Comments on: Friday Food Storage Quickie http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Mon, 04 May 2009 19:07:33 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: Todd http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-20076 Todd Sat, 02 May 2009 15:01:39 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-20076 I have seen hundreds of food storages. I have helped organize & consult on what to have included in your food storage. I share the ideas that I have accumulated over the years. Along with your wheat, beans & rice, your canned foods etc. Some even have MRE's & freeze dried items. Whatever it is you have in your food storage, I just want to give you a few ideas & suggestions. I am also open for suggestions, after 17 years, I still come across great ideas. First, make sure you have a good variety of spices. You can eat the same beans or rice a lot easier when one day they taste like taco spices & the next day curry etc. A variety of spices will make anything easier to eat long term. I personally have many bottles of tobasco. I can eat bugs with tobasco, crickets, worms etc. I am serious. In many emergencies clean water is a big problem. You will go through hundreds of gallons of water in just a few short weeks. Make sure you have a good water filter with your food storage. You use a lot of water to cook with & drink. A water filter that you hand pump will turn rain water, canal water or saved water from cooking etc. into good drinking water again. Have some good vitamins. Make sure they are good natural vitamins that your body will digest & absorb. 90% of vitamins pass through you & end up clogging the sewers. True. I came across Lifecaps, that is what I have in my food storage, 72 hour kits & bug out bags. They digest & get in your system within 20-25 minutes. All natural. You can survive on lifecaps & water alone for months. They have all the vitamins & minerals, also iodine & a little natural sugar to keep your blood sugar level stable. I bought 25 bottles before I found a coupon code & then bought 75 more bottles. The coupon code is "healthcap" (save 33%) & you can find out more at lifecaps.net. Keep hand sterilizer with your food storage & hydrogen peroxide. In an emergency people get sick & die from simple infections. In an emergency, you lose your appetite & forget to drink water, under stress. Your immune system suffers tremendously & small infections grow large. Under stress TAKE YOUR VITAMINS & DRINK WATER! You will have more energy to deal with the emergency & have a healthy immune system. Keep your hands clean when dealing with food & use the hydrogen peroxide even on small cuts as a precaution. It can save your life. I have seen hundreds of food storages. I have helped organize & consult on what to have
included in your food storage. I share the ideas that I have accumulated over the years.

Along with your wheat, beans & rice, your canned foods etc. Some even have MRE’s & freeze
dried items. Whatever it is you have in your food storage, I just want to give you a few
ideas & suggestions. I am also open for suggestions, after 17 years, I still come across
great ideas.

First, make sure you have a good variety of spices. You can eat the same beans or rice a
lot easier when one day they taste like taco spices & the next day curry etc. A variety of
spices will make anything easier to eat long term. I personally have many bottles of
tobasco. I can eat bugs with tobasco, crickets, worms etc. I am serious.

In many emergencies clean water is a big problem. You will go through hundreds of gallons
of water in just a few short weeks. Make sure you have a good water filter with your food
storage. You use a lot of water to cook with & drink. A water filter that you hand pump will
turn rain water, canal water or saved water from cooking etc. into good drinking water again.

Have some good vitamins. Make sure they are good natural vitamins that your body will
digest & absorb. 90% of vitamins pass through you & end up clogging the sewers. True.
I came across Lifecaps, that is what I have in my food storage, 72 hour kits & bug out bags.
They digest & get in your system within 20-25 minutes. All natural.
You can survive on lifecaps & water alone for months. They have all the vitamins & minerals,
also iodine & a little natural sugar to keep your blood sugar level stable. I bought 25
bottles before I found a coupon code & then bought 75 more bottles. The coupon code is
“healthcap” (save 33%) & you can find out more at lifecaps.net.

Keep hand sterilizer with your food storage & hydrogen peroxide. In an emergency people get
sick & die from simple infections. In an emergency, you lose your appetite & forget to drink
water, under stress. Your immune system suffers tremendously & small infections grow large.
Under stress TAKE YOUR VITAMINS & DRINK WATER! You will have more energy to deal with the
emergency & have a healthy immune system. Keep your hands clean when dealing with food &
use the hydrogen peroxide even on small cuts as a precaution. It can save your life.

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By: Teartaye http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19980 Teartaye Tue, 28 Apr 2009 18:54:38 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19980 I'm just curious, since I always go into anaphylactic shock when I eat rice, what it might be that I'm allergic to, if it's not the rice itself? I LOVE rice (I developed an allergy to it when I was about eight or nine) and would be so happy to eat it again. And I need to... well, completely overhaul my lighting situation. And here I was, five minutes ago, smug that I had a crank flashlight that I can find if the power's out. I’m just curious, since I always go into anaphylactic shock when I eat rice, what it might be that I’m allergic to, if it’s not the rice itself?

