This one will probably really heat up as the Middle East comes to a boil! The problem then likely will be that store shelves, Cosco, Sam's supplies will become depleted. No time like the present to put some food on the shelf!
Emergency Essentials has 5 & 6 gallon food quality buckets with lids. They also have recipes for dehydrated foods. While they are expensive for the food products, the shelf life is long. They have group rates and specials every month. I have used the freezed dried celery and bell peppers in my cooking and they are really great. Nice to have on the shelf. I have been canning and drying fruit & vegetables now for about a year. I have also bought flour, sugar, corn meal, beans & rice. I am storing them in the 6 gallon buckets with something that takes the oxygen out of the buckets. (from emergency essentials) It has become essential to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
I have been doing a lot of research on the internet about canning. Meat products must be canned with a pressure canner. Fruits can be canned with a water bath. It is a lot of work but it has been fun learning. And it is getting easier all time.
I constantly monitor my own shelves for food use-by sates, and compile a list
of the food that is traveling from the back to the front of my pantry. Many items
I arrange in totes, with a week's worth of my dietary requirements (Agent-Orange
causal Diabetes, heart-specific needs, etc) in a single tote. I am finding many of
my preferred items are coming into the stores with 2015 expiry dates. Those are
what I buy a lot of. I have a wholesale outlet one block from ☭hi-☭omMart, making
it easier to check the real price of an item I may need. Any set of items "on sale
NOW", become the ingredients for the next several days' menus. When my indoor
space gets close to full the easy to manage totes go to the garage. When paper-
money in my bank accounts leans towards excess, I convert it to grub, gold / silver,
guns-&-Ammo, and goodies that I will never use up, but are handy to use in barter.
I have two cases of ⅕-s of whiskey that I'll never drink, also a lot of feminine necessities
that are good for barter, as well as use for burn and wound management. Better to
have, but not need, than to need and have to pay dearly because of not thinking ahead.
re keeping dried beans, rice, flour, etc yet concerned about bugs infesting containers:
invest in 5 or 10-pound bags of Diatomaceous Earth, FOOD GRADE ONLY (it's also available intended for swimming pool filters; that form is NOT EDIBLE). Sprinkle 1-3% of the amount of rice etc of DE into the container, and physically roll the container around a little to evenly distribute.
DE is fossilized shells of extinct diatoms, microscopic shelled things. I'm not a scientist. But food grade DE KILLS BUGS by mechanical action: the shells are covered with razor sharp spikes and edges. Contact with a hard shelled bug and it snags on and drills in, like porcupine quills do, and the bug bleeds to death pretty quick. Contact with soft bugs, like larvae, same things happens, but quicker.
DE is used in grain storage facilities to minimize loss to bugs that devour the stock.
DE is a good source of digestible calcium, and it can also function, in mammals and birds like poultry, as a dewormer. Fed to horses and cattle, the manure still contains some of the DE, which kills off most of the fly larvae, minimizing flies around your barns and pastures. I know of at least one person I encountered on another list who ate a tablespoon of DE himself once a week, and swore he'd never been healthier in his life.