Authored By Eva





Proper food storage can extend the life of food from months to years. It can make the difference in many situations, including survival.


Most foods can be successfully stored in Mylar bags, but some are more suitable for long-term food storage than others. Foods that are high in fat, for example meat, nuts and legumes, will turn rancid in just 3-12 months, regardless of how they're stored. Dry, low fat foods, such as oats and grains, can be stored for many years in an anaerobic environment.




What is a Mylar bag or pouch?





Mylar bags are made from several layers of laminated food-grade plastic and aluminum. Food doesn’t react with the aluminum because it is separated by a special food-safe lining. They provide a strong light, moisture, and oxygen barrier which protects the items in the bag. High quality pouches will do the best job storing various food products.


Why are Mylar bags the best for food storage?





The qualities of Mylar bags that make them ideal for food storage are:

  • High tensile strength
  • Flexible material
  • Isolating barrier properties


Mylar bags do a great job of protecting against air, moisture, insects, and other elements. They are able to remove oxygen and then protect against air entering in the future, which is the key factor when storing food for the future. Another advantage of Mylar bags is that they can suit your unique needs. They come in a variety of sizes, from small enough to store garden seeds to large enough to line a 5-gallon bucket. Plus, Wallaby bags offer a resealable airtight zipper so that you don’t need to invest in any separate tools, and you can use them again and again. They’re also economical and can even be bought in bulk. You’ll find Mylar bags in almost any survival food kit available.





 There are many ways to prepare and package food for long term storage, but Mylar bags are really the gold standard. Below are some examples of commonly stored foods and how long they'll remain good to eat when stored in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.


Less than 1 year:

  • Nuts
  • Crisps or chips
  • Chocolate or candy
  • Brown rice


Between 1 - 3 years:

  • Dehydrated meat, i.e. beef jerky
  • Yeast
  • Crackers
  • Roasted coffee beans (placed in freezer for best results)


Between 3 and 5 years:

  • Baby milk/formula
  • Cornmeal (maize flour)
  • Herbs (ground)
  • Powdered milk (full-fat)
  • Sprouting seeds


Between 5 and 10 years:

  • Alfalfa
  • Gluten
  • Granola
  • Herbs (whole)
  • Millet
  • Mung beans
  • Quinoa
  • Peppercorns (whole)
  • Peanut butter powder
  • Powdered milk (semi-skimmed)
  • Powdered egg
  • Rye
  • Unbleached flour
  • Wheat flakes


Between 10 and 20 years:

  • Black turtle beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Buckwheat
  • Butter/margarine powder
  • Chickpeas
  • Cocoa powder
  • Durham wheat
  • Flax
  • White flour
  • Wholewheat flour


Between 20 and 30 years:

  • Coffee (instant)
  • Freeze-dried fruit and vegetables
  • Hulled oats
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans
  • Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Pink beans
  • Powdered milk (skimmed)
  • Rolled oats
  • Tea (bags or loose)
  • White rice



  • Baking soda/powder
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Sugar