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I have a question, and hope someone can answer.. I had heard of small packets of (?) to put in with your dry goods, like rice and noodles to prevent spoilage.. Anybody heard of these..? thank you...
Thanks everyone these are good ideas.
I have a few ancient rectangular tin containers that I inherited from Grandma. I wish they were bigger. They will hold 5lbs of flour or sugar. They are not fancy but air tight. This is pre tupperware days and they must have made larger ones and maybe they still make them if not here in other countries. They are so good at keeping the rodents out.
If you do use diatomaceous earth make sure it is" food grade"...you can also use it internally to rid oneself of parasites.
However it must be" food grade" as regular will tear the bowel apart.
I think I read there is an herb that repels rodents...I'll try to find it. But that would have to be replaced frequently for potency problems.
For flour and other such things that can have weavils,worms, etc get in them, use a bay leaf or two inside the container. I have done this for 30 years after I read that somewhere, I haven't had bugs or worms since.
Mary, DO NOT store things in hot storage units. The colder the items the better they last. The things vacumed packet are a good idea as they should last long with out the air. You must read all you can about food storage. Be sure to rotate your food. Don't just pack it and forget it unless it is long term storage like MRE's. The canned items are best by only a few months after the date on the can. However if the can is good and not bulging it may be good for many years but will loose flavor and color and you probably wont want to eat it anyway. When I was little there were not dates on cans and they were on the shelfs for many years. If the can was bulgy or hissed when opening it was tossed. Remember if the food looks or smells bad toss it! Some foods last a long time in a can like sardines which have a 5 year shelf life. You might want to try what I am looking into, which is, dry food storage using oxygen aborbers. Some dry foods when stored properlycan last up to 30 years. Foods like pasta and uncooked rice. Best thing to do now is start reading about food storage!