|Wheat Canned in 1974|
Around this time the LDS Church came out with a study that showed that these long term storage foods have a even great shelf life than was originally thought. Foods Lasting 30 Years or More. Needless to say we didn't dump all of the food storage in the garden (only a few cans). We held onto it and later received some more, unfortunately with our current house layout there is not a lot of room for storage (no basements in Texas), so I am sorry to say that this wheat has spend probably 2 years in the garage outside of the ideal storage ranges. This will affect the quality and nutritional values some.
|Wheat sprouting in cotton bag|
The new wheat sprouted almost 100%. The older 1974 wheat sprouted at about 20%. While this little experiment was just tossed together, I think there is something to consider.
- Even old wheat still has value, while only at 20% sprouting, this does not mean only 20% nutritional value.
- Long term storage foods need to be rotated. This wheat should have been used
- Long term food storage needs to be stored in a cool, dry place. (easy with a basement)
- Use your old wheat, even if not stored in idea conditions. Mix it with newer wheat if you must.
|Sprouted 1974 Wheat|
I will be putting some posts together in the future, showing some food storage solutions for small houses. This is often a reason given for not having food storage, no room...