Sunday, May 21, 2017

eat wheat 4

If you've never bought a generic can of evaporated milk from Wal-Mart, don't.  Much LESS evaporated than other brands, watery rather than thick.  Thanks for raping Earth and wasting a can.
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The last sections taught you how to cook wheat berries without using a grinder.  Spout bread, regular bread, flatbread, homemade yeast, cooking in the oven, solar oven, campfire, in cast iron.  You don’t need an individual recipe for a pancake.  You wait for the forming bubbles to pop and close and then flip it over to continue cooking.  Cooking with wheat is easy.  Crepes and popover muffins are just pancake batter with a bit of extra liquid and specialty bake wear.  A muffin is just pancake batter thickened with added ingredients and baked in its own special tin.  A biscuit is just a dry pancake in a compressed space.  Flatbread is just bread without yeast.  Every bread or wheat recipe is fundamentally the same.  The water or yeast added varies, as does the shape and cooking time, but once you have the basics you can experiment and increase your recipes.  Taste fatigue is a real issue ( even if it is usually more pronounced at the same meal, literally triggering your perception of fullness ), which is why you pick a grain you love to eat every day.  Altering the texture of the same grain tricks the mind into accepting eating the same food ( it is a species survival trait to seek and crave a variety of food ).


So, while the first section seemed rather short, the fundamentals are rather simple and once you grasp them you can easily expand your recipes yourself.  Everything that follows is more on the logistics of storage foods rather than the recipes for wheat.  The simplest way to buy wheat is to go down to your Wal-Mart and see if they have an Emergency Food section.  A 26 pound bucket of hard red wheat from Augason Farms is $17.  If they don’t stock it, just order online and get it delivered to that store for you to pick-up.  You might have to place a minimum order like $50 or similar.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, they have free shipping AND a reduced price just for you of the exact same brand of wheat in a bucket.  And usually a buck cheaper than Wally.  However, that is not the CHEAPEST way to buy wheat.


The cheapest is from the farmer himself, or from a wholesaler, but those options are limited geographically.  The next cheapest is if you have a Feed Store nearby.  Not some Yuppie gentrified dump that sells organic dog food for $50 a bag, but a place that sells hay for your horses.  A Feed And Grain Store.  They usually have whole kernel ( NOT split, or cracked ) wheat for people feeding it to their chickens.  You want, preferably, red winter wheat rather than white winter or white spring ( lower protein, makes worse bread ), but take what you can get.  It needs to be untreated.  NO vet medicine on it.  If it doesn’t state it is treated you should be okay, but when you open the bag and it is a red color ( rather than a natural brown ) then you know it has been treated.  I just paid $11 a fifty pound bag for a mere twenty two cents a pound.  Online is sixty-five cents, although that is already in a bucket.  Your own bucket doubles the cost but that still brings feed store wheat to a mere half the cost of Wally or Amazon wheat. 


Personally, I wouldn’t care what wheat costs as long as I got it.  Even a buck a pound is still darn cheap food insurance.  Although, obviously, the cheaper it is the more you can buy and the longer your storage food lasts which means you live longer.  I wouldn’t dally, dink about or hesitate.  Crop failures and the coming Waterfall Collapse mean you could, with ZERO warning, see a repeat of the Great ‘08 Rice Shortage when the shelves were bare for months.  Buy in times of plenty and low price, and buy in a panic, to beat the real one.



If you are really poor, you can beg, borrow and steal two liter pop bottles for wheat storage.  Two equal a gallon so nine to ten will equal a five gallon bucket.  Don’t stack them too high to avoid rupturing the ones on the bottom.  As you need four hundred pounds of wheat a year for a bare bones Better Than Nothing food storage plan, you need twelve buckets per year or 120 pop bottles.  You can buy buckets and lids from bakeries ( or better yet BBQ restaurants as everyone is in competition for the bakery ones ) usually at a buck or two each.  Or, you buy Home Depot buckets and lids for $15 a set ( a set of three holds an even 100 pounds of wheat ).  There is a question of toxicity from the buckets.  Although looking at the bottom of the bucket you see a “2” in a triangle symbol, denoting food grade, not all food grade buckets are created equal, and a Home Depot bucket is NOT the same as a bakery bucket.  Personally, I use them as I would rather die later of cancer than now of starvation.  But I also found that if you place the bucket in the sun, it starts sticking bad of chemicals.  It stands to reason that if kept OUT of the sun at all times you minimize if not eliminate the out-gassing hazard.


You will need to put Diatomaceous Earth in your stored wheat berries ( berries, kernels, same thing, the whole seed of wheat ) to kill all insects.  I don’t recommend freezing, even with a block of dry ice.  A cup of DE in a five gallon bucket of wheat is standard.  Seal, roll around to coat everything.  You need food grade DE.  Do NOT use the stuff they use in pool filters or sell as insecticide.  If it isn’t labeled food grade, do not use.  Food grade, you can eat the stuff.  It is only a mineral and only kills insects, not humans or pets.  It is expensive shipped through the mail, so try to get it at the feed store or a health food store.  But even double the price online, it is cheap enough.  If you buy wheat and store it yourself, rather than buying in a container from a manufacture, you need to treat your wheat against insects for storage, and DE is the easiest surest way to go. Continued and concluded tomorrow.


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1 comment:

  1. DE dust is a breathing hazard, wear a dust mask, and possibly googles when using a lot of it. It is fine for ingestion or after getting wet, but after getting wet it no longer is effective against insects. Also note it is only against insects, not rodents, or birds, etc. Basicly DE gets into the joints and lungs of the insects and scratches them up until they dehydrate to death or gum up too much.
    Food grade mylar bags and O2 absorbers are a great addition for storing your grains and beans if you can afford them - and they aren't all that expensive. I did my first years storage with them and the rice and beans and they are still good over a 5 years later (don't use the O2 absorbers with rice or sugar though, it will cause them to become bricks!). No insects in the mylar. Only minor infestation of mold in one bucket without mylar and only DE (likely temp changes caused some condensation so pack on dry days!).