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  • Megalist of Stockpilng Mistakes? Please share here...

    We all know that food is subjected to much more than just looting. The 5 food storage enemies (detailed here: http://www.survivalsullivan.com/how-...torage-enemies ) are:

    - light
    - temperature
    - moisture
    - oxygen
    - and pests

    So let's add here all the mistakes one can make with their stockpile. I'll start:

    - Storing food in an attic is a bad idea. Not only you get high temperatures in the summer in many cases, but even if you don't, temperature variations are also detrimental.

    - Canning food the wrong way...

    - storing medicine in the bathroom - bad idea because of moisture

    - and more in this article on the blog: http://www.survivalsullivan.com/thes...l-any-prepper/

    What mistakes have you made with food, water and medicine storage?
    Always stay safe,

    Dan

  • #2
    Storing food on low shelves in the basement where the dog could get to them and eat them! Not only did it make the dog sick for 3 days, but I lost a lot of supplies!

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    • #3
      If your stockpiling, try what your buying! if you don't like it, don't buy anymore, and stay away from WISE food's! they suck and don't have the calories you need!

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      • #4
        Agreed, with so many reviews on blogs, youtube and amazon, it's really easy to pick the best products.
        Always stay safe,

        Dan

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        • #5
          Would love to hear some ideas about stockpiling water

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          • Megan Stewart
            Megan Stewart commented
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            I use the plastic jugs with the paper or plastic handles on them. I wash them out really well with a long handled dish washing brush and soap. Then I fill them with tap water and add a touch of household bleach. I screw the caps back on tight and store them in the garage or under the bed. My goal this year though is to put in a rainwater collection barrel or two with a fine mesh screen to filter out the majority of debris.

        • #6
          I sell deydrated water,, all you do is add water and reconstitute it!

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          • #7
            You're not completely off with your idea. Some guy in the UK actually sells fresh water tot eh Chinese: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-n...elling-7315418
            Always stay safe,

            Dan

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            • #8
              That was funny

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              • #9
                And a little sad, too lol
                Always stay safe,

                Dan

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                • #10
                  I haven't made any mistakes yet one have learned is not put all your chickens in one basket. Saying that. I have separate food into different zip lot bags then separate them into different tolts so that you are not having to get into different tolts. So I don't put all my same food in one basket I split it up . Because if you spend your time looking for this our that then that is enough time for some see you going through your stash I hope said all that right

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                  • #11
                    Read somewhere a few years ago that ALL field grains are subject to Weevil infestation (eggs) prior to harvesting.

                    The way to go is to freeze the flour, oats, etc etc etc for at least FIVE days prior to long term storage. And if any beasties remain and are hatched, find the smallest/finest sieve to get rid of them.

                    OC
                    Last edited by Old Codger; 10-15-2016, 12:51 PM.

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                    • #12
                      Sky Pilot writes to stay away from 'Wise' foods - granted. Is there any other brand worth the $ and is gluten-free? In addition, what about burying the food stash before the govt' or other thieves come to steal?

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                      • #13
                        I feel the biggest mistake is not trying the food before storing it. What if you don't like it's? Also you should store the ingredients to make meals from scratch...you can make many different meals with the same basic ingredients. Would you rather eat stew every day? Or use those ingredients and make stroganoff or meat with vegies etc?

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                        • #14
                          Storing water in 55galon bpa free plastic drums works well for me and mine but you have to careful to not have them on the ground without a barrier. In summer if the cement gets hot , it will leach chemicals from both the cement and soil beneath. http://www.preparednesspro.com/myths...-water-storage Also be sure to rotate. WATER DOES GO BAD.

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                          • #15
                            Keep an inventory. And write down where you stored it. I know I have things, but never can find it when I need it.

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