Food Storage, Lessons Learned and Recommendations
One to remember for the long term storage stuff is that you are setting it aside for an emergency to survive on – not to throw the neighborhood picnic with your grandmother’s secret baked bean recipe.
The long term storage should be straight forward and simple – we got this breakout from Lowesville Seminar and it’s what Chris and Becca used in their Community Food Storage Day in Montague. The amounts listed are for one adult, for 3 months:
1 bucket of rice – 38 pounds
1 bucket of wheat – 36 pounds
1 bucket of beans – 36 pound
1 bucket of oats – 22 pounds.
Each bucket "kit" consists of the bucket, a lid with a gasket seal, a mylar bag and an O2 absorber. If the bags are sealed properly, they will keep for a long time, but you should have an inventory system that replenishes your stores as you periodically open and use the stores getting to the end of its storage life. You should have gamma seal lids for when you do open a bucket – it provides a much better seal than a regular lid and is easier to remove. The only drawback is they typically cost as much or more than a bucket. One approach would be to figure out the cost per bucket kit (totalling the cost of the food, the bucket, the lid, the O2 absorber and the mylar bag). Then when you present the plan to your community group they would select how many of each bucket they wanted. As Cat alluded to in her post, Chris’ approach was much simpler than what our group came up with (I address that later in this post) and it provided the caloric needs for an adult to get by on in an extended emergency.
You will need other stores – yeast, salt, sugar, oils, shortening, spices, etc., to prepare the food with. A hand grinder is a must so you can grind your wheat into flour. One of the guys in our group researched how much flour you get from so much wheat so you can plan your bread making output. This is what he got from his mother-in-law and as we all know, mothers-in-law are never wrong, (just ask them).
1 cup wheat berries = 1 1/2 cup flour
1 pound wheat berries = 4 cups wheat berries = 6 cups flour
2.5 pounds wheat berries = 10 cups wheat berries = 15 cups flour = 4 loaves ( based on mother-in-laws recipe ) ~ .625 lbs per loaf
I am putting together a list of links to websites for food ordering and storage supplies. Here is a link to an earlier thread I put up that had a lot of sites for emergency supplies, water purification and planning resources.
I will get a shortened version put together that is food prep specific.
Plickety, Sager – I must speak up in my defense of the completely overblown attack on nuclear engineers.
I was merely adhering to the first law of engineering: "Some is good, more is better, gross excess is the ultimate goal."
I did not think that adding quinoa in addition to rice and great northern beans in addition to pinto beans was that much of a perturbation. I thought a little variety might be nice. I will not even consider adding garbanzo beans or lima beans – they look like blood engorged wood ticks and I would eat my shoes or starve before I would eat one of those foul, nasty beastly things.
Jerry, the quinoa stuffed green pepper recipe was on the box… As to why I personally thought about it.
Dogs, if you feel the need to engineer something I can think of a few things around the house that need fixing.
Storage Life of Dry Foods
I found these links on the Walton Feed site.
Four factors that effect food storage: http://www.waltonfeed.com/blog/show/article_id/163
Storage life of particular foods: http://www.waltonfeed.com/blog/show/article_id/162
Does anyone have recommendations for hand grain grinders and peanut grinders (is life worth living without fresh peanut butter?).
How about hand grinders for coffee?
If these have been covered elsewhere, please point me on my way.
Also, what are factors to consider when purchasing wheat for storage?
Thanks a lot for the info. I copied and pasted most all of it since it was pretty specific (hope you don’t mind . As I had mentioned earlier, I have been getting the basics as you have listed above, but knew there was a better way to store it and for longer. This just makes sense.
I haven’t done this yet, but I plan to. I expect to plant 2 ac. of grains this next spring, and I can’t imagine ginding that all by hand!
The Country Living Grain Mill with Mounting Board and Exercycle
(The 914 Mile-Per-Gallon-Machine)
The mounting platform with a slotted 2 x 6 board locks the exercycle into place, while making the tension of the belt easily adjustable. The wing nuts and bolts in the slots make it quick and easy to make all adjustments.
1. The feet of the exercycle should fit firmly against the 2×6 adjustable board.
2. The wing nut and bolt (located on either side of the board) should be tightened down once proper belt tension is achieved.
3. Use a three or four inch pulley hub suitable for use with a v-belt.
[quote=cat233]Gamma lids for buckets, Recommended over the snap lids. US Plastics http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp%5B/quote]
I’ve searched their site, and cannot find "gamma lids". The link provided takes me to their main catalog page. I used the search function, and no results came up. Can you help with this?
What am I missing? Thanks.
Oh Dogs, don’t narrow your horizons… there’s tons of stuff to do with garbanzo and lima beans rather than just eating them plain 🙂 Hummus, succotash, and don’t forget grinding them into flour to thicken stews or add protein to your breads… excellent way to extend your grains!! You’re the engineer… aren’t you supposed to dream up cool and random uses for stuff? ROFL
Good job on getting going on the food prep! . Being of the design/engineering tendencies myself I have to swerve toward the DIAP approach of more is betta! I’m sure I’ll regret it later but it just feels right.
We have been hot and heavy into the garden prep. 30 yards of humified compost, tillage in various body slamming approaches and deer fencing pretty well covers it. Sheri looked like something that crawled out of a swamp after about 5 hours on a dusty mower yesterday but she cleaned up good and we enjoyed a brew while admiring "our" work!
After now having about 5000sf of garden planted and nicely popping out of the ground we are ready to consider the long term storage issues. We will be watching the thread to see how it all works out. Thanks for the posts.
Dogs, If I can extrapolate and make AWAG I assume that Brussel Sprouts may not be a hot item for you either. I can relate on the Lima Beans!