This video is about getting through the possible inconvenience of the next few years, not apocalyptic food storage. Let’s go through this time with nutritious foods you know how to cook, and like to eat.
I think it’s time to start channelling my Grandmothers. Since I don’t have them, I’m learning from two homesteaders. I recently bought a 15 qt All-American Pressure Canner, and a Hand-Crank Grain Mill. My store of choice is Lehman’s in Ohio’s Amish country.
Do I need these items? I don’t know. I do think it will help us live a more self-sufficient, sustainable life. I also believe it provides security, and is a kindness to Earth to return to some of the old ways.
This post is being written in August 2022. The 57th food facility has been quietly destroyed. No big deal, right? There’s plenty of food in the grocery stores, on your table, or at your local fast food place…we’re in America—this doesn’t happen to us. Our lives have all been filled with great abundance, so it’s hard to imagine lack and limitation could possibly be on the horizon.
Here’s a video link to The Food Processing Plant Masterlist (2021-2022)
What we are eating now is food harvested in the last several months to a year. If food facilities, livestock, and crops are being destroyed now. If transportation becomes difficult, expensive, and limited, what’s on your table next year? This post is about next year, and the year after, and the… .
Dry Beans, Rice, and Grains Are Easy to Keep
The video below walks you through the process of storing dry beans, grains and rice. Mac demonstrates how we prepare our buckets and gamma lids. A few highlights: Brown Rice will only store for about one year due to the oil in the bran going rancid.
White Rice stores indefinitely and is a great place to start. I asked a very prepared friend what he was doing. His answer was delightful. He said, “We’re not hoarding, but we do have a well stocked kitchen.”
Rule Number One—Only purchase what you will eat. If you hate lentils, don’t store them. The video is below.
Here’s the video
Why the statement, “We’ll Come to Your House” is Wrong.
How many times have I heard this? I’ve had people laugh and say, “We don’t need to do anything. We’ll come to your house.” Most people who are planning, and saving for the future are planning for their family, and that’s all they can handle.
The people I’m learning from are also teaching important boundaries. The boundaries being—when the topic comes up, and you tell someone they may need a few extra food items, you’ve given them the information. It’s now that recipients responsibility to do their own research and take care of their family.
It’s not fair to guilt or burden others because you failed to plan. The only break from that boundary is helping the elderly or those that can’t care for themselves.
A Few Facts about Lentils and Chickpeas from Dr. Michael Greger
Cheri Belt says
Thank you Phebe for such valuable information!!
The soup recipes look wonderful!!