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Prepper Pantry Problems – How To Store Food Long Term Prepping Stockpile

Prepper Pantry Problems – How To Store Food Long Term Prepping Stockpile

prepper food pantry problems how to store food so it will last which foods last longest how to tell if canned food is safe to eat hi it’s AlaskaGranny Alaska Prepper properly stored
food should last for years but storage conditions are rarely ideal so you want
to make sure that you’re always inspecting your food storage prepper long term food
storage is something that comes in steps we need to gather food inspect it rotate
it and resupply the food there are some definite prepper pantry long term food storage problems that I’ve
encountered and I thought if I share my problems with you perhaps you can make
sure that you don’t encounter the same problems too
the first problem I have with food storage is there’s so much food that I end up with foods
becoming expired a lot of foods it doesn’t matter if they become expired
they’re still good to eat for a while but foods that are way expired can become
rotten and no good they’re a waste of your food storage dollars and they’re
taking up valuable pantry storage space where you could be storing emergency food and supplies things that are useful I have
had peanut butter that actually was rancid it got pushed in the back it was
several years old I opened it up it looked fine but it smelled disgusting so
it was wasted luckily it was only one small jar I’ve also had some macaroni
and cheese that got put back in an out of the way cabinet and the macaroni is
always going to be okay but several years expired macaroni and cheese the
little cheese packets are rotten I’ve stored lots of canned fruits and I have
had cans that have exploded one of the worst canned fruits to store has been pineapple it’s exploded
several times as have foods fruits like things like canned peaches
you want to look carefully over your food storage canned goods and make sure none of the
cans of food are bulging and I’ve actually had the pop tops blow out on some of my cans of
pineapple and then it makes a huge mess in the cabinet the fruits were never
very expired they were expired but not very much and so I was really surprised
that they were not as long-lasting as other canned foods which have been very
good lasting way beyond the sell by best by expiration date you need to be extra careful of your way outdated foods try to buy
enough food that you don’t have so much you don’t rotate it in the proper amount
of time another problem I’ve had with my food
storage is pantry bugs getting in dry packaged grains flour noodles cereal cornmeal pantry bugs exist in all kinds
of grains so one of the things you can do is when you bring home packages of flour muffin mixes cereal pasta boxed dinners pancake mix it home stick it in
the freezer for a few days and that’ll kill any weevils that are naturally
living in the wheat products if you live in a warm climate one of the things you
want to do before you even buy dried food shelf stable food products is look over the packages in
the store because sometimes you can see that there is something in there already
because it’s been in the store too long look on the shelf make sure there is no
evidence of any infestation on the shelf look over the package and always check
the sell-by freshness expiration date before you put anything in your cart and
in your pantry water storage is also important I’ve had disintegrating small
water bottles and if the bottle is disintegrating it means the chemicals in
the plastic container are likely being contaminated into the water
don’t buy foods you’re not going to use don’t buy so much that you can’t rotate
it and especially be careful of mixed foods things like salad dressings
mayonnaises creamy sauces they just don’t last very
long in food storage pantries stockpiles store as close to single ingredients foods long term as you can vinegar
honey sugar oil rather than combinations of those vinegar is going to last
practically forever oil may be two years so if you buy a salad dressing it’s not
going to last as long as single ingredient food items when it comes to storing jars
of food whether it’s home canned or from the store you want to make sure that you
keep that jars of food in a dark place if the contents are exposed to light they tend
to discolor check to make sure the seals on the jars of food are still tight there’s no leakage no
foam no bubbles inside you’re canned and jarred goods food wipe your
shelves down regularly to make sure that your food is clean and safe the most
important thing to remember with food storage is to gather it inspect it
rotate it and replace it gather enough food so that you know your family will always
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18 thoughts on “Prepper Pantry Problems – How To Store Food Long Term Prepping Stockpile”

  1. Another insightful video full of great common sense advise that we all over look at times. I look foward to each installment. Many Thanks

  2. Funny you mention this. Monday I will be emptying our walk-in pantry, throwing items away and cleaning it-again! I had a plastic shoe box of small mixes, like gravy. Pantry bugs got into the box, destroying even the new packages. Ugh! They really went after the spaghetti sauce! So far, the bugs seem to be contained to the shoe box but have to check it all.

