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Prepper's Guide to hoarding grains
Get started stockpiling grains for survival

Henry A. Kissinger once said: "He who controls the food controls the
world." This is food for thought and good reason to store grain.

Get started stockpiling grains.
Grain is the key to long-term survival. To paraphrase Kissinger,
"He who controls the grain, controls the world."

Get started stockpiling grains! Here's what you need to know
about prepping with grains...

Start stockpiling grains! To get started you will need...

  • bucket openers. No worries, as they are cheap. You'll need
    the bucket openers to open commercially sealed grain. While
    it isn't impossible to open buckets without it, you won't
    injure your hands.

  • two grain mills! Store one electric grain mill and one hand-
    crank kind. Why do you need two grain mills?

  • An electric grain mill is convenient for everyday use:
  • Grind wheat for fresh bread or pizza dough.
  • Turn popcorn into cornmeal.
  • Grind out into gluten free flour.
  • Grind coffee beans!

  • A quality hand-crank grain mill is important for living
    off the grid without electricity. It's a good backup for
    your electric grain mill.

  • food grade buckets. Eventually you'll want to package your
    own grains because it's economical and pretty easy, but
    you'll need to store them in a bucket to keep the grain from
    getting wet or moist, and keeping your food away from
    pests. This will require some accessories...

  • gamma seal lids in a variety of colors. Gamma seal lids,
    pictured immediate left, are a treasured convenience for
    everyday use of your grains. They allow you to quickly access
    your food storage.

  • Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers and a hot sealer. Keep your
    food fresher longer by adding mylar to your food storage
    plan. While you can put grain directly into the food grade
    bucket, you'll want to use mylar, which has several
    advantages. You can keep out the oxygen to give the
    maximum possible storage to your food. Mylar also will
    compartmentalize pest problems, and help ensure you'll have
    edible food when you need it. Instead of a pest getting
    through to ruin the whole bucket, you may only get one bad
    bag in the bucket.

And finally, you'll need the grain!

Prepper's Guide to Hoarding Grains
What kinds of grains should you hoard?

Grain to Hoard #1: Wheat.
Give us this day our daily bread. Wheat is perhaps the most
perfect food. Thankfully, "There is not currently, nor has there
ever been, any genetically engineered wheat on the market,"
according to the
Non-GMO project, so stock up!

With hard white wheat berries you can grind your own all purpose
flour to bake cake, bread and make pasta.

Live on Wheat is a complete guide to storing, preparing and
cooking whole grains.  This is a cookbook, preparedness resource
and survival manual all wrapped into one concise and thorough
reference. Pictured right, this book covers the storage of wheat
and other grains and legumes, the preparation of all of the basic
foods from the whole grain to the finished product in the simplest
and most foolproof manner possible. It includes Essene Bread,
Pan Bread, Sprouting, Sourdough, Food Combination, Baking,
Bread Making, Gluten Meat Substitute, Pasta, Improvised Bread
Making, Dumplings, Cast Iron Cookery, Salads, Biscuits,
Pancakes, Hominy, Corn Bread, and Tempeh.

Wheat for your long-term food storage:

  • Hard white wheat is the most popular choice of wheat for
    making white breads and pasta.

  • Hard red Wheat is a more nutty and nhearty wheat.a A
    prepper's staple, hard red wheat useful in a variety of ways.
    It can be cooked up for a delicious cereal, sprouted for
    greenery in salads or ground into full-bodied flour for baking.
    It's low in moisture, high in protein and known for its storage
    and baking virtues.

  • Shredded Wheat is whole wheat grain prepared in a
    digestible form, supplying all the strength a Prepper needs.
    The first edition of the Boy Scout Manual in 1911 highlights
    the best food for Boy Scouts is Shredded Wheat, "because it
    has all the muscle-building material in the whole wheat grain
    prepared in a digestible form, supplying all the strength
    needed for work or play."

