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September 25, 2008 at 9:57 am 1 comment

Food Storage Quick tip #5 – Storing Grain

 

I am not an economist, but I do listen to the news.  We know that the value of the US dollar value is down, which means foreign currency buys more.  Buying goods from other countries cost us more right now.  Food prices are up because of gas prices, but also because of food shortages,  they say.   But hey, how about we sell them something they want.  Their dollars would really help our economy.  So, we sell some of our reserves of corn and wheat.   (?!)
http://www.grains.org/galleries/headlines/09-12-2008%20Exports.pdf  

Grain is important in the world economy.  Biblically, when there was famine in Canaan, Joseph who was now the king of Egypt opened the Grainaries to save the people.   In the story of Ruth, she gleaned the fields after the reapers to have food for her mother in law, Naomi.   Several times it is indicated that there was lots of partying after the wheat harvest, because basically, it was money in the bank.

Wheat and corn store for many years.  Corn and wheat have been found in the pyramids, and when they prepared it, it was as good as new. 

Remember in the book, Little House on the Prairie The Long Winter?  A half cup of grain ground by a coffee mill saved the whole family from starvation.  (Ma, you go girl!)  (I about died that winter myself!)  I know that if things got really bad, necessity would drive us to use wheat in a variety of ways to keep us alive. 

What kind of wheat should you store?  From what I am seeing on the internet, hard white wheat is sweeter and is preferred sometimes because of the color in cooking.  You can use it for white bread and retain the gluten.  Hard red wheat is traditionally used in whole wheat foods.  When processed into white flour, hard red loses gluten and other factors.  So what you store is according to your own taste.

Link for good information on wheat.   http://beprepared.com/article.asp?ai=67&c2a=rn&name=All%20About%20Wheat&bhcd2=1221487034 

Assignment A: This week, spend $10 on grain items.  It can be barley, wheat, oats in any form.  Or B:  Do you have everything you need in the house for making bread or other items?  Yeast, etc.   Make an inventory and fill in the holes. 

BONUS RECIPE:  EASY WHEAT PANCAKES
                           1/2 cup wheat kernels
                           1TB flax seed
                           1/2
 cup = 2 tsp. milk
                     B
lend in blender 3-4 minutes.  Then add:
                           ¼ cup milk
                     Blend 2 more minutes.  Then add:
                           2 TB vegetable oil
                           1 egg
                          ½ tsp. baking powder
                          1/8 tsp.
                   Blend one more time until mixed.  Pour on medium griddle as usual.
      

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Rebecca  |  September 25, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I noticed that http://www.shelfreliance.com is having a food storage sale this week! Easy way to get your grains for the assignment of the week!!

    Reply

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