Prepper Emergency Essentials No2
A lot of locations survivalists might find themselves stuck at due to life and its cruel vicious ironies such as limited areas in which to sell ones soul to a corporate parasite, a loveless marriage bonded with the threat of indenturing oneself to pay the blood price of a wife fleeing with the children, or a family devoting itself to removing its genes from the breeding pool by picking a location most likely to suffer from environmental disaster or war, simply don’t see a sufficient customer base needed to support a feed and grain store. If your city banned any livestock to include chickens because of that long ago quaint notion of “increased home equity and property values”, an idea shat upon after the housing bubble burst in a glorious explosion of bankers greed meeting reality, there won’t be any call for a store to sell poultry food. Which is what whole wheat kernels are primarily sold as outside wholesale circles. In that case you are going to be confined to either making long trips out to rural areas and shopping where farmers get their feed, or ordering from a mail order company. If you order from online, I’d highly recommend the firm “Emergency Essentials”. They are a family size business whom I’ve had the pleasure of frequenting many times. Service is exceptional and the great thing is that they include the shipping rates in the item price. If you are ordering a half semi truck full of grain, I’m sure other firms can sell cheaper. But for someone ordering small scale it is nice to know the shipping cost upfront. The semi, you pay on delivery for shipping. With Emergency Essentials, you pay for your package up front as you would an Amazon book.
Unfortunately, anymore today shipping costs are insane ( a book seller makes a buck, FedEx makes two or three ). If it is at all possible, I’d try to find a local feed and grain store. That way, your wheat after packaging costs under fifty cents a pound plus the gas to pick it up. Mailed to you, it is closer to a buck a pound. When you are buying four hundred pounds at a time ( a years worth of food ), and for many family members, this difference adds up quickly. If I were you, I wouldn’t sleep soundly at night without a minimum of three years food for everyone. That is $700 per person for feed store grain but almost two grand by mail. You can see the difference a few hundred miles makes driving yourself to the supplier. Now, a lot of feed stores only carry white wheat. The profit margins are higher. If possible, try to get red winter wheat. Whole kernel, not split, not treated with vet medicine or with anything added ( ask for untreated, human consumption wheat ). Red wheat has 15% protein content whereas white spring has about 13%. If you don’t have a lot of animal or legume protein as a supplement, the protein percentage rate difference might make a difference ( and, hard red is better at storage ).
There are going to be folks who can’t buy wheat because of allergies or those who refuse to deal with the hassle of grinding wheat. For those allergic, I’d go with rice. White only, as brown rice has oils that go rancid quickly. White rice is nothing more than calories and MUST be supplemented with proteins ( rice and corn are in the single digits percentage wise ) and fiber and vitamins. Otherwise, you risk severe health issues ( read up on the WWII POW’s and their health problems from eating only white rice. I’d recommend “King Rat” by Clavell, the “Shogun” author ). Corn used to be really cheap, which made up for its low protein and high moisture content ( it molds too easy in storage if you don’t get it low enough ). After Bush The Court Idiot and then Obammy The Kenyan Import and their ethanol to fuel program, corn is no longer cheap unless you have a farmer connection. Avoid it or at least beware its many limitations.
You can stock up on white flour. It has the same nutrient issues as white rice, but is a better product at a much cheaper price, and can be prepared with far more variety than rice. There are all kinds of other grains that can substitute for wheat, but expect to pay dearly and suffer from lack of suppliers. I think that wheat allergies are a problem, but also overblown by a few sufferers. Most people can eat wheat. Just make sure it isn’t your family by buying whole wheat from the supermarket ( or get tested first if you are worried about reactions ) in flour form first. Then, once you know what grain you can stock, both stockpile the crap out of it ( spring 2013 is showing no letup for bad weather and sooner or later we will see shortages ) and start introducing it to your family at nearly every meal. Since it is beyond retarded to store any food you don’t eat, get your family back on a whole wheat diet. After awhile, they will prefer it to white flour. I’ve had plenty of experience with “turning folks” this way. Your body knows what food is better. You just need to bypass the brain pleasure centers to make introductions.
Whole wheat kernels are a survival classic for a reason. They store nearly forever, are high in protein, are readily available at a very cheap price and are tasty ( wheat is The Staff Of Life for a reason ). Buy them as your primary defense. They are literally red gold. A bucket worth can keep you alive for a month at low cost. It isn’t a perfect food. No food is. But it is the perfect survival food.
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