    I wonder what the shelf life would be if I vacuum sealed these types of mixes and stored them in the freezer?

  3. Great video good to actually see .. I had out dated cans , but will have to go through it again .. what about single package of oatmeal , will they rot ?

  4. thank you for this video i have quite a few cans of pineapple, i will eat those soon and replace with another type of fruit

  5. I am sorry you have had these issues. I heard that the pop top cans are not as secure as the ones we open with a can opener. That means shelf life will probably be less. So far I have not had any problems but I do take several precautions. All flours, grains, beans, and Rice's go into the freezer. I put most of these items in Mason jars and large airtight containers. I place a bay leaf in each jar. Even sugars and other shelf stable items get bay leaves or at least some on the shelves. I even place bay leaves in my spice cabinet. So far, fingers crossed, all clear. I also have pantry moth traps. Glorified scotch tape with a scent. Haha. At least if I find one I know to take action. I have heard water can leak from plastic bottles because they were never made to be long term. We preppers did that. I place all water bottles in plastic totes or even just the bottom of an under bed bin. At least if any explode hopefully it will be contained. I live in Maine and our basement is cool, dry and dark. All long term food is stored in cabinets to keep it in a dark place. We work so hard trying to provide for our families that we need to take every precaution to save our food. Thank you for this valuable information.

  6. This is why i went heavy on freeze dried # 10 cans. The upfront cost is high but i can store it away and forget about it. I cook fresh and don't use can or boxed foods so rotation is not an option for me. I keep a small amount of canned goods that i donate to the food bank when the best by date rolls around.

  7. Those are some great ideas and I have food now which need to be thrown out. I have packets of barbeque sauce which came with some chicken and I cooked the chicken without using the sauce and now some are changing colors and I have to throw them out also as I don't bake my chicken wings with the sauce.

  8. Thank you for actually putting out accurate information. I see so many "cringe worthy" food storage videos these days, it's refreshing when I see one like this.

  9. Hi, Alaska Granny. This was a very informative video and people could learn a lot by applying what you teach. One point that stood out to me is not to buy/store too much. I am on a month long personal freezer-pantry challenge. Many would think I didn't have much to begin with, but it is eye opening to see how far food will actually stretch. I cook from scratch and eat two good meals and a snack. I think a lot of food is or will be wasted because people buy, buy, buy, but they don't use. Or they buy huge quantities of one item they don't normally use and it just sits there. Anyway, thank you for an excellent tutorial. (:

  10. Thank you for the video.
    Great advice.
    I'm not very big on cans myself. I prefer the home canned in mason jars. And right now I'm big on the dehydration. And even that stuff ends up in mason jars in a vacuum with an oxygen absorber. I really shoot for the long term if I "can". AGGHHH!!!!
    Three large celery stalks fit into a pint jar when dehydrated. Blew me away when I fit three pounds of carrots into a half pint after drying. It was a tight fit though.
    Came across canned peas for .50 cents a tin and couldn't help myself. I had to buy some. And I can't seem to can mushrooms as cheap as I can buy them canned. I do have a whack of mushrooms dehydrated though, .. and frozen.
    It's the high acid stuff that eats the metal can so I avoid it and buy as much as possible in glass. A lot of spaghetti sauce eh?
    If I could find some #10 cans of Tomato Paste, I'd open them and re-can in glass into smaller portions. I'm looking into tomato powder too. It will be easier when I rig myself a solar powered dehydrator, I'd do my own tomato powder then. As it is, we have cases of home canned tomatoes in glass mason jars.
    So I do have some cans in my long term, the obligatory cans of Spam, Tuna, and canned Ham. But the vast majority of cans are in our regular house pantry. Cases of evaporated milk, cases of condensed soups. And then a mish mash of everything else. This is always being rotated.
    All the best to you and yours.

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