Some folks are not going to want to eat wheat. Okay, fine, whatever. Relax, Francis. Store rice for all I care. But whatever you store, you had better be one hundred percent sure you can eat it. Every. Single. Day. I would still store wheat kernels, in small amounts if it isn't for calories, if only for sprouts. You need sprouts. You THINK you need canned vegetables, or freeze dried vegetables. Which are fine, for taste variety and SOME nutrients. But to be worth half a crap, you need FRESH vegetables. If you don't have a garden, or even if you do, for fresh winter greens, you need to eat sprouts.
If you are storing rice, it MUST be white. Brown rice has really rancid oil. Yes, you can rotate it, and store brown. I'm not sure how long brown is good for. I don't trust ground whole wheat for much over six months, and I wouldn't trust brown rice much past that also. But that is me personally. Your mileage may vary. Just as you might be fine on White Foods ( white rice, white flour, white sugar, white instant potatoes, white degerminated cornmeal ). If you store this kind of food, just beware it is a starch, an empty calorie. You MUST get nutrients from other foods.
All the White Foods, you can buy at the grocery store. There isn't a whole lot of reasons to buy elsewhere. The grocery store, in essence, is giving you free to highly subsidized low cost shipping on those items. You pay for Wheaties and rice cakes at a high mark up so that those bulky items are paid for in its shipping cost, and you are not penalized for the high weight items in freight charges. If you buy them through the mail, you are screwed. Wheat is different.
If you are buying “Hen's Orgasmic Delight” chicken feed at Wal-Mart, you also get the subsidized freight. But chicken feed with added crap and vet meds are NOT what you want to eat for the apocalypse. It has a lot of wheat in it, but too much other crap you dare not consume. To get wheat at a grocery store, you are paying $1 a pound, compared to 50cents a pound bought at the feed store AND put in a new storage tote.
Starting at the most expensive way to buy wheat, there is Be Prepared Dot Com. That is Emergency Essentials. Nice folks, flat rate shipping, but $1.50 a pound. You pay for nice, honestly. You could even be paying up to $2 a pound, if you bought the wheat in #10 cans. Great if all you need is sprouting wheat, but otherwise leave that for the Yuppie Scum preppers, the ones who buy FLIR scopes for their $2k AR's. Or MRE's instead of beef jerky and roasted grain ( skillet roast grain until brown, grind the grain, eat “flour” raw chased by water. Field rations ).
Next is the Augason Farms wheat, either from Wal-Mart ( link in my daily small print following each article ) or Amazon ( just search “bucket wheat” ). It is a little cheaper at Wally, $22 to $26 at Amazon, but they are often out at Walton's Chinese Emporium. As of this writing. No future guarantees of pricing. But let's now just call it a buck a pound. And both usually offer it in “white” rather than “red” wheat. Red is preferable, 15% protein verses 13%. The taste is different, slightly ( there is also “hard” and “soft” varieties. You want Hard. Take whatever you can get, though ).
According to both the 54 Year Wheat Cycle, established by researching 700 years of English harvests, and solar minimum activity, PLUS Malthus' Special, wheat is going to be both expensive and prone to shortages for the next dozen years. Buy it. Now. Don't be too picky or too frugal. Red, white, hard, soft, whatever, just buy the stuff as if your life depends on it. Which it will. If you buy wheat now, panicking mightily and buy way too much, it doesn't go bad. And you are beating inflation.
Your best bet is to buy from a feed store. Yes, you can get it even cheaper, from a silo or farmers field, but that is a tough nut to find. Hard enough finding an actual feed store. Even when I was in rural Texas ( not recommended ), I had a thirty or forty minute drive to get to a feed store. I'm not talking about an expensive pet store, but an actual “feed your barnyard crap machines” store. Feed & Grain store. You want whole kernel, untreated, without vet meds ( it has a red dye, the med treated grain ), human consumption wheat.
Your location will have a different price, but I've been paying 20-25 cents a pound for mine the last decade. And whereas it seems all other retail is extra cheap east of the rain band ( 100th meridian. It might be more like 97, a straight line from Forth Worth to Fargo, but west of 100 it is straight up desert, mostly ), I've noticed feed store wheat seems extra expensive back there. You'll make up for that with cheaper ammo and gas, groceries and whatever. Count yourself lucky.
Where the Wally and Amazon wheat comes in its own bucket, feed store wheat will require its own container, which we cover next time. Expect to pay twice the price after containers are factored in. That sucks, but hard to get around. Still, it is hard to beat the security of a 300 gallon plastic tote full of wheat, for a one time cost of $500, for five YEARS of calories. Or, you could buy two cases of freeze dried beef for the same cost, and feed yourself for all of a few weeks.
