National Preparedness Month Daily Challenge: Day 27

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  • #23173


    Today, let’s add one week’s worth of dinners for your family to the stockpile.

    This can be done in multiple ways, and we’ll talk about one cheap one and one more expensive one. These aren’t necessarily the healthiest meals on the planet but if things get really tough, you’ll be happy just to have a hot meal.

    • If the budget is tight, grab 7 canned “meals” for each family member. This could be like Beefaroni, pork and beans, spaghetti, soup, or ravioli. You can get this conventional or organic. It will cost about $14 per person to put one week of conventional canned meals if you can’t find anything on sale, but sometimes you will be able to get these for as little as a buck per can. If things are really bad, you can eat these right out of the can without even heating them up. If you can’t get a week of food for everyone right now, add 7 cans per week until you have everybody covered.
    • If your budget is higher, there’s an even easier way to add to the stockpile. Buy at least one emergency bucket of food and all you have to do is put them away with the seal intact. If they remain sealed, this food will last up to 20 years.

    Every time you add a little bit more food to your stockpile, it adds just a little bit more security for your family. Every little bit that you stash away will see you through the more difficult times.

    What will you add?

    What food will you add to feed your family for a week? Do you have a favorite inexpensive prep? Share your ideas in the comments below.

  • #23176

    JD Darling

    <span style=”font-size: 100%;”>I have made arrangements to pick up a case of soup and 400lbs of Horse Feed tonight, just hit their “best by” date (Note, many horses have delicate stomachs, inspect all their feed carefully, ducks and pigs, not so much) Also intend to butcher a goat this weekend. </span>

  • #23178


    This is an interesting challenge as I don’t tend to buy “meals in a can.” But among my pantry supplies I have cans that can be opened (with my manual can opener) and eaten cold if necessary: tuna fish, chicken breasts, salmon, a variety of soups, pork and beans, canned deer meat, a variety of canned veggies. I had also bought a 72 hour emergency food bucket which I keep in my car. Thanks to participating on this web site, which I joined just about a year ago, I now have plenty to feed me for one year. A year ago that would not have been the case!

    I’ve received the fire starter thing this morning so I’m going out this afternoon to practice starting a fire using it. I really don’t want to eat my meals cold if I can help it. I’m like a kid with a new toy. At my age, it takes very little to amuse me and this will become the highlight of my day’s activities. But, not to worry, I’ll be very careful not to set the neighborhood on fire. 🙂

  • #23184

    Farm Girl

    As I have mentioned on here several times for this challenge, I have been doing a LOT of canning.  I have added 42 “meals in a jar” this month to our stash of food.  I regularly buy fresh tuna and salmon, can it up, and keep a big stash of it around, and we eat some several times a month.  I have also added 14 jars of lima beans, 18 jars of speckled butter beans, a few jars of gold potatoes, and am doing more speckled butter beans today.  I will also be making BBQ sauce and canning it up in the next few days.  It has been a very productive month for me!  As we only get paid once per month, I will not be going to the store soon.  But when we do get paid, I will buy some cans of veggies and maybe chicken to add to the stash.  I may have to buy more canning jars as I am now almost out!!!  I have 2 more cases of pint and quart, but then there is nothing left.  Will definitely need to purchase more soon!!!

  • #23185


    Meals in a can. Lets see soup, tuna, chicken, turkey, pulled pork, herring. And to make it more interesting, sauces and rice so I can mix and match.

  • #23187

    Dala Barnes

    The emergency buckets are out of my range, I also don’t like that the serving size is for four people. There are only two of us just now and I would hate to waste food in a short term emergency.

    I have put away, not so much canned ‘meals’ as canned food to be combined to make meals. I have canned meals I made (qt. sized) which is a good size for DH and me. As money loosens I want to buy some of the emergency buckets for longer situations which will probably include others coming here.

  • #23189

    Mama cando

    OOH I’m in trouble, I don’t do store prepared “meals in a jar” due to all the chemicals and salt in them. So I have can meat and fish, dry potatoes, rice, beans, veggies and fruit in tins, soup and broth too that can be opened with my manual opener (I prefer it over the electric one) and eaten cold IF needed. I have been reading on another site how to “put up” meals in a jar with dried foods. It’s on my list to do (along with the other gazillion things I have on said list  LOL).

  • #23191


    Picked up some things at a sale that fulfill about half of this day’s challenge- will put things on the list to finish the rest of it.


    Also need to over hall cupboards so I can find things easier. (again)

  • #23193


    DH has congestive heart failure. So I don’t buy canned prepared foods. I do however make and can my own soups (no salt).  Tomato soup, veg. beef soup, chicken soup, beef stew, pulled pork and also can my green beans, squash, tomatoes, I also make succotash which is tomatoes, corn and butter beans. Also can my own baked beans. I make spaghetti sauce and can it also. I also can potatoes, and carrots. So some of the things I have canned are to make meals with as well as to have a fast meal. DH cannot have salt do to the swelling from his heart problems.  I have over 100 no. 10 cans of freeze dried foods and also the 72 hour pails but some of them have way to much salt. So keeping them for the really hard times for other family members.  I also can a lot of my chicken and beef as well as tuna and salmon.  I have a great deal of no salt store bought foods as well.  I need to start looking into making the meals in a jar. I bought the book on doing it but haven’t had the time to sit down to see what I need and what I have already to do it.

