All those threads about cannibalism got me motivated! :laugh: Seriously... For anyone out there who doesn't have some food stored long-term, figured I'd share my story to get you started...because it's a lot easier than I thought! 1. Just get some bulk rice, beans, spaghetti etc. Anything that is dry with a low fat content will last a long, long time. 2. I found some Mylar bags combined with oxygen absorbers online at Amazon. It may not have been the cheapest way to get this stuff, but it was easy...for less than $50 I ended up with bags etc to package 6 months of food for a family of four. I got a mix of 1-gallon and 5-gallon mylar bags (food grade). The 1gallon are a lot better in terms of fitting into a 5 gallon bucket and ease of moving them around. The 5gallon works for just 'sacking up' like 50 lbs of beans or rice at once. 3. Put the food and the oxygen absorber and seal the Mylar bag with your iron. 4. Put the Mylar bags full of food in a 5 gallon plastic bucket (ensures protection against rodents). You're done! I couldn't believe how simple and easy it really is. It took me only about 2 hours to package up 3 months of food for a family of four. Anyway, thought my tale might kick-start some fellow forum members. Good luck.