Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Long-term food storage

Last week, I posted about using buckets for food storage. During the past few weeks, one of the things I've been researching has been long(er)-term food storage.

Several years ago, we were blessed with some Y2K wheat from some friends who were moving. The wheat was wonderfully preserved in buckets, and we have been enjoying it! The last bucket we used was dated February of 1999 -- 9 years ago now -- and tasted great!!

By now, our supply is completely used, and I'm just now figuring out what I want to do to replenish it! After a lot of research and thought, Joshua and I ordered some wheat through our local co-op. I've been researching exactly how to store it, since spending money on food is only resourceful if the food doesn't go bad before it's used!

Shelby mentioned not knowing how much a hundred pounds of wheat even looked like. In our experience, 100 pounds of wheat fills three 6-gallon buckets. A 4.5 gallon buckets will hold 25 pounds, if your buckets happen to be that smaller size.

Here are some helpful links about long-term food storage:

The shelf like of various foods at various temperatures (to help you figure out what to store!)

Storing food in buckets -- a picture tutorial

More details on long-term bucket storage

Prudent Food Storage FAQ (click on the link by the same title)

Provident Living website (a Mormon site with lot of helpful ideas for stocking short-term and long-term pantry items)

Frugal Squirrels -- This is a website with a store and a great forum. You have to be registered and approved before you can read the forums, but there is a wealth of information on there!

Mrs. Survival -- More forums with good info!

To participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Post a kitchen tip in your blog, with a link to this post. Then come here and add your name, tip subject, and URL to this post! Links must be family friendly, as always. If you don't have a blog but would still like to share a tip, just leave a comment here with your tip! Everyone's ideas are appreciated. :) Note: Please link to your individual post, not your blog's main/front page! Thanks for participating! :)

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays Participants
1. Loretta @ Vegan Footprints (haystacks with dairy-free cheese sauce)
2. Kelly's Kitchen (Old Time Frugality & 2 recipes)
3. Candace @ A Garden of Blessings (Food Dehydrating?)
4. Happy to be at Home ~Waste Less
5. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (Apricot Breakfast Bars)
6. Lynn (quick and easy pasta)
7. Emily @ Little Home (why try to cook healthier)
8. If Only I Had Super Powers (turbinado sugar)
9. Mimi's Jewel Box (Fresh Corn Salsa Recipe)
10. Kim (Fresh berries)
11. Kirstin: Freezing blueberries
12. Sonshine (breakfast)
13. Crystal (Amish Friendship Bread help)
14. Laura @ Bloggin\' Mama (using and caring for cast iron)
15. Rachael @ Beans & Rice (egg recipes and carnival link)
16. Passionate Homemaking (banana crumb muffins)
17. Cherish the Home (Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs)
18. mama~ cutting down on cooking time using leftovers
19. Donna (shine your sink)
20. Erica (substitute for evaporated milk)
21. Homemaker Barbi (Fridge labels)
22. Babychaser (Homemade Baby Food Resources)
23. Beulah @ Clair de Lune (Storing Frozen Veggies)
24. Stephanie (freezing cookie dough balls)
25. Our Red House (Lemon Syrup Cake: A Step by Step Recipe)
26. Jennifer (making beans in the crock pot)



Wow, am I first? Thanks Tammy for the links. I intend to look at those. We used to buy more grains in bulk than we do at present, but I want to do more of that once we get back to the states.
Loretta at:

Thanks for sharing those links, my husband and I were just talking about food storage this weekend!

Tammy, just to let you know the first link (about shelf life) in your list just links back to you - thought you'd like to know that it wasn't the correct link.
Please delete this comment when you see it. Thanks.

Thanks for letting me know! If I go back and edit the post right now, I have to re-do all the Mr. Linky code, so for now, here's that first link:

Tomorrow I'll fix the whole thing. :)

Thanks, Tammy, for putting that link in your comment. I appreciate it!

A couple of years ago, I was storing my grain (red wheat & white whole wheat) in storage bins. I stacked one on top of the other in my coat closet. I thought the lids were pretty tight, but in July of that summer I discovered weevils! So, now I store my grains in my basement freezer right in the 25 or 50 lb. bags that they come in. Whenever I plan to make bread, I take however much I need out to thaw in a container on the counter. It works really well & I know the grains will be bug free!

Tight lids or no lids, weevils are already in your food. Grain grows outside, in the open air, in the dirt. Tiny grain moths lay their nearly-microscopic eggs in the young grain. When the grain matures, so do the eggs. (or whenever conditions are right for the little blighters). There's no getting around it, all grain already has the eggs in it. The trick is keeping them from hatching.
Thus we freeze, dry, and oxygen absorb. Freeze for 10 days to kill ready-to-hatch eggs, then transfer to oxygen-free packing to free up space in your freezer. Use Seal-a-meal or Foodsaver method for small amounts. Mylar bags and 02 absorbers for larger.

Definitely check out SurvivalBlog. They're *not* frugal there, but there's a search feature that's incredible - you can find anything. Type in wheat buckets and you'll get more articles than you can imagine on diatomous (sp?) earth, oxygen absorbers, bakery buckets and more. They have millions of readers and are the top survival blog on the net.

Thanks for the info on the long term storage! I have been thinking about doing this type of storage but wanted to research things first!


Tammy, do you use this stockpile method for economic reasons, or because of the chance of problems in the world? ( famine, shortages, war?) Ive just recently started making my own rolls and biscuits, someone like me would be in trouble. Its something to think about. what does anyone else think of this?

This is very useful and helpful information, thank you! (o:

I think this is my first time to participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesday and I look forward to reading what others have shared.

Many Blessings,

From my experience, as I store all my grain in five gallon buckets, I have found that only about half of a 25 lb bag fits into a 5 gallon bucket. I have to use 2 1/2 other gallon containers as well to fit 25 lbs. I buy oats, hard white wheat and soft spring wheat in this manner and it is the same every time.

Not sure how 25lbs fits in your 4.5 gallon buckets.

Hmmm... just last night I put a whole 25-pound bag of rye grain into one bucket, and a 25-pound bag of soft white wheat into another bucket... I am not positive on the size of that bucket I used, though I know it is smaller than the 6-gallon pails (I have a few of that size for comparison!). :) 

Well, since I was just estimating based on our own experience, I decided to google "pounds wheat bucket" and see what the consensus was! :)

From a forum -- How many pounds of grain will a one-gallon container hold?

From Pleasant Hill Grain's bucket ordering page -- "For our grain-storing customers, a five gallon bucket holds 37-38 lbs. of wheat, and a six gallon bucket holds 45 lbs. of wheat."

And yet another page says, "A normal food bucket as described above is about 4 gallon capacity, and will hold 30 pounds of rice, 25 pounds of pinto beans, about 25 pounds of wheat, but only about 20 pounds of oats." 

Thanks so much for the info Tammy :)! Even after they arrived it would have been practically impossible for me to figure out how many buckets I would need without having several to try out. One of Lee's co-worker's spouses works at a catering place and he said he should be able to get us buckets so I'll also be utilizing your bucket cleaning post, see how timely these posts are for me :)?
This has been quite the experience for all of us :). As the packages arrived we were all highly entertained by getting to see what everything "really" looked like :), none of us had ever seen a wheat berry before and the look of the oats was highly unexpected :). We're having so much fun trying it all out :).

Thank you for the link. My family has been talking about food storage since last holidays. Thank God we found one online.

Linda Costner

Thanks for this share of great tips and hints regarding food storage and saving. Like the post and hope there's more good readings to be posted related to food and budgeting.
freeze dried food

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