The Importance of Proper Storage

So, last night, my wife went to get a new sack of flour out of storage. There were three 5 pound sacks in a sealed five-gallon plastic pail.

Found bugs all over all three sacks. Lovely.

We had bought these sacks toward the beginning of this year when they were on sale. Thankfully, those three sacks were the only things in that particular bucket so the loss was minimal.

Why did we get bugs? Thinking back, we missed a step in the storage process. For grains like flour, you should freeze them for a few days before storing them. Freezing them will kill off any mites or other bugs that may have worked their way into the sacks.

After they’ve been frozen, put them into the buckets and secure the lids. Some folks go a step further and fill the buckets with nitrogen and/or add oxygen absorbers before sealing them up. We might end up going that route. We’re going to check our other storage over the weekend and see how things are holding up.

I’m just thankful we found the problem now, rather than when we truly needed the flour.

I cannot stress enough the importance of inspecting your food storage from time to time. Make mistakes now before they really matter.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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