Do you buy your flour in bulk?
This month I am moving across country. It has been a long process that is almost finished. I’ve had to move ALL my food storage and it’s been a chore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to have it and we will use all of it, but moving it is a pain. About a month ago I decided that I needed to have another 50 pounds of unbrominated flour from my favorite whole foods store – Bob’s Red Mill. Here’s how to store bulk flour in 5 gallon buckets.
I’m not sure what possessed me to purchase more flour right as I was preparing to travel 2300 miles! Today I find myself with a big bag of flour that will not travel well in it’s current state.
I will be using this flour fairly soon, (I’m planning a bread making challenge) but this quick tip holds true for long term food storage too. Flour will last 20-30 years in food grade buckets if kept at the proper temperatures.
All food storage should be kept between 40 and 70 degrees for optimal shelf life and nutrition.
To store 50 pounds of flour you will need
-2 – 5 gallon food grade buckets
-12 Ziploc bags
-10 -300cc oxygen absorbeers (5 per bucket)
-measuring cup or scoop
Why the zip bags you ask?
I think it keeps the flour in more manageable portions and it makes packaging and using it cleaner and easier. You won’t have flour getting all over every time you open the bucket. It is also another barrier to pests getting into the food. When I want to use some, I just remove a bag with 12 cups of flour and seal the bucket back up.
Store bulk flour in bags inside your buckets
Measure out 12 cups of flour per bag and get as much air out of it as you can.
Place the bags inside of your buckets. one bucket will hold 6 plastic bags of flour.
If you are keeping them in storage for long term add 5 – 300cc oxygen absorbers per bucket. Each absorber will remove the oxygen for 1 gallon. If you are going to use the flour within the next year, you can skip this all together.
There are several other preparedness challenges happening this month. It’s never too late to start on your preparedness journey. Misty at Your Own Home Store has something special cooking all month. Check here to see what she has planned.
Here’s what’s happening this week in 30 Days of Preparedness from The Prepared Bloggers
Day 20 – Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer
The Dutch weren’t the first people to create cast iron cookware but they may have been the best. They perfected a method of sand casting iron vessels that left an amazingly smooth finish on their pots and pans. In particular the large pot that to this day bears their name became an amazing success. It was this black pot or Dutch Oven that would help settle the Western reaches of the United States! Sounds a bit unbelievable until you consider how settlers were able to trek across a Continent with nothing more than what their ox drawn wagons could carry. Each day on the trail they were responsible for feeding themselves in a time when food preservation was rudimentary at best. Nobody was ripping open MRE’s or Mountain House.
It fell to those skilled in the arts of Dutch Oven Cooking to prepare meals to nourish those out on the trail and you can be sure that they wrung the most out of those big old hunks of cast iron! Dutch oven tips and tricks from The Backyard Pioneer.
Day 21 – Preserving and Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm
Why Store Food? On the one hand, this may seem like a ridiculous question. We all need to eat. And we need to eat everyday in order to stay strong and healthy and do our work. It may seem unnecessary to store food in any quantity, if there is a local grocery store on every corner. But what if a prolonged emergency situation develops? Stores run out of food quickly, and if roads are closed or destroyed then deliveries will not be made. So, having a weeks worth of food stored at home, can give you peace of mind. Some people will choose to have even more food on hand. Preserving and canning food will give you garden fresh foods to enjoy, all year long. Follow Timber Creek Farm as they give us the run down on food preservation.
Day 22 – Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa
When you go out for the day, do you know where you are going? Are you aware of potential situations that may impact you? How do you plan to protect yourself (and loved ones) if danger threatens you?
Those are questions Erica thinks about everyday. They are not easy questions, but they need to be asked just the same. Many people think the officers of the law will protect them, or they will e able depend of the kindness of strangers. but that is not good enough for Erica’s family. Many people also think that having just a gun will protect them, but without the right skills and smarts you may be in just as much trouble. Follow Erica from Living in Rural Iowa as she guides us through personal protection and awareness.
Day 23 – KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper
The first article in a three-part series on first aid kits, and how to build one adhering to KISS principals. This series includes: the Basic KISS Herbal First Aid Kit, Trauma Kit Herbal Formulas, and First Aid Essential Oils. First aid is care given immediately after an injury, and the first aid kit provides the supplies for that care. This may be the only care necessary if the incident is minor, or the first step in care while waiting for more experienced care providers to arrive or during transport to a medical facility.
Learn how to make a basic KISS herbal first aid kit with Herbal Prepper
Day 24 – Mommy, I have to go Potty! from Mom With a Prep
Consider this: You’ve had a major local disaster where the water has gone out. There is no water available to your house because water mains have been broken, the city water supply has been tainted and shut down, or one of the various other reasons that cause city-wide services to be shut down. What happens when Little Susie says she has to go to the bathroom?
Do you let her? Sure! In the beginning, it won’t be so hard. If you’ve got plenty of water stored up, you can use some of the non-potable water to pour it quickly into the bowl to help create a vacuum to flush your toilet. Mom With a Prep shows us how to make an emergency toilet.
Day 25 – Fire Starting 101: The Why and How of Lighting a Fire for Survival from Food Storage & Survival
In a survival situation, fire is your friend and should be one of your first priorities. Being able to build and maintain a fire can literally save your life. If you stink at fire building (as Angela from Food Storage & Survival once did), don’t despair. The best way to learn is to get some basic instruction on fire starting and what a fire needs and then take that knowledge and go practice. And practice. And practice some more. And pretty soon you’ll be a survival fire building pro! Angela has all the tips you need to be a pro yourself.
Day 26 – How to Filter and Purify Water from Prepared Housewives
There are so many different definitions and ways on how to filter and purify water, but Prepared Housewives will keep it simple. The main thing you need to do is filter out the big stuff, and then purify the water from any lurking bacteria, germs, or other harmful things that could make you sick and do more damage than good. Filter + Purify = Drinking Water
Learn basic filtering options, ways to purify water and how to make a DIY water filter from a couple of five gallon buckets.