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When it comes to the storage of grains and legumes that include beans, corn, oats, rice, wheat, etc. for your survival food stores, there are some basic rules to follow.  When storing them for the best and longest shelf life possible, store them whole, not grounded up.  Their natural shells are a perfect storage container that helps keep out moisture when stored in air-tight containers.

Four, five, or six gallon food grade buckets with air-tight gamma-seal lids is one of the best options for the storage of all your whole grains.  (See photo)  Some full buckets can weigh as much as fifty pounds, so when choosing the right size of bucket for your needs, be sure that the average person can carry it in the event of a bug-out.

Once you have filled your bucket with your grain, you want to leave at least a one inch clearance from the top when sealed with the lid.  Before sealing the lid, place a small sheet of wax paper in the middle on the grain, then placed a nickel size piece of dry ice on the wax paper and let dissolve.  This will fill the bucket up with carbon dioxide forcing all the air/oxygen out of the bucket.  Once dissolved, seal the lid.  This will ensure the longest possible shelf life of your grain.

When it comes time to grind up your grains in to meal, add some food grade “Diatomaceous Earth”, this will keep out weevils and other insects out.  You want to only grind up enough meal for your immediate needs, say a month’s worth.

Next week’s article:  Psychological foods

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