Long term food storage has its purposes. Saving money, extending the shelf life of sustenance and protecting your family in the event of food shortages are just a few of them.
You can achieve the best in an emergency food supply. With a food dehydrator and dry storage containers, which cost much less than you might think, you can create a complete, nutritionally authentic supply of virtually and kind of food.
Effective forms of long term food
A dehydration machine is versatile. Everything from eggs, milk, fruit, vegetables and meat can be desiccated and even re-hydrated for later use. Many foods can be ground into powder, dried into leather and reconstituted with warm water, as well.
One of the most common options is beef jerky. There are thousands of original recipes available, using any kind of meat on the planet. The nutrition and flavor is left intact, making it as enjoyable to eat as when it was originally prepared.
You could dehydrate whole omelettes, if you’d like to. Other complete meals might include mashed potatoes, soup, oatmeal, stew, pancake mix and fruit juice powder. With the moisture reduced by up to 95%, bacteria growth is potentially halted for an entire year or longer.
Long term food storage containers
Dry storage containers vary, based on the amount of food you have. The best way to hold dehydrated food is with vacuum-sealed bags, due to their ability to contain compacted food and to eliminate oxidation.
Bulk food storage containers will usually involve large buckets or pales. The sealed bags of dried food are easy to keep and organize this way. This method is also used for freeze dried food, which costs many more times than food dehydration.
Canned food storage is effective, as well. However, pressure canning can be an expensive and laborious process, when you consider the machinery and glassware required to store food in bulk. They also take up more space, which means there’s less room available for the food, itself.
How to create a long term food supply
The first step is to acquire a dry food machine and a vacuum sealer. Quality units will cost a mere hundred dollars or so for each, and from here you have everything you need.
Food dehumidifiers should come stock with the appropriate dehydrating trays. You can use the following recipe to dry mashed potatoes, and see for yourself how simple the process is.
- 4 lbs. potatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tbsp. chives
- 3 tbsp. chicken stock
- Salt and pepper
Peal and boil the potatoes until soft. Do not use butter or cream, as fat content is quick to spoil and go rancid in dry storage. Strain, mash and combine the remaining ingredients, including your choice of spices and herbs (turmeric is recommended). Use a food processor to thoroughly blend and liquefy the mashed potatoes.
Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees F. Using the solid, non-stick dehydrator trays, pour the mashed potatoes about 1/8” thick, using up as many trays as required.
Dry for about 12 hours, then go through each tray and flip the layer of potatoes over. Continue to dehydrate until thoroughly brittle, then let the entire batch cool for 30 minutes.
You’ll end up with about ¼ of the volume that you started with. Remember that it’s only the moisture content that has reduced, leaving behind all of the nutrients and flavors which will last for a year or longer if stored properly.
A dehydration machine is capable of dehydrating a robust supply of both simple and complex food recipes!