Category «Basic Long Term Food Storage»

Oats – A Must-Have Pantry Staple

Oats are championed as one of the world’s healthiest foods and have been cultivated for thousands of years. They are a good source of protein, dietary fiber, thiamin, folate, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and niacin. Oats are rich in minerals including manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, potassium and calcium. The news regularly boasts …

Valuable Lessons From History

In 1845, Sir John Franklin and 128 men departed England to navigate an uncharted area of the North West Passage.  The motivation was to discover an open sea route for trade through the Arctic thereby connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  A northern route would be much shorter than the currently used southern route around …

Dried Walking Onions

One of my very favorite crops is Egyptian Walking Onions. They are also known as Tree Onions, Top Onions, Winter Onions, or Perennial Onions. Whatever you call them, these onions are the perfect survival crop! Walking onions are simple to grow and, once established, never need to be planted again. It doesn’t take very many …

White Rice

Dry Rice

White rice, or polished rice, has had the husk, bran and germ removed. This milling process changes the flavor, texture and appearance while significantly extending its storage life. It also strips the rice of critical nutrients which are abundant in the original form. Some raw rice is  before milling. This process of soaking in water …

Add a Little Sugar to Sweeten Your Food Stores

Sugar can be a valuable ingredient in creating comfort foods. It is often rationed during hard times and is highly valuable. Granulated sugar has an indefinite shelf life when stored appropriately. Optimal Storage White (granulated) sugar has an indefinite shelf life due to its resistance to microbial growth. It will not allow molds to grow. White …

Potatoes – Super Storage Spuds

In one of my college classes,  by Larry Zuckerman was required reading. How could anyone write an entire book on the potato? It was actually quite interesting to learn how the nutrition found in potatoes fed entire populations by simply planting, digging, and baking. Historically grain was a better longer term storage solution, however grain …