Grain to Hoard #2: Rice.
Cheap and essential prepper nutrition, you can live for weeks on
rice and beans. Sure jasmine rice is cheap food, and worth storing
but you can also store a variety of rice to keep your family
interested. Try batsmati rice, Italian arborio rice, short grain
Asian rice, and wild rice. Consider instant rice for this reason
alone, though it's not as healthy as other rice options.

  • Skip the Brown rice for long-term grain storage! While it's
    good to stock brown rice in your everyday pantry, think twice
    about storing brown rice for the long term. You may think
    that the nutty wholesome brown rice offers you a better food
    value than the white stuff, but think again! Brown rice has a
    short shelf life: about 3-6 months because of the oil in the
    outer shell, which has a tendency to become rancid. Brown
    rice also requires more cooking time, which could deplete
    your cooking resources. Don't feel guilty about storing
    yummy white rice: it will last longer! What's more,  white
    rice is a rich source of protein, and helps relieve
    gastrointestinal distress, which you might bring on by eating
    too many beans. Finally, white rice is a good source of niacin
    as well as protein, thiamin and iron.

  • Future Essentials Long Grain White Rice. Why buy rice in a
    #10 can? Because of the extremely long shelf life! Future
    Essentials long grain white rice is nitrogen flushed and
    vacuum sealed, ensuring a long lasting product protected
    from vermin. At 24 ounces per can, the rice is uncooked. You
    get delicious long grain rice enriched with iron, niacin,
    thiamin, and folic acid.

Grain to Hoard#3: Corn.
Most corn is genetically modified or cross contaminated so you'll
need to do your best by buying organic corns.

    Bob's Red Mill Essential Corn products: Diets rich in whole
    grain foods may reduce the risk of heart disease and some
    cancers. Bob's Red Mill has highlighted this importance

  • Coarse Grind Cornmeal: Bob's Red Mill leaves the corn germ
    and bran in this wonderfully tasting product of whole grain
    corn. Try the easy cornbread recipe on the back, which
    requires a few ingredients, but easy enough to do with items
    in the Prepper's Pantry. We found canned butter, powdered
    eggs and powdered milk, which will work fine. The single
    ingredient is corn! Cornmeal is best kept refrigerated or
    frozen.

  • CORNBREAD CHALLENGE FOR ADVANCED PREPPERS: Try
    Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix, where you can
    mix a 1-1/2 cups of milk you make from powder, along
    with approximately two eggs you reconstitute from
    powder, to make a yummy cornmeal bread. Try baking it
    in a solar oven!

  • Masa Harina. Make lovely fresh corn tortillas with Masa
    Harina. Masa, is the Spanish word for "dough," which you can
    make easily with just three ingredients Masa Harina corn
    flour, water and sea salt and cook them quickly on a griddle.  
    A lovely golden corn flower is behind the "Masa Harina,"
    which is made with dried corn kernels that have been cooked
    and soaked win limewater and then ground into masa. Masa
    Harina is best kept refrigerated or frozen. Practice tortilla
    making with this product.

  • Polenta Corn Grits. Corn grits are coarsely ground bits of de
    germinated corn. Bob's Red Mill suggests you top grits with
    milk and honey for breakfast, and for dinner, make polenta
    cakes with butter, cheese, marinara or gravy. The basic
    polenta recipe is on the back. Our Prepper's pantry has the
    source you need for shredded dehydrated cheese, and butter
    in a can, so you can easily make a yummy Italian polenta
    meal from your pantry. Polenta corn grits are best kept
    refrigerated or frozen.

  • St. Dalfour Gourmet On The Go, Ready to Eat Couscous.
    Shelf Stable for two years, this tasty made in France includes
    Couscous (Water, Semolina, Bulgar Wheat), Kidney Beans,
    Sweet Corn, Red Peppers, Diced Onions, Raisins, First Cold
    Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Lemon
    Juice, Parsley, and White Pepper.