I LOVE rice (I developed an allergy to it when I was about eight or nine) and would be so happy to eat it again.

And I need to… well, completely overhaul my lighting situation. And here I was, five minutes ago, smug that I had a crank flashlight that I can find if the power’s out.

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By: villabolo http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19944 villabolo Tue, 28 Apr 2009 03:47:38 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19944 Thanks Sharon, villabolo Thanks Sharon,

villabolo

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By: Laurie in MN http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19921 Laurie in MN Mon, 27 Apr 2009 17:58:15 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19921 Oh, that's helpful! Thank you, Sharon! :) The rice is no more than 6 months old, so I'm going to start using it now. The trick will be getting the Spousal Unit to eat it. Oh, that’s helpful! Thank you, Sharon! :)

The rice is no more than 6 months old, so I’m going to start using it now. The trick will be getting the Spousal Unit to eat it.

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By: Sharon http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19909 Sharon Mon, 27 Apr 2009 11:48:39 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19909 I'd say no more than a year in the fridge. Probably a couple in the freezer. You can feed it in small amounts to animals - you may need to cook it, but I wouldn't give them a lot of rancid rice at once. Sharon I’d say no more than a year in the fridge. Probably a couple in the freezer. You can feed it in small amounts to animals - you may need to cook it, but I wouldn’t give them a lot of rancid rice at once.

Sharon

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By: Laurie in MN http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19847 Laurie in MN Sat, 25 Apr 2009 03:42:17 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19847 I second villabolo's question: I have some brown rice living in the fridge right now and am a little concerned about how long it will last. Or possibly has lasted. :( How about the shelf life of brown rice in a freezer? I'm still working on the whole cooking mainly from scratch thing, and it's a real process with a spouse who is picky about any number of things. *sigh* (Won't eat beans, won't eat many veggies. I mean, who on earth doesn't like *squash*?!? At least a well roasted one? I can forgive him the rutabega hate....for now.) I second villabolo’s question: I have some brown rice living in the fridge right now and am a little concerned about how long it will last. Or possibly has lasted. :(

How about the shelf life of brown rice in a freezer? I’m still working on the whole cooking mainly from scratch thing, and it’s a real process with a spouse who is picky about any number of things. *sigh* (Won’t eat beans, won’t eat many veggies. I mean, who on earth doesn’t like *squash*?!? At least a well roasted one? I can forgive him the rutabega hate….for now.)

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By: villabolo http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19835 villabolo Fri, 24 Apr 2009 23:33:36 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19835 Hi Sharon, in your opinion how longwill brown rice last in the refrigerator? Hi Sharon, in your opinion how longwill brown rice last in the refrigerator?

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By: dewey http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19833 dewey Fri, 24 Apr 2009 21:50:31 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19833 I've heard that every 10 degrees warmer halves the storage life, so the cooler you can keep that brown rice, the better. I’ve heard that every 10 degrees warmer halves the storage life, so the cooler you can keep that brown rice, the better.

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By: brad http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19831 brad Fri, 24 Apr 2009 18:55:21 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19831 Love these quickies! Makes a large project seem much more manageable, which is a huge part of the valuable service Sharon provides. My question is - what to do with rancid brown rice? I've got a 50lb bag that is unopened and a year old. Can the pigs eat it? The chickens? Love these quickies! Makes a large project seem much more manageable, which is a huge part of the valuable service Sharon provides.

My question is - what to do with rancid brown rice? I’ve got a 50lb bag that is unopened and a year old. Can the pigs eat it? The chickens?

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By: kathy http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19826 kathy Fri, 24 Apr 2009 16:18:58 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/04/24/friday-food-storage-quickie-3/#comment-19826 I am going to buy a food saver this week. It will really suck the air out of jars. If I buy brown rice, will keeping it in 1/2 gallon mason jars with an oxygen absorber packet and sucking out all the air keep it shelf stable for a year? How about if I keep it really cool (50-6o- degress) as well? I buy brown rice to eat and white to store but I would like to make it all brown rice. I am going to buy a food saver this week. It will really suck the air out of jars. If I buy brown rice, will keeping it in 1/2 gallon mason jars with an oxygen absorber packet and sucking out all the air keep it shelf stable for a year? How about if I keep it really cool (50-6o- degress) as well? I buy brown rice to eat and white to store but I would like to make it all brown rice.

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