Well folks - finally - here is some of the detailed info compiled from the Lowesville seminar. I've included info from other sources (thanks to Leroy and Robyn) as well as what was shared at Lowesville among the participants. Some of the site links are duplicated across topics because the site has a wide variety of merchandise. I didn't do any price comparison site to site, but we have ordered from several of the sites and can vouch for the product quality.
Hope this is of use.
Food Storage Planning
http://www.providentliving.org/channel/1,11677,1706-1,00.html - LDS site. Calculator for amount of food to store based on the number of people in the family and the amount of time you want to store food for.
http://beprepared.com/- Great site for bulk, freeze dried and dehydrated foods, food kits, emergency kits, water purification, camping gear and supplies.
http://www.harmonyhousefoods.com/ - Great site for freeze dried and dehydrated fruit and veggies and Textured Vegetable Protein packs.
http://www.spiceplace.com/ - Good source for bulk spices
http://survivalacres.com/ - Great site for bulk food ordering, has a food storage calculator.
http://www.waltonfeed.com/ - Good site for bulk food, seeds, organics. Good resource tab for info and planning on storage, seeds, sprouting and soap making.
http://www.bulkfoods.com/default.htm - Great site, wide variety of bulk foods.
http://safecastleroyal.com/index.html - Great site for food and E prep supplies. One of the top emergency preparedness outfitters out there.
http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/ - Great site for grains, flour, fruits, canned milk, canned eggs, canned food and TVP.
http://www.foodservicedirect.com/ - Good site, caters to food service industry, but has a good selection of bulk cased food and food service goods.
http://www.internet-grocer.net/ - Great site for long term storage canned meats, cheeses, butter
http://dehydrated-food.net/ - Dehydrated and canned foods, MREs. Water purification, long term storage seeds, short wave radio equipment.
http://www.stpaulmercantile.com/index.php - Great site for water purification kits, kerosene stoves, lanterns and heaters, family emergency kits and other E Prep equipment. If you use the link on the CM site a portion of the proceeds goes back to Chris to help run the site. This is where our stainless steel Doulton water purifier came from and it is a must have.
http://beprepared.com/ - Great site for bulk, freeze dried and dehydrated foods, food kits, emergency kits, water purification, camping gear and supplies.
http://dehydrated-food.net/ - Dehydrated and canned foods, MREs.
http://www.waterbob.com/Welcome.do - Large capacity emergency water storage.
Wow. I know what I'm going to be doing with my gardening breaks fort the rest of the week (well, between cooking for two kids, reading Harry Potter aloud, and helping my kids spell things, make things and look up answers to questions beyond the scope of my practice -- life of a homeschooler.)
What a great resource page already, and I'm sure it will be added too. I must say though, I hope Chris comes to Colorado later this year with one of his seminars, because I'm finding myself stuck on the end-of-the-civilized-world preparations that seem evident in this list. I guess it's more resistance and denial, but I can conceive of a gradual decline being quite likely. I'm just not able to get to "we're going to need a year's worth of stored food and water purifying ability ASAP."
But I am going to go through these links and start making a list. Thanks for putting it together!
I must say though, I hope Chris comes to Colorado later this year with one of his seminars, because I'm finding myself stuck on the end-of-the-civilized-world preparations that seem evident in this list. I guess it's more resistance and denial, but I can conceive of a gradual decline being quite likely. I'm just not able to get to "we're going to need a year's worth of stored food and water purifying ability ASAP."
You've touched on the importance of working through the self-assessment. Based on what YOU think is going to happen, make an action items list from what you see as deficient areas from your self-assessment, framed by what (and when) you think is going to happen. That way you can put together a timeline that is manageable.
Going through the sites, it's easy to get caught up in the Mad Max end state, but I agree with you that that scenario is not likely and we will see more of a decline with rolling outages and interruptions.
Good luck and as always, if you have any questions throw them up here or via PM or email.
Dogs in a pile,
Thanks for the list. I have bought from some of these suppliers. The most important purchase I feel I've made came from Berkeyproducts.com This water purifier does not require storing water, only a fresh water source, swimming pool, lake, stream, pond. I put tap water in it for every day use. I'm not the trusting type. Check out their product. It might be warrant a link.
Thanks for your info,
My husband and I have been eating down some of our food storage. We've had no problems eating canned soups, vegetables, fruits, chicken, or tuna that are 4 to 5 years beyond the expiration date. The Health One commercial in Colorado irritates me because they allude to the fact that someone was sent to the ER due to outdated canned food. Unless the can is dented, bulged, or leaking the canned food should be fine for several years beyond that expiration date.
There may be some degradation in taste and nutrition as cans age. Don't throw expired cans away just because they're expired. Some websites say that canned foods are only good for 1 to 2 years beyond the expiration date, but our experience shows that canned foods are good for much longer than that. Just try to keep your cans in a cool, dry place.
Read this regarding canned food lasting years.
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