- Jan 1, 2009
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- Southwick, MA
I have a growing collection of barrels with lids and can store a bit more than half a ton now. I prefer the galvanized trash cans and have four of them in my garage. I used a furniture dolly, put some boards across it, and put two barrels on top of that, so I can move them around in our tightly packed garage. The rest are in plastic trash cans and plastic drums with homemade lids (circle cut from scrap T1-11 siding, wood handle, and a few board scraps underneath to keep it from sliding off the barrel) and I make sure to empty the ones most vulnerable to vermin first and save the galvanized ones for last.DuppyDo said:Freemotion Sez....
"Whole grains can be stored for longer without rancidity or nutrient loss. And you can plant them and sprout them. And grind them into flour for your own use."
Yep, i think you hit the nail on the head Freemotion. I've been experimenting eating "Livestock corn and soft red wheat" and it taste fine, i ground some of both and made cornbread. What you said along with dried grasses,foo scrapes and free ranging mentioned by others, seems the most reasonable way to get away from laying pellet/mash and preparing in the event they are not obtainable.I've been learning what grains are availble locally grown.Corn and rye see to be two biggest grain crops here.I'm going to meet a local rye farmer this week to see if i can make a deal and find out what other farmers are growing , grain wise..
How do you store your grains Freemotion ?
I wonder if small silos or grain elevators are availble for smaller scale use. I think grain elevatorsare really big though...lol...A mini corn or grain silo, is their such a thing..? What is the most praticle why to store a ton of grain, without mylar bags, buckets and oxygen absorbers..? I'm getting good grain connections, but need a way to store bulk grains for longer term without spending a fortune doing it..!
It is also a good idea to keep the barrels/trash cans where temp fluctuation won't be too great, like not where the sun will hit it part of the day. This can create condensation inside the container and spoilage.