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Some Tips on Opening Long-term Stored Foods

long-term stored foodsEvery now and then, we hear of people who have had problems with long-term stored foods.  The other day one of my friends opened an old five-gallon bucket of wheat, upon opening it; the wheat looked good on the surface.  But as he got deeper in the bucket, he found a black mold in the bottom half of the bucket.  Fortunately, he had not consumed any at this point since these molds can be toxic.

These types of molds are the result of wheat, grains or legumes being packed with too high a moisture content.  Here is a link to a post that shows the correct percentage of moisture for packing grains and a way to rough test the moisture content at home. …

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Cooking with Your Long-term Stored Foods

Cooking with your stored foods is different from your everyday cooking.  It will take more time and effort.  You will probably be handicapped by not having your normal cooking stove.  Your available ingredients will probably be limited.

We all have favorite recipes many of which will be hard to use when you are cooking with your stored foods.  But with a bit of preplanning you may be able to modify some of these recipes so that they still work.  Here is a chart that was published by Brigham Young University showing some possible substitutions.

stored foods

All dried fruits and vegetables are generally hydrated in double the amount of water.…

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Food Crisis in Venezuela Shows What could Happen Here

food crisis

Food lines, they sometimes last from 5 am until well into the evening

There are always lessons to be learned from watching what goes on in other areas during crises.  For the last several years Venezuela has been having food shortages, infrastructure problems and inflation.  While this is an oil rich country, their socialistic economic policies have pushed them into a major food crisis.

Yesterday I received some information on the current food crisis in Venezuela.  Food is in short supply and very expensive when you can get it.  Supermarkets are locked into a system that controls their sales.  They are not permitted to sell Venezuelans food 15 days since their purchase of the same product. …

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Storing Grains, Legumes While Preserving the Most Nutrition

storing grains, legumes

sealing grains in Mylar bags and five gallon buckets

I am a strong believer in food storage and have been for well over 40 years.  One thing that I have learned during that time is that you always seem to keep food longer than you originally planned.  This can occur for several reasons.  You fail to properly rotate your food because of outside distractions or you are just too busy with life.  This especially applies to storing grains, legumes, which are normally packaged for long-term storage and may not be something we use everyday.

Therefore, I want them to have the most possible nutrition when I open them.  …

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14 Things to Consider When Sheltering in Place or Bugging In

bugging inI believe that for many of us sheltering in place or bugging in will be the best choice.  The only way in which I will leave my property is when it becomes more dangerous to stay than leave.  Now that doesn’t mean that I won’t have a plan B.  But if possible, I plan on bugging in.  I know the area well, I have family and friends close by that will help and it would be hard to duplicate what I have here in a second location.  I suspect the same thing applies to most of us.

I have spent some time thinking about what you have to plan for when bugging in, and have broke it down into 14 separate areas. …

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34 Foods You Need in Your Food Storage Pantry

food storage pantryThe following is a fairly complete list of foods that you should have in your storage.  The quantities will depend on the size of your family and the length of time you want to live on your food storage.  Personally, I feel you need a absolute minimum of a one year supply and preferably more.  While some of these foods need regular rotation, the majority are long storage items.  With these 34 foods in your food storage pantry you can cook a wide variety of foods to keep your family or group happy.  Good food equals good moral.

34 Items for your food storage pantry

  1. Wheat, if stored correctly, good for at least 30 years.
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Crushed and Powdered Dehydrated Vegetables for Storage

powdered dehydrated vegetables

Crushed peppers

Many people forget that just storing food is not all it takes to be prepared for an emergency. Having your food taste good is also important.  Many of the foods that you have stored will have to be cooked from scratch.  Spices have a limited shelf life, but there are other ways to improve the taste of your foods.  So start thinking about using crushed and powdered dehydrated vegetables to improve their taste.

Vegetables flakes can be made by crushing dehydrated vegetables in a blender, (If you’re using a blender watch your speed, to fast and you will have powder instead of just bits and pieces) If the power is out you can use a rolling pin (just put   vegetables in a plastic bag and crush them.  …

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5 Easy Ways to Find Inexpensive Preps

inexpensive preps

The Dollar Store

As many of you probably know by now, I am cheap, I am always looking for something for nothing.  Now I can’t always get stuff for free, but there are many ways to get inexpensive preps.  Try a few of these ideas and I think you will save money.

  1. Take a good look around during harvest season there is always free fruit and vegetables available. If we see a fruit tree that is not being picked we will often talk to the owners and ask if we can pick some.  Often the reason it has not been picked is due to age or illness in which case we will suggest splitting it with them. 
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Rotating Long Term Storage is Always a Problem

rotating long term storage

Keep a good inventory.

I wish that I could purchase long term storage foods that would last forever without any rotation.  But the truth is you can’t, rotating long term storage is always a problem.  Now because I have been into food storage for about 50 years, I have occasionally run into problems with shelf life.  Just the other day I opened some buckets that were buried in my storage.  They contained wheat that is about 30 + years old.  It looked good, so I decided to see if it would still sprout.

After running a sample through my sprouting trays, I found that a small percentage would start to sprout. …

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Stocking Up on Emergency Supplies at the last Minute

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Empty shelves in a supermarket

In any emergency, whether it is a hurricane, major snowstorm or civil unrest resulting in the interruption of food and other supplies you may need to go shopping.  This may also include the disruption of utilities.  Now if you are a experienced well prepared prepper and are at home with your preps you probably don’t need to read any further.  But if you are a beginning prepper, one of the average sheep with no supplies or an experienced prepper who is caught away from their preps, you need to read this.  Here is a list of emergency supplies that will disappear rapidly and where to find them.…

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