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I would encourage anyone who is truly interested in food storage, canning and other ways of growing, cooking and processing foods to take a course in food safety.
It is great information for the smooth sailing of today or the rough waters ahead. If you don’t store your food properly you are going to suffer from food loss or you are going to kill the people you love!
Your shotgun protects your food storage from human invaders but you need a process to protect your food from little invaders, as well.
This is an issue that can be remedied by things like FIFO. You need to store your food in a way that the oldest foods are used first. However, Time and temperature abuse is mostly about when the food is hot. Once you prepare food you need to be aware of it, too!
We get wrapped up in the dried aspect, however, food left out for hours can make people very sick. Not a big deal in this life but could mean death in TEOTWAWKI.
One of the biggest enemies of food storage is moisture. Moisture ruins your dry food. Moisture also promotes the growth of dangerous things like bacteria and mold. The right mold will kill everyone you love, quickly.
Moisture is also inviting for pests.
Your food is food for everyone. Pests will come hard for food storage and you need to store it properly. This is why we do 5-gallon buckets.
Beyond how you store you will also want to inspect your food stores regularly if you have pest problems.
Storing food after you have opened the bucket is important, too! We don’t want a bunch of dust, glass, sand or other foreign objects in your food. Keep open food covered and avoid contamination.