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Types of Food Storage Containers

There are various types of food containers to consider. Which is best will be determined by your storage needs, resources, storage environment and the length of time you need to preserve the food source for.

There are a variety of ways to store food while still maintaining quality. Which type of container you use will depend on what you want to store and how long you will want it to last. So to help you decide which might work best for you, we'll give you a general description of each one as well as giving you a few pros and cons to consider about them. We'll be discussing:

Can and Glass Jar (common cans and jars) - This is typical of what you will find at your local supermarket in canned goods. This includes canned food, as well as "jarred". While there should probably be a distinction, the term "canned" refers to both common cans and also glass jars, while the term "jarring" does not exist! In either case the process remains the same and is mostly determined by the food and not the container.

#10 Cans (large cans for dry foods) - You have probably seen #10 cans at Costco's, Sam's or other large warehouse stores, or even the local supermarket. This is the Jumbo size can that is the size of large coffee cans. You can dry pack food such as rice, wheat, beans, pastas, oats and other dry foods into these cans with an oxygen absorber and have a food source that can easily last over 20 years.

Vacuum Sealer Bags - Vacuum Sealers are a home food storage tool that no one should be without. Extremely convenient and easy to use, no other container method is as versatile. It possible to do dry pack storage just like cans, as well as things such as meats and "wet" foods for freezing. The packaging is airtight and lightweight. If your only going to go for one type of food container method for your personal storage, this is it.

Mylar Bags - Think of your food sealer on steroids. This bags are metallic in function and not only create and airtight environment, but also prevent light from reaching the product. Separate sealers are sold, but you can get away with an iron and coat hanger. Available in different sizes, think about the 5-6 gallon size and use them in conjunction with 5 Gallon Buckets (below).

5 Gallon Buckets - Yeah, these are the typical buckets you see at the hardware store, or that some products are available in a Costco's, Sams Club and the like. The key thing here is to make sure you get the "food grade" plastic material! The buckets work very well in combination with the Mylar Bags (above). These buckets give Mylar a super tough outer shell to further protect its content. A must if you are worried about rodents accessing your food storage without your permission!