Food Question about stored grains, etc..

Babs

Veteran Member
I have about 1000lbs of stored grains, beans, & rice. I packaged it up about 14 years ago, in mylar w/ 02 absorbers, and sealed in buckets. Until this past year, it has been stored in a cool basement. We sold our home last Feb., and had to place everything in a storage unit, until such time that we could start building our new home. It's been in storage all through the summer months, where the temp was often above 90-100 degrees.

I am wondering if this food is any good now at all. Is it still good for food but just less nutritious? Is it not good for food at all? Would it still be good to use as fodder for animals? Should I just toss it out?

We have a huge investment here, and I'm slowly trying to replace some of the things with fresh, but I'd really hate to have to toss it all out.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
 

Samuel Adams

Veteran Member
I have about 1000lbs of stored grains, beans, & rice. I packaged it up about 14 years ago, in mylar w/ 02 absorbers, and sealed in buckets. Until this past year, it has been stored in a cool basement. We sold our home last Feb., and had to place everything in a storage unit, until such time that we could start building our new home. It's been in storage all through the summer months, where the temp was often above 90-100 degrees.

I am wondering if this food is any good now at all. Is it still good for food but just less nutritious? Is it not good for food at all? Would it still be good to use as fodder for animals? Should I just toss it out?

We have a huge investment here, and I'm slowly trying to replace some of the things with fresh, but I'd really hate to have to toss it all out.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Definitely animal feed, at least....especially for chickens.

You would need to cook the beans.....
just like you would for chili, etc.
Chickens go nuts over cooked beans.

14 years old, so handled, I wouldn’t want to rely on such for my own food, but I would certainly crack open a few and sample.
 

bluelady

Veteran Member
Should be fine since they're whole grains & not flour. We have some from a couple of decades ago :) and we no longer eat grains, but I plan to use them for sprouts/microgreens in the winter or when fresh greens aren't available/affordable.
 

Illini Warrior

Illini Warrior
that summer temp range certainly took life off your food - good thing is that grains properly prepped for LTS are at that max longevity curve - 30-35 years for your hard shell stuff isn't fantasy - might have to grind something like rice into a flour supplement ....

keep it as is for another 10 years and then start the worry ....
 

Walrus

Veteran Member
Samuel is right. Crack open a few and cook them up; it'll tell you more than anyone here could, because all we could do is offer a best guess.

I suspect it's all fine and good as long as the bags are still intact and properly sealed. That's one of the reasons I like vacuum-packing in mylar; it's really easy to tell if there's a good seal or not.
 

Faroe

Un-spun
If they look fine, they are fine. The beans may need pressure canning to get soft.
Just try some. Old grains properly stored aren't going to kill you. The only problem I've had with grains/beans is when they came from the supplier moldy. That is a no-go, and those bags got returned.
 

AlaskaSue

North to the Future
Only thing is the rice, it can go rancid under those conditions. You can smell it immediately when you open it up.

Grains are very likely to be fine; beans too (though possibly past the age where they’ll cook like normal, but they can be ground and then cooked if all else fails on getting them tender).
 
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