If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, by all means cut way down on wheat and stock way up on wet canned meat and other concentrated calories. Food is food. As long as you have years rather than months of it. For most of us on the budget, however, wheat is the affordable alternative. Buy NOW.
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"...by all means cut way down on wheat and stock way up on wet canned meat and other concentrated calories."ReplyDelete
Word to the wise sir, Rotate, Rotate, Rotate...
I bought more cans of the chicken breast and stew beef in cans. It's that can stuff from Brazil in gravy.
I enjoy eating it, but the new wife did not. It has gone better then 5 years past it best by date and I can now say that it is SHIT. The meat has picked up a metallic taste from the can.
I can not eat it and have been giving it to the local wildlife. Even hungry foxes and coyotes don't really want it. If you want to store Beef/chicken/pork long term, save yourself money and can it yourself in glass jars. 😀
It will be better over the long haul. Trust me, I learned the hard way. 😟
I've eaten ten years out of date canned meat, and it was fine. Of course, as the Industrial age ends, everyone is substituting quality for crap. It wouldn't surprise me if all countries were sending their lips & arseholes over to us in a can.Delete
I've been drying the Wally cans of chicken (big tuna cans) in the Presto drier. Dump the can in a colander and rinse well with hot water to remove any grease, pour out onto some paper towels to air dry a bit, maybe 30 mins. Then arrange it on the drier trays and break up the big chunks so it will all dry at the same rate. Takes about 6 hours to dry. I scrape it off the trays and into 32 oz Mason jars. 18 cans to 1 jar. Thats quite a reduction in space, and no risk of metal taste infusion.Delete
It takes dedication but the best bet is to try to reduce the amount of intake you are used to. I read all thse numbers related to calories that people are "supposed" to eat each day and as far as I'm concerned people have been programmed all of their lives that eating is everything and nothing else matters. They are wrong. We eat 1 meal a day, supper, and the rest of the day is small stuff scattered about. This morning for example I ate about 10 green grapes for "breakfast" while I was doing household morning chores. There was no "lunch" cause I was busy with other stuff. About 3pm I fired up a mud (instant coffee) and supper happens in another 2 hours or so. I have learned to not eat like a starving whale. Take a look at the average person today - they have learned the opposite.
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And don't forget, you got that Old Age Wall coming up any time now, alsoDelete
GS-Damn, that is a serious space reduction. Great idea, actually.Delete
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Sorry, outside my wheelhouseDelete
We did the bacon canning also.
BexarPrepper on youtube was the one I watched and copied that.
First and most important lesson, use only THICK cut bacon. Do not use the regular cut size. I will give you another warning, don't expect bacon strips when ya pop the jar. After we canned some, we let it sit for several weeks before trying.
What you end up with is bacon bits, not strips. We tried to heat it up in the frying pan and that was a disaster. (Bits) The best way to get it to hold together is, after opening the parchment paper, lay it on a cookie sheet and heat it up in the oven. you will have something close to a strip. It still tastes great, just a PITA.
The canning temp. and pressure for the 90 minutes break down the fat that holds it together, that is why you only want to do thick cut. 😉
Now I'm craving bacon.Delete
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Being one of those old timers that actually got to see the miracles of modern science [ google thaliomide babies images ] all of my wheat and grains [speltz] are non-gmo . I have an Amish friend that grows speltz for me totally organic for 25 cents per pound . It makes for a crumbly but tasty loaf of bread and also the best gravy you have ever had . It won't surprise me if the deep state crashes the economy to get rid of the Trumpster before the next election .ReplyDelete
Trump is a Red Shield boy. Don't be fooled. He was bailed out by Rothschild's agents twenty years ago and is owned. Just like Obammy was owned. Bread and circuses.Delete
what is red shield? thanksDelete
The German translation of Rothschild. Roter SchildDelete
I've cooked and eaten brown rice 4 years past its consume-by date with no problems in terms of indigestion or flavor. It helps that I like brown rice and prefer it to white. It was stored in a cool place, in the as-bought clear plastic bags in a bucket with other food.ReplyDelete
Good to know. I'll remain paranoid, but now I'm just a bit less soDelete
LDS Bishop's Storehouses sell 25 lb. bags of hard red winter wheat for $10.00. Lowe's sells food grade buckets and lids for about $5.00. Mylar bags can be purchased online for about $2.00s with oxygen absorbers. The LDS sells to Mormons and non-Mormons alike. You can pick up the purchase at the Storehouses that are spread around the country, although more heavily in the West.ReplyDelete
Six No. 10 cans of red or white wheat (33 lbs.) can be purchased there for approximately $25.00 and shipped to your door. Just go to this site and click on the links: https://providentliving.churchofjesuschrist.org/food-storage/home-storage-center-locations-map?lang=eng
Thank you for the link-I tried the other day and had no luck. Going on the web pageDelete
Hard Red WheatDelete
Hard red wheat can be used as part of your home food storage or basic food supply. Can be used for breads, other baked goods, and more. Each case contains 6 number 10 cans and has an estimated shelf life of 30 years if stored in a cool, dry place.
