Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: Keep Your Stash Out of the Trash

It does not matter if you are a part-time prepper who struggles to stash enough food for the next 72 hours or you are a tried and true, die-hard prepper who stores a three-year supply of everything you need in a custom designed underground bunker. If you fall into either of these categories or maybe somewhere in between, you already know finding ways to effectively store necessary items, especially food can be a challenge.

Moisture, air and mold are three elements that can quickly turn your stash into trash. Moisture breeds mold and mold can get on anything; from food to fabric and some forms of mold can lead to health problems. Unwanted air can cause freezer burning on meats and vegetables plus it quickly turns your cereals and grains stale. Having water soaked clothing or wet matches is not fun either, especially if you find yourself in an emergency situation. The good news is there is a product that can prevent all three of these elements from ruining your supply.

Shop for FoodSaver GameSaver Appliances and Supplies

The FoodSaver family of appliances offers a great solution to prevent these problems. Typically thought of as just a device to help keep freezer burn off your pork chops, the uses for this device are endless. All of the FoodSaver models operate on the simple concept of vacuuming out the air inside the bag or container, even removing the trapped air. The makers of FoodSaver offer several different models that range from space saving models to sealed container models. It even offers the on-the-go, outdoor-friendly model “GameSaver” that can be operated using a 12-volt car adaptor. This makes it ideal for hunters and anglers looking to preserve their harvest while it is still at its freshest. Plus the FoodSaver offers a variety of sizes of  rolled bag material that enable you to customize the size best suited for your application.

The FoodSaver truly gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Here are a few things you can use your FoodSaver for:

FoodSaver GameSaver in Use
It is easy to preserve your game to eat another day using the FoodSaver GameSaver.

General Food

  • Dry food storage—beans, rice, grain, cereals, dried fruits
  • Freezer storage—vegetables, fruits, meat, fish

Premade Meals-Individual portion pouches

  • Ideal use for camping, hiking, fishing
  • Premeasured cooking or baking ingredients—coffee, pancake mixes, biscuit mixes
  • Individual water pouches
  • Vacuum seal a block of ice for coolers or ice packs


  • Important documents—insurance papers, birth certificates, car titles
  • Spare clothing
  • Matches or fire starters
  • Medical kits
  • Ammo

    FoodSaver GameSaver
    You can easily save your “catch” to eat later.


  • In the field wild game storage of meat and fish
  • Trail mix, jerky
  • Ammo
  • Bait or lures
  • Hunting license and ID storage
  • Cell phone, keys

Prepping for the future is not overly difficult especially if you have the right tools for the job. Regardless of whether you are wishing to freeze corn on the cob, protect your wild game harvest while still in the field, or even keep important documents safe from the elements, the FoodSaver is a product worth the investment. The uses for this must-have appliance are endless.

How do you save your food? Tell us in the comment section.


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Comments (13)

  1. Funny story – at least I think so and its been 17 years since it happened. Bought a food saver for (what else) saving food and mostly freezer protection as we bought hogs and steers and had them custom trimmed. Story though is this: Christmas, 2001 new house then 4 year old son. Wrapped one of his presents in the food saver outer box and when he opened that package Christmas Eve he declared: “my very own food saver, great!”

  2. I think for an apocalyptic event, that methods which are repeatable and attainable with reusable gear is what we should focus on. So in other words, canning jars, food dehydrators, smokers, and such would be the way to go.

    That being said, we live in the here and now with all kinds of convenient and effective gear, equipment and appliances and cool stuff like plastic bags, Velcro, and all kinds of commercially made, we can’t but reproduce at home. As long as we can get it, we should take full advantage and I think a vacuum sealer is one of those things we can get a lot of use out of and besides preserving what we pack with it, the individual “packages” take less space and they can be stacked flat or on their side in a container, foot locker, hidden in the rafters, buried or tossed under the front car seat.

    I like the portable models, but would have another unit with the ability to use the wide mouth jar sealing adapter. The jars are a small investment, but can be reused indefinitely and the jars and lids can be stock piled in a safe place on shelves or stacked at the bottom of a closet.

  3. My get home bag has clothing vacuum sealed for space and dryness. Works great and reduces clothing to a fraction of the space they would need otherwise.

  4. I believe primers & powder are more susceptible to extreme temperature changes than anything else. Concerning ammunition, I have handholds that still shoot fine for handguns that’s more than 30 years old.
    I also have 22 LR ammo from CCI, Winchester & Remington that also shoot just like new ammo.
    I was an FFL dealer years ago & have enough of the rimfire ammo to last me the rest of my life.
    I read up on storing ammo years ago & learned a stable temperature in the 70 – 80┬░ temperature range was sufficient for long term storage. It’s worked out fine for me over the years.
    I was buying it for about $7.00 to $7.50 per 500 rounds at that time.

  5. Boy I hope the apocalypse doesn’t happen as I am not prepped like you guys…however, I have enough food and ammo for about 1-year…won’t be pretty nor fun.

    My guess is a major govt malfunction, attack, cyber attack that takes the power grid. That’s the chaos! No POWER. Most people, especially those dependent on govt will be first in the streets looking for YOUR stuff (free of course). Make sure you have propane to cook, stored gas, generator too.
    Good luck!

  6. The best long time storage in my opinion is to use wide mouth or narrow mouth Mason or Kerr jars, insert an oxygen absorber packet in each jar, and use a vacuum sealer on them to pull a good vacuum on them. I then store them, depending on the food, in the freezer or a refrigerator without a freezer that I got from Sears, special order. I use half gallon and quart jars that I usually get at Ace Hardware, (they have the best price in my town, surprise, surprise). Several companies make vacuum sealer attachments so that you can pull vacuum on wide mouth jars and attachments for small mouth jars, just look on eBay. Food stored in this manner is usually good for 25 plus years.

  7. sells an attachment that works with some food savers consisting of a hose and ring system that allows you to vacuum seal wide-mouth mason jars with the device. I’ve found this to be far superior for dry food storage than the bags, which are hit-or-miss in retaining vacuum.

  8. Hello All,

    I have a suggestion. I suggest you purchase and use mylar bags instead of the typical freezer bag. The reason is that freezer bags, as good as they are, do not hermetically seal as do mylar bags. Thus there will eventually be a loss of vacuum with the expected consequences. Standard freezer bags have minute cross-hatches scored into them which allow for the vacuum to be drawn. Mylar bags do not have the cross-hatches, thus when sealed are hermetically sealed and because mylar is not porous at all, it can maintain the vacuum almost indefinitely.

    However, you will need to make a “comb-like” piece out of thin plastic stock and use it to accomplish the vacuum. So Cal Preppers has a “how to” YouTube video on this procedure.

    Further, I suggest you purchase dessicant packs to absorb any remaining moisture and oxygen absorber packs to remove any traces of oxygen.

    Following these steps you can store many foods and other things for many years, as much as 15-25 years depending on the food product you seal

    Good luck,


    1. @ Franco.

      Unfortunately “MYLAR” won’t Thermal Stabilize” the contents within the bag. Unless you’re willing to pay-out the Expense of Buying a “Thermal-Stabilization” Oven to KILL the Bacteria on the Food Source, the Food will still go bad…

  9. hay dick , i don’t see why it wouldn’t work for primers and powder as long as it is kept in the original containers ! ! !

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