Thursday, December 11, 2014

Grains and Seeds


Besides wheat, there are many other grains that can be stored to add variety and nutrition.  The ones that I have chosen are:

Rolled and Quick Oats
Rice
Rolled and Pearled Barley
Corn Meal, Popcorn and Corn for grinding and growing
Split Peas
Quinoa
Alfalfa Seeds (for sprouting)
Mung Beans  (for sprouting)
Triticale
Rye
Millet
Macaroni
Chia Seeds
Flax Seeds
Lentils
6-Grain Mix

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SPICES OF LIFE


Here is a list of the spices that Mary Bergman used:  garlic salt, onion salt, pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, oregano, paprika, table salt

Here are the spices and seasonings that I store and use.  The ones I use most often and recommend to store are bolded and italicized:  All purpose season, almond flavor, basil leaf, bay leaf, caraway, celery seed, cinnamon, cloves, dill seed, garlic-herb season, garlic powder, ginger, Italian seasoning, majoram, Mexican seasoning, nutmeg, Old Bay, onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley flakes, pepper corns, pizza season, poultry season, pumpkin pie spice, rosemary, saffron, sea salt or "Real Salt", salad sprinkle, spinach flakes, stevia, turmeric, vanilla extract (both real and imitation).

Most of these can be purchased locally or from online vendors such as Vitacost.  I have a Co-op Wholesale account at Frontier Herbs if anyone would like to use it or get together on an order to save shipping costs, let me know.  I usually order in bulk and break down amounts to distribute.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Honey

We have been advised for years to store honey for many reasons.  It is a whole sweetener complete with vitamins and enzymes.

There's not too much to say except the internet is full of information.  Here is one link:
http://thesurvivalmom.com/heres-a-honey-of-a-post-17-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-honey-but-should/

You can make candy, sweeten almost anything or use it for medicine.

It does solidify, so storing it in larger containers is cumbersome when you need to use it.  I recommend pouring into smaller containers for storage.

I don't really care for the taste of honey myself, but I found a brand I really love.  Makes a great lemon-honey warm drink.  It is YS Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey.

Again, it can purchased various places, but my favorite is Vitacost. 


http://www.vitacost.com/ys-eco-bee-farms-raw-honey-22-oz-19

Survival Family used 120 lbs. for their year for a family of 8.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Beans....


"We had several thousand pounds of dried beans.  The national estimate for a one year supply is 50 lbs per person per year.  My friends, that is a pound of beans a week for everyone in the family!  I have yet to see the family that can consume that amount of beans and still have any desire to stay alive!....we only used 85 lbs total for the entire year for the family of eight."  Mary Bergman

There is much information around on using beans in storage.
http://everydayfoodstorage.net/about-food-storage/beans

Dry beans take alot of cooking and soaking.  A pressure cooker would help here.  The point is...a few beans are nice, but the emphasis is  "few".  If you are like us, you probably have way more beans that would be actually utilized in a survival situation. They can also be sprouted.  They can even be used in a bartering situation for people that don't have anything else to eat.

Beans are made much more appetizing and edible by adding spices and meat.  (Think freeze dried ham, even canned ham or spam.)