The events currently unfolding in Venezuela should have everyone in the world double checking and bolstering their food preps. The economic disaster there has brought to light how fragile our modern civilization is. According to the last news reports I’ve read, basic food staples are hard to get…. eggs are around $150 a dozen and the urbanized people have resorted to eating cats, dogs and pigeons.
This situation has certainly caused our household to add another layer of long-term storage to our preps . We have built our food preps on a “foundation” of rolled oats and white rice. Those two grains have proven to fit our food plan (and digestive systems) well. They store easily and have multiple uses. Rice can be either a people food or used as a filler food for our dog’s diet while rolled oats can be used as is or easily ground into an excellent flour with our hand grinder.
Over the last few years we have been gradually adding grits to our diet. My wife and I both enjoy it at any meal… our K9s will eat it but I have noticed a couple of our dogs have shown an intolerance to anything containing corn so using grits as a dog food filler may be limited.
Preparation time and effort is about equal to rice although it uses twice as much water. As far as price goes, instant grits bought in bulk are 2-3 times the price of bulk rice and about 1.5 to two times the price of bulk rolled oats. There is a slight nutritional payoff as grits appear to have more nutrients than what is available in white rice.
We haven’t been storing grits long enough to know the true shelf life when properly stored. I can tell you that when stored the original cardboard container and in a dry cool cool place, there were no issues with rancidity or staleness at 15 months. I have no reason to believe that they will not store even longer when packed properly with O2 absorbers in buckets or mylar.
At any rate, we’ve added some easily stored and similarly prepared variety to our long term emergency food storage. It’s now a regular part of our diet so we can rotate it in and out of our pantry without worrying about spoilage.