When do I fill my buckets?

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    When do I fill my buckets?

    I got a couple food grade buckets at Lowe's. I've got 30lbs of rice and 8lbs of beans in bags. Should I go ahead and put them in the buckets or wait until I can completely fill those buckets?


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    It depends on how long you will have to wait to fill them. I'd say that if you keep the rice & beans in a cool, dry location go ahead and wait.
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    Cool Dry & Dark.
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    Ok I can fulfill all those requirements. I'll grab a few 5lb bags of rice next time I'm out and get it completely full. I've got oxygen absorbers on the way as well.

    Another question..once they're full and stored, what kind of access will I have to them? Say we have a storm or something and I need to get into my stash..will it jack up my preservation if I have to get into the bucket and scoop some out?


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    Nope. Not if you are rotating your supplies which should be SOP.
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    Do your buckets have a gasket or other means of getting an air tight seal?

    If not put your beans and rice in an plastic garbage bag, get as much air out as possible, but in your O2 absorbers and tie the bag before placing in the bucket.

    FYI, dry goods (beans, rice, corn, wheat, etc...) will keep for a long time (a year or more) in a cool dry place, if pests don't get to them first. Beans get drier the longer you store them and you have to soak them longer to make them soft before cooking. After about 5 years you need to grind them into paste before cooking to make them edible. The nutrition content doesn't really change much with age.
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    If your are serious about this check out Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival

    We rotate through our stores
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    How To - Storing Food in Buckets and #10 Cans (Not 56k Friendly) - AR15.COM

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    Thanks guys, I'll check those out.

    We don't eat enough rice for me to legitimately rotate those supplies. I'll just replace them when the time comes. I have pasta, sauces and some canned goods that I plan on rotating though once my stock is sufficient. Plus I'll be getting some other things. I bought some cases of Ramen noodles and left them upstairs for a few weeks. They were clearly in the spot where prep food sits, yet when I went to take them downstairs I saw my rascal wife had gotten into them for the pantry supply..lol. I'm gonna have to get her more on board with my plans. ;)


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    Rice, beans, pasta and other dry goods sealed in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers will be fine for a lot of years. Ramen noodles do not stay good for very long so if there part of your preps keep cycling through them. If serious about storing food and other things take a good look at the AR15.com survival forums, there is a ton of great information on that site. While this is the best Carry site around AR15.com is probably the best prepper site I have seen.
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    You might want to store your rice and beans in mylar bags (and oxygen absorber) in small pouches. Write the date on the bag so you can rotate them in your food storage plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Cool Dry & Dark.
    Cool dry dark and off the floor especially in a basement or on concrete. But definitely off the floor.
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    I'd skip garbage bags for food prep as some are treated with insecticides.

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    Thanks for the continued replies.

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    If you have a vacuum packing system, keep everything in their original bags and vacuum pack them, then place in the buckets.
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