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Survival food storage

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by wiscdave, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Apr 12, 2012 at 7:55 AM
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    Looking to put away about 1 year of food for a family of 4 if possible. Bare minumum stored in Buckets and Cans (boxed) that can be easily transported if needed.

    Would like to buy my own food in bulk such as rice, beans and oats and store in 1gal mylar bags and use like 5-6 buckets for the bulk of items and calories.

    Just getting into this and looking and have some questions:

    - Where are the cheapest prices to obtain these items? Sams? Online etc.
    - Basic food items that get you the best bang for the buck other than rice and beans?


    I don't have a lot of money to get started but was thinkinking of putting $250 - 350 into this right now.


    Other items to consider are gascans, antiobotics (fish meds) and water purification items.

    Your thoughts or suggestions on what is the best way to spend the money in preps for a need - thanks in advance
     
  2. Apr 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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    Issue isn't food, its water. Without a years supply of potable water, the rice and beans are worthless. Better off with canned soups and tuna that are already hydrated . Costco has this in pallets .
     
  3. Apr 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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    The best thing to do with an emergency food supply is make it part of your normal pantry. That is, buy a year's worth of food if you want but constantly use up the older stock and replace it with new, otherwise you will find yourself throwing away your "survival" rations after a year or two when you find that society hasn't collapsed.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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  6. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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    Yeah, I've seen the purchase the already made packs but I want to do it myself for half the cost.

    I live near lots of lakes...so no need to really store too much water.

    Looking for suggestions on best place online to purchse items - where to get food buckets etc
     
  7. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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    Which apocalypse scenario are you planning for? Mayhaps your lakes will be contaminated, mayhaps they they won't be.
     
  8. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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    option 2 is learn to freeze dry/dehydrate food your self. It cuts it down to a third of the cost of that.
     
  9. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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    Here's my two cents.. ill warn you this may be long but i have done lots of emergency preparedness planning, wilderness survival, etc. and actually just updated my entire families emergency plans and lists about three weeks ago, so this is something fresh on my mind.
    Its great you have lakes nearby, but regardless, i would still make sure you have a water purification pump with an extra filter (it seems like you are really planning on a long term personal dependence situation) or at least enough iodine tablets to last you.
    Food wise. if you want it to be light and portable-backpacking food. Whether it be mountain house or whatever, those are great meal, but are very pricey. Other than that, i would recommend going to Costco, Sams club, whatever. They are all going to be about the same price.
    But something else to think about is shelter, protection, obtaining more food, etc.
    I'm just going to stop here. or im going to write a HUGE response....
    but, if you're interested in more info im more than happy to post my list up if you like! just let me know.
    hope this helps!
     
  10. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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    shit hits the fan..i quit being a foodie. plain ole survival mode. i have food grade plastic food buckets. 5 gallon buckets with rice and beans. i have several water filtration kits. can meats..and alot of MRE's that i rotate on my hunting trips.

    and ammo. but seriously, if it gets horrible, i'll probably get killed for my supplies. i live in a densely populated area.

    i am more prepared for some natural disaster where FEMA eventually shows up. no so much for the apocalypse or zombies.
     
  11. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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    Sam's has a years worth for 4 people for $2700. $3600 if you want the buckets. Ammo is better and does not take up as much room. You then use the ammo for your gun and take what you need. An old man(yes older than me) told that when everyone was stocking up on ammo.
     
  12. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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    Thanks for the response..yes I need the water system and iodine but preparing more for the electric grid to go down or flu in which we bugout up north.

    This is more so what I'm going to do..mylar bags and buckets to throw in the truck and bail Further North.
     
  13. Apr 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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    the roads will be gridlocked.
     
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    To be realistic, you should plan for an emergency lasting no longer than a few weeks to a few months. If there was a major societal collapse, the last thing you would want is to head off on your own. For one thing, you would probably run into people already there who would not take kindly to you invading their territory. Even if you didn't run into an established community you would still soon find thousands of people in the woods right along with you. Pretty much all of you are going to die if you can't reform a community. Humans are a social species and we are strongest in numbers. Instead of planning for individual survival you should plan on community survival.

    The best survival planning is knowledge.

    Back to the topic at hand. If you are serious about long-term food storage, learn how to seal your grains in an oxygen-free environment using either dry ice or liquid nitrogen -- this will enable you to store them at a higher quality for much longer. I used to have a Cold War-era government printing office pamphlet around here somewhere that went into long-term food storage in detail but I can't remember where I put it; however, you could probably find something equivalent on the web.
     
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    not too populated where I live in Northern WI, infact..many will head my way. The community idea is very interesting, but in communicating plans like this some might see you as "nut" hard to gather support.

    A couple of months of food is better than nothing..having gas to get UP Nort to were we really want to be could be hard though. Better to research and be prepared then to not do anything.

    Anyone know the cheapest/best Military supply store online?
     
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    All you need are guns & ammo, if you have guns & ammo its pretty easy to get whatever your lacking am I wrong? :notsure:

    Now I'm not saying that's the way I would handle things, but I'm just saying.....
     
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    you can get food grade buckets from bakerys or your local supermarket bakery. Cake icing comes in them usually and can be washed out easily.

    water filter
    http://www.moontrail.com/sawyer-point-one-emergency.php

    good place for food in #10 cans
    http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/

    I buy my rice, beans, oatmeal, bottled water from Sams club

    you can get mylar bags and O2 obsorbers from amazon for decent prices.


    here is a good article on dehydrating food
    http://www.trailcooking.com/dehydrating101

    also pick up the Ball Blue book if you dont have it already. Very good info for canning your own food.
     
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    this. If I happen to be in the shitter then my wife will shoot you.
     
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