Skip to comments.The One-Year Pantry, Layer by Layer
Posted on 03/13/2013 3:42:42 PM PDT by Kartographer
Some foods to consider for longer term storage are:
Carbohydrates: white rice, pasta, wheat, oats, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, sugars, honey, fruits, roots and tubers (cook these well) and cereals. For those with wheat allergies, click here. Proteins: legumes, eggs, nuts, peanut butter, canned meats and fish, oatmeal, grains, wheat, quinoa, seeds, MREs, popcorn Fats: whole milk, ensure, peanut butter, oil (preferably plant based oils), nuts and seeds Vitamins and Nutrients: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, vitamin powders, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, seeds to grow vegetables and for sprouting, survival bars
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And when the liberals and Democrats know you have a stash they’ll accuse you of being a hoarder, confiscate your supply “for the good of the community” where they can come to take what they need.
Not just libs there are more than afew FReepers I wouldn’t trust.
Unfortunately true. Lots of trolls.
That’s just wrong! Do they have a bumper stick saying: Follow me to my stash?
Tin foil belongs on the head of someone who is actively against people being prepared for a year’s worth of problems.
I have a lot of hard corn and enough pickling lime to process it in addition to the other grains mentioned. Is there a problem with this as it was not mentioned?
That's not tinfoil, that's Vaseline...
Don’t need that crap. I got plenty of food to last for years. Just asking about the corn.
Vomitous doesn't come close to describing that garbage.
And when the liberals and Democrats know you have a stash theyll accuse you of being a hoarder, confiscate your supply for the good of the community where they can come to take what they
License plate announcing *Prepper* = *IDIOT*
That's just me. ;)
“That’s not tinfoil, that’s Vaseline...”
Touché pussycat! lol!
Was waiting for someone to say, “Right” - as soon as you can pass my (insert type of weapon here). My folks live up in the mountains of western Washington, on the Olympic peninsula. They see people they don’t know coming up the fire service road and they’re out there, armed, to inquire, politely, just what the heck are you doing up here. This is conservative, Republican territory. The Libs know.
Corn meal and corn tortillas. I can make a Jiffy corn muffin clone that you can’t tell the difference. Goes great with chili or navy beans which is also something I have in plentiful quantities.
Actually rather than a pantry I’ve thought it might be a good idea to examine where you live. If it all falls apart I’d not want to be within 500 miles of a major metropolitan area. Your 1 year pantry does no good if the place you live is beset by looters. Do not fool yourself into thinking you can buy enough ammunition to keep them out either.
If I thought a huge economic upheaval was going to occur I’d buy some property in a fairly remote medium sized town, think Lubbock Texas or similar. You want to be far enough out that the inner-city looters can’t make the round trip in large numbers but where there is a fairly homogenous population that will help each other and where there is enough infrastructure to possibly carry on civilized life.
Just my thoughts. I’d not do the 1 year pantry and invest in a small house in a large town a long way from a major city then spend some time there so the people know you.
So? Does that mean that it's better not to bother then?
People have plenty of room to like their own living situation whether it is city or rural, or suburban.
It is easy to argue the security of living in the city, where authority and order will first assert itself and aid be distributed.
Living alone in the country isn’t exactly the end all in safety and security if law and order doesn’t exist, pioneers and settlers knew that, as many of them were simply erased from the pages of time in an instant without even waking a neighbor.
I think you can eat and can sweet corn but hard or dent corn which you can store in buckets requires lime to release the nutrients. You could probably make cornmeal but I don’t think it provides what you need.
And when the liberals and Democrats know you have a stash theyll accuse you of being a hoarder, attempt to confiscate your supply for the good of the community where they will be shot, buried and no longer heard from.
I grew up eating white beans, boiled potatoes and cornbread for the most part. Might not have been optimally perfect, but I lived to be telling about it.
I can see that I am not in full prepper mentality yet.
Time for an attitude adjustment.....
I guess I need to look into corn some more. It is one of the few items I didn’t store to begin with - probably because it wasn’t on any of the lists I consulted either - for whatever reason. I recently added some cornmeal, since I saw it prepacked on Honeyville and Emergency Essentials and realized I would really miss it!
How do you use the lime in processing your corn?
BTW, just wanted to add that I got on Free Republic on the advice of a friend who knew there were some prepping articles here. Thanks for your list and for all the great articles!
Canned bacon is a very good alternative. Actually, it might not be, given how my family will use it the moment they think I’ll let them eat it.
