There are several different types of bulk food storage containers that you can use when storing your dry food and grain.
You’ll want to use food grade storage containers. Here are three different types of containers:
We usually use the four, five, and six gallon buckets. You can buy smaller buckets if you have smaller items. Here are some benefits when using buckets.
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Bulk food storage containers can be kept right in your pantry. The plastic buckets are hard to open and seal each time you need to use them, so you can use a gamma lid. The outer ring stays on the bucket and the middle section easily screws on and off. Just keep refilling the gamma ring bucket when it's empty. See picture at the top of the page.
#10 cans are great bulk food storage containers. You can get them at the LDS cannery. They have all the needed equipment. The cannery is a non-profit organization and has low prices on bulk food storage. Visitors Welcome.
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Here are a few points to consider when using Mylar bags as bulk food storage containers:
How do insects get into your airtight bulk food storage containers. Sometimes there are insect larvae or eggs in the grain when you store it. When the insects mature, you have bugs in your grain. Here are three different ways to handle the bug problem:
Oxygen Absorbers take the oxygen out of the container so that the insects can’t survive.
The 2,000 cc oxygen absorbers are used with the 5-gallon Mylar Bags. The 300 cc oxygen absorbers are used with the 1-gallon Mylar Bags or #10 cans.
I don’t suggest using oxygen absorbers with plastic buckets because it decreases the pressure in the buckets. This causes the air to flow through the pores of the bucket at a faster rate.
Dry Ice is a very economical way to fumigate your dry food before storing it in bulk food storage containers.
Without oxygen the bugs can’t live.
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Diatomaceous Earth is my favorite method to use. It takes more time and is a little more expensive.
Seeds are living organisms and need air. If you take the air out of the bulk food storage containers, the seeds will eventually die.
Instead of removing the air from the container, the D. Earth kills the insects without any harm to humans, plants, and animals. D. Earth is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells that are crushed into a powder. The D. Earth cuts up the insects skin. The insect dries up and dies.
Thoroughly mix the D. Earth into the grain. Use 3/4 cup - 1 cup of D. Earth for every 5 gallon bucket. Wear gloves when working with D. Earth because it dries out your skin.
Eating a tablespoon of D. Earth every day has positive health benefits for humans.
This is the grain mill that I've used for the last 20 years. It works great. I have some other grain mills as a back up, but I haven't used them yet. This one is still going strong.
If you're looking for a quality non-electric grain mill, this is a good choice. It easily adjusts from fine to coarse and grinds virtually all dry grains and legumes, including wheat, corn, beans, peas and amaranth.
The most important part of bulk food storage is getting your food. If you're looking for an inexpensive hand mill. This will work. It will not produce a superfine flour. It works OK for bread. You'll want to have some sort of hand grain mill in case of a power outage.
Dehydrated and freeze-dried food can add a lot of variety and nutrition to your basic bulk food storage. Check out the fruits, vegetables, legumes, and meat substitute.
Water is even more important than food. Think ahead. What are you going to do if you can't get clean drinking water?
There are many ways to purify your water. Here are a few different methods: