These are troubling times indeed with economic, climatic, and social upheavals and wild gyrations of every type in every corner of our planet. Many foods simply cannot last without refrigeration, and one of the key aspects to being prepared is to acknowledge that electricity supply may be sporadic if it exists at all. Grains are extremely nutritious and if they are paired with sources of animal protein, can go a long way towards forming a properly balanced diet.
If you're intending to store food for a prolonged period of time, buying grains locally is a great idea.
If you live in wheat country and get wind of a neighbouring farmer who is going to plant some winter wheat, you might want to ask them if perhaps they would sell a bit to you in the spring. You have heard "store foods in a cool, dry place" your whole life, and it's absolutely true.
Another important aspect to maximize food storage times is to limit or outright eliminate the access to oxygen of the food product you're storing.
Kamut - wheat, an ancient and organic grain type produced and distributed by Kamut International Ltd. Buckwheat- The fruit is an achene, similar to sunflower seed, with a single seed inside a hard outer hull.
Hard grains are the longest lasting of all the food products, as their outer shell acts as a natural hermetically sealed container. These have relatively soft outer shells which fail to protect the delicate and fragile seed interior to the same degree as the seeds which have harder shells.
Beans lose their internal oils as they age and then will resist absorbing water and swelling to make them easily edible.
Pasta tends to last longer than flour in storage, of course it must be kept meticulously dry. Once the seed's outer shell has been broken, the nutrients inside the seed begin to degrade. Naturally, you're going to need somewhere to store all this food, and large plastic containers that can be hermetically sealed are the best. These types of food establishments receive a large percentage of the ingredients they utilize in their daily activities in large, food grade plastic containers which can readily be re-used. You'll find that you will be able to obtain six gallon pails with lids from the donut store, one gallon glass and plastic jars with lids from the pizza shops and delis, and four gallon square plastic containers with lids from the bakeries.
Once you get the containers home make sure to scrub them energetically with hot, soapy water inside and out.
If you find that the managers at the local food establishments will supply these containers to you, don't forget to send them a note and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. People who live in a small house or an apartment can have trouble finding places to put their food storage so their place doesn't look like an overstocked food bank warehouse all the time. If you live in a climate where it's almost always humid and hot, like south Florida, you might want to try superpails buried in the ground. The Mylar bags will have to be sealed and the easiest way to ensure an airtight permanent seal is by using a hot iron. It would be many times better to build some kind of underground room to store your long term food stash than to actually bury your buckets. Some folks who live in very hot or very cold climates sink 33 gallon trash barrels into the ground. Depending on your weather you may want to pile loose straw or hay on top of the barrel tops, or even some attic insulation will work: anything that minimizes the daily fluctuation of temperature.
Keep in mind that these buried storage methods are in no way the optimal method for long term food storage. These exceedingly low moisture levels are such a strong prerequisite to any stored grain because water expands as it freezes and forms ice crystals. Don't worry too much about requiring sensitive scientific instruments to measure the precise level of moisture in any particular grain. If the seed has been dried well and stored in air-tight containers with silica gel or another desiccant in them, there should be zero effect on either food nutritional or germination quality. When foods are packed in air they cannot keep as well as when they are packed in oxygen free gases.
Oxygen Displacement: This process involves purging out all of the air in the food container to be stored with nitrogen. Oxygen Absorption: If the oxygen from the air in a sealed container is absorbed, what remains is almost pure nitrogen in a partial vacuum. Once you get around to opening up your grain storage you have to keep in mind that opened wheat will keep well for a considerable amount of time as long as it does not become infested or wet.
Consider the brick packs of ground coffee that you may see on the grocery shelves: the ones that at their packing plant have so much atmosphere sucked out of the bag that they are as hard as a brick, and when you rip them open they "whoosh". The bottom line is that maximum oxygen evacuation, nitrogen flushing, and immediate sealing with a quality vapor barrier container preferably with multiple layers is the best way to ensure effective long term storage. Part of the Mormon food storage folk lore is that you toss a couple of sticks of spearmint gum in a bucket of wheat before you seal it. Another way to treat grains that are intended for extended storage periods is to add Diatomaceous earth around them.
This Diatomaceous earth is a primary component of toothpaste: it's the grit that actually scrubs your teeth clean and is also used in compounding waxes for automotive applications and various other products where microscopic "sanding" is required.
The insects that prey on beans and grains are primarily categorized into larva and beetle sub-groupings.