  • #23194


    Oops Daisy said ADD. Ok checked the sales flyers and there are some BOGOs. Will pick some stuff up when I am in the area this weekend

  • #23198


    corsaire, You are right. She did say add.  I am trying to use up some of what I have and not stockpile much right now.  But did go to store this morning a bought some shrimp that was on sale, buy one, get two free. Grandson loves seafood. My makeshift pantries are over flowing right now. And there are not any really good sales going on things I could use right now. So waiting for next Wed. when the next sales come out.

  • #23199

    OldMt Woman

    I have been flattened today…zero energy.  But I have a shopping list for this challenge.  A few days ago, crawling on hands and knees in my search for something, I made a discovery. 🙁   🙁    At some point long ago, I packed away a LOT of Ramen, dry soups, pasta noodles and ….misc other stuff on a rather inaccessible bottom shelf.  I cannot believe that in this house where mice rule, I didn’t have all that in better packaging!  Such as the short bucket containing ’02 oatmeal that was also back under there.  Oat groats last much longer so this oatmeal is stale/edible but nothing got into that bucket.  Unlike the dry soups [mice] and noodles/Ramen [mealy moth]….etc. ICK!

    Soooooo, I guess when I can physically get to the store [maybe tomorrow] ..I’m going to replace the Ramen since it’s a quick/easy start to an emergency hot meal.  Aiming for Walmart so I can also pick up a #10 can or two of dried eggs.  And a #10 can or two of dehydrated or canned meat.  Maybe #10 of dehydrated milk too.

    The meals would be sorta-egg-drop-Ramen soup.

    OR meat/scrambled eggs.

    OR Ramen noodles boiled soft, drained, then fried up with the meat and Ramen broth packet.

    OR whatever.  We’re not too picky about what we eat….tho we need to be hungry AND tired to eat overly-processed food.  But it DOES happen.  Quite SURE it would happen if Stuff Hits Fan.  🙁


  • #23200

    Jessee Jones

    I picked up some dry elbow, penna, rotini gluten free noodles which were on a good sale (7 boxes), 7 cans of chicken broth, 7 cans of tuna, and 7 cans of green beans. I know that this is a different combo but my daughter has an issue with gluten and also a dairy allergy. It is difficulty finding any kind of canned meal for her but this can be fixed up quickly and is filling for her. This was important as I have plenty for me and the granddaughter but not that my daughter can eat.

  • #23206

    Loving Life

    I have a well stocked pantry, with sufficient stockpiles. I do use some prepared meals for hiking/camping. I ordered a few extras of the Mountain House freeze dried single meals. I like the beef stroganoff and breakfast skillet.

  • #23221

    Mama T

    I also do not do store bought canned meals, though I can my own. Thankfully,  we are set for now so I won’t be adding anymore right now.

  • #23222


    Someone mentioned the sodium content of soups, something I really didnt pay attention to until now. I ended up with Ramen noodles ( which had considerably less sodium than canned soups) and low sodium soup.

  • #23390

    Cinnamon Grammy

    Day 27 –ADD One week’s worth of dinner – for two.

    This one is more of a challenge because I do not purchase prepared meals (stews or soups) or seasoning kits, and have no freeze-dried dinners. I pressure can our own.  So, I took it a different direction. I prepared a week’s worth of “tinned” food to go camping: Breakfast, lunch, and supper. Some cans and dried fruits came from our larder, but I purchased some other cans and seasoning packets specifically for this task. MY goal was one week’s worth of food, in one container – a milk crate, with no glass jars or need for refrigerated/fresh items. I am also going to include this one in the day you asked us to put together a “kit” of some kind.

    For breakfast: Oatmeal (regular not in packets), brown sugar, raisins, Craisins, diced dates cinnamon/nutmeg (I put this into a small spice jar), and soy milk. Also peanut butter (we like peanut butter and raisins on toast.) Spam with pineapple and rice.  I will try to find some powdered eggs.

    Lunches: Cans of meat – chicken, deviled ham, tuna, and spam. Ranch dressing, some dried dill and chives, and crackers, plus the peanut butter above. Three cans of fruit in juice, and the dried fuirts above.

    Dinners: I purchased seasoning packets of spaghetti, chicken chili, teriyaki noodles, beef stew, and chili.  I will also make hame and black-eye peas w rice.  To help those packets become a meal there are cans of tomato paste, and sundried tomatoes and dried mushrooms; chicken, and white beans; tuna, pineapple; corn with peppers, Rotel; stewed tomatoes; corned beef hash, peas. I also packed some dry beans: pinto and black for the veg. chili, and black-eye peas (to go with ham and rice).   Several cups of rice and dried kale, and small packages of salt, thyme, garlic powder, dried onions. Oh, and a package of spaghetti.

    For Beverages there is: tea – caffeine and de-caf, dried pink lemonade, liter of apple juice, individual packages of hot chocolate.

    Needed: I still need to add a small bottle of oil, find a small bottle or packages of soy sauce, and get some individual cans of vegetable broth. Plus more quarts of soy milk. And perhaps change the dried beans to canned beans. Oh, and fresh boxes of crackers.   I think I will add a Nutella and a box of grahams for a dessert/snack. AND A DEDICATED CAN OPENER.

    There is a gallon zipper bag with smaller bags each holding the seasoning packet and the needed dried ingredients for that meal. Plus, a gallon zipper bag with the listed contents of the bucket, and a daily menu. I’m thinking of plastic containers to hold the rice and the dried beans, and dried vegetables might be better, but take up more space.

    I exceeded the one milk crate with what I have. If I add the needed and desired items above, I will need two crates, which I could then organize by breakfast and lunch in one and dinner in the other. With the addition of our water bricks, and drinking bottles, and cook kit we are set for a week.


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