Introduction: Long Term Food Storage
With continuing rumors of war, hurricanes, great earthquakes in divers places, famines, and pestilences... I thought it was a good time to start my long term food storage supply.
While it is recommended that everyone have a 72-hour supply (See www.ready.gov), I wanted a little more.
These 5 gallon buckets each contain 25 lbs of rice, 4 lbs of beans, honey, salt, water purification chemicals, coffee filters, and matches and a fire starter. While not necessarily a well-balanced meal, surely will save you from starvation for quite a while.
Step 1: Assemble Materials
25 lbs rice
4 lbs beans
5 gallon food-safe bucket
5 gallon Mylar bag and 2000 CC oxygen absorber.
Step 2: Assemble Bucket
I placed the rice into the Mylar bag.
On top of this I placed the beans in their original package. I pierced the bean bags to allow the oxygen to flow through the bag without spilling the beans (pun intended).
I then place an O2 obsorber into the Mylar bag and seal it using a towel wrapped around a board and ironing the bag closed.
I then place the honey, spa shock (in a zip lock bag), fire starter, matches, and instructions on using the spa shock (in a separate zip lock bag), and salt (also in a separate zip lock bag) into the bucket on top of the Mylar bag.
Step 3: Label and Store the Bucket
I then label the contents of each bucket and store the buckets in a cool dry basement.
This storage method should hold the food safe to eat for nearly 30 years.
Hopefully we will never need them!