Investing in Precious Metals 101 ad

1 Month Food Storage Supply

Login or register to post comments Last Post 14052 reads   31 posts
Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 31 total)
  • Wed, Jan 19, 2011 - 04:21pm

    #1

    Poet

    Status Platinum Member (Offline)

    Joined: Jan 20 2009

    Posts: 975

    count placeholder

    1 Month Food Storage Supply

 

I know there’s been shortages as reported about Mountain House lately. And with a few power outages we had last month, I realized it was time to do more than just deepen our pantry. Despite having just a one-bedroom apartment and limited storage space, I went ahead and bought two of these via Costco.com for $99.99 each: Chef’s Banquet ARK 1 month food storage supply.(2000 calories/day for one person for a month).

Also saw on sale at Costco.com for $89.99, Food For Health Vegetarian Emergency Food Kit (275 servings).

There were also one-year supplies that were cheaper than buying 12 one-month supplies, but they sold out.

I would say Costco has the best value. The price already includes shipping and handling. Both have shelf lives estimated from 15 to 20 years or so. The only drawback I see is the high sodium content, but I believe if you stick to the serving sizes and supplement with rice and beans (say, pouring a soup or stew over cooked rice and beans), and buy some multi-vitamins, you’ll be good.

Any other great deals out there comparable or better than what Costco offers? I’ve noticed most of the survival-related web sites charge a lot more.

Poet

 

  • Wed, Jan 19, 2011 - 07:04pm

    #2
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

If you are forced to eat your food storage for real emergency, I don’t think excess salt is a big factor and may in fact be beneficial if you are doing more strenuous work to survive.  Most canned foods will last over 10 yrs, although they aren’t sold that way.  It is extremely cheap to buy canned foods on sale.  They had a sale on Libby’s vegetables last summer for 50c a can which with the 5 50c coupons (which doubled) got me 10 cans for free out of the 4 cases I bought.

You really don’t have to buy the high tech expensive 20yr stuff to have a good storage system. I was doing the extreme couponing thing a bit last summer, but I quit because i didn’t have any more room for the food and ended up  giving a lot of it to the food bank.

 

Edit:

Just thought to make myself clearer.  A one year food supply does not have to break the bank, and be something you stick in the closet for 20 yrs.  It is much more satisfying  to be food that I am happy to eat with my normal meals and will eat through and save money this year — all the while adding more as i eat what I have.  In other words my one year food supply is at most 1 or 2 yrs old.  Besides what are you going to do in 2031 after the nuclear strike — “Gee Marge the food supply expiration date was last month, guess we have to throw it out!”

  • Wed, Jan 19, 2011 - 07:07pm

    #3
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

We’ve always had food “storage” but it’s just regular stuff, not nitro-packed or MREs or anything (well.. some). We just buy extra when it’s on sale or we see too much shelf. You don’t want to be changing your diet when you are laid-off or whatever, kids especially want what they are used to and when other things are stressed normal food would be a comfort.

:^)

  • Wed, Jan 19, 2011 - 07:31pm

    #4
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

I like Pops matter of fact post. Just buy normal food with a long shelf life on sale.  It is very, very easy to cut your food bill 50 percent without a single coupon by watching the sales and catching the rhythm of the sale rotation(here in GA the stores are on a 6wk rotation so something on sale this week will be on the same sale in 6wks like clockwork).  With a  lot of work it can be 80 percent savings — my best was $445 total groceries for $48, but that was doing strange stuff like $60 of crest toothpaste for free because of coupon doubling. (like I said before the food bank benefits because i don’t need a 20yr supply of toothpaste)  I am not a socialist like matrix, but I don’t mind furnishing the food bank on “the man’s” dime.Smile

 

Common sense:  A 1yr food supply is just that: a 1yr food supply.  It will be gone after 1yr if you are forced to eat it.  It doesn’t have to last 20yrs, You just eat it as your normal food.  Just my 2c.

  • Wed, Jan 19, 2011 - 08:43pm

    #5
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

 

Thanks for the information, Pops and DocMims

We do have a few cupboards in our small apartment kitchen, where I store canned goods and some bags of grain. Those can easily last several years if left untouched. But we cook from our “pantry” as well, so in reality it wouldn’t last more than two weeks if that was what we were reduced to eating.

Having the extra 1-month supply in such a small form factor (a 6.5 gallon bucket) was what I was looking for. It can easily last longer with rice and beans supplementation.

Poet

 

  • Thu, Jan 20, 2011 - 02:20pm

    #6
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

Poet,

For conserving space, a dehydrator is pretty amazing. Yesterday I dehydrated three 14oz bags of PictSweet frozen peas and they fit in a pint jar when done! The peas were on sale for 79¢ a bag. Doing corn today.

  • Thu, Jan 20, 2011 - 02:57pm

    #7
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

[quote=Tycer]
Poet,

For conserving space, a dehydrator is pretty amazing. Yesterday I dehydrated three 14oz bags of PictSweet frozen peas and they fit in a pint jar when done! The peas were on sale for 79¢ a bag. Doing corn today.
[/quote]

Tycer

That’s amazing how much space you saved! I’ll have to look into that!

Poet

  • Fri, Jan 21, 2011 - 02:25am

    #8
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

I understand why, but I’m surprised that the three bags of corn filled a quart jar and the peas a pint.

  • Fri, Jan 21, 2011 - 01:30pm

    #9
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

 

Poet and all

Thanks for the info. I like the Costco link for vegetarian foods, they are pretty convenient and I love the individually packaged dehydrated pre-cooked beans option. They are individually wrapped and the price isn’t bad given all of that.  I agree the salt is probably a plus for some of us unless there is a blood pressure issue, at least for flavor.Add to that my little pot of herbs in the window, sprouts and the canned vegetables from Sam’s Club (50 cents for a can of corn, about 75 for a can of green beans) , 3 dollar a pound chock full o nuts coffein a 3 pound can, all under my bed. I hope I have a decent enough setup. 

 

Denise

  • Sat, Jan 22, 2011 - 11:12pm

    #10
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: 1 Month Food Storage Supply

[quote=Tycer]

I understand why, but I’m surprised that the three bags of corn filled a quart jar and the peas a pint.

[/quote]

We have been dehydrating frozen vegetable for the past 3-4 months. The only thing that comes to mind re the peas being reduced so much is that they are mostly water. We dehydrate the Walmart brand frozen veggies, and 3 pounds of green peas are almost exactly one quart after drying. On the other hand, 4 pounds of crinkle cut sliced carrots only fill a pint jar–obviously much more water in the carrots than the peas.

After drying and temp storage in jars, we vacuum-seal the dehydrated vegetables with an oxygen absorber in bags for long-term storage.

Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 31 total)

Login or Register to post comments