Storage in grain bags or sacks made out of burlap or any other cloth-like material is most certainly not an effective manner to keep those grains comestible for long periods of time. When you open a bucket of grain you should make a point to use it as quickly as you can, and you won't have to worry about what happens to it as it will be gone before it can go bad. Once the grain has exceeded the acceptable limits of moisture it most likely will have to be dried before it can be consumed or milled. If you take careful precautions and are extremely meticulous in your efforts to control the various aspects of emergency and survival food storage, you will find that grains are close to the perfect long term stored nutrient. Also, big totes like a 68 litre or bigger work to wash dishes, bath children etc.  Great idea to seal oxygen out with a flame!
Tins and ice chests and anything you can store sealed stuff in sounds great, we have found bins on sale at times in the dollar stores over here and will be useful for laundry washing or anything else you can think of. Definitely Kari and Raven, there will be some gmo out there for a little while we can't really control that and I figure while taking Zeta advice to grow organic plants to seed first, we won't be wasting much on edibles that year, it would be best to use up the hybrids on possible failed crop and if for nothing else but to draw pollutants out into the plant. Good suggestion Pamela, about using the GMO seeds first, I have some too, even though I'm not eating any GMOs at this point. I buy Rice, popcorn, oatmeal, macaroni, sugar and spices, TP and Personal Hygiene from Samers (they are out of beans here) I get beans from Sav A Snot, I buy local FEED wheat from a pet store called Soldams, feed wheat has no additives. I am broke but I have disciplined myself to buy one storage item when shopping if possible and build up to what I feel will be needed intuitively. One of the upsides of the ongoing economic crisis in this country is that more and more Americans are recognizing the importance of being prepared for emergencies.
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Everytime I get access to an old can, I open it and if it looks ok, I try it.  Some of the foods have lasted a surprisingly long time and look like new, others would gag a maggot. This morning I opened several cans, a ham flavored TVP, potatoes diced and spaghetti elbo (their spelling) all canned by DRI-Harvest and a can of instant yams by Peter J Phethean Ltd. Looking on the website of DriHarvest foods they have the following statement about their shelf life. Here you can see the contents of all four cans, the bottom are edible, The top two would scare me. All of the DriHavest cans showed surface rust and had been stored in a garage.  They were approximately 30 years old. These cans were unusual in that the contents were in better shape than most of the cans of this age that I have opened. While there are exceptions to every rule, for my personnel storage there are only a few long-term food storage companies that I purchase from, the top of the line being Mountain House.  But they don’t carry everything that I stock, so I also will purchase foods from Pack Away, AlpineAire Ready Reserve, Emergency Essentials and Honeywell Farms.
Whenever you purchased food, look at the size of the serving and the number of calories.  Remember you need at least 2000 calories for a man and 1500 for a woman. This entry was posted in food storage, Uncategorized and tagged long-term food storage, long-term storage food. I guess the good thing about these foods is that you are still around and have basically outlived them. I ate green beans, tomato juice, and tomatoes canned 15 – 20 years from canning dates. Although I would not specifically ever rate myself as a "survivalist" I do believe in being prepared for any eventuality: One of the most important factors towards this type of preparation is to ensure that there is an adequate food supply to last out any emergency, whether short- or long-lived. Therefore, when all of the options of the various comestibles are carefully considered, it turns out that the only type of food product which can be safely and conveniently stored for prolonged periods of time is grain.


At times of no refrigeration it is imperative that animal protein be secured fresh on an ongoing basis, and it is not my intention to delve into a fishing and hunting guide Hub.
There is one thing you definitely want to watch out for and that's that you most certainly don't want to store treated seed prepared for planting. Keep in mind that wheat straight out of the combine still has a lot of chaff, foreign seeds, and even tiny rocks in it. The best storage temperatures are below 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) and the optimum storage temperature is close to 4 degrees C (40 degrees F). This grain is two times larger than modern day wheat and is known for its rich nutty flavor. Most types have similar nutritional characteristics and equal amounts of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Under optimal oxygen free conditions at a stable, constant, cool room temperature expect up to twenty-five years of storage. Under optimal oxygen free conditions at a stable, constant, cool room temperature expect up to twenty years of storage.
Under optimal oxygen free conditions at a stable, constant, cool room temperature expect up to eighteen years of storage. Under optimal oxygen free conditions at a stable, constant, cool room temperature expect up to four years of storage.
