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Long-Term Food Storage Tips Using Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth for long-term food storage

With the time, effort, and money you put into having a well-stocked pantry, you will want to make every effort you can to protect it. More than ever, people have to rely on their “pandemic” pantry to bulk out their day-to-day meals, making the need to preserve and store your goods long-term that much more critical.

Long-Term Food Storage

There are few things more disappointing than seeing the food you’ve squirreled away for a rainy day ruined by the natural elements or, even worse, bugs. By knowing what your food’s worst enemies are and understanding how they can infiltrate your food will allow you to take steps to prevent them from wreaking their havoc on your supply.

When everything from sunlight and moisture to bugs and bacteria can damage your food, planning to store long-term foodstuffs, such as rice, dry milk, beans, or sugar, you will want to consider repackaging them to more food-safe containers than those they often come in. In North America, most companies package their dry goods in packaging that is more suitable for short-term use, meaning those goods likely will not hold up during their long-term storage. While the USDA allows for certain food defects in our food sources, it’s ideal for preventing them as best you can at all costs.

Here are five easy-to-follow steps for useful food storage that can be used alone or combined, creating a multi-barrier approach, which provides even better food security.

Polyester Film Food Liners

Polyester film food liners, such as Mylar bags, are another option for storing your dry goods for the long haul. While not a 100% barrier to potential oxygen and bug contamination, adding a thin film liner will ensure you have multiple barriers to protect your food. There are thicker grades of plastic worth investing in if dedicated long-term storage is the goal with this lifestyle change because while costlier, they can last up to 20 years.

Food-Grade 5-Gallon Buckets 

Simple Food-grade 5-gallon buckets are among the most popular storage device for those who store large bulk quantities of food. Typically, a food-grade container has the number “2” stamped inside the recycling symbol or the acronym “HDPE” stamped below it. Be sure to clean any storage container with warm soapy water and dry it thoroughly before placing any food inside. Spill-proof lids are super important too, and caps with gaskets and gamma lids are both excellent choices because they don’t require a lid opener. 

Desiccant Packets

Desiccant packets are a decades-old technology used to moderate the moisture level within a container. While highly effective, it is essential to know that desiccant is highly inedible, and if in any way exposed to your stored food outside of it’s packet protection, the entire food item will need to be thrown out. Also, note that you should not use desiccant with certain food items, such as flour, sugar, and salt, as these items need a certain amount of moisture to stay edible and not turn into a hard brick.

Oxygen Absorbers

Oxygen absorbers, which begin working the moment they’re exposed to oxygen, start working efficiently when you open the package. They can come in assorted sizes and are typically expected to add 2,000 ccs of oxygen absorbers to one 5-gallon bucket. While non-toxic and won’t change your food’s taste or smell, oxygen absorbers are not edible.

Food-Grade Diatomaceous earth

Food-grade diatomaceous earth provides a natural and sustainable approach to long-term food storage. Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. It’s organic and safe to use around food, pets, and children. It will act as an insect and pest repellent, in addition to being a desiccating agent. Sprinkling DE around your food storage containers and in crucial entry points to your storage room creates a significant force field around your goods. 

Diatomaceous Earth is used as natural pest control

Diatomaceous Earth is used as natural pest control in empty grain silos and storage bins. It can also manage insects on plants, deodorize cat litter, and kill external parasites.

Please Note: Diatomaceous earth can be harmful to beneficial insects like honey bees. Please use it with caution. Only food-grade diatomaceous earth should be used as an insecticide and in animal feed. Food grade diatomaceous earth meets stringent regulations in terms of crystalline silica and heavy metal content, making it safe for animals to consume.

If you would like to purchase Diatomaceous Earth to aid in your long-term food storage endeavors, Absorbent Products has several food-grade Diatomaceous Earth products that are available across North America, as well as specially formulated consumer products for the rest of your home or farm.

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Managing Ammonia With Horses

Diatomaceous earth to manage ammonia levels can be a helpful tool in the upkeep and care of horses. DE is the fossilized remains of tiny algae organisms called diatoms. Mined and milled from thousand-year-old lakes and oceans, diatomaceous earth is made primarily of silica and other valuable trace minerals including magnesium, calcium, sodium, and iron. As a naturally porous substance, DE is a beneficial agent for managing and removing moisture from spaces that is not detrimental to animals and livestock that come in contact with it.

In addition to the other notable uses of using DE in maintaining a happy, clean barn. Adding it to your daily upkeep routine has the ability to maintain and neutralize the buildup of ammonia for both the comfort and health of your horses.

An all-natural solution for preventing ammonia

Diatomaceous earth (DE) reduces build-up and controls odours, Stall Dry bedding freshener is a non-toxic, non-caustic and completely safe formula for your horse barn. By absorbing offending odours and moisture, there is also a reduction in the growth of bacteria, viruses, and insects, including house flies and darkling beetles.

Safe to use on dirt, rubber, metal, wood, and concrete surfaces to reduce unwanted odours and save money. A mixture of clay and natural blend of food-grade DE. The Stall Dry formula is perfect for the natural reduction and neutralization of ammonia buildup. High concentrations of ammonia in the air irritates the sensitive mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth increasing the susceptibility of animals to various respiratory infections. Most studies implicate finer particulate and endotoxins in the air as the primary factors. Managing ammonia concentrations at the floor level is where it is much higher. Horses are exposed to a concentrated dose of ammonia when sleeping or resting.

