Monday, 6 Apr 2020

Best Ways to Preserve Food for Long Term storage

Long term food storage

Growing our own gardens has become more and more popular for a variety of different reasons.

Food is getting expensive and it can be hard to find true organic and sustainably grown foods.

There is also so much information online about successfully growing your own garden and food, that it is more attainable for people to do.

Most of us have an overabundance of food, especially if we grow our own.

Generations before us were very skilled at preserving this abundance and living off of that extra food when other food supplies became scarce.

Fortunately for us, we have lots of modern technologies to preserve foods that our ancestors didn’t.

Here are the Best Ways to Preserve Food Long Term:

Dehydrating

You can dehydrate food using an oven, electric dehydrator, or with the sun using a solar dehydrator.

Types of foods that you can dehydrate include jerky, fruits, vegetables, and even cooked meats.

Dehydrated foods really last a long time and make great grab and go snacks.

Canning

Canning is another great way to preserve food long term, especially if you have an abundance of crop.

It can safely be eaten for as long as the seal holds.

Keep in mind that the nutritional value and quality of canned foods do deteriorate so it is best to replenish hem with each new gardening season.

You can buy a 12 pack of canning jars from Target for under $10.

Vacuum Sealing

When you vacuum seal foods, you are basically just dramatically reducing the oxygen in the food storage container which allows for the prolonged freshness of the food.

You can actually purchase vacuum sealer machines to do this at home correctly.

This one by Food Saver is top rated and great quality.

Bed Bath & Beyond also has a great selection of food vacuum sealers you can shop here.

Dry Storage

There are so many dried foods that can be stored for years to come including; corn, white rice, rolled oats, dried beans, pasta, potato flakes, and non fat powdered milk.

Dry foods should be stored in dark, dry and cool places ideally below 75 degrees F.

Also, be sure they are stored in a place that is protected from rodents or insects.

For safe and effective long-term storage, dried goods must be thoroughly dry to avoid botulism bacterial growth.

Also avoid the long-term storage of dried foods with a high fat or oil content, such as dried eggs, nuts, and brown rice, as such foods can become rancid over time.

Adding an oxygen absorber can aid in the long-term viability of dried goods.

Storage container ideas can be Found here on StyleWithinReach.net.

Dry food storage

Seed Saving

Though seed saving isn’t technically a long-term food storage method, it is a way to store for for the long term.

You are saving a potential food source to use in the future and it is actually very easy!

You just harvest and save some seeds from the best and most resilient plants in your garden each year and reuse them for planting when needed.

This is actually what generations of gardeners have done for hundreds of years!

 

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