It’s been a little while since I’ve posted something strictly “Food Storage” related, and I thought it was about time to return to my purpose for this blog: talking about food storage (why you need it, how much you need, and how to build it without going broke).
Today, I started packaging food for long term storage. I bought several different kinds of grain (in bulk), so I can expand my repertoire, but I know I won’t use it all within the next year, so I need to repackage it for long term storage. How does one do that at home? I think one of the easiest ways is to use a mylar bag and an oxygen absorber. While not every food can be stored in mylar bags long term, most grains and beans do very well. In fact, some can have a shelf life of 30 years or more if properly packaged and stored. I’m not planning on keeping all of this food for 30 years, but I like knowing that I have a good amount of time to use it.
So how did I do it? I started with fresh, high quality ingredients: Ezekiel Mix and Popcorn. Popcorn is pretty self-explanatory. Most people know what that is, but many people have never heard of Ezekiel mix, which is used to make Ezekiel bread (see it here). Ezekiel Bread is made from a mixture of grains and legumes that form a complete protein. The recipe is from an Old Testament scripture (Ezekiel 4:9) which reads: “Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles [lentils], and millet, and fitches [spelt], and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof… three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.”
I have bought Ezekiel bread before, and I like it, but it’s pretty pricy around here at $6 a loaf. As one who can make bread (see my favorite sandwich bread recipe here), I believed I could make my own, and I’ve wanted to make my own Ezekiel bread for some time. I was able to find most of the ingredients pretty easily, except for spelt. So, I decided to buy a pre-mixed Ezekiel mix. And there I was with 50 pounds of Ezekiel mix, buckets, 5-gallon mylar bags, and oxygen absorbers. Here’s how I packaged it for long term storage.
Repackaging food is not for everyone. I don’t do it for everything I buy. In fact, I often buy them already packaged in buckets with mylar bags. (Emergency Essentials, my giveaway sponsor, has a HUGE selection of food packaged for long term storage.) But this time I wanted to try some of the new grains I purchased (kamut, amaranth, spelt, and more), so I opted to buy the grains in short-term packaging knowing I would put most of it in mylar bags and buckets for long term storage.
Have you ever used mylar bags and oxygen absorbers to repackage your food?
If so, do you have any tips for me or my readers?
If not, do you think you will try it now that you’ve seen me do it?
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Laurel Laurie Staten Nguyen Newhall, CA