[permaculture] The Permaculture saying, "Prepare for Disaster" and the mo...
ned at orangenova.com
Wed Oct 5 02:26:13 EDT 2011
thank you, very informative.
On 10/3/2011 10:34 PM, DGilsen at aol.com wrote:
> one easy way to preserve food is a cup of food grade diatomaceous
> earth(check health food stores) not pool supply places. Sprinkle one cup of
> diatomaceous earth over a 5 gal bucket of dried food peas,wheat, beans, rice
> almost any thing that is dried then hammer the lid on the bucket. Word of
> advice however, Plastic buckets even food grade buckets get old and fragile
> and will fall apart over time metal paint cans or metal five gallon cans with
> lids will work better . Another way to store things is in glass
> containers with metal lids. rodents will chew through plastic lids in a heart beat
> if the even suspect there might be food in them, I can vouch to that. You
> can eat diatomaceous earth with out any problem, yea it is a little gritty
> you can wash it off the dried food prior to coking if it bothers you.
> Another thing that works to debug your dried food is dry Ice. fill your
> bucket with whatever you are trying to preserve to about two inches from the
> top, Then place about six to eight oz of dry ice in the top of the
> container and put the lid on loosely . Soon you will hear a hissing coming from
> the container, as you tighten up the lid you will hear a more furious
> hissing let it sit it will take a while and hour or so and then you will hear
> the hissing diminishes and get softer and softer finally when it is only a
> soft hiss tighten the lid the hissing is the heavy co 2 forcing the air out
> of the container. the food will keep much longer in an oxygen free
> atmosphere. As for bay leaves, well yea bugs don't like the smell of bay but if
> that is the only food to eat is bay flavored well they hold their noises and
> wolf it down.
> Oils have a short shelf life. Olive oil seems to last about 15 years if
> you can keep it cool and in a dark environment. light shortens oils life
> span a lot get oils in glass containers with METAL tops store honey in Glass
> and pit plastic under the metal lids as honey will corrode the tops of
> metal lids.
> A years supply of bare essential foods are as follows
> 400 pounds of grains wheat corn oatmeal Regular( not quick)rice and pasta
> 60 pounds of legumes including dry beans, split peas lentils etc.
> 16 pounds of powdered milk
> 10 quarts of (16 ponds of shortening equals 10 quarts of oil.
> 60 pounds of sugar or honey (67pounds of honey equal 60 pounds of sugar)
> 8 pounds of salt
> one gallon of water per day per person just for drinking not cooking or
> I did not recommend spices, that is for your tastes, store in cans not
> clear bottles as light and heat degrades them. If you only have clear glass or
> plastic containers wrap them in tinfoil to protect them from light .
> I hope this helps
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