Under optimal oxygen free conditions at a stable, constant, cool room temperature expect up to six years of storage. However, you don't have to order these plastic containers by the hundred from your local supplier and pay thousands of dollars. When they are empty, the managers of these businesses have to confront the expensive process of having dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of these perfectly good and totally re-usable plastic containers carted to the landfill or away for recycling.
These items are all food grade so you certainly don't have to worry about any chemicals leaching out and contaminating your food. Remember: You don't have to spend a lot of money on your extremely important food storage containers if you use your noggin. The last thing someone wants to see is a stack of five or six gallon buckets behind the living room door!
Make a false wall in your living room by hanging a ceiling to floor curtain that runs wall to wall about two feet or so out from one wall.
Have one of the kids sacrifice their closet for the cause and let them double up their clothes with a sibling in another closet.
These are six gallon buckets that have an additional Mylar bag outside for extra protection.
It is a very good idea to experiment first by slicing a few strips off a Mylar bag first and testing your iron to make sure it's at the correct temperature. Many buckets would permit small amounts of moisture into the bucket over many months or years. A power auger does a great job of loosening up all of the dirt to do this, otherwise it is one heck of a tough hand shovelling task. The best way to store grain for both the retention of the extremely valuable nutrients and for its future viability as seed is to subject the grain to subfreezing temperatures. If there is an excess of water left in the cytoplasm of the cells of the grain, the expanding crystals will skew the structure of the water containing molecules and can even rip the cell walls: effectively killing the seed.
The reason for this is because air contains 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and approximately 1% of a variety of other gases. The reason why nitrogen is utilized in almost all cases is due to the fact that it is the most inert gas in the atmosphere. Military food storage methods often include a small package of oxygen absorber being added to the bread ration. Moisture will make it mold and ruin the grain and you definitely don't want to eat moldy grain. Most insects are up to 80% protein, and it's just as high quality and nutritious as the protein from any other source! It is well nigh impossible to effectively clean all eggs out of the grain products that are available in the supermarkets at the original source so you certainly have no chance of doing that yourself.
Nitrogen flushing done in sequence followed by a complete vacuum pressure evacuation of the food storage jar or bag prior its sealing is just about the most effective process that anyone can complete in order to eliminate oxygen to the greatest extent possible.
Even with this high level of vacuum the process still will not eliminate all of the air out of the container.
Naturally, the place where you store these containers must be consistently cool and not subject to considerably warmer temperature fluctuations. Diatomaceous earth is actually the defunct carcasses of a series of microscopic, one celled protozoans. These sharp edged dead protozoans are lethal to soft-bodied insects who end up impaling their bodies on the super sharp protrusions and spikes of these "shells" which are actually quite pretty when observed under the microscope.
Larvae are quite vulnerable to death by the sharp spikes of diatom, but armor-covered beetles are much more resistant. Both rodent and insect pests as well as mold can destroy a cloth bag of grain in less than a year, even if the sack is stored well off the ground at a cool temperature in a dry area. To test whether a particular grain which has exceeded the recommended moisture limits is still suitable for human consumption, sprout some. Sprouted grain is very sweet and crunchy and makes a quick, handy, readily portable and highly nutritious snack!
I get dehydrated milk on the Mexican food aisle at Wallymart (hersheys) and 5 gallon white paint buckets from a local hardware (foodsafe hpfe2) and the lids with a seal from The Home store and 5 gallon mylar bags and oxygen absorbers online.
However, most of this preparation seems to be centered on surviving for extended periods of time within the confines of the home. Proper clothing: You need to make sure everyone in your family has proper clothing in their backpack for walking, sleeping and combating any type of weather condition that may be encountered.
Adequate Shelter: Another essential element for outdoor survival is adequate shelter, especially in areas subject to harsh weather conditions.
Proper First Aid: In an emergency situation, proper medical care may not be readily available. I have a lot of these cans put away, I can only hope I have not needed to open them after 30 years. In the spring before the farmer plants their wheat they get it cleaned and treated at a seed cleaning plant which takes all that foreign matter out so you don't have to. It's also extremely important to make sure that the temperature is as constant as possible. The exception is a type of yellow flax called solin (trade name Linola), which has a completely different oil profile and is very low in omega-3 FAs. Under optimal oxygen free conditions at a stable, constant, cool room temperature expect up to fifteen years of storage. If you need access to free plastic containers your local donut shop, pizzeria, or grocery store deli and bakery should be able to provide all your needs. A readily available product called GooGone will take the stickier labels off plastic buckets easily: Just squirt a little bit onto the label and let it soak.
