April 19, 2010
Now is the time to invest your wheat storage and other long term dry food storage such as dry beans and rice. These dry foods are the basics for emergency food storage.
The prices were sky high about a year ago, but the cost of dry foods are relatively low at this time.
A five gallon bucket of wheat (45 lbs.) is running $12.00 to $14.00 a bucket in comparison to $22.00 to $25.00 last year. A 50 lb. bag of wheat costs around $12.98 rather than last year’s price tag of $25.00 to $30.00.
Pinto beans have dropped in price also. A year ago I paid $25.00 for a 20 lb. bag and recently I paid $13.00 for a 25 lb. bag on sale.
Rice is was up last year to $18.00 for a 20 lb. bag. Today, I paid $7.98 for a 20 lb. bag that is on sale.
Why stock up on dried long term foodstuffs?
Long Term Food Storage Shelf Life
Wheat: The shelf life for properly storing wheat is…. well forever. They found wheat in Egyptian pyramids that was around 2000 years old and it was still good. It’s best stored in a temperature of under 72 degrees in a dry place. It should be protected from freezing.
Pinto Beans: Along with pintos, storing red beans and navy beans have a shelf life of 20 to 30 years. As with storing wheat… it should be placed in a tight container and stored in temperatures not above 72 degrees and not below freezing.
Rice: White rice, if stored properly and under 72 degrees will keep from 8 to 10 years.
Wheat and beans can be sprouted. It gives these foods additional nutritional value on top of what you get when they are prepared in traditional ways.
If times really get tough… and I’m certainly not predicting anything here…. you can use these dry foods to trade and barter for other items that you may need.
So… stock up your basic food storage and be prepared… long term. It’s my understanding that prices will increase this year because of a number of factors… weather, and shortages.
P.S. I just opened a can of wheat kernels that I’ve had for over 35 years. Just perfect.
P.P.S. We’ll be talking in detail about how to prepare these dry foods for long term food storage. Just wanted to give you a heads up on prices.
January 27, 2009
Surviving the recession, and other scary events play a game in my head. I seem to move from “fear” to “hope” on a regular basis.
Part of the fear comes from the fact, I’m not as prepared for “hard times” as I would like to be. Even though I have a 72 hour kit, and have added to my emergency preparedness food storage on a regular basis, there are gaps and holes that need to be filled.
When I’m in the “hope” mode, my mind really does a dance. I neglect picking up a few extra things at the store to put into my food storage… “hoping” I’ll have more time. Besides, haven’t I thrown out one heck of a lot of old food and nothing serious has happened yet? No hurry! On top of that, “What you focus on is what you get,” so why focus on the negative?
So, my mind plays a game with itself. If I’m focused on “fear,”… all I see are problems. If I focus on “hope,” my mind has a tendency to go in to denial… or “woo woo” land. Where is the balance so I don’t go crazy?
Sunday evening, I attended a meeting about being prepared for a “Pandemic.” I found the meeting to be well worth attending and the speaker didn’t try to scare the heck out of the audience, but gave good, helpful information.
One thing the speaker said, helped to balance my thoughts a bit. He said, “Hard times come in different forms at different times to all of us. Some hard times hit us individually and some hard times hit us collectively. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” The question is, “How well will you recover?”
“HOW WELL YOU RECOVER WILL DEPEND ON HOW WELL YOU ARE PREPARED.”
For some reason… it hit home. I’ve decided it’s wise to be prepared. I will do the best I can to get prepared and then move on with my life. I have things to do, places to go, and folks to meet with out the fear and worry of the future.
With this new insight, the “Back To Basics” portion of this site will focus on emergency preparation and survival tips. I want all of us to recover well from what ever emergency, recession, or hard times we face in the future… whether it’s an individual or a collective hardship.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject… so give us a comment or two.
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