posted on Oct, 13 2010 @ 09:48 PM
I'm not a hardcore survivalist, but have started storing a small food supply in the basement, among other things I figured it would be good to have
some dry bulk foods like rice and beans. I also thought they would keep pretty much forever if stored in a cool, dry place. So I put some clear
plastic bags of beans and rice (basically the bags you get when you fill up on bulk foods at the store) in a galvanized metal bucket... thought they'd
last for a long time there.
Last week I wanted to add some stuff, though, and found that my first batch that I had put in the bucket about a year ago (rice and beans) had gone
bad. Smelled really stale and kind of musty, and it was obvious that it needed to be thrown out.
Now I don't know what to do. For now I keep the new stuff in plastic bags in the bucket, simply because I don't know what else to do. But I need an
alternative storage solution, and hope there are some pros here that can give me some good advice.
What did I do wrong? Do I need to store the bulk foods in cotton/burlap sacks instead of plastic? And/or shouldn't I put them into the galvanized
bucket? But if I don't, mice might get the stuff. One friend of mine suggested to oven-dry some big mason jars, like you use for canning, and fill
them with rice and beans. Is that going to work?
edit on 13-10-2010 by sylvie because: (no reason given)