Storing wheat and dry bulk food items is an important part of homesteading. Just think what happened 100 years ago when the farmers harvested their crops of grain. You would have likely gone and purchased what you needed to get you through till the next wheat harvest. Then you'd carefully store it so that it would spoil or get infested with bugs. So here are a few tips that you'll find helpful in storing your grains.
Harvest time is here and the food is coming from the gardens and orchards all over. Since we are only in a temporary location we don't have an orchard yet. However a good friend of ours has been helping us get produce from gleaning. Gleaning is a great way to get really great food for less. Check out your local farms to see what gleaning opportunities you might have. Every year we always get several boxes of peaches to put up for those cold long winter months. We really enjoy canned peaches.
.This year we had some friends give us several boxes of very ripe black cherries--my very favorite berry! Problem was that they were already starting to go bad and we had to do something with them QUICK.
Why pressure can beans when you can store them dry? Well, actually, I store my beans dry. But for the sake of convenience I like to pressure can a batch or two up and have them on the shelf. Then at a moments notice I can have a meal with beans ready to go. And if you've ever had pressure canned beans you'll know the other reason why I pressure can mine. They are the most mouth-watering, tender beans you've ever tasted. Serious.