I ran across this post over in Zombie land - complete with photos. The individual was cleaning out a relative's home so they could move into an assisted living facility. Being LDS, they had a large amount food storage - put away in the late 70s and early 80s - based on the photos and package dates of the Chow. (One of the many pics at link above) From the post, it was obvious the family had purchased a large amount of food from a multi-level marketer (sound familiar?) and packed it away for "just in case". After 40 years all that was left went to the chickens - except for what went to the dump, which was nearly all of the storage foods. I'm sharing the link and related story as - perhaps - an object lesson that one can see with their own eyes. Long Term Storage (LTS) food should be part of a plan, a plan that includes rotation (as in store what you eat, eat what you store) Correct storage containers, preparation and storage conditions Menus for using the food (for rotation) Otherwise, the money is just wasted and the food more than likely winds up in a dump. The cheapest lesson is the one learned from another's mistakes...... I know I'm doing the coal to Newcastle thing, but for new members or visitors, it's worth repeating IMO.