Usefull and useless prepper tips



Article contributed by Carl R

My prepper pantry happens to be a 9×11 room with shelves from floor to ceiling all the way around. By the door is a notebook of the contents of this room. I usually try to visit the grocery store once a month, unless I find a great sale in the meantime. Before my trip to the grocery store like everyone I need to figure out what I’m getting (a store list). I go to my pantry and pull all the Items on my list and take those and put them away in the kitchen cabinet.

Now I go to the store and replace the items on my list and if I have the extra money I’ll buy a few more. I’m not saying I don’t splurge and not buy other things on my list, but my list does come first and is what helps me maintain a solid 18 months of food for my family of 5.

Honey :  No not the DW but just as sweet. This is a prepper staple and it should be used at least once a day. Diabetic shhmetic don’t give me that crap. If you got type II diabetes it was from eating all that processed food (no need to argue I’m right you’re wrong). Find a local beekeeper and buy that quart of honey (not store bought). Local honey has the pollen and what not from your area. I have seen it cure allergies to bee stings and spring pollen allergies. not to mention it is a great antibacterial for cuts and scrapes.

Grain mill : So you don’t have a wheat grinder, Me either to darn expensive for something I’m not going to use daily. But that don’t mean I don’t use my wheatberries there are loads of recipes that taste wonderful. Here is a book full of recipes. http://cltreasures.weebly.com/books.html. It was well worth 7 bucks. But you don’t store wheat? How do you know if you won’t like it? Go to your local store in the flour section they usually have a 2lb bag for just a couple bucks.

Doom and Bloom survival medicine hand book: You will come away with a wealth of knowledge with this book. You should not even expect the survival of your family, that they will have no medical needs whatsoever. Use M.D.s Amazon link to get it. My fish don’t get sick often but when they do I use Fishmox.

While we are still on the subject of buying books (I love books). Ball’s Blue Book of canning. It does not matter that you don’t know how. It’s easy. A pressure canner is helpful but not necessary. I have canned meat for years without a pressure canner. And it was still good 2 years later. ( I must be right I’m living proof or is that Hank jr. either way I’m here fat and healthy)

Dehydrator: Folk’s I love you but those big #10 can business’ love you more. My wife dehydrates everything do you hear me EVERYTHING. :) She has poured a can of campbells chunky soup on the dehydrater, put it in a pint jar with an oxygen absorber and we ate it 8 months later (magicaly delicous). We do cubed chicken, hamburger, refried beans, potatoes, all stored in quart jars with oxygen absorbers.

We live on a mini homestead we garden and we raise chickens, pigs, turkeys, rabbits and goats. We milk our 2 cross breed Nubians twice a day. My wife works part time and me full time. We have a 4 year old. Thanks to my FIL babysitter. MIL works full time also. Sometimes it’s hard but not impossible. But the feeling of being self sufficient is the most rewarding feeling ever.

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  1. Nice Job Carl! My neighbor taught me the value of dehydrating the left overs, she never wastes a thing! I would say however that for most of us a pressure canner is a worthy investment. Canning meat without it would be a bit scary. As for being self sufficient? The more you do for yourself, the less the government can do to you.

    • I do not recommend canning meat without a pressure canner. But my family did it for years that way. besides 90 minutes in a pressure canner compared to 4 1/2 hrs water bath it’s definitely worth the money.

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      I would not recommened canning meat without a pressure canner. However my family canned it that way for years. But for 90 minutes in a pressure canner compared to 4 1/2 hrs. in a water bath yeah it’s well worth the money.

  2. great info! Thanks for sharing! I need to get more brave about dehydrating! I just started canning (with a pressure canner) and I can attest…it is not too difficult! Just follow the instructions! I just found a local honey supplier and plan on serving some to DD with eczema/allergies soon! THanks again!

  3. Was the campbell’s soup thing an experiment or an accident? Why take something out of a can and dehydrate it unless you were going backpacking?

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      Yes the soup was an experiment. we where making our own dehyrated MREs in mylar bags. All of our GHBs and BOBs have katadyn filters and life straws. just wanted to be able to pack more grub.

  4. Nice article, short and to the point.

    We have a dehydrator now, and my 1st batch of chicken goes in this week!

  5. Just doing the math one day on how many jars you would need if you had to can a years worth of food it staggered me. I found from that exercise that deyhdrating is the way to go. One quart jar of dehydrated green beans would probably equal at least 12 canned from fresh beans. Now you can do it both ways but for long term storage I think it would be more benificial to dehydrate as much as possible to save on space and you can use old lids for the deyhdrated and not have to have new ones, after shtf you may not be able to get new lids. I plan to get an excaliber dehydrater and some tattler lids in the next month.

