Food preperation and storage for the long haul...

This blog is for discussion and general information on food storage, general nutrition etc. It is basicly an add on for my survival blog but any and all are welcome to join in, makes no difference if you are vegan, carnivore, omnivore or any other food consumer. If you have information, please feel free to share. If you have a question, ask.

The only thing I ask is please, PLEASE, no food politics. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and I know for some it is a touchy issue. Just remember that this is mainly focused on food STORAGE and preservation.

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Comment by Two Birds on August 24, 2012 at 8:08pm

I agree with your ideas for grain storage. I use 15 gallon galvanized cans with lids, sealed as tight as possible and then the edges duct tapes for additional air tight.  I have kept grains in good shape for very long periods like that. The rats, mice, etc don't seem to want to tackle the galv steel as much as any kind of plastic container...

Comment by Old Jules on August 24, 2012 at 5:22am

One of the tricks to storing grain products I used for Y2K for keeping the grain-eating insects from making a living on it:  put it inside a metal are plastic drum with a top capable of being sealed tightly.  Then, before putting the top on, place a candle in a cat-food can on top of the grain and light it.

 

The candle will keep burning until the free oxygen's gone, then go out, depriving the critters with designs on your ideas for the future from anything akin to something to breathe.  The fire in the drum will also pull the drum lid down tightly by creating a partial vacuum inside.  Worked for me.  J

Comment by Old Jules on January 21, 2012 at 2:50am

Depending on how severely interrupted transportation finds itself, salt will be the eventual single challenge a lot of people would find influencing decisions.  It's one of those subtle necessaries easy to overlook, but absolute and always has been for primitive lifestyles inland.  100# of rock salt in the larder would be cheap, but it would be a bet against the future.  You won't need it if you don't survive the first year, most likely.

Comment by Morgan on December 18, 2011 at 6:10am

Falling back a month to pick up Echo's thread- dried tomato/bell pepper/mushrooms/etc. (there I go with the dehydrator again) will transform that rice and beans (and for the omnivores, little bits of jerky).

While on the subject, vacuum-packing a portion of jerky, rice,dried veggies, seasoning and snack (granola, etc.) in separate baggies into a 1-pint single-serving pack makes a cheap almost-MRE.

Comment by Morgan on December 18, 2011 at 5:59am

Another good bread solution involves a dehydrator and any good bread. Presliced bread works, but slicing an unsliced loaf thinner than normal works best. Makes a cracker-like, bread-tasting product that is great anywhere you'd normally use bread.

Bagels (think cinnamon-raisin or cheese) and rolls make excellent tasty crackers.

Sweet breads (banana, apple-walnut, zuchini) make healthy tasty cookies. Yeah, imagine healthy treats in the midst of hard times.

Just don't get caught storing more than 3 months worth.

Comment by Two Birds on December 18, 2011 at 3:09am

Fry Bread and Bannock

 

These are generally unleavened breads, easy to make, simple to store in dry form. The following is the wiki link and has general instructions and ingredients

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannock_(food)

Comment by Two Birds on November 14, 2011 at 12:44pm

And peanut butter s the current food of choice for the UN's food programs targeted at child starvation. It is easily digested and more readily taken by the kids, as children at the point of starvation rarely WANT to eat at that point, but seem to accept peanut butter and desire it as opposed to the old milk based rations they used to use. It also causes less physical reactions.

Comment by Morgan on November 14, 2011 at 7:00am

And peanut butter keeps as well as Twinkies (but is a LOT better for you!).

Comment by Two Birds on November 14, 2011 at 1:44am

Just as a bit of info.....apparently the peanut crops were not as productive as usual in the south so prices for peanut butter are expected to rise in the coming weeks.  Peanut butter being a very good source of protein, may want to consider buying it now rather than after a big price increase.

Comment by Two Birds on November 9, 2011 at 5:16am

Thank you Angel, that is a very impressive and useful listing.

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