You can stack more buckets, bags and cases of food behind this than you will need room for. These buckets haven't been government approved for storing in the ground and there isn't any data to support this idea either positively or negatively. This technique works just as well if you're using smaller bags to just store food in directly, and not using the Mylar bags to add an additional level of seal protection to a big six gallon pail.
Folks in frigid areas often use these buried barrels as miniature cold cellars to store garden veggies, without processing, below the usual soil frost line in their region.
It is extremely important to ensure that the grain must be extremely dry: the ideal level is 8% moisture. It is the oxygen content of the atmosphere alone which oxidizes the majority of the chemical compounds found in food. However, individuals who are accustomed to doing their own packing in some cases apply dry ice which gives off carbon dioxide, a gas that works about as well as nitrogen.
This oxygen absorber contains salt, iron, and natural zeolith impregnated with a salt solution. Not only can it make you sick, but the witch hunts in the early Americas may have been accentuated by a form of mold in wheat that has hallucinogenic properties. While you do lose some calories eating fried bugs and grubs, the protein is animal protein and therefore more complete. The supermarket I regularly shopped at when I lived in the Caribbean had bugs running around like crazy in the spice and nut jars as well as in the pasta packages. There are simply too many nooks and crannies for the bugs to lay their eggs in, and there is no way that they can all be effectively removed. Assuming that you have comparable densities, there would be far less air in a bag with 10 pounds of wheat versus a bag with 10 pounds of golf balls, as the volume between the golf balls would simply not be possible to completely evacuate to satisfactory extents.


Take a brick box of coffee with you the next time you go from sea level to the mountains, you'll be amazed!
It is feasible that the container will have such a tiny amount of oxygen that whatever little bug manages to hatch will suffocate shortly afterwards, but I certainly wouldn't want to take all of these careful and expensive precautions and then discover that this was not what was happening and the darned bugs started to multiply like crazy. These are cells with sharp, complex, pointy, virtually crystal-like "shells" when their moisture is taken away from them and they are dried. Diatmaceous earth is an excellent product to sprinkle on the soil around plants you want to protect from the various slugs and snails who want to make a meal out of them.
If the sack is left on the ground or on a moist surface such as damp concrete, the period of time that can elapse for full contamination can be less than a week!
We'll just have to be careful not to cross contaminate our organic seeds when the time comes to switch. Put the mylar in the bucket put the food in to about 1 inch from the top and 3 or 4 500cc oxygen absorbers on top of the food, remove all air possible and seal with an iron.  Make sure package has vacuumed then seal lid with a mallett.
While prolonged home survival is a necessary first step in any emergency preparedness plan, the fact remains that disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires may require home evacuation at a moment’s notice. But making sure you have enough water that is both potable and portable for outdoor survival is not as easy as it sounds. Compact and light weight tents are always a good choice, along with tarps which pack easily without taking up much room.
Depending on the kind of seed, that coloration indicates that it is covered with pesticides or fungicides. The hull is dark brown or black, and some may be included in buckwheat flour as dark specks. Although brown flax can be consumed as readily as yellow, and has been for thousands of years, it is better known as an ingredient in paints, fiber and cattle feed.
The lady of the house (or the man if he's handy with needle and thread) can sew a dust ruffle and hang it around the plywood so no one would ever notice it was there. If you do this in a room that is already on the cramped side, you'll have to become accustomed to the smaller space. You leave only about an inch or two of the perimeter of the barrel above ground--just enough to fit the lid on securely. 10% is still acceptable but as soon as we start approaching the 15-20% mark, we run into problems. These grains would not be suitable for grinding in flour mills, but are generally boiled whole to serve as rice, orzo, or couscous substitutes, in soups, chowders, and other similar preparations. Bacteria is just one of several things which make food turn rancid and the vast majority of bacteria require an ample supply oxygen to grow.
The process of "rusting" involves the oxidation of the iron and the process will use the oxygen in any surrounding atmosphere as long as there is any significant moisture to feed the "rusting" process. Quality control processes in food processing plants allow the product to "pass" if there is an allowable percentage of insect eggs, fragments, and other bits and pieces of the good Lord know what do not exceed the allowable amounts.
In roughly equal quantities of grain versus beans, grain would be the better food product which would allow itself to evacuate more air.