I’m wondering how much of the idealism of rural life should be contrasted with the horrific murder rate of white farmers in South Africa. Being independent off the land sounds great, but even in medieval Europe, farmers lived in villages together and walked out to the fields because of safety in numbers.
Very good article/thread. Thanks for the information from all posters Be informed. Be prepared.
It doesn’t have to be roving hordes, rural living has plenty of anti-social tough guys who are not locked into a rock hard code of moral absolutes, if there is no law or sheriff’s department and sophisticated forensics and crime labs, plenty of rural guys and the anti-city, anti-social types who also like the country, will become opportunists and criminals also.
Amoral, or desperate locals can tell when people aren’t home, or are outdoors or busy, walking up on a couple’s house is not exactly Green Beret stuff, pilfering and break-ins, and even murder would not be in total absence in the country if everything went to heck.
South Africa is something to think about, the farmers know it can come and they are prepared and armed for it, yet it comes anyway, and their attackers are people not known for sophisticated and intelligent planning or methods, it is just hard for a couple or a small family to do much when criminals want to rob them or move into their home.
LOL....I cannot tell you how many times I've said that exact line to my hubby when he wonders about ALL of the PB...and other items ;)
That is a great observation.
Check out this thread, A failure of Civility.
According to the authors, a lone wolf prepper will probably not survive, no matter what skills he possesses. Safety lies in numbers and organization - much like your medieval villages and cities.
Depends on your situation and what you’re preparing for. I’ve got a piece of land that’s near-impossible to find. But I’ve also got a few days worth of instant meals stashed in my desk at work. The land is for long-term (my goal is to be a homesteader, not just a prepper), while the desk drawer is in case the weather gets bad enough it’s not safe to drive home.
(Ok, actually, it started out because I forgot my lunch one day and found out what they charge at the restaurant across the street. Never paying that again! But given the blizzards and ice storms we get here, I decided a bigger stash was a good idea.)
I’ve been interested in learning about storing and using corn as a prepper commodity for quite a while.
So recently I bought a 50 pound bag of yellow dent corn to experiment with.
I looked it over - it was clean and bug free.
I cleaned it a little more anyway and stored it in sealed mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.
I planned on opening the bags up at various intervals - like 3 months, six months, etc. - to see if they were still good.
When I opened the first bag after about 2 months the corn was crawling with bugs. Not just a few either - it looked like there were hundreds and hundreds - maybe thousands.
I opened the other bags and they were bad too.
The ducks and squirrels loved it.
Other food items, like pasta and rice, we store in the freezer for a while to kill bugs and larve before putting them up for long term storage.
Will that work with corn?
What other things can be done to store corn without it being destroyed by bugs?
I have read about putting diatomacious earth in with the corn. But it seems that would kill the bugs after hatching and I would only end up with a bag of bad corn and dead bugs.
I would appreciate it if anyone here could offer advice and share their experience on how they store corn successfully.
Dent corn doesn’t make the best cornmeal if you grind it straight-up. There’s a lot of undigestables in it.
Making it into hominy helps, and also makes some of the nutrients more accessable.
Starting this summer I’m going to start experimenting with flour corns, which have a lower percentage of “undigestable” than dent corns, but take less processing than hominy. There’s a pretty wide range of corns out there, each with their own flavor and cooking method.
About 15 years ago I bought a 25 pound bag of popping corn (low moisture content) and a grinder, I wonder how it would come out today, it should still produce something edible.
I will never use it, it is kept in desert heat and in the original plastic bag, but I will keep it for deep storage as desperation food.
On every prepper thread there is one like you to tell us someone will take our food. That really gets old. You can store or not and so can we and we don't hang a sign in front of the house that says, “Get Your Food Here”. We have that problem figured out already (it's a secret known only to us - we have a special signal between us).
OldSarge is the leader of the pack and he developed the special signal we use. OldSarge, we owe it all to you for that special signal. You are a darlin’.
Yeah thanks Sarge! And what a signal! It will be hard to miss you screaming like a girl. ;-)
As a culinary professional, I call BS.
Lime is used to make hominy, and masa harina de maize. And is required for those only.
Straight grinding of maize makes corn meal, just like you buy in the store. That's for people. I don't grind it so fine if it's for pigs or dogs, and some relatives.
I live this stuff. I don't just read. I'm planting corn again this year so I can make my fresh masa for tamales and tortillas, since I have a well used tortilladora and comal. And I'll grind a bunch for cornmeal, for polenta, cornbread, &ct...
I use diatomatious earth in the grains that I store. Kills bugs, safe to eat.
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