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Tips for Long-term Storage of Food in 5 Gal. Buckets

Learn these tips for long term storage of food in 5 gallon buckets. If you are like a lot of folks these days worried about the way the world in heading. With all the things going on in politics, immigration and always talk of conflict it parts of the world, I think a lot of us have a higher sense of anxiety.

Then add in the sky rocketing prices of food, housing and fuel and it seems pretty obvious we might just have reasons to be a bit anxious. For some of us that are anxious we like get proactive and prepare a little bit for emergencies. While most of us have no way to control politics or gas prices we can put a little extra food away for a rainy day.  I have always tried to keep some extra dry goods at home just in case.

Tips for Long-term Storage of Food in 5 Gal. Buckets

You never know when a tornado or blizzard may keep you trapped at home for a few days and if the electric is out the food in the fridge, if there is some is not going to stay good for long.      There are other times when some extra may help see you through a rough patch. I know my husband was laid off once for months and we were scrimping to get through the wait for a call back. Luckily I had buckets of beans and rice and other  foods that store well in the house. So while we didn’t have eat very much other than canned meats and fish we did have plenty of food and never went a single day without a meal.

So sometimes it is not about prepping for the end of the world but maybe just the end of our own little part of the world as we know it on a usual day.  It is always a good idea to have at least 2 or 3 months of food stored for a just in case something happens scenario. The nice thing about foods that store long is that they are usually the lest expensive foods as well. Dried beans, lentils, rice along with dried fruits and vegetables can make pots of soups and stews with are very filling and also pretty balanced in nutrition as well.

You could start buy buying just a pound or 2 per grocery shopping trip or 5 or six cans of meat or fish. Spending just 5 to 10 extra dollars a week for these items and storing them will let you build a good supply with out taking a big  chunk out of your paycheck. You may be very thankful that you did someday.   From my own experience you can get you 5 gallon buckets pretty much anywhere. I bought mine from Ace hardware. I did get rid of the snap down lids on them though because they go on so tight you need a tool to get them off. I try to use and replace my food stores so they are always pretty fresh and as we eat beans and rice a lot anyway it is not a hardship for us. But because I need to ope my buckets often I replaced the snap down lids with Gamma seal lids. These are so much easier to open and I can do it myself since  they just screw open and closed. You also need oxygen absorbers and mylar bags for when you first fill a bucket if it will be sitting for a while. Oxygen affects food over time so this helps keep it much fresher than just dumping the food into a plastic bucket.

Great tips for Long-term Storage of Food in 5 Gal. Buckets by FletchBZMMT

Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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