Food Storage

img_1808.jpgEvery home needs food storage.  Disaster, hurricane, job loss, truckers going on strike, too lazy to get to the grocery store, whatever, you don’t want your little ones to starve.  But I want to use the food I store too.  The Provident Living website has a calculator that we plugged in 5 people for 6 months… and found we need 750 lbs of grains (Wheat, flour, oats, rice, pasta), and 150 lbs of beans.  As I’ve said before, I want to start cooking more with beans anyway.  So we went out and got 450 lbs of  wheat.  And upon Autumns suggestion, everyone needs their food storage to also look “Cute”.  So I got up this morning and made some cute labels for my buckets.  They are topped with the cool Gamma Seal lids for easy access.

I know you are asking yourselves, “Amy, you health nut.  Why the 50 lb bucket of sugar.”  I would say to you, “We are not, nor ever will be a no sugar family.  We are a low sugar family.  I think it’s wise to teach the kids moderation in the real world.  To eliminate something like sugar altogether I believe sends the wrong idea about food.  Let’s learn to live with sugar, not go overboard, but be responsible.




And PS, the 10 buckets of wheat is actually under our house in our crawl space, if anyone is looking for it after we die and you need some wheat.

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Autumn says:

Your food storage is SO CUTE! I’m so proud that you followed my wonderful advice. Ha Ha!

Liz K says:

We got 6 buckets of wheat at Costco for just under $24 per bucket. Now I just have to get a grinder so we can use it! Thanks for your help, Amy!

Amy says:

Liz, hard white wheat has more gluten, so it makes lighter as opposed to heavier bread. I believe it to be better for baking. Nutritionally they are similar, but people say red wheat has a slightly bitter taste. I am borrowing a grinder currently, but there are so many different grinders. The mending shed has some good prices on hand grinders. My brother in law bought one of the expensive electric ones and the wheat grinds up so finely you can make delicate pastries with it. The hand grinder I’m using isn’t that fine, but it worked well enough for bread.

JC says:

Informative and helpful Blog. About storing sugar: More people are thinking healthful foods and regular sugar is no healthfood. I have discovered a health sugar that can be stored even better than regular sugar because it is able to handle the humidity better. The health sugar is called trehalose and information is posted on my Blog at Trehalose is beneficial to the body and science papers are published how it may help those with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ADD, ADHD, dementia, and other neurological challenges.

Liz K says:

Oh, one more thing- what is the difference between red and white wheat? Do they taste different? Which one is the whole wheat flour you buy in bags made out of?

Liz K says:

Your food storage is so organized! Ours is in the garage right now, but I’m trying to come up with a way to bring it inside before it gets hot out. Do you have a wheat grinder? I’ve been thinking about getting one, but not sure what to get- I guess there are a lot of choices out there. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Amy says:

Interesting, I forgot they had some, but never checked the price either.

Susan Bankhead says:

Costco has the Lehi Roller Milles sealed buckets of wheat on sale this week. I didn’t check the price because I didn’t need any, but check it out.

Amy says:

Lehi Roller Mills. The bucket on the right hand side bottom is my roller mills bucket. I bought them in their 45 lb buckets already filled and sealed. We bought ten, 45 lb buckets, so I wrote that wrong. We have 450 lbs of wheat. I like white! The buckets were $30 each, but we heard they were supposed to double by November. It is cheaper at the cannery, but the cannery is out of stock. You can get 50lb bags from the roller mills for like $22, but then you have to find a bucket and lid and seal it.

Whitney says:

Cool Amy. Nice food storage. Where did you get your wheat? Do you like red or white? How many 5 gallon buckets did 300 lbs of wheat fill?

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