|Eww, mice have been here!|
|Mice are disgusting and dirty|
There are five primary ways we store food: 1) in plastic (containers, bags, or wraps) 2) in paper (sacks, packets, cardboard, or waxed), 3) in glass (jars or containers), 4) in cans, and in any of those containers combined with 5) refrigerator or freezer. In our country plastic reigns supreme, but glass is beginning to pull up in a close second.
|Vacuum Seal Containers are good for |
dry goods and short term storage
|Paper and Cardboard are no match|
for mice and insects
|I love Mason Jars!|
Glass: The magic of the Mason jar Anyone who knows me knows I am a super big proponent of Mason jars for storage. They are inexpensive, reusable, can be washed and sterilized, and store neatly on shelves. Rodents cannot chew through glass. Glass can be recycled if broken. It is easy to see the contents of a Mason jar. Glass does not leach chemicals and stores things air tight. Jars are great for storing wet foods, dried foods, and dehydrated food.
|Only the cans survived|
Ok, so what is the best way to store food so that you don't attract insects and rodents?
|Sugar I vacuum sealed and |
keep stored in freezer
- Storing foods in glass containers such as Mason style jars and purchasing canned foods is the best approach for goods that will be stored on pantry shelves.
- Keeping meets and freezable items frozen in a deep freeze will preserve the food and prevent invasion by critters.
- Storing open packages in the refrigerator is also an excellent preventative measure.
- Finally, making sure to clean up after every meal, cleaning up any food spills, and taking the trash/compost outside away from the house diligently will do most of the work to keep the critters at bay.
- Vacuum sealing bulk items in smaller quantities in high quality vacuum seal bags.
No matter where you live, country, city, or suburb, insects and rodents can become a problem. Being proactive will prevent unwelcome dining guests from calling your home their home.