This is a discussion on Food storage mistakes. within the Garden, Canning, Long Term Food Storage forums, part of the Survival Food Procurement category; I thought it might be useful to share some of my own mishaps, and perhaps others might want to share as well. Like most here ...
I thought it might be useful to share some of my own mishaps, and perhaps others might want to share as well. Like most here who are putting back food for hard times, I've
got a few different levels of storage. Some stuff that I intend to use within a year and other things in 5-10 years and finally stuff that is supposed to last me 25 years. Of
course the real long term stuff is going to lose a lot of nutrition, but it's goal is merely to sustain life. That real long term stuff is more about me not wanting actually have to
rotate through it unless I really have to.
Alright, that said, often times I'd just bring home certain items from the store knowing I wasn't going to keep them more than a year. So as a result they'd be left in the
original packaging in the panty downstairs. Well, we had some work done on the house last fall that left the basement area open for a couple months and a crew of guys
working down there six days a week.
So, needless to say I kept my pantry locked up. Then unfortunately in came the critters. Mice and rats. They chewed through peanut butter jars, jelly jars, bottles of ranch dressing, bbq
sauce bottles...Mylar bags of Mrs Fields red sauce and salsa canning mix.
And I keep poison traps out, but lemme tell you they like people food much better. I'll include some pics.
They got into the BOBS and ate some MRE's. They even got into EMPTY mylar bags and oxy absorbers--I kid you not. Folks, if there's any possibility of rodents, it's gonna during an SHFT situation, so don't do what I have done.
Now I keep anything that's not rodent proof in the fridge or freezer or in galvanized metal trash cans. BTW, it wasn't an issue in the kitchen, only in the basement.
Heck they ate my sisters Jeep to the point it wouldn't even start. Chewed the wiring harness clean through. So I can imagine what they'd chew into for a meal.
Have to stay on the traps and poison year round. Last winter was a record for numbers of mice that I've seen in years.
Last edited by Chipper; 05-01-2020 at 02:22 PM.
All my rat susceptible stores are in the kitchen cabinets or in the comm shelters which are rat,
mouse and bug proof, they will float without taking in any water.
Much of my stores are in 20MM cans and the contents are vac packed with O2 eaters.
Each shelter also has a minimum of 5K of assorted primary ammo and mags in cans.
Several of the shelters are piled right to the ceilings , I have shown pics of them before.
I had a rat or mouse eat the plastic handle coatings off of a pair of Weiss sheet metal cutters a few years ago, they were in the shop.
Last edited by SOCOM42; 05-01-2020 at 03:07 PM.
Oh, yeah, and if you have #10 cans, use the plastic lids to cover the tops. It really does protect them! I'll take a pic and show you what I mean.
Last edited by Annie; 05-01-2020 at 03:09 PM.
Vanished, into the mist.