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Food Storage Tips




Proper food storage is a tricky business, but an integral part of long term survival. If you have the right food storage container in the wrong conditions, or the wrong container in the right conditions, everything can go awry. Knowing how to properly store your food can prevent food-borne illnesses and bacteria, freezer burns, and premature spoiling of food.

There are so many factors to consider when storing your food, but let's start with a few essential food storage containers:

Flip Tite Canisters

Food Storage Tips | Flip Tite Canisters

These stackable containers are perfect for your food storage, as they efficiently use your storage space. The lids provide an airtight seal to keep your perishable foods fresh.

Ball Mason Jars

Food Storage Tips | Ball Mason Jars

There is a reason these glass food storage jars have been used for over a hundred years. The rubber ring on the inside of the lid seals onto the rim of the jar during processing. Mason jars are great for both dry foods and canning.

Mylar Bags

Food Storage Tips | Mylar Bags

Mylar storage bags create an oxygen barrier to protect food for long term food storage. They can also be heat sealed, to keep for an extended period of time.

Pill Bottles

Food Storage Tips | Pill Bottles

Reusing and recycling these empty pill bottles provides great storage for medicine, vitamins and herbs. Just be sure to dispose of the contents first!

Long Term Food Storage Tips

Now that you know what food storage containers to use, maximize the lifetime of your food supply with these tips:

  1. Keep food in dark, dry, cool areas.
  2. Wrap perishable foods tightly in plastic bags or sealed containers
  3. Throw out cans that are swollen, dented, corroded or outdated.
  4. Place new supplies in the back of storage and older items in the front to avoid spoiling any food.
  5. Label everything with the date it was purchased and date it will expire.
  6. Empty all open packages into an airtight container.
  7. First, use perishable food from the refrigerator, pantry, or garden. Then, you may use foods from the freezer.
  8. To limit the number of times you open the freezer door, post a list of freezer contents on it.

See more storage tips at FEMA.

Food Storage Lifeline

Check out this infographic on how long each storage method keeps your food fresh:

Want more food storage tips? Check out these articles:

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  3. nncee

    October 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    What exactly is a cool dark place. I have no basement or hole in the ground (ground water level to high when it rains to put one in) All I have is a back room (sunny west side of house ) and a garage. So really there is no cool dark place. I’m sure others have this problem. So what’s the best way to long term storage. What can be used to optimize my home food storage capabilities on a limited budget.

    • Anonymous

      March 29, 2019 at 9:42 PM

      I agree with nncee says comment. What are other options for a cool dark place?

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  8. Virginia

    July 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Great infographics and very practical information, thank you! I’m in the process of making my own food storage, so this goes straight to Bookmarks. Thanks again! 😉 Cheers, my website

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