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Post by Kathysullivan on Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:33 am

I sometimes see the big bags of rice on sale and I wonder how long they will keep and if they will get bugs in them. Do you freeze them or put bay leaves in to keep the bugs out? I don't want to waste my money buying the big bag just to have it go buggy.

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Post by Sonshine on Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:02 am

We always freeze ours for about 30 days, then vacumn seal them.

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Post by jwscal1996 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:41 am

I’ve got a good friend that puts rice, beans, grain in Mylar bags and drops Oxygen absorbers in then seals it. The Oxygen absorbers suck all the O2 out and nothing can live without it. You can seal the bag with an iron and a block of wood just as easy…no need for the pricy sealer. I've also heard you can use those cheap hand warmers sold in Wal-Marts sports department in place of the Oxygen absorbers.

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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:41 pm

If you have three hands you can use zip lock bags submerged 3/4 in water to kinda push the air out as well, then drop in your absorbers, and with your third hand (while holding what you are "vacuum sealing" under water, with the opening of the bag just above water) close the bag

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Post by backtotheland on Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:07 am

I read about a method called oven canning in Countryside Magazine and some friends and I are going to try it. You can use it for dry good only. I don't have a vaccum sealer but would like to get the pump-n-seal. It's only 29.99 online and you can seal regular jars with it.

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Post by OldGrouch on Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:54 am

MissKitty and I store it in vacuum sealed canning jars (using a manual jar sealer, search this site for "Alvin" sealer).

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Post by backtotheland on Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:44 am

Thanks Dwight. I'll check out the Alvin sealer.

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Post by Sonshine on Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:07 pm

We got one of those pump and seals and love it!

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Post by backtotheland on Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:41 pm

Have you sealed bags with it? You're the first person I've known that has one.

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Post by Sonshine on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:03 am

We've sealed bags and canning jars. It actually works pretty well. We have an electric vacumn sealer too, but wanted to get as many non-electrical appliances as we could in case of long term power outages. Anytime we get something new like that Joe likes to play with them. LOL He went around resealing all the jars in my fridge, like pickles ect.

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Post by backtotheland on Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:05 pm

It's nice that Joe is on board with you on this. I wish I had someone to share my life with like that but I never was that lucky. Guess it was the way it was meant to be.

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Post by Sonshine on Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:44 pm

Joe didn't really get on board with it until last year when I had my back surgery. Until then he humored me. LOL Now I think he has more fun with the critters and gardening than I do, plus he's now trying to think of what if scenarios. Right now he's thinking of an EMP and is trying to find ways to protect our little solar system.

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Post by backtotheland on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:21 pm

That's what I'm thinking about right now two. I never should have read that book "One Second After". Scared me half to death. It has made me rethink my whole farming plan. I wasn't going to have any bucks or rams on the property because I can always take the doe back to the lady I'm buying her from to be bred in the fall and I was just going to have wethered male sheep. Now though, after reading that book, that I will need to have a buck and a ram for breeding purposes. I'm so upset I'm looking for a car built in the 1960's or 1970's because I know mine won't start in the event of an EMP.

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Post by Sonshine on Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:16 am

We bought a buck when we got our girls (3 of them, with 2 pregnant) Poor guy got so lonely in the bachelor's stall that we ended up putting him with the girls until they gave birth. Both girls gave birth to bucks, so he now has company. If you get a buck, you'll need to either get two of them, or get a buck and a wether so he's got a buddy. I don't know much about goats and sheep, so it might work if you get a buck and a ram and house them together. Also, you can always use any excess bucks for meat. Not sure how much you would get off a ND, but it may come a time that every little bit will count.

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Post by backtotheland on Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:47 am

My goats are Nubians and they are seasonal breeders, they only breed in the fall so I could probably leave him in with the girls most of the time. I could put him in with the weathers too though. That is the only thing I could do with the bucks, other than sell them. I've never had goat meat.

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