Creating a Prepper Pantry for Cooks
Creating a Prepper Pantry for Cooks: The position of your pantry is critical. It must create optimal conditions for decay and pest prevention while also arranging your supplies.
High humidity and temperatures promote the growth of bacteria and fungi, hastening decomposition. Photodegradation is a chemical process caused by direct light exposure.
Food colours, vitamins, nutrients, and packaging are all harmed by photodegradation. Use thick drapes or window shutters to shield your food from direct sunlight.
It is also critical to select a region with modest temperature changes. Temperature changes can be as harmful as direct heat and light, thus a pantry should not be kept in the garage.
Many preppers store their goods in the coldest portion of the house, such as the basement or attic, to keep them relatively silent during a power outage.
It’s also beneficial if your pantry has shelving, as this makes the organisation more accessible and efficient. Here’s a quick and easy way to put together a one-of-a-kind pantry system:
A Prepper Pantry at a Convenient Location.
But what if you don’t have a basement, attic, or other available space? How can you keep food if you don’t have enough room?
Many preppers have limited room, but a little imagination and creativity can go a long way.
A food storage facility can be built in any unused space in your home. To manage your materials, you might build your storage in a tiny area.
Use the closet under the stairs, an old clothing closet, or, if you have one, a crawl space. Pull-out shelves and vertical storage options can be added to existing furniture. Pull-out racks for storing cans can be fitted under your bed.
What kind of storage do you need?
Now that you know what type of food you want to store and where you want to store it, you need to determine what supplies will best suit your needs.
In addition to conventional cans, containers, and canning jars, you’ll need the following items to freeze your food and extend its shelf life.
Plastic bags made with mylar
Mylar bags are widely used for long-term food storage. You’re missing out on a substantial benefit if you don’t keep at least some of your food in Mylar bags.
These metalized bags are made of the same material as space blankets, making them lightweight and flexible while also being highly sturdy. Their muscular tensile strength prevents them from breaking or tearing readily. They’re also great at protecting food from light damage and oxidation.
Mylar bags are available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. The most common sizes are 1-gallon bags (with a zip lock mechanism) and 5-gallon bags (which can be used to line food buckets).
Thicknesses of 4.3 mils or more are preferable, but keep in mind that thicker Mylar bags are often more expensive. So, when shopping for Mylar bags, consider what you want to store.
Dry foods such as cereal and beans, baked goods such as flour, sugar, and baking powder, and pharmaceuticals, particularly light-sensitive prescriptions such as antibiotics and vitamins, can all be repackaged in Mylar bags.
Mylar bags, as previously stated, do not have zippers. As a result, you must seal them using a heat sealer or, if funds are limited, a smoothing iron or plain iron. Here are some ideas for sealing Mylar bags:
Allow a few inches for sealing in your Mylar bag.
First, test the heat of the seal. If the heat is insufficient, the seal may not form properly, and overheating your Mylar bags will cause them to burn.
Make sure the edges you seal are smooth and free of trash or other particles to avoid cracking.
To minimise spoilage, use an oxygen absorber before closing mylar bags.
Buckets brimming with food
Food can also be stored in 5-gallon buckets. They are ideal for protecting food from heat, moisture, and bugs since they keep it in an airtight atmosphere.
These bucket lids are normally secured with a rubber mallet. Because lids are frequently difficult to remove, you should keep a lid remover on hand.
In certain cases, the lids are damaged or missing entirely, especially on used buckets. Standard lids can be purchased separately, or gamma lids can be used.
Gamma lids, unlike normal lids, twist on and off and fit most buckets without hammering. They are more expensive, but they protect your food better.
As previously noted, you can line the inside of your food buckets with 5-gallon mylar sacks. In these containers, store cereals, granola, flour, sugar, and liquids such as vegetable oil. Another option is to store numerous Mylar bags in a single bucket. Simply ensure that the buckets you use are made of food-grade plastic to ensure that no dangerous chemicals end up in your meals.
The amazing thing about these buckets is that you can get them for very little money, if at all. When reusing a food bucket, make certain it has never been used for anything other than food. Buckets carrying potentially hazardous materials should never be used.
To avoid damaging the lids, do not stack these buckets too high.
Remember to label the buckets!
The installation of oxygen absorbers would substantially help any food storage system. These seemingly minor elements can significantly increase the shelf life of your food.
Bacteria and fungus thrive in an oxygen-rich environment. Apples and potatoes turn dark when exposed to air because this element alters vitamins, flavours, and other dietary components. This is avoided by using oxygen absorbers. The iron powder in these packets absorbs oxygen from the air. Furthermore, as the amount of oxygen in the air diminishes, so does the likelihood of spoiling.
O2 absorbers can be securely stored alongside food. To extend the shelf life of your dry goods, place one or two oxygen absorbers on them before locking them up.