March 28, 2022 at 3:30 pm #48456Matt In OklahomaModerator
If you have the following and why:
Fresh (as in refrigerator)
Pantry Perishables (stuff in or in the counter)
What order do you start consuming and why?
For the scenario we will assume power, electricity and fuel are sketchy at best. Crime is rapidly rising. No NBC threats (nuclear biological chemical). You are currently Bugged In though that could change as things decline
March 29, 2022 at 9:54 am #48499Crow BarKeymaster
Let me mull it over a bit.
March 29, 2022 at 10:15 am #48502Renae VanyoParticipant
I would use the fridge and pantry perishables first followed by home canned. Home canned only so I could reuse those jars to can up my livestock and garden as needed. Frozen would be canned if electricity were to fail. Everything else I would hold back for a later time.
March 29, 2022 at 10:16 am #48503kt emrParticipant
- fresh and frozen – generator will run outa gas, might not have more
- garden – perishable
- pantry perishables
- maybe store canned
- home canned – depending on dates and condition
- mylar and freeze dried – last longer
- mre – supposed shelf life is long
- livestock – last resort, depends on water/food supply available for them, would have to consume all that first before starting in on the other stuff (meat would be perishable unless cured)
March 29, 2022 at 11:41 am #48511Matt In OklahomaModerator
I’m liking these answers and thought processes. MREs shelf life is 5 yrs then extended with inspections.
I’m thinking I might eat some of my livestock sooner than later. Reason being that IF I had to bug out cows, goats and hogs are a pain to transport along with all my other supplies. Chickens and rabbits are easier. Steers won’t reproduce so there’s no reason to keep them. I do like the thoughts on reusing the jars. I’ve got a good supply of empties laid in but I’ll use most them this season. So I need to keep that in mind.
I don’t think there’s a right or wrong in the order because we’ve all got different situations. I’m just kinda game playing it.
March 30, 2022 at 9:38 am #48544Crow BarKeymaster
If the grid is iffy, perishables would be consumed first.
Do what I could to perserve via canning, salting or dry curing.
Depending on how many chickens I have, who is laying, might turn some of the older birds into Sunday stew birds.
Concerning livestock, I would be more inclined to re-start the breeding program, reach out to others who have livestock to establish breeding lines.
Of course, go big on the gardens.
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