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In A Nutshell, Helpful information.
In a Nutshell, what you need in order to survive through hard times or in an emergency includes Clean Air, Water, Food, Shelter, Communications and First Aid Supplies. Short-term emergency preparedness is recommended by the Department of Homeland Security. For preparation for long-term disruptions in electricity, transportation, foodstuffs or rising prices; we have assembled a wide variety of basic living requirements and materials. These could enable you to live through prolonged disruptions in basic services for up to 4 years or longer. Pages with shopping cart added are HERE.
Foods Packed in Regular Buckets, Super Pails, #10 large cans, #2.5 small Cans
* Storage Conditions -- Packed without oxygen (as in our Super Pails (SP) which have the foods packed in thick Mylar Bags, 4mil thick, with oxygen absorbers added. The lined, absorbed foods are placed in a food grade plastic, FDA approved 6 gallon bucket with a Gasket Lid, hammered in place forming a secondary airtight seal). All Buckets RB and SP have a handle for lifting the buckets. Regular Buckets (RB) are foods packed in a food grade 6 gallon bucket with oxygen absorbers added and a gasket lid forming an airtight seal is hammered into place, #10 cans, #2.5 cans, Mylar Bags, with an airtight seal, Cooler 70 degrees F. or , dry and dark – out of direct sunlight. (RB is not recommended for long-term storage, because of possible loss of bucket integrity due to pliability of buckets, denting and cracking; thus exposing the foods to oxygen prematurely. If the bucket integrity holds, then the foods would be preserved for a longer period of time.) We recommend RB storage, if you are looking for a 3-5 year shelf life, but do not guarantee the integrity of the buckets longer than a few years. All number 10 cans and size number 2.5 cans are double enameled inside and out with oxygen absorbers in each can. Each comes with a snap on lid for use after opening. Number 10 Large Cans all have ingredients lists, serving information and reconstitution instructions as well as nutritional information on each can!
If you are storing buckets, then although many say you may stack them 4 on top of each other. It is better to build shelving and let the shelf hold the weight of one row of buckets. This can be done inexpensively, with wood and concrete blocks. RB and SP Buckets are approximately 18" tall and 12" in Diameter at the top. Allow at least an inch between buckets. Do not let you food supply sit on the ground.
Store at 68 degrees F. or cooler! The cooler the storage, the longer the shelf life. Store in a cool, dry, dark place out of direct sunlight. 60 degrees is optimal, 65 degrees is good and 70 degrees is starting to get warm.
The number 1 destroyer of foods is oxygen, by the process of oxidation. Next is heat, then light and humidity. Oily foods (such as soybeans, flax, sesame seeds, coffee and nuts) also face rapid rancidity issues. Store cool, dry and dark for the longest possible shelf life.
Shelf Life of foods packed in Regular Buckets (RB), Super Pails (SP), #10 Large Cans and #2.5 Small Cans
A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE
1-2 year : Nuts, Super Nutty Granola, Flax Seed, Brown Rice, 2 yr. Instant Yeast, Soy Beans, Flour, and Vegetable Oils. Call for Vegetable Oil information! Store just as cold as possible. Items beginning with one letter, followed by 3 numerals that are listed as: Cookie Mixes, Muffin Mixes, Biscuit Mixes, Pancake Mixes and Waffle Mixes have had the oxygen absorber removed (it was reacting to the leavening); therefore the shelf life is one year on these items and store cool and dry!
years: Cheese, Mixes containing same, Hi moisture fruits
(less than 12%), Banana Chips,
Egg Noodles, Molasses
and Sour Cream Powder. (This may
be conservative since our suppliers state you can get 10 years on these
products at 65 degrees or cooler.)
(This may be conservative since our suppliers state you can get 10 years on these products at 65 degrees or cooler.)
5-7 year: Wet pack Real Meats , Whole Eggs, Egg Whites, packed in thick Mylar Bags with Oxygen Absorbers added, stored at 68 degrees F. or cooler.
year life: Non-fat powdered Milk, Flaked grains, 6 Way, Soft Grain -- Rye, Barley, Oats, Rolled
Oats, Quinoa, Ezekiel Mixes, Rolled Oats, Quick Rolled Oats, Oat Groats,
Barley and TVP or
Imitation Meats made from defatted Soy Beans.
years: Vegetables, low moisture fruits (3%) FD, Corn (dries
out after 10 years, can still be made into cornmeal),
Germade (cream of wheat), Dehydrated Non-Fat
Milk, Apple Flakes, Peach Dices,
Fruit Galaxy; Pasta (except egg noodles) Beans (they are still
nutritious, but after 10 years they dry out and will not cook up right
– can still be ground into flour for making soups, dips and pastes
like refried beans, etc.)
years: Hard grains: Millet, Hard Red Wheat, Kamut, Durum, Soft White
Wheat, Spelt, Buckwheat, Hard White Wheat, Triticale, - (hybrid, high protein
14% when harvested, then drops to 12% protein after one year of
storage), Salt, Brown Sugar, White Sugar, White Rice and Honey (warm up slowly, if it
Note: You may get a longer shelf life than this! If foods look good, smell good and taste good, then they are good! In an emergency situation, even if foods are or have begun to discolor, then boil them in boiling water for 20 minutes, you will still get some nutrition from them and boiling will kill any bacteria in the foods.
Definitions -- FEMA refers to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Clean Air can be accomplished by filters, gas masks, and isolating a space and purifying the air within that space. Clean Air -- Duct Tape, Plastic Sheeting, Gas Masks, Air Filters and Purifiers.
Water -- According to the Homeland Security Office at www.ready.gov, the amount of drinking water needed per day per person is one gallon for emergency preparedness.
One year food supplies can be found:
Short term food supplies can be found:
Dehydrated Foods can be found:
Emergency Cooling -- See,
Emergency Preparedness --
Food Processing Equipment
Non-Hybrid Seeds and Related Items
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Revised: October 22, 2012 .