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12/05/2018 / By Mary Miller
Grains make for an ideal survival food due to their long shelf life. Stocking up on grains can be useful in case SHTF. However, there is no point in stockpiling large amounts of grain if you don’t know how to properly store them. Here is a survival guide on how to properly store grain for long-term use. (h/t to ReadyNutrition.com)
As a staple food, grains can be an inexpensive addition to your emergency food supply, but storing them isn’t as simple as purchasing a sack of rice and throwing it into the pantry. That is a surefire way to leave your grain vulnerable to pests and the elements, such as moisture and oxygen.
Storing grain can be a worthwhile investment when it is done right. You can even grow your own grains while you’re at it. There are many factors to consider when it comes to storing grain, such as the type of grain, the materials needed for proper storage, and a suitable storage area. (Related: It’s not as difficult as you think: How to grow grains in your own backyard.)
Start by finding out which grains are most suitable for long-term storage. Some grains have longer shelf lives than others. For example, due to their processing method, brown rice, pot barley, and pearl barley can quickly go bad in as little as four to six months. You can choose from a wide variety of soft grains and hard grains, depending on how long you plan to store them.
If you want to extend the shelf life of your grains, you will need these items:
Find more tips on proper food storage for when SHTF at FoodStorage.news.
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