When used as a daily part of your maintenance routine, you can even lower bedding costs and reduce cleanup time by reducing the moisture overall. Manure is more comfortable to spread and has improved fertility value when spread on fields, with the DE itself aiding in composting.

To use Absorbent Products’ Stall Dry in your horse barn for effective ammonia maintenance and control, simply shake a moderate amount of product on the recently cleaned stall floor before laying down fresh bedding.

Where to purchase Stall Dry

  • Purchase Stall Dry for managing ammonia levels in your barn, please visit any reputable feed and agricultural supply stores throughout the United States and Canada. If your local feed store does not carry it, please ask them to bring it in for you.

Click here to find a distributor in your area (US distribution only). If you are in Canada or are unable to locate a distributor in your area, please contact us!

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Our White Lake Diatomaceous Earth

White Lake Diatomaceous Earth is a pure, fresh water Diatomaceous Earth. It is Food Chemical Codex Grade DE made of amorphous silica. Found in soil, sand, and stone, silica is a dexterous substance utilized extensively throughout the world.

You can purchase our White Lake Diatomaceous Earth through our Canadian and American distributors.

Absorbent Products LTD sources our White Lake Diatomaceous Earth from a deposit just outside of Vale, Oregon. Containing a naturally pure form of amorphous silicon dioxide it contains calcium, magnesium, and other beneficial trace mineral oxides.

Our White Lake Earth pure Diatomaceous Earth deposit contains a variety of fossilized Melosira species of freshwater diatoms, with a greater number of pores per diatom than those found in some other DE products, and hence has greater pore ratio per volume providing significant absorbent qualities. These Melosira diatoms are approximately 12 million years old and have a round shape. A deposit containing diatoms from this epoch can provide many more benefits than that of an older deposit.

Anti-caking agents can be added to grain, feed, and supplements to absorb moisture that can otherwise lead to clumping, caking, and mold. WLDE is registered for use as an inert carrier or anti-caking agent in animal feeds in an amount not to exceed two percent by weight to keep things dry and improve flowability while creating an unfavorable environment for mold and bacterial growth.

Diatomaceous Earth is often used as natural pest control in empty grain silos and storage bins. It can also be used to manage insects on plants, deodorize cat litter, and kill external parasites.

Please Note: Diatomaceous earth can be harmful to beneficial insects like honey bees. Please use with caution. Only food or feed grade diatomaceous earth should be used as an insecticide and in animal feed. Food grade diatomaceous earth meets very strict regulations in terms of crystalline silica and heavy metal content, making it safe for animals to consume.

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Bed Bug Control With Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth For Natural Bed Bug Treatment

As North America’s weather turns colder, the creepy crawlers who love to live in warm, dry locations move into our living spaces more and more. The most nefarious of these tiny invaders is the bed bug. Bed bugs prefer to live in warm, often soft, and fibrous locations like bedding, clothes, carpets, and furniture. As YOU are their constant supply of food, you make their move inside that much more appealing.

Treating With A Natural Pesticide

Diatomaceous Earth, such as our Last Crawl Pesticide Diatomaceous Earth product, is a natural and effective bed bug deterrent. Besides being cheap and free of harmful chemicals, it is easy to apply in and around your home while being safe to use near food, pets, and children.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) kills the adult bed bugs by absorbing the protective oily layer covering their exoskeleton. Without their oily coating, bed bugs will dehydrate and die within a few hours.

How Can I Effectively Treat For Bed Bugs Naturally

Before you begin, take steps to bug-proof your home by sealing up any cracks or crevices a bed bug can enter. By doing this first, the chances of re-infestation are much lower. If you think the bed bug infestation happened via bringing items or luggage into your home, remove those items from your home and treat using the steps below.

Effective natural bed bug treatment often comes down to 6 simple steps:

  1. Clean your home top to bottom, preferably with steam.
    • Bed bugs (and many other creepy crawlers) can not survive in high temperatures for more than a few hours. By steam cleaning your linens and furniture thoroughly with a steam cleaner, you will increase the overall temperature.
  2. Wash all fabrics and textiles, add a cup of vinegar to each load to boost the cleansing power.
    • Put all fabrics and washable linen through the laundry on the hottest setting available. Dry items on the highest heat setting available and store all washed materials in sealed plastic bags or containers. 
  3. Dust your carpets with Diatomaceous Earth, let sit, then vacuum.
    • Vacuum your rugs and carpets thoroughly. When possible, use a carpet cleaner to remove any bed bugs from the carpeting.
  4. Remove bedding and place in a sealed tote with Diatomaceous Earth and shake to coat/get into folds and let sit.
  5. Dust mattresses with Diatomaceous Earth, rub it in with your hand and let sit, vacuum clean.
    • Consider using a plastic mattress bag on your bed to seal it while the DE works.
  6. Repeat these processes with any fabric and soft fiber items or furniture that may be contaminated.
    • Dismantle you furniture as much as possible and vacuum every surface, paying particular attention to your furniture’s seams and frames.
    • Remove all your electrical faceplates and use an applicator to puff diatomaceous earth behind electrical switches and outlets.

Repeat this routine as needed. Follow these simple steps throughout every part of your home as necessary to break the cycle of infestation. With the continual use diatomaceous earth in your home, it will also help to prevent future infestations.

Please take a look at the extensive list of Absorbent Products diatomaceous earth products, all perfectly formulated for your home and agriculture needs.