Grain to Hoard #4: Oats and Oatmeal.
Oats are non-GMO (unless cross contaminated by neighboring
fields). Add oats ad oatmeal to your food storage!


  • Oatmeal. A favorite of American pioneers, oatmeal is a food
    low in saturated fat, and it's also a good source of fiber,
    which is especially important during survival times. Look for
    John McCann's steel cut oatmeal in a can, which are 100%
    whole grain and natural Irish oats. You'll need to store
    adequate water as making porridge requires 4 cups of water
    for every one cup of oatmeal. Best of all, it can last for
    several years. A tip for preparing is to soak the oatmeal over
    night, so that it takes just 9-12 minutes to boil (instead of a
    half an hour).

Grain to Hoard #5: Rye.

  • Pumpernickel (a whole grain rye bread). Learn to like
    Pumpernickel bread and make it part of your everyday diet!
    This amazing whole grain rye bread, packs a mighty punch of
    fiber and has a three or four month shelf life! Happy Preppers
    can make a satisfying meal with even one slice of bread.
    Pack some pate and store Pumpernickel regularly.
    Pumpernickel will certainly make you feel regular!

Grain to Hoard #6: Quinoa, barley and bulgur.

  • Easy Pepper recipes for quinoa, barley and bulgur: For
    every 1 cup of quinoa, barley or bulgar you make from the
    package directions, you can fold in one of these five recipe
    ideas:
  1. White beans, tomatoes and Parmesan: Salt and pepper
    to taste.
  2. Raisins, almonds and scallions (also called green
    onions). Mix in a 1/2 cup of raisins. 1/2 cup slivered
    almonds. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Apricots and almonds.
  4. Dried fruit.
  5. Kalamata Olives and Oregano: With the water add ad 2
    teaspoons dried oregano. Add some olive oil and 1/2
    cup pitted kalamata olives. Salt and pepper to taste.

Finally, remember that the key to "survival farming" is cultivating
an interest in farming long before you ever need any
harvesting
skills
to survive.

Proverbs 11:26 reads, "People curse the one who hoards grain,
but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell."

Want to pack your own grains?
You'll need three things:
  1. Food Grade buckets
  2. Mylar bags
  3. Oxygen Absorbers. When you use oxygen absorbers with
    proper packaging and sealing, you'll greatly reduce the
    oxygen in grains. It's important to use oxygen absorbers with
    gas flushing / vacuum packaging to absorb virtually all
    oxygen and absorb any oxygen that may permeate the
    package. This process significantly improves storage and the
    qualities of foods by inhibiting mold, oxidation and
    condensation.

For your Wondermill:

  • Stone milling heads. Have a Wondermill? The Wondermill
    Stone Milling heads, pictured immediate right, are made for
    years of heavy duty grinding. (There is also a version for the
    Wondermill Junior.) Stone milling heads produce very fine
    and fluffy flour!

He who controls the food controls the world.
"He who controls the food controls the world." Henry A. Kissinger.
That's certainly food for thought and reason enough to store as
many grains as possible. Grains for the most part are cheap, and
if packed properly can last 1-30 years.

Kissinger was right. Grains have been used in war and here's how:

  • Did you know... grain was used to spread biological
    hazard?

  • During World War II when coffee was a rationed provision,
    civilians made coffee from grains, roasted chicory and even
    acorns.

Why store whole grains instead of flour?
Whole wheat grains have a longer shelf life than flour. That's
because flour contains more surface area for oxidation. The
oxidation will make it degrade faster. So if you can store whole
grains and then grind it into flour as you need it, you'll greatly
increase the shelf life and nutritive value of your stored food.
Properly stored whole wheat grain has an indefinite shelf life!

Happy endings...
Put your nose to the grindstone and get to packing some grains in
your food storage. You'll feel better and you may develop a new
hobby: baking artisan breads. Next, you can learn
how to make
butter in an off grid world.

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