  6. Petticoat Prepper says:

    Judy, another one a couple of weeks ago commented about drying too. http://www.dehydrate2store.com was one of the sites she mentioned. I’ve been camped out on their site for over a week.

    My dehydrator has been running continuously ever since! I’m just amazed. I feel like an idiot for not have investagated this earlier. I’m gaining fast on very, very long term storage of my pantry.

    Honey…check! LOL grain mill check and use (just ground some dried corn for corn bread, yum-O…ball book been using for years. Gonna have to get the Doom and Bloom book.

    Good article!

  7. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Carl R,
    Good article. I must admit I don’t have a grain mill but am good with the rest. I do need to dehydrate more. You got me thinking …thanks.

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      We make alot of things with wheatberries after soaking them over night order the book and give it a try. Wheatberry brownies are delicious.

  8. Another long time reader, first time poster, I’ve been keeping up with this website and many others for a long time. I’m doing what I can to prepare but problem is i’m stuck renting and need some land of my own to improve upon to be self sufficient. I’ve looked online and locally and cannot find 1-2 acres at a reasonable price. Cant finance just cash, what do ya’ll suggest?

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      Dan I don’t know what your family situation is like and what state you live in. I picked up in 2007 and moved from MS to southern WV. It was not totally what I wanted but I knew its what I had to do. Almost six years later I have no regrets. Well except maybe the snow lol

      • PGCPrepper says:

        I absolutely love Southern WV. Route 64 is a beautiful drive any time of the year but taking the off roads through WV is simply awesome. Before I got sick, we went to New River Gorge at least once per year. I’ve got a thousand pics of us mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering, hiking and rafting the New River to “The Bridge.” This has nothing to do with prepping and now I’m just sad too. Ha.

        • PGCPrepper,
          Years ago when I was younger and truthfully, much more fit, whitewater rafting trips to New River Gorge and climbing trips to Seneca Rocks were done at least once per year. Growing up in southwestern PA not far from the northern border of WV also included trips into the state, especially in the late summer and fall. Actually thought about settling there, but back then at least, the job market was more than a little soft. It’s still however, in my opinion a great state.

          • PGCPrepper says:

            OP,

            “Years ago when I was younger and truthfully…”

            Isn’t it assumed that everyone is younger years ago? LOL. I’m such an ass.

            If my wife would/could give up her job and we felt we could get by, that is one of the places I would choose to live. I have covered all of Western Virginia and most of Eastern WV. So beautiful.

          • Have you ever flown with Five Dollar Frank?

            He was an interesting fellow.

            I was only that way once, but I’ve always wanted to get back.

      • Backwoods Prepper, I’m llving in the state of kentucky now, have a wife and a son so as you can imagine my options are pretty limited by my view. I don’t believe my wife would ever move from here its where her family is, while my closest family is in ohio. I think out here in the boonies would be a great place to be in a SHTF situation, problem is since i’m renting and own no land of my own (*I’ve been looking believe me.) I don’t have a great amount of options for improvements etc. Everything would need to be approved by the landlord. Which I highly doubt he’d let me go ahead and start farming on the acre this trailer sits on but I guess i’d have to ask to know for sure! Just looking for any insight or anyone in the same situation as to what I could do as far as long term preps. Obviously I can store food back and if something were to happen I’m sure he wouldn’t care if i grew food, he’d probably buy off me! But, in the mean time, ‘in the real world’ as it could be said, it looks like i’ll have to wait on farming until I can buy land of my own. Still looking if anyone knows of any here in KY! THanks!

  9. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Daibetes is genetic, you don’t catch it from eating sugar. If you have diabetes then a diabetes specific diet can help you manage the symptoms and the progression of the disease. If you don’t have diabetes then all the processed food in the world won’t give it to you.

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      GWTW.
      That is imformation you learned from a book written by someone maybe a doctor. I do know that with weight gain you can get type 2 diabetes. I know type one is genetic but type 2 usually occurs with a un-healthy lifestyle. please read article it said type II. I had type II my father took insulin for type II we both lost weight and started our homestead now neither of us has it. We eat bread that WE make, we eat honey that our bees make, we eat jams jellies and preserves that WE make. And the point is don’t let your diabetes stop you from eating a simple sugar not one of those complex store bought crap.

