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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!

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 red Wheat: Hard Red Wheat is a prepper's staple
    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

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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
  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

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

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

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

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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