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How to Store Food Long-Term without Spoilage

How to Store Food Long-Term without Spoilage

After water, food is the next most significant item for anyone. It is possible to survive for weeks whith no food, however energy levels, cognitive thinking and overall health will decline at an ever increasing rate. Throughout a prolonged emergency there will be lots to do. Everyone’s performance can be maintained if they’re well nourished. A healthy diet will keep resistance to illness and disease high—an essential a part of health care.

The Golden Rule of Food Storage:

Store what you can use, and use what you have stored.

All foods have a restricted shelf-life, in spite of however they’re kept or preserved. It’s imperative that you rotate your food stash to keep it as fresh as possible. Even though your food may not spoil, through time it will lose a lot of nutritional value and flavor.


Many survivalists spend lots of cash on specialty foods that they may never eat. A good example is the highly-touted MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) invented by the military for long storage of complete meals. The problem with MRE’s is that they cost a lot, and if you’re preparing for a prolonged emergency, that cost may become prohibitive, diverting funds away from more practical options. Some MRE’s in your bug out bag is okay, but not case upon case of MRE’s in your home stash.

What Causes Spoilage

Before we have look at one of the many methods of food preservation, it will be helpful to discuss the main cause of food deterioration and spoilage. The biggest threat is microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts and fungi (molds). Aerobic microorganisms can’t survive without moisture, they need it to grow and multiply. Most microbes, as well as molds, also need the presence of Oxygen. Some anaerobic microorganisms, as well as botulinum—the causative agent of food poisoning, an especially dangerous variety of food poisoning—can thrive with the complete absence of Oxygen. Enzymes that occur naturally in plants can cause foods to deteriorate in time leading to the loss of nutrients, flavor and palatability. Exposure to natural light can cause the destruction of some vitamins, and also the rate of all chemical and biological reactions, as well as the actions of enzymes and also the growth of microbes, will increase as the temperature increases. All preserved foods will keep better and last longer when protected from light and moisture, and kept at cool temperatures.

Dehydrating and Vacuum Packing

Drying or dehydration is an ancient and excellent way to preserve food. Without moisture the microbes that are to blame for food spoilage can’t thrive and the enzymes that cause deterioration are inactivated. Properly dehydrated foods don’t need refrigeration. When kept in airtight containers or sealed plastic bags they and can keep for a year or longer. The less moisture in the food, the longer it’ll store. When dehydrating food for long storage, care should be taken to insure that the majority of the water is removed, otherwise spoilage, notably by molds, may become a problem. With Vacuum Packaging products now cheaply and readily available in the marketplace it is much simpler to ensure that as much air and moisture as possible has been removed from the packaging. Like all preservation techniques, part of the nutritional value is lost during the drying process, however dehydrated foods retain most of their organic values and flavours and dehydration remains one of the best and simplest ways in which to organize food for storage without the necessity for refrigeration or sterilization. Since water is to blame for most of the weight and bulk of any food, dehydrated foods are lighter in weight and more compact in size, making them ideal for carry or for your bug out bag. Dehydrated vegetables are nice to use in soups and stews. Several dehydrated foods, notably fruits, are delicious right out of the bag without need for rehydration.

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