Food items cannot be shipped to addresses outside the United States.
CONTAINS WHEAT AND MADE IN A FACILITY THAT USES MILK
California BPA WARNING: see product details for information.
Availability: In Stock
Case of Six #10 cans
I ordered some white beans and spaghetti bites and they arrived via fed ex but in the boxes that showed what was in them. VERY bad for OPSEC!ReplyDelete
Thinking on it, I better remove the link from my web site. Too close to Spicy Times to disregard that riskDelete
I can get 25# bags at Wheat Montana (just down the road) for $11.88. Cheaper in the 50# but I can't carry those.ReplyDelete
Convenience is good-you'll buy more, even at that priceDelete
Perhaps you can have your order shipped to a neutral location? Perhaps spread out to people who already know that you are into prepping? That way the shipment is not so large as to draw attention.ReplyDelete
Check out the list of Bishop's Storehouse locations. https://providentliving.churchofjesuschrist.org/self-reliance/food-storage/home-storage-center-locations?lang=eng If you find one close enough, just drive there and pick up your order.
Cheaper per unit if you pick it up, tooDelete
I drove my trusty old 95 Toyota Camry wagon down to the capital city [we lovingly call it Chocolate City] and bought a grand worth of cases of everything the LDS had back in 2012 when Bath House Barry had his weaponized epa shutdown most every coal burning power plant in the Appalachians . The old Camry looked like a scud missile launcher on the way back to the hill farm . When we use a case of wheat,onions,beans,etc we buy another fresh one . Cheap prices and highest quality anywhere . 20 years shelf but they told me 30 year stuff is still very good .Delete
I never heard "bathhouse Barry" before. Friggin hilarious! Best Minion Chuckles Award, for this week.Delete
Dont know where you got the notion that freeze drying removes nutrients but that is ABSOLUTELY INCORRECT!!!ReplyDelete
Freeze drying anything retains nearly 100% nutrients!
Do a quick search on the subject and see for yourself.
Enzymes. You need them, and you only get them from fresh food. Micro-nutrients. A common complaint from long haul hikers is that their foods-STORAGE FOODS-do not satisfy them, wanting fresh fruit and such.Delete
RE CANNED BACON: the wife did it & as stated above THICK SLICES only,plus did it without the parchment paper also & it turns out bascially the same you just have to dig out what you want.tastes good & saves freezer space.reheating is different it sticks in the pan,nuke it for very brief time,it is a pita BUT it's nice to have a case or 2 under the bed just in case. danReplyDelete
Do you pressure can any butter? Another PITA, but having 50 lbs in the freezer and 100+ lbs in jars ( I store under the stairs for coolest spot-the basement gets too hot in the winter ) makes my sphincter tingle. Bacon, butter, coffee and whole wheat toast. How "can" you have a better apocalypse? ( sorry, I know its a lame pun )Delete
I blame John Wilder for the pun. He sets a bad example.Delete
Bison, Did you can butter? Any tips or tricks I should know?Delete
Oct 25 2018, if you want to read the article. No tricks, really.Delete
never tried butter yet,but it's on the list of things to do,know what you're going thru with 50-60 lbs in the freezer.danReplyDelete
I cannot say no when butter goes on sale for $2.50, as it is the only fat we can eat without ill effects.Delete
Dan do you think the bacon would stick to a heavy greased cast iron pan? I don't own a microwave and don't have that kind of power. Would also be interested in the canned butter experiment.ReplyDelete
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DG:yeah it will still stick but not as bad as straight out of the jar even with a gob of fat from the jar,once you get used to it it's not all that bad cold,remember you've cooked the hell out of it for 90 min.it is COOKED & all the fat is layered in the jar.if you have ever tried pork jowls THERE IS STICKY poor mans bacon but chewy as hell, i gave up on them & feed them to the bears they love all pork fat except raw bacon go figure. ghee in the store is pretty much canned butter & clarified it's in the international aisle,or red feather canned butter from new zealand a bit pricey tho.DANReplyDelete
But ghee is JUST the oil, the solids removed. Not that I would mind eating it. I wonder if it would burn too bad used as popcorn oil? I'm just wondering how much your body will need those solids, lacking almost all other animal products.Delete
DEMENTED GUY; old timers canned meat in larger can's...like 1/2 gallon and gallon jars. In the winter time you open a can and cook up all you can eat for 2 days and reseal the jar and set it in a cold place for later. In the early summer finish off the unopened quarts waiting for fall hog killin'ReplyDelete