      • Backwoods Prepper says:

        Type 2 diabetes makes up about 90% of cases of diabetes with the other 10% due primarily to diabetes mellitus type 1 and gestational diabetes. OBESITY is thought to be the primary cause of type 2 diabetes in people who are genetically predisposed to the disease.
        Type 2 diabetes is initially managed by increasing exercise and DIETARY MODIFACATION. If blood glucose levels are not adequately lowered by these measures,
        Sounds like what I did modified my diet by not eating store bought proccessed crap and simple sugars such as HONEY.

    • Encourager says:

      You are talking about type 1 Diabetes ~ that type is genetic, but just sometimes. I have a young friend who was the first in his family, both sides, going back 4 generations, that got type 1 at age 11.

      Type 2 Diabetes is another story. It CAN be avoided by losing weight, exercising and eating right, in most cases.

      • Type II diabetes is genetic. It is a myth that it is a result of gaining weight. The weight gain and obesity is a common symptom or result of the diabetes. If you have diabetes you cannot “cure” it. Not by diet, excercise lifestyle or losing weight. You can manage the symptoms and you can slow the progression of the disease but if you have it you have it, period. If you don’t have it you can live any lifestyle you want, eat any crap you want and you will not get it. There are cultures with a much higher genetic rate of diabetes then those from a European background. There are even cultures who eat good diets, get plenty of excercise are not overweight and have very high rates of diabetes. The reason??? Because it is genetic.

        By the way some think that being genetic means your mother or father MUST have it. NO. It merely means your genes determine that you have it. Your genes could have been carried forward from generations past or the result of a chance combination between two ancestors who themselves are not diabetic.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          SunnyD,
          Case in point, Native Americans.

          • Where I live there is a pomo tribe(or nation for the nit picks)Diabetes is rampant among those poeple,It is also common in the hispanic/latino(you pick what you like) people also but not as rampant as with the Pomo.

        • Backwoods Prepper says:

          It’s funny how everyone gets different information out of different books on the same topic. You could be a nurse a doctor or a book lover I don’t know. If you are a nurse or doctor you may have case experience. I remember i lied to the doctor too and told him I was doing excatly what he told me to do but wasn’t helping. But you don’t know jack about me and my life. Did we cure our diabetes or are we managing our diabetes I don’t know and don’t care. I know we don’t need medications and I would say alot more people could do the same thing. I know you might want to read a few different books I’m sure one book can’t be the only right one. Here is one that completly contridicts what you are saying.
          CauseThe development of type 2 diabetes is caused by a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors.[8][10] While some are under personal control, such as diet and obesity, others, such as increasing age, female gender, and genetics, are not.[4] A lack of sleep has been linked to type 2 diabetes.[11] This is believed to act through its effect on metabolism.[11] The nutritional status of a mother during fetal development may also play a role, with one proposed mechanism being that of altered DNA methylation.[12]

          LifestyleMain article: Lifestyle causes of diabetes mellitus type 2
          A number of lifestyle factors are known to be important to the development of type 2 diabetes, including: obesity(defined by a body mass index of greater than thirty), lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress, and urbanization.[4] Excess body fat is associated with 30% of cases in those of Chinese and Japanese descent, 60-80% of cases in those of European and African descent, and 100% of Pima Indians and Pacific Islanders.[3] Those who are not obese often have a high waist–hip ratio.[3]

          Dietary factors also influence the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in excess is associated with an increased risk.[13][14] The type of fats in the diet are also important, with saturated fats and trans fatty acids increasing the risk and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat decreasing the risk.[10] Eating lots of white rice appears to also play a role in increasing risk.[15] A lack of exercise is believed to cause 7% of cases.[16]

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            BP
            Bottom line…it works for you. And I am convinced that environmental factors have an effect on overall health. Everyone is unique but it isn’t unusual that cause and effect is similar among family members. If you have type II diabetes, do get a good food regime for your ailment and increase your actvity. Heart disease, coronary artery disease, strokes, diabetes, kidney failure, neuropathy…I’m not sure anyone knows what is the chicken and what is the egg.

          • If obesity were the cause of diabetes then all obese people would have it and that is not the case. One might assume too that all skinny or normal weight people would NOT have diabetes and this too proves to be incorrect. The only known factor is genetic.

            This same reasoning applies to the sugar lin to diabetes. It is pure fiction and an old wives tale that was disproven decades ago.

            As for white rice the asians would all have diabetes if this were true but it is Africans and native Australians who have the highest rates of diabetes not the Asians.

