a different plan than mine. I have space in the house but I also have a 40’ conex…..and other places. If you have a pressure canner, you could can up some meats, veg, meals. Or learn to dehydrate some of those frozen veg (in a dehydrator or in your oven) to store ahead.
You can dehydrate frozen veggies. We do it several times a year when they go on sale. Dehydration then packed in the food sealerBear in mind that you should stock canned products that would cover for being unable to get fresh food. What do you eat that’s fresh? Then stock up on those things in cans. Don’t count on frozen either. Three days without electricity and you want have any fresh/frozen food.
Got power for much longer than that. I also have the resources to can the contents of the freezer if necessary.You can dehydrate frozen veggies. We do it several times a year when they go on sale. Dehydration then packed in the food sealer
having a freezer full of food in a real shtf is like Dennis said good for 3 days or less if you keep opening the door. Not a particularly good survival plan
There's so, so much you can do with powdered milk, besides making milk, of course.Powdered milk has a place in my cupboard.
During the famine you had to convert from Catholic and anglicise your name, as you ate your thin soup you would receive Anglican sermons and diatribes against the Catholic faith and Irish nationalism.During the Depression, a worker went to the homes of people who applied for aid. The family had to stand outside while the worker looked over, under, and through every possession, every room, and every outbuilding to make sure they didn't have so much as a can of peas.
The worker told me it was the most shameful job ever, but they had kids to feed too.
Same concept, you get it?
Commercially canned chicken and fish - ham that doesn't require refrigeration, really hard to find. Pork and turkey I can. Beef? Too expensive. In our house it's a treat.What do you non been eaters like to store?
I believe vacu-sealing is also an option which basically keeps out moisture and bugs.Store the flour in the freezer or it could turn.
If I put barbeque or curry sauce on it? Even my picky family will eat it. For really mushy canned veg mash them and hide them in the spaghetti sauce or use them to thicken stews. Yes I'm that devious.Some people can't make themselves gag down commercially canned veg, meat, fruit or even dried pasta.
Dried pasta and white rice may outlast a lot of marriages. Yes I know its has all the nutrition of shredded cardboard. Its stodge. It fills the empty places. I've been staying away from the blocks of ramen soup because they've been going rancid before we can eat them.Whole grains sound great in theory but don't last - they go rancid pretty fast unless you refrigerate or freeze them.
I just tossed a bag of brown rice I got at the beginning of the pandemic (while expecting exactly what we are facing now - supply chain disruption) . It smelled really ungood lol.
Black pepper as pepper CORNS stores indefinitely. GROUND, not so much.Black pepper in bulk. Marco Polo trecked thousands of miles across mountains and desert to find a route to the Spice Islands. The spice he sought,was black pepper. Mid evil food was often nasty, and pepper made it taste not as nasty.
I don't drink milk usually. Primary uses are in baking bread and making gravy. Wife uses it as a coffee creamer.There's so, so much you can do with powdered milk, besides making milk, of course.
Bulkfoods.com has whole pepper corn in black, pink, green and white. I usually buy the black restaurant grind and store in quart Mason jars with an O2 absorber. I have a bunch from 2008 that is just fine. I also have whole pepper corns. 5 lbs of ground pepper is $30. I probably have a total of 30 lbs put up. All the dried bulk spices and veggies I have put up in Mason jars, most are over 10 years old now, and have good color, and taste. I use them most everyday. My spice rack is about 20 quart Mason jars.Black pepper as pepper CORNS stores indefinitely. GROUND, not so much.
You can find a Black/white/red pepper mix of corns in some grinders as well as some bottles to refill grinders.
Macgyver you might already know this, but in case anyone reading the thread doesn't, it's very easy and quick to make ghee, and far more economical than buying it in the store. Every now & then butter is on sale for $1.99 a lb around here, so when it is I buy the limit and toss it in the freezer till I use it or make ghee with it - so you see, ghee can be made cheaply whereas it sells for around $9 and up in the stores.Definitely going to add ghee and more crisco to the stock pile.
The question you need to answer is, was the pop-top tab disturbed? If so, that would explain the lid opening.Bought a couple of medium-sized cans of Dinty Moore beef stew with the pop top lids at Walmart. Stacked one on top of the other to conserve conveyor belt space only to find that the lid came off a can when the checker was checking me out. What a mess! Plus I noticed she charged me for both cans when I got home and checked the receipt!!