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Thursday, January 28, 2016

eating wheat


EATING WHEAT

When you think of wheat you think of bread.  If you’ve read any history and think yourself a smart ass, you also think about gruel ( as we just covered Ratchet Tech, think of bread as a Ratchet Menu.  Once bread became widespread, no one wanted to go back to gruel.  No surprise there ).  And really wheat is basically just bread, but you can fix it in so many different ways that you can overcome taste fatigue to a good extent just by making pancakes or biscuits or crepes or flatbread or waffles or muffins or toasted/ground kernels or popped kernels or soaked kernels or tortillas instead of just plain bread.  I mean, sure, you ARE going to get sick of wheat.  You can’t affordably stockpile enough variety to avoid it.  There is no avoiding the condition.  You can make the problem less serious by eating wheat every day now, before you have to.  The whole point of the saying “store what you eat and eat what you store” isn’t to get repeat business for the freeze dried companies but to minimize taste fatigue. 

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So let me share with you how I ate wheat for nearly the last twenty years.  If I can do it, anyone can, because I am no cook.  Not even by the loosest definition.  I regard food as fuel and I buy the cheapest fuel I can get without sacrificing nutrition.  Cooking past bachelor level basic competency is getting way too fancy with something that is just fuel ( if they had Human Pellets I could buy by the bag, and if humans didn’t have a built in craving for variety, I would be all over that ).  When I started out seriously eating whole wheat ( we ate WW bread like crazy when I was a kid.  I got away from that for a time after I went off on my own- a bad start with the typical military diet of white starch and grease ) when I got seriously poor, I started out as simple as I could.  Waffles or flatbread was about all I ate.  Waffles and butter in the morning with a lunch of dry flatbread ( cooked by the foot high stack once a week and refrigerated ).  I ate a LOT of waffles and flatbread as my job was being the only male in a dollar store.  I lifted a lot of boxes.  But I never got hungry at work.  Whole wheat and butter did the trick.  Of course, I was also living in Florida and didn’t need extra calories warming myself in the winter.   When I moved to Nevada ( high desert, people, HIGH.  Low desert, hot like the dickens, a preview of where most of you are going if you don’t mend your ways, that is Las Vegas ONLY.  The southern tip of the state.  The rest of the state is high desert.  Dry and cold and high elevation.  Mongolia, not the Sahara ) I actually ate less whole wheat.

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I was living in Carson City and my job was walking and not much else.  I ate whole wheat in the morning and white bread for lunch.  I was burning a lot less calories.  So mornings were mostly flatbread with just enough waffles for variety.  Remember, this was every day.  I was too poor to eat anything else but wheat, except for dinner ( that kept the taste fatigue in check, my preferred meat and potatoes for dinner ).  When I moved up here to Elko I mostly kept the same menu, but adjusted for off grid.  After a bit, I had to go back to lunch whole wheat.  Between burning calories as heat with biking to work and the steadily increasing work load where I stayed out in the cold loading the work truck with donations, I needed more calories.  I started doing nuke bread to use the electricity at work, rather than the propane at home ( nuke bread: waffle batter of just water and flour spread on a plate, nuked three minutes on each side ) and ate that dry for breakfast and with butter or bacon fat for lunch.  I did that for years.  Twice a day whole wheat.

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Note that bread was my main meal.  Only spreads or condiments accompanied it.  It wasn’t a sandwich cover, it was the meal.  At times it was half of my daily total calories.  It was healthier ( I’ll be damned if they will stick a hose up my ass, so I likes my fiber ), a darn sight cheaper, and it makes a wheat only diet after the Apocalypse no big deal at all.  Twenty years of whole wheat at breakfast ( yes, now I’m cheating after being back on the grid.  I get whole wheat store bought bread, and toast it.  No more nuke bread.  Not after nearly seven years of it up to ten times a week.  The stuff is horrid tasting, even if fuel efficient and cheap ), with most of that time with an additional lunch of whole wheat.  And that is without much variety.  Wheat, it’s whats for the Apocalypse and Po Folk.

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11 comments:

  1. Jim, did you grind your own wheat berries or buy whole wheat flour from the store?

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. I went lazy with the store bought flour. I don't trust it much anymore-they extended the expiration date from what I can tell-but I did then.

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  2. "It was healthier ( I’ll be damned if they will stick a hose up my ass, so I likes my fiber )"

    For about the past year now I've been using the generic metamucil. The problem is that even the generic stuff (which doesn't work anywhere near as well as the original brand by the way) costs $15 a can, and that probably doesn't last more then a month. The solution? I'm going to go with a 50lb sack of wheat bran from the feed store for $12. Very high in fiber, even more so then the generic metamucil.

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    1. Okay, I'll assume you are serious. How do you consume the bran?

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    2. Yes, I was serious James. I was thinking that I would just add it to a drink as I do the metamucil. Otherwise, I might just mix it into a mush and consume it that way.

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    3. I've used store bought wheat bran in a cardboard can. Just pour some on top of the granola cereal I'm eating. By itself it's pretty bland. I'd be concerned about the quality of the feed store variety.

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    4. If you can eat bran as a mush, you can easily eat an all wheat diet after the crash. Bran-yuk!

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  3. "I'd be concerned about the quality of the feed store variety."


    I am somewhat gs, but the 50lb sack at walmart is $42 vs $12 at the feedstore. I'll look into the store brand, and if it's cheaper for more than the metamucil, it's worthy of consideration.


    "If you can eat bran as a mush, you can easily eat an all wheat diet after the crash. Bran-yuk!"


    I thought about just eating more wheat as a substitute James, but apparently the bran is higher in fiber than the berries. But the ground berries are still fairly high in fiber, so I might just buy a grinder through your link and start up with the flat bread regimen.

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  4. It's in Greece now
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35430370

    Soon to Portugal, then Ireland/UK, then to the Center of Empire: the former-Untied-States-of-'Merca.

    Your pension is in 1919 Reichmarks. Enjoy.

    pdxr13

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    1. I'll be lucky to even get the Reichmarks.

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  5. If you want more variety from your wheat, you can try sprouting it... it's probably one of the best ways to get vitamin C from stored food.

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