            Here is where the confusion comes from even amongst doctors and dieticians: IF you have diabetes and it is undiagnosed then sugar and carbs will increase the frequency and severity of your symptoms. It is not a difficult leap of faith then to assume that the sugar or the carbs caused your diabetes. It takes some sleuthing to understand that what you are really observing is the effect of diet on an undiagnosed diabetic.

            • Backwoods Prepper says:

              I think you missed again for the 10th time where I said predisosed to Diabetes. That means I agree you have to have the genetics. Apparently your book on Diabetes must be the BIBLE of diabetes because everything I quoted is from a diabetes book. Or you are the author of you own book and everybody else has to be wrong. and again I did not say obesity causes Diabetes 100% but the percentage is higher in obese people. I don’t understand why you say all asians that eat white rice should have diabetes when the article clearly says 30 % and that it plays a role. Role means part not whole.

              • The percentage of obesity in diabetics is higher because obesity is a symptom and/or co-problem for diabetics. It is easy to understand why someone might think the obesity caused the diabetes but it isn’t true.

                about 25% of the worlds population have diabetes and it is genetic. So about 25% of the population that eat rice have diabetes but the rice didn’t cause it. Again I can see how you might put the two together but it is not true. Don’t feel bad even scientists who have math and statistics training make this mistake. It is common to misconstrue cause and effect. By the way I understand that most people with diabetes ate carrots too. Hmmm! maybe it is carrots that cause diabetes…

              • Diabetes does not run in my family but insanity does.I do not know if the lack of sanity is by watching the world events too much or from common sense where there is a general lack of these days.

            • Tactical G-Ma says:

              SunnyD
              How true.

  10. Backwoods Prepper says:

    Folk’s I am sorry if you don’t agree with some of the information in this article but it’s what works for me and my family. I am not saying what works for me will work for you.We don’t eat alot of proccesed food. We eat cakes and pies made from scratch everyday. We have biscuits and gravy made with the lard from the hogs we kill almost everyday. And since we started this life style 5 years ago we have all become more healthy. I have blood work done every year and my colesteral and sugar and tryglycerides all ok. so is my wife and fathers. I hate when people say it’s genetic. My mom died age 47 from complications of a triple bypass. two uncles died one 37 one 50 heart attack. I’m 42 BTW. Dad says your grandma smoked all her life and died at 93 years old in 1977. Then I have to tell him dad they used real tobbacco in the cigarettes not man made paper sprayed with Nicotine and chopped up to look like tobbacco. they used cotten filter material not fiberglass filter material. Her foods came from the same way we do it now. Not from stuff on labels you can’t pronounce. You used do be able to pay a doctor at his backdoor with a chicken for a simple medical issue. Now with all these added chemicals and procceses to our food it takes several thousand dollars and a doctor of science to tell you your diabetes is genetic I don’t believe that crap. You tried it your doctors way with the pills and money. Now try it my way eat simple.

  11. Tactical G-Ma says:

    BP and GWTW,
    You are both right and both wrong.
    Type II diabetes can be that your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your body nolonger produces enough useable insulin, or your body produces useable insulin that is absorbed by stored fat before it processes blood sugars. Tendency to develop Type II diabetes is hereditary and most commonly occurs when too much body fat is stored. My DH’s blood sugar increases when he does not eat. Everyone is different. While generalizations can be made there are thousands of variances. DH takes a med that blocks succrose but not glucose. He also has been on a pump for 4 years. Some, maybe most, can benefit even be cured with diet and exercise. But some not. Some have other conditions comprised of hormone deficiencies, T4, adrenaline, testosterone, and of course insulin. For such a common disease it is really complex.
    I don’t pretend to be an Endocrinologist. And even they will tell you effective treatment is often trial and error.

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      I agree 100% I even read that taking some medicines will cause diabetes if you are predisposed to it. Age causes diabetes if you are pre disposed to it. But dad is 62 and throwed his insulin away. He was taking two shots aday. so even his age it was’nt too late to turn his life around. But for most people that have it a life style change can cure it. but I suspect alot of people will be cured soon though. Has your husband tried drastically modifing his diet. I don’t mean eating that for diabetics crap. I mean simple foods. No store bought bread only homemade no store bought sweets only made from scratch. No fast food No sodas and absolutly No diet sodas. I am not saying it will work but at this point in his life anything is worth a try.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        BP
        My DH is a carnivore. And to make along story short. He has not modified his diet enough and doesn’t exercise regularly. We all make choices. I have gotten him to eat more vegies and whole wheats and I do bake our bread. He follows about half the orders. Being on a pump that simulates the pancreas has been a blessing.

