Dear Off the Grid,
I just subscribed to your site. I stumbled on you by chance or Divine intervention. We have bugs in our grains, i.e. oatmeal. I’m worried about the beans and wheat. We store them in large new metal garbage cans. Help!
Buggy in Bristol
First of all, welcome to Off the Grid News! We’re glad you’re on board! First, I would recommend storing your grain in Mylar bags that you then place in your metal garbage can. I don’t know what type of cans you have access to in your neck of the woods, but the ones here at the hardware store have some kind of oily coating that is nearly impossible to wash off. However, metal is pretty impenetrable, so it’s great again mice and other animals that might try to eat through less secure storage containers.
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is an excellent way to take care of those bug problems in grain. This is not earth per se, but the fossilized skeletal remains of single celled phytoplankton commonly referred to as diatoms. It works by dehydrating insects through a desiccating action. You can order it online, but remember, don’t mix anything but “food-grade” diatomaceous earth in with your grain.
I’m not sure that your advice to utilize rainwater is spot-on 100%. Granted, you’ll use any water you have rather than die of thirst, but:
1) Rainwater from heavily polluted/contaminated areas won’t be sparkling clean either. You better do some kind of filtration/treatment, even with rainwater.
2) Rainwater collection isn’t always legal in all areas. I don’t want to debate the stupidity of laws against this, but they do exist.
Sorry to nitpick. I know that you can’t write an encyclopedic answer to every question. Keep up the good work that you do.
Thank you for writing! You bring up valid points and we appreciate any hints or suggestions readers may have that helps other to stay within the law, stay safe, but get prepared nonetheless. 🙂
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