October 16, 2020 at 1:55 pm #30045
We are a family of four and have zero experience in the prepper department. I do feel like we may be in for some rough months ahead and am thinking about buying a year supply emergency food kit from an online supplier of such things. I figure I would buy the smallest kit they have first, try it out, and if it’s good, then maybe buy a year’s worth for around $3,000. Given that it’s supposed to last up to 25 years, it seems to me that it wouldn’t be a bad investment. If the crap never hits the fan, well, we can chip away at it over the course of time or take it on camping trips or whatever. I’m looking to you veterans and experts for guidance. Do you think that would be a wise solution? I don’t have a garden or animals so I’m not at all ready if something happens soon. Thanks in advance.
October 16, 2020 at 5:16 pm #30046
HI Frankenstrat…I’ve used beprepared.com and Costco.com also has freeze dried food. I like Mountain House products, but they’re also the most expensive. My guess is that Sam’s has something similar to Costco, but I’m not a member there, so don’t know. It is cheaper to check out what is in the kits and buy it yourself, but if time is short, you can’t beat buying a ready-made kit. One tip, though. Most of the ready-made kits have the calorie count needed, but substantial portion of that is in carbohydrates. If you want a lower-carb diet, you’ll probably need to assembly your own kit.
October 16, 2020 at 8:18 pm #30047
Thank you so much for the response and the tips. That’s the kind of information I need. It did not occur to me to check out the components of the kits and then buy them individually thus saving money. I’m going to start doing that very thing.
Huge help, thanks again.
October 17, 2020 at 2:12 am #30048
Frankrnstrat the calorie count is always to today’s calorie intaje and useage. That is a dangerous bad plan if shft hits you will be burning a lot more calories because of the required physical activity. Buying shelf stable items like peanut butter, sugar, salt whole kernel grains , dried beans, pasta and canned items will go a lot further but requires more planning and knowledge of any type of allergies.
With whole kernel grains (wheat and rice 10 year shelf life) you will need a grain mill. Wonder mill makes a good one. Don’t forget yeast,baking soda and baking powder.
Water should be a big concern, getting proper long term filtration is a must. There are several good brands it’s discussed in the water tab on the forum. At least start saving tap water in clean 2L bottles if nothing else.
If looking long term try to find seeds though that is nearly impossible now.
If rural or allowed in your area getting some live stock like rabbits, chickens or goats maybe a good idea for longer term food. Learn now while you can still replace mistakes.
Learn to can items and get the appropriate gear. This includes books and trying now while cost of failure is replaceable. It’s also a way to stretch dollar buy preserving deals on meat, veggies and quick meals. Daisy has a good book on it.
Test your preps have a no power weekend turn off breakers and see where shortcomings are before real problem.
October 18, 2020 at 8:27 am #30056
I have a stash of Mountain House, but it is for in the event of having to bug out from the house.
Otherwise, we concentrate of calorie dense foods, and things that can be stored easily.
Rice is a good one, so is dried pasta.
Beans, both dried and canned.
I would recommend seeing what you can do with the local grocery store, or a Sams Club (if you are a member).
Regardless, watch the amount of sodium in any kind of freeze dried foods. Some can be really up there.
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