reply to post by agent0range
If you live someplace that gets hot, you run a risk of flour weevils and other food-infesting insects ruining your stockpiled goods. With
flour-based goods (flour, pasta, etc.) the eggs of some of these critters are shipped with the flour; it's just a by-product of the
harvest/packaging. I tested this theory out several years ago, by putting wheat and white flour in glass containers that have a rubber grommeted and
metal lid. After about 2 months, they had flour weevils.
After that, everything that comes into this house in the way of dry foods, gets put in a ziplock freezer bag, and goes in the freezer for at lest 24-
hours before storing away. I'm convinced that this process causes expansion and subsequent killing of the eggs. When I repeated the experiment, I
had two glass jars of pre-frozen flour, and two from the same package that were not frozen first. The frozen ones didn't develop weevils in four
months, and the nonfrozen ones did.
As previous posters indicated, having a system of rotating your goods and labelling the ziplock bags with the purchase date keeps you always using the
We have about two years worth of food any time of the year, and rotating our stocks is second nature now -- part of the household process. I
haven't had any issue of weevils or other food insects since we began prefreezing them. Many parts of the world have enough cold that this isn't
If you decide to bury some of your stocks, you might want to first construct a hideaway mini-bunker underground (not big enough for a human, just for
your buckets.) That's make the rotating an easier process if you don't have to re-excavate it each time. You can make this out of pressure
treated wood and disguise the lid. If it's not in a place a person would walk and hear the hollow sound, all the better. There are all manner of
things that can be glued to a plywood lid.
Good luck! Oh, one other thing....... I frequently include dried herbs, chicken bullion, spices, salt packages, etc. with the dry rice or beans.
If our diet is every seriously dependent upon these dried goods, spices might not save our lifes, but they'll make the food less mundane.