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Types of Food You Should Store Long Term

Hard White Wheat Grains There four types of grains that are a must in every long term food storage because of how long and how well they store.

How long you need to store food and what you like to eat will determine the types of food that you should store. However, there are a few core types food that have long been used for storage purposes by individuals as well as organizations and governments. Wheat, Rice, Beans, and Oats are types of food that lend themselves very well to long term storage. Grains are a great source of nutrition as well as being very healthy for your heart and digestive system being high in fiber.

These foods are stored in their dry form and packaged in a way to prevent them from drying further, as well as to prevent them from being exposed to environmental factors such as air, humidity, and temperature as much as possible. There are various types of containers such as dry-canning in #10 cans, vacuum sealing, as well as using Mylar bags and/or 5 gallon buckets to extend the shelf life of these foods that all work well. Of course storing in a cool, dark, and dry place will further extend shelf life.

When properly stored, all of these common base foods can last in excess of 20 years and still retain taste and nutritional value. Use the links below to take a closer look at each of these excellent foods for long lasting storage :

Wheat - Wheat should serve as the foundation of your food storage (provided that you are not allergic to it). Of the grains you store, wheat should make up the most, recommended to be approximately 50%.

Rice - Commonly used throughout the world as a basic food source. Rice should make up approximately 20% of your total grain storage.

Beans - A major source of fiber and protein, beans should make up another 20% of your total grains stored.

Oats - Very healthy food source with strong nutritional value; 10% of your grain store should be allotted to oats.