        SunnyD,
        His main sugar blocker is Acrabose. Glucose comes in chewable tablet, liquid, and the glucagon. I don’t presume to be an expert but have been through all the classes. Like I said, my mother, my grandmother, my father-in-law and husband were all type II diabetics and all were different.

        • Backwoods Prepper says:

          TGMA
          I know what you are saying. The doctor tells me I need to do this that and the other. I go home hardly do any of it and when I go back in a month or three, he will say have you been doing what i told you to do. I say yeah pretty much. Case in point I hurt my back went to doctor got me some pain pills then I went home that month put up 200 bales of hay 40-50lbs a piece. buthchered 2 hogs 350lbs a piece pulling tugging lifting. Added addition on goat barn. Go back to doctor month later So how does your back feel. It still hurts doc. Well ill right you a prescription for more pain meds and a muscle relaxer this should help you. Okay. DW says what did doctor say. Doctor said if I want to get better you going to have to work harder lol. Well it’s a good thing he gave you more pain pills it’s your turn to milk the goat. But honey I never took the last pain pills that for our medical preps. See it’s not diabetes but still the same routine.

          • I have been injured a few times over the years and went to a Chiropractor after seeing an M.D. I took some pain meds and got a few adjustments.I healed way faster then just take meds.I don`t tell the M.D. about the chiropractor cause they tend to get pissy about it.I once gave my vicadone to my supervisor at work since I did not need them. He was very happy to get them .I once had a grand mall seizure and my chiropractor ordered a 6 hour glucose test on me. I had to cut out most carbs for a bit but it helped.I think all the fake sugars that they have out now is taking a toll on us.

            • axelsteve,
              You need a new MD. The older docs seem to have problems with chiropractors , but most of the newer minted ones see it as part of treaing the whole. And then there are those like a good friend who is an MD, DO, who learned manipulation as part of her training.

        • Anyone with diabetes needs to work with their doctors and dieticians to develop a diet suitable for them and they need to follow it faithfully. Diabetes is a serious disease and sadly many/most men would rather ignore the symptoms and try to live as though they have normal health. Diabetes is a killer and before it kills it can maim and severly impact your day to day condition. I hope your husband will take this more serious.

          Acrabose is a reasonable treatment for his condition. It slows the rate of the conversion of sugars and carbs into glucose to prevent the fast increase in blood glucose levels. If used with a suitable diet it can be effective. You are right that diabetes is a little different in everyone but don’t under estimate the risk this disease presents to your husbands health. Mostly what we see is the symptoms and we don’t really see the damage being done to the body. It is happening even if you can’t see it day to day.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            SunnyD
            He also takes metformin twice a day and the insulin pump acts like a pancreas. It is an amazing piece of medical technology. He has had diabetes 20 years and has managed it much better after getting with a good endocrinology clinic. He gets pedicures, orthopedic shoes, eye exams in addition to everything else because of the possible effects of the disease. He is in much better shape than a lot of people.

            • T G-Ma I have a couple of diabetic friends who say some people would love to have there blood pannel numbers. They watch their diets pretty close.A friend of mine his wife owns a Greek resteruant and I bet he has a challenge.

    • You are partly correct. First do not assume that because something is genetic that means one cause or one gene etc. It has multiple genetic causes. With some people overweight or obesity is also present but this is a symptom or co-disease and not the cause of obesity. I don’t know what your husband takes that could block sucrose and not glucose. Where do you think he gets the glucose from? Half of sucrose is glucose. 100% of sugar is turned into glucose by your body as is 100% of all carbohydrate. There would be no logical reason to block sucrose and it would result in death unless you were on an IV containing glucose. Whatever it is your hubby takes the explanation lost something in the translation. Care to name the medicine???

  12. Although it is not deemed the primary cause of Diabetes, there is ample medical research, government and private, that shows a strong link between processed foods and Diabetes, Celiac and other diet-related diseases.

    Type II diabetes can usually be managed with medication, diet modification and exercise, and sometimes it can be reversed. It should be the goal of every diabetic to become as healthy as possible and work towards becoming insulin-free.

    I come from a family of Type II diabetics. Growing up, processed foods were cheap and were therefore the mainstay of our inner city diet. But the Diabetes didn’t show up in any of us until our mid-40′s. My Mother turns 90 years old this year, and because of the removing of processed foods, watching her carbs and making lifestyle changes, she is not on insulin anymore. She is a shining example that the changes DO work.

