I'm Zoe, new to permies.com
Me and my boyfriend have been living off grid for two years now, in a forest, in a yurt, in south of France.
This year's garden is much bigger and we are starting to wonder how are we going to store all our dry goods away from mices and mold.
I am mostly thinking about our beans, broadbeans, corn, lentils, quinoa, sunflower seeds...
That's why I started looking into the forum : so far I've found people talking about oxygen free bags and freezer storage.
We don't have the energetic capacity to use a freezer, and we don't want too just as we would really like to avoid buying plastic bags to store our food in.
I was wondering if any of you have had experienced hanging bags (like jute bags) ? or metal boxes ? or anything really .
Glass jars upcycled may be your best and cheapest bet. Buy the oxygen and moisture suckers to put in the jars. I also cut a piece of waxed paper or parchment to cover the top. It gives the lid a better seal. Stay away from plastic lids, the wee beasties can and will chew through them. After I wash the jars I rinse with a mild bleach water (I tablespoon bleach in 1 gallon of water) to make very sure the jar is bacteria free. Once they are very dry you can store your dry goods in them. Canning jars work too but I get a thrill when I get to upcyle something. I'm big on back-up plans. If one of the jars becomes compromised you haven't lost your whole supply. The metal tops can rust, another reason for the paper. Keeping the moisture in the room very low helps avoid rust. Good luck.
Given your list, canning jars might be the best bet. If you are planning on using the goods in the next 6 months, you can probably get by without the O2 absorbers. Just make sure the jars and contents are dry.
We have repurposed buckets with tight lids for storage of dry goods in our damp basement with mice. We got them from the local ice cream seller so they are food grade. We use the same buckets in our barn and have had rats chew through the lid of our fermenting chickenfeed, but no rodent infiltration within the house. We haven't had any trouble, but we make sure everything is very dry when we put it by. Adding something to absorb moisture is also a good idea, like a small spice/muslin/jute bag filled with rice.
Wishing you a bountiful harvest!
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