How to Use Food Storage Containers

How to Use Food Storage Containers
How to Use Food Storage Containers

What Container Works Best for Long Term Food Storage?

• Mylar packaging
• Vacuum sealed
• Plastic containers
• MRE 9001

Answer: Vacuum Sealed

Most survival and emergency preparedness companies provide a vacuum sealed container or packaging for maximum shelf life. In most cases, survival foods that are vacuum sealed and packaged in cans or buckets have longer shelf lives.

Mylar packaging is a good way of sealing food but once you open the package, it must be consumed right away. Plastic containers work but require oxygen absorption to get a better shelf life and MRE 9001 models are not ideal for survival situations since this particular type of MRE does not exist.


Using vacuumed sealed containers can help extend the shelf of most foods like meats, fish and poultry by about two to three years compared to using generic or conventional methods of freezing or storing foods.

It’s important to keep in mind that vacuum packaging should not be substitute for dehydration or canning foods and it’s not an alternative to refrigeration. While you don’t need to keep cereal stored in cold temperatures, dairies, meats and other products definitely need it.

~To Your Survival!

On a budget? Not to worry….here’s a video that shows how can to save money by creating your own vacuum sealer. (We highly recommend you use equipment meant for vacuum sealing foods. Try this at your own risk).


Learn how to vacuum seal meat, produce and dry goods without a vacuum sealer using regular freezer bags from

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