    • It is a mistake to conflate diabetes with Celiac disease. They are not related and not comparable. But since you brought it up; Celiac disease is genetic. You do not get it from your diet and you cannot cure it with diet you can only manage it in much the same way a person with a peanut allergy manages his allergy by not eating peanuts.

      Type II diabetes cannot be”reversed”. what you are doing is managing the symptoms and hopefully mitigating or delaying the long term negative side effects. If you have it you will have it until the day you die. Until modern science comes up with a “cure” diabetes is not curable.

      Indeed for most diabetics the symptoms do not become obvious or harmful until adulthood. And for most all diabetics changing diet is one of the best treatments for reducing symptoms and limiting damage. It is understandable that anyone with diabetes who sees the value of a diabetic specific diet would think that such a diet would prevent diabetes. But it is just an uninformed myth. So don’t blame your inner city lifestyle or your diet you were born with diabetes and you will always have diabetes. The good news is that your diabetes (based on your family history) is apparently treatable by diet and excercise and you may avoid most of the really negative effects of diabetes.

  13. And just how do dehydrate a can soup? More information, please!

  14. Here’s the best tip I can give anyone who is storing grain, flour, pasta or any commercially packaged products containing flour as an ingredient: freeze your grain, flour and flour-containing products (cookies, crackers, cake mixes…) for a minimum of 72 hrs and then let them return to room temperature before placing the food on pantry shelves in either their original packaging or in your own containers. If you do this simple thing for all such food items before allowing them into your food storage area you will kill the microscopic eggs of most grain-eating insects and likely avoid an infestation. Grain-eating insects can lay their eggs in grain prodcuts at any point in the process from harvest to stocking the packaged product on supermarket shleves. Yes, sucking out all the oxygen with vacuum sealing or with oxygen absorbers in a truly air-tight container (heat-sealed mylar bags or glass jars with metal lids or all-metal cans) will keep the insect eggs from hatching as long as there is no oxygen. But once you open the oxygen-free container, the insect eggs may still be viable — depends on how long they are without oxygen. I avoid the uncertainty by first freezing food (I don’t freeze stuff commercially packaged for long-term storage in the #10 cans) that could harbor the eggs of grain-eating insects. I don’t freeze either rice or dried beans because I have never had an insect infestation with either of these types of food in the 35+ years that I have had my own food storage pantry — but I freeze all the other grain products and have never had another infestation of grain-eating insects. I know from experince that an infestation can be very time-consuming to eradicate, can go unnoticed until a substainial amount if food is spoiled by moth maggots and weevils, and it is so much easier to prevent by just taking the time to freeze the food first.
    +

    • Linda,
      Wow, great information – thank you!

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      Yep, been freezing for years. DH thought I was off a bit at first. Told a young couple who’re prepping as they were stock piling wheat about doing this. They were quick to freeze too.

    • I have had both weevils and moth larva in rice that I purchased (weevils in white basamati, and larvae in mixed wild blend), so I freeze that too. So maybe you should reconsider Linda. You might have just gotten lucky. I live in a very northern state so it is easy for me in the winter to throw a bucket into the garage and have 25 or 50 pounds freeze to 0F or so for weeks and months on end. One of the (few) benefits of my climate.

      My friend who knows more about this than me says that he stores less than 300 lbs all in smaller batches 4 or 5# per sealed bag, but if he thought if was the real last ditch hail mary final play, he’d buy and use diatomaceous earth to store larger batches of grains in metal trash cans or barrels. The DI can be hazardous to breathe in. But should be safe to eat and stops infestations. So I keep that in mind as well.

  15. Goldielocks says:

    I have dehydrated much food with my Excalibur dehydrator. Dried foods are stored in 1/2 gallon ball jars sealed with a vacumn sealer. I also pressure can all meats and veggies with an all american pressure canner. Fruits and tomatoes are processed via a water bath canner. Juices and stocks are extracted by means of a steam canner then processed accordingly. Being a widow and living alone I process over 1500 jars of food per year. I eat what is stored. Also have grinder to make my wheat and corn, etc into flour. Even Oat groats to make my own oatmeal. All of this was a lifestyle decision on my part and wouldn’t have it any other way. The grocery stores only get visited when something is on a very special sale. Could go over a year easily on my food storage if not three years. Lots of work but so rewarding and much much healthier.

  16. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    Lightweight – smaller hatchet substitute: a meat cleaver. Can often be found for a song at Salvation Army type stores and can get a lot done for very little weight and bulk. Just make a cardboard sheath and hack away . . .