Food - Week 38: Grains
We’re moving forward and fall is upon us, time to think about grains again. Holiday baking and cold nights are coming soon which means a change in diet, more grains and less fresh fruits and veggies. With a 63% damage rate in this year's wheat crop it is even more important to buy your grains now before more price increases. And then there is the oat crop. Yes, once again the drought. Those of you living in the eastern United States may not understand how bad it really is as you have experienced just the opposite of no rain this year. As drought conditions bake the upper reaches of the U.S. Plains, farmers are now expected to harvest their smallest oats crop in records that go back to 1866.
This week add six pounds of grains per person to your General Store shelves. If you are storing whole wheat, one pound of whole wheat ground, equals almost one pound of flour so don't think because wheat is heavy you need to store less.
When we speak of grains we are really talking about carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel and are easily used by the body for energy. Carbohydrates are needed for the central nervous system, kidneys, brain, muscles (remember the heart is a muscle) to function properly. Carbohydrates can be stored in the muscles and liver for use later and are important in intestinal health and waste elimination. The best source of carbohydrates is grains.
Grains include: whole wheat, wheat flour, bulgur, oatmeal, cornmeal, rice (white, brown, and wild), buckwheat, popcorn, rye flour, barley, pasta, pretzels, couscous, amaranth, millet, quinoa, sorghum, and triticale. You can also count muffin, corn bread, and pancake mixes.
General Store - Week 38: Petroleum Jelly, Lip Balm, Lotion, and Diaper Paste
This is a little bit of a free for all week. It’s time to plan for rashes and dry skin relief. Store what your family uses, petroleum jelly, lip balm, lotions, Butt paste, whatever. As you clean up after a natural disaster sunburns, rashes, and dry skin are common complaints.