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Enemies of Food Storage

The first rule of food storage can be summed up in the acronym HALT.  It stands for the four enemies of good food storage.  These are Humidity, Air (oxygen), Light, and Temperature.  This is the basis of all food storage

To get the maximum storage life of your food you need to protect it from these four enemies. This will also preserve the maximum amount of nutrition.

  • Store your food at constant temperature of between 40 – 70 degrees.
  • Protect your foods from exposure to moisture and high humidity.
  • Protect your foods from exposure to oxygen.
  • Store your foods in a dark area or opaque containers.
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Four Simple Rules to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Foods

I have been storing food for 45 years and by following four simple rules have lost very little.  The only foods I have lost have been commercially canned products that failed to be rotated in a timely manner.  In my family we have wheat stored that is over forty years old and is still quite usable.

The rules of food storage are summed up by the acronym HALT.  It stands for the four enemies of good food storage.  These are humidity, air (oxygen), light and temperature.

Humidity or moisture will damage or destroy almost any foods over time.  Wheat and grains that are stored should be low moisture.  …

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