Saturday, November 14, 2009

#10 cans vs. Mylar pouches

One disadvantage of Mylar pouches is what to do with the product after you’ve opened the pouch.  I’ve found it difficult to store an open Mylar bag of dry milk in my cupboard without dry milk ending up everywhere.  I’m currently rotating out some dry milk I canned a couple years ago and my solution has been to pour the dry milk into a large plastic bin with a lid. However it seems the quantity of milk in the pouch is always a little more than the size of the bin and pouring the milk into the bin often results in a light dusting of sticky dry milk on the counter.

My new solution is to can all of my products in #10 cans.  The product doesn’t need to be transferred to a new container and when your done you might even be able to repurpose the can. 

Now what to do with all my pouches of dry milk.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Storage Conditions



As I've been storing food for the past few years, a few of the things I've worried about are rodents, insects or water destroying my hard work. To avoid having pests or water destroy your hard work here are some tips.

First, store food in containers that are bug proof. Plastic containers are good and any other container that can keep the food smell away from critters. Also, keep the area where you store food clean as possible and do any prep work away from the storage area.

Second, resources on the Internet suggest to keep your food dry and as cool as possible. Usually a basement or cellar would work best for these conditions. Keep food off the floor to allow for breathability. I'm assuming if you have a water leak you'd likely still lose some things so an auto-shutoff valve when water is detected may be just the item to have installed. Online you can pick one up for around $100, and it could definitely be worth a lot more than that in savings to your house and storage.

My third tip is to use what you store. If you're just storing food to use in 30 years or whenever disaster strikes, you might find that your food just wasn't stored properly, but 30 years too late. I think it's best to keep food you use, rotate food you have and set up a replacement schedule so that you can buy things on sale, and use them later. I also think that you should have your minimal threshold of food storage, and keep a small reserve beyond that to allow time to replace what you use and always have your desired level of storage on hand.

Sources

Provident Living - Storage Conditions

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rotating Food Storage - Powdered Milk

Many families go through milk by the gallon and ours is pretty close. I think we average just under a gallon per day. In order to keep up with this demand, and have adequate food storage, we use powdered milk for everything.

Storage


Powdered milk stored under normal conditions only keeps it's nutritional value for about 1-2 years. Canning the milk can increase the shelf-life significantly when done right. If milk is stored properly, in a cool, dry place at temperatures 75 degrees F or lower, you may be able to store it for up to 20 years.

But my kids won't drink it


If you can't totally replace your need for fresh milk then you can mix fresh and powdered milk 50/50 or you could just use powdered milk when you're cooking. I notice very little difference in taste between eating a bowl of sugar-o-s with fresh or powdered milk. A tall glass of fresh milk does taste different but if you get a decent quality powdered milk it's not too bad. You could also add chocolate powder to help make it more palatable. Storing milk can be great for food storage needs and if you can find a way to use and rotate it you'll save money and your bill for fresh milk will go down as well.

Sources



  1. Survival-Center.com

  2. Family Home Storage