Even if you are just hearing about “prepping” for the first time there is no way to miss hearing about the importance of storing food. Food storage is one of the focal points of every Prepper household.
Ultimately a food supply of 1 yr (per person) is the goal for my family. We have put together a nice pantry of canned foods so far and about XXX 50lbs bulk bags of rice and beans which are heaped into a pile in our “food closet”. We have a few cases of mason jars for canning, but no pressure sealer as of yet.
I find myself saying over and over “we need to prioritize here”!
This stuff all needs to be stored properly. It matters where the bulk items are stored. Temperature makes a huge difference in the life of your food. Bulk food also needs to be oxygen regulated.
So, do I spend the $100 + on a pressure sealer for the canning jars I have not used yet or do I invest in some less expensive containers for my bulk food to be sure the food I have piled up is properly stored.
My answer, BUY THE PRESSURE SEALER!
You may think I’ve lost my mind suggesting that you go ahead and spend your hard earned (and even harder saved money) on the more expensive items but…we have found a way to put “prepping on a budget” to good use.
I use the pressure sealer as an example of course, it could be anything you have on your “ta buy” list. Or cheaper still would be to use the “hot/water bath” method of sealing the jars.
Bulk food items are best stored in #2 food containers, (It’ll actually have a 2 on the bottom) or buckets. These come in a variety of sizes, 2 gallon – to 10 gallon . Most commonly you will find the 5 gallon buckets. If you had to buy let’s say 10 of these food grade storage buckets you’d be looking at easily $10 each. That’s right, $50 just for the buckets to store the bulk food that didn’t even cost you $50 to buy in the first place!
The solution: go to your local grocery store, walk right up to the bakery section (provided your store has one) and simply ask the person behind the counter if they have any empty ICING buckets they can give you. It’s that simple. I ask every time I go to our local store and 4 out of 5 times I will get 1 to 3 buckets a trip.
Now, more often than not I am given 2 gallon buckets but, if I catch them on the right day before the buckets are thrown out, I can come home with the 5 gallon buckets as well. We just asked what the best day and time is to come by and ask for the buckets. They have no problem giving them away. The buckets are garbage to them once the icing for the donuts or cakes has been used up.
We now have a food grade stack of free storage buckets to start putting or bulk food in. You will however need to bite the bullet and spend a little bit on Mylar bags and oxygen inserts to keep your food fresh. This will prevent worms / bugs/ bacteria growth in your food.
So there you have it. Go ahead and put something else in place of storage buckets on your priority list.
Just ask and ye shall receive!“Don’t forget to ask them to give you the lids to the buckets. As long as the lids are still intact and the outer seal isn’t broken anywhere, the lids are still fine to use. Just wash both buckets and lids very well before using. *