We offer a variety of packaging types for our food products. Products packed in pouches, #2.5 cans, #10 cans, and 6 gallon buckets contain an oxygen absorber. See this link on shelf life and storage conditions for the different products available and how you can dramatically increase your food storage shelf life.
For best storage and longest life, either cans or buckets are recommended. Paper bags and "boxed" products are NOT recommended for long term storage unless you repackage these yourself into airtight containers with oxygen absorbers. We also sell buckets and oxygen absorbers so you can do this yourself. Pouch products have a more limited recommended shelf life due to the packaging (pouches are not hard-sided like cans or buckets).
Periodic inspection of your food storage is highly recommended to ensure proper storage conditions.
SP = Superpail: This is a heavy food grade plastic bucket with the added insurance of a metalized nonporous mylar bag. The bag is filled with the product and an 1500cc oxygen absorber packet to remove oxygen. The bag is vacuum sealed and the bucket is sealed with a gasketed lid. The mylar bag protects the product from light, moisture and oxygen. Because of the air proof nature of the mylar bag, your product will remain 99.5% oxygen free.
Buckets are 17.5" tall, 12" in diameter.
RB = Ribbed Bucket: This is the same bucket as the Superpail, but without the insurance of the mylar bag. Ribbed Buckets are generally cheaper than Superpails, but the tradeoff to this cost savings means that they have a shorter shelf life due to the lack of a mylar bag. Secondly, in the event that the bucket is punctured or damaged, there is no 'second skin' to protect your food. Ribbed buckets must be inspected periodically to ensure integrity. For ultimate long term storage, we strongly recommend that our customers choose the Superpail buckets.
Buckets are "made to order", ensuring the freshest possible pack date. No date codes are used on buckets, the ship date should be used as their packaging date.
Important notes on buckets:
Can products - There are two types of cans we use for freeze dried and dehydrated food. The size 10 can is the large coffee can size everyone is familiar with (1 gallon). The size 2.5 can is the smaller can, the size of a large soup can.
Each can has one oxygen absorber packet which insures that contents remain 99.5% oxygen free. Size 10 cans use a 500cc absorber and size 2.5 cans use a 300cc absorber.
(6) size 10 cans is a full case (box), boxes are 13" x 19" x 7.5".
All cans are shipped dent free from the cannery. We do not ship out dented cans. Any can that is received severely dented on the seam or fold of the can is considered damaged and is caused during shipment mishandling. Any minor dent elsewhere on the can is not considered damaged because the food is dehydrated and has different guidelines than other canned foods such as wet-pack foods found in the supermarket.
Survival Cave Meat is real meat, cooked in the can, and is sold by the case.
Each case contains 12 cans. There are two sizes of cans, the 28 oz can (4.75" tall) and the 14.5 oz can (4.44" tall).
Dimensions of the 28 oz cans case: 16" x 5" x 12.5". Dimension of the 14.5 oz cans case: 12.25" x 9.25" x 4.88".
Pouch Products are available from Rainy Day, Mountain House, Survival Cave, and Survivor Industries. Rainy Day also offers some 5 lb mylar bags that are "pouches". They all use a heavy foil / mylar pouch with or without ziplock openings, and are all date coded. 2 person and 4 person sizes are most common, there are larger sizes too depending upon the product (read the descriptions to determine sizes). We have found that pouch products can usually be eaten well beyond their expiration dates by several years. Survival Cave uses buckets to protect their pouches, increasing shelf life to decades.
These type of square buckets are not airtight (no square lid bucket is airtight from any manufacturer), but the pouches inside are airtight. They store sealed food pouches in a durable hard sided container that has the added benefits of being portable, stackable, and keeping the pouches dry and protected.
Survival Cave Bucket Dimensions: 16.75" x 13.75" x 13".
Mountain House Bucket Dimensions: 10” x 9.25” x 13”.
Rainy Day uses the 5 gallon Ribbed Bucket (RB) bucket (which is round and airtight) for their Quick & Easy Entree kit which contains sealed mylar pouches.
All of our cans are date coded. Rainy Day use Julian date codes on their cans. This is an ink stamp on the top of the can.
Example: 10303 Cabbage 32809. The first set of numbers is the product code. The second set of number is the Julian date (packing date). This can was packed 328th day of 2009.
Buckets - see bucket pack date comments above, buckets are "made to order", ensuring freshest possible pack date.
Signature Meats - Cans are date coded as follows:
The top set of numbers is the date, for example: C0173.
The C is the product (chicken), the 1st number is the year (2000), the last 3 numbers are the day of the year in Julian date (173rd day of the year). The bottom set of numbers is the USDA number.
Production dates are stamped on the cans. Pouches are also date coded in buckets.
B = Beef, 2 = 2012, 201 = the last 3 numbers are the day of the year in Julian date (201 day of the year).
The product manufacturing code appears on the back of Mountain House pouches and on the bottom of Mountain House cans. The date in the code represents the date on which the product was packaged. As of January 2001 they are now printing BEST IF USED BY dates on the back of each pouch and cans. Both cans and pouches now have 30 year shelf life in proper storage conditions.