Sam's Club (and I'm sure other retailers) sells these by the 50 lb. bag. The price per pound comes out to be ridiculously cheap when you compare that with 1 lb. or even 10 lb. bag of the same food item. The combination of rice and beans can sustain a person for a very long time. The two together form what nutritionists call a "complete protein". In other words, "meat substitute". Although, I would argue that there is no substitute for meat!
I ordered a starter kit of metalized bags, oxygen (O2) absorbers and food grade 6 gallon plastic buckets from Emergency Essentials.
|About 33 lbs. of Pinto Beans.|
|About 40 lbs. of Rice.|
|2000 cc oxygen absorbers.|
For anything over 35 lbs. one of the 2000 cc absorbers was called for. If it was border line, then I just threw in two for additional insurance. Also note that when placing more than one absorber that it is recommended to ensure they are not on top of one another. The absorbers are basically filled with metal (iron, I believe) that binds oxygen by essentially rusting at a high rate. Note that these came in a pack of 10. A person has to use them all at once or figure out a way to seal them up. I've seen some folks suggest mason jars and others to re-seal them if you have a vacuum sealer.
|Demonstration of technique to seal metalized bags using a flat surface and clothes iron.|
Other than my one mistake, I feel this was a pretty easy endeavor. If you are looking for a way to store bulk dry foods, then look no further than making "Super Pails".