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Old 08-04-2011, 03:37 PM
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I live in Las Vegas. Its very dry but over the summers the temperature consistently hits over 100 degrees for a couple months. In the winters it gets very cold, down to about 30.

I have read that high temperature and drastic temperature change is bad for stored food. However I have also read that dry weather is good for stored food.

I am planning on using 5 gal buckets with mylar bags and O2 absorbers. One chart I saw said that at 90 degrees the shelf life of stored food drops to about 18 months. Would this be true even in a very dry climate? Are their certain foods I should avoid?

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In the winters it gets very cold, down to about 30.
LOL, I thought you said "cold".

Underground storage would be the best bet if you don't have a cool climate-controlled place. I'm in a desert environ too, not *quite* as hot as you (but also a lot colder), but close... my basement stays a pretty cool 55-65 year-round and seems to work pretty well.
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MREs will go bye bye. YOu can eat them but nutritional value is gone quickly in that kind of heat. Store them in very cool place. Never carry MRE in your car.

Dry is good for lots of things but temps will kill you. Inside your house in closets, under beds, in pantry. Never in attic or garage or storage shed.
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Underground isn't an option, I don't have a basement, and I don't have money to tear up my backyard and put a shelter in... yet.

I can keep it in a closet or in my garage, both of which will be out of the sunlight, but it will heat up.
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I'm in Vegas too, so I know what you mean. Yes, dry is really nice for so many things, but the extreme temps make it tough. We have a basement, so I keep temp sensitive items down there. Other than that, anything that I don't want to get destroyed stays in the house and never out in the shed or garage. Unless you never run AC, your house has got to be cool enough, right? How much is your closet heating up?


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