You will find that the brick pack will soften a bit at high altitude and that is due to the lower air pressure up there. Keep in mind that excessive moisture could still be a problem in the formation of mold regardless of the extensive precautions mentioned in this Hub so it pays to be vigilant! Anything with less that 10% moisture will save for 30 yrs the more moisture there is the shorter the shelf life.  I buy meat when on sale and cold pack into sterilized jars with 1 inch head space with a tiny bit of canning salt and process as directed.
And those families that are unprepared will be forced to fend for themselves, leaving bulky supplies of food for long term storage behind. For starters, you’ll need at least 1 gallon of water per person per day—possibly more depending on conditions. For outdoor survival you want self-contained meals in small packages that fit easily into backpacks and are just as easy to prepare.
And since many areas experience a change of seasons, clothing should be rotated accordingly. You will also need lightweight blankets and sleeping bags, both of which are available through suppliers of emergency preparedness goods. So your first aid kit is especially important. You’ll want to include first aid supplies to clean cuts and scrapes, bandage and stitch wounds, relieve pain and administer necessary medications. I would say a good range to shoot for is 20-years on a can like this, it a long time and still more then likely that the food is still good. Then get it before it's "treated" with those red chemicals and you'll have a supply of perfectly good, edible grain.
The dark flour is known as 'ble noir' ('black wheat') in French, along with the name sarrasin ('saracen'). Flax seeds produce a vegetable oil known as flaxseed or linseed oil, which is one of the oldest commercial oils, and solvent-processed flax seed oil has been used for centuries as a drying oil in painting and varnishing.
It is also a great idea to soak the containers after scrubbing with a little bleach to disinfect them both inside and out. Obviously, you don't put the barrel or the hole it's meant to fit into out in the hot sun, especially in the warmer latitudes. The pancake mixes (which of course had the basic ingredient being wheat flour) were subject to exactly the same problem, except that they were packaged in kraft paper bags so that I wouldn't notice until I got the package home and opened the bag to find all sorts of tiny teeny cobwebs, or a very small kind of fly that could even chew its way clear out of the bag!
Canning can be safely stored up to 1yr but I have known people to eat canned items long after expiration.
In an effort to keep that scenario from happening, here’s a look at the 5 essentials each family member will need in order to survive outdoors for at least 72 hours.
Since 1 gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, a 3 day supply for one person will weigh 24 pounds. As it is with clothing, it’s critical that your shelter is reevaluated throughout the year to make sure it’s always weather appropriate. Special considerations for family members with existing medical conditions—that may worsen in an outdoor survival scenario—should also be factored in.
Buckwheat noodle has been eaten by people from Tibet and northern China for a long time as wheat can not be grown in the mountain regions. Make sure to rinse thoroughly with lots of fresh running water as you certainly don't want the active ingredient in bleach, sodium hypochlorite, to come into contact with your food. Place the cloth over the top of the Mylar and hold the iron on the material for about twenty seconds. It is important to ensure that the container is completely and hermetically sealed, otherwise oxygen will leak in and obviate the effect of the oxygen absorber. These items should be stored in individual backpacks or “bug out bags” which can be retrieved at a moment’s notice. Since carrying that much weight isn’t practical, you’ll want to have some water purification systems on hand that are light weight and easier to transport than bottles of water. There are a number of online suppliers of food for emergency preparedness who offer a variety of great tasting, prepackaged meals for outdoor survival. Clothing that is loose, comfortable and can be layered to adjust for extreme temperature swings is also recommended. A special press made of wood log was built to press the dough into hot boiling water when making buckwheat noodle. These establishments can get in big trouble if they have loads of dirty buckets sitting around, as health inspectors will crucify them. After this, if any plastic containers retain a smell of their previous contents or even the bleach, fill them with crumbled newspapers sprinkled with baking soda and put the lid back on. Then you can move to next section of Mylar and hold the iron on the material for another twenty seconds. There are water purification drops, filters, and self contained purification bottles that can be easily found at many stores.
You’ll need to do your homework to make sure that the meals you buy meet the specific nutritional needs of each family member.
You’ll also want to include sunscreen, hats and other items that offer sun protection regardless of the season. Ready to drink water is commercially available in easy to carry pouches and you’ll want to have enough on hand to ensure safe travel until you can find a suitable water source for purification.
All foods should be sampled in advance to make sure that even the pickiest eaters will find them palatable.



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