How to a general question about food preservation

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by dragonfly, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I recently had to dispose of a "LOT" of Ramen Noodles...
    We buy them in the 6 and 12 packs!
    They all went rancid after the use by date of 7/08!
    It's only the middle of October!
    Now we eat a lot of those things, and I just happened to open a package of 6 and found they had turned bad.
    So, I went into the "stores" and lo and behold, even with the best climate controlled atmosphere, they all went bad.
    That was a set back for sure.
    Is there any way to preserve them for an indefinite tiem?
    I have a dehydrator and a vacuum sealer, and loads of oxygen absorbers.
    I figured they would last better.
    No only did the plain noodles go bad, even the spice packets had turned!
    That does not bode well, for us that use them for survival staples!
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Designed obsolescence? Our economy would take a dump if things lasted forever....oh..
  3. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Seems to be a lot of it going around these days!
    At one time I heard, (may have been a rumor!), that the re-loading primers being sold only had a shelf life of only 2 years!
    Now that was an interesting one!
    I hope the ammo I have, lasts longer, as some is near 10 years old by now.
  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Hmmmm...... That is unfortunate. I also laid in a large stock of Ramen - thought it would last a long time - I need to check it.
  5. Sgt.Barnes

    Sgt.Barnes Monkey++

    The oil content in the noodles is why the rancid fast. Also the packaging is key. Most packet's are not air tight, and that means air, moisture can get to the noodles .
    If you wanting them to last longer it may be wise to vac pack them, store them in air tight containers( buckets or tupperware) you could do a test run with some o2 absorbers and mylar and see if they make it past a year but i dont think they will personally.
    But, i would store basic noodles myself, and add spice to them. While it may not be as cheap, considering that your throwing them out becuase they have gone bad it would be money saved !
  6. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Neighbor's dog loves them!
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Did the little flavor packets inside survive?
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