starting a shtf 1 year food supply

Discussion in 'Survival Discussions' started by CAV88, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. CAV88

    CAV88 G&G Newbie

    well guys i was searchin on the internet for cheap ways to go about getting dehydrated foods and stuff and i stumbled across this i figured someone else here would like to read it, it had some decent info on what to buy at the grocery store anyway here ya go

    With the news being so cheery lately, all of us are concerned about putting some control back into our lives. That means making sure we have the basics covered in these trying times including food and the ability to feed our family.

    Job loss or total SHTF, food is at the top of the priority list. Every day, each member of the family eats several times a day. We refill the pantry with weekly and sometimes daily trips to the grocers. But what happens if the Safeway is closed or looted and emptied forever?

    Having a food storage plan in place can build a real insurance policy against hunger. However, the task is daunting to even the best of us.

    Companies like Nitro Pak sell complete canned meal systems for one month to one year. Many of the foods contained in these packages can be obtained by anyone and stored similarly; its not rocket science. Here are a list of foods you can buy today at the grocers or warehouse store to build your food storage plan with.

    Beans - go for red kidney and pinto. I happen to like black beans as well. Get the dry type and store in five gallon plastic buckets. Beans will last for years, provide protein and are filling.

    Rice - American, jasmine, or long grain. Get the twenty five or fifty pound bags, put in plastic five gallon buckets and store in a cool, dry place. You can put oxygen absorbers in the buckets as well to ensure long term freshness. Rice is filling, lasts forever and is the best filler or platform to build a meal upon.
    Remember, brown rice has more oils and may go rancid sooner.

    Soup bases - Chicken and beef. Most warehouse clubs sell the really big containers of these products. Use a soup base for soup or to flavor the rice you stored above. Soup bases must be stored in an airtight container and put in a cool, dry location free from moisture and humidity.

    Milk powder - Milk powder is more than for drinking. It can be added to any soup or cereal to provide a thickener and a boost of calcium. Dry milk has no fat so it lasts longer and will not go rancid like canned or perishable milk. But dry milk has to be kept in a cool, dry place in well sealed container. Get the five gallon buckets and add oxygen absorbers for best results.

    Honey - While sugar lasts a long time, honey is a healthy alternative with plenty of uses. Honey has been known to last for hundreds of years as it has been found in tombs and forgotten stashes. Get the five gallon containers rather than the little glass jars or "honey bears". Some stores sell honey in the big buckets, but make sure that the honey is real and not corn syrup with honey flavoring.

    Dried fruit - Dried fruit like bananas, apricots and raisins last a long time in proper containers. They can be eaten as they are or served with hot cereal, in a dessert or rehydrated with water for a side dish. Store in a cool, dry place in a five gallon bucket. Many types of dried fruit can be found at the warehouse store, but watch the prices. Often, dried fruit is very expensive and is not cost effective for storage. A better idea is to get a dehydrator and dry seasonal fruit yourself.

    Wheat - This is a tough purchase for many city folk. For starters, large quantities of wheat such as hard winter red is not available at the standard grocers or the warehouse club. Some organic stores carry it, but at higher prices for smaller quantities. The best bet is to find a grain supply source nearby rather than paying for shipping from one of the big outlets like Honeyville. Another problem with grain is "What to do with it?". Most of us have never had to grind grain to make cereal or flour. But that is where those things come from and having the knowledge to cook and use whole grains is crucial. Grain lasts literally for years in storage (remember the grain story from the Bible with Joseph and the Pharaoh?). Put whole wheat in five gallon buckets and store in a cool, dry place.

    Pasta - Noodles are cheap and easy to get. Buy the largest bags you can find at the grocers or warehouse and store in five gallon plastic buckets. Pasta can be a platform for any meal and can be served with almost anything.

    Cooking oil - Vegetable or olive. Oils do go rancid and will not last forever even in the best storage. But make sure you have five or more gallons on hand at all times. Cooking oils can replace butter when grilling or cooking over a flame. Also, our bodies need a certain amount of good fats which come only from oils.

    Oatmeal - There is no complete food storage plan without oatmeal. Oats are easy to get in large containers from the grocers and you should have several pounds on hand at all times. Store in five gallon plastic buckets and your oats should stay fresh for months if not years. Serve oats with dried milk, dried fruit and honey for a hot, filling and nutritious meal.

    There are some long term storage foods which are difficult to purchase from retail stores. Textured vegetable protein, cheese powder, powdered eggs, dried vegetables, and dried meats. These things will have to be purchased online from a company like Nitro Pak. The best part is these products come in long term storage containers which are easy to store and have on hand.

    Anyone can start on a one year food storage plan, but you need to get busy now. Go to the grocery store or warehouse club with the list above and buy some of each item, store in proper containers, and start building a real food insurance plan.
  2. chesterwin

    chesterwin G&G Evangelist

    Don't forget the grits!

  3. grizcty

    grizcty God, Guns, Glory Forum Contributor

    :haha: Now there is some true, Southern thinking!!
  4. War_Machine

    War_Machine G&G Newbie

    Thank you for the info.

    But what do you mean by saying "store in five gallon plastic buckets"?

    Are you saying that we should take the items OUT of their containers and place them into the five gallon plastic buckets? Or keep them IN their containers and just place them in to the five gallon plastic buckets?

    Can you explain?

    Also what other places can you find canned survival food? I have been looking but I cannot find anything of where to buy them except on ebay and one other place on the internet.

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy them? Store names or websites, please.

    Thank you
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2010
  5. oldjarhead

    oldjarhead G&G Evangelist

    First things first...two items to purchased...a food dehydrator and a food saver device with lots of bags.
    The prices for dehydrated stuff is outrageous; with the two items mentioned above you can make and store many different food items.
    Five gallon buckets make it easier to store things but you may want to re-pack the food in portion sizes for the family to reduce the possibility of multi-legged vermin getting into dry items like beans and rice...
    Make up your portions, seal them with a foodsaver device and then place them into the five gallon container.
    Survival food can be purchased at your local super, provided you're ready and willing to repack stuff. Some items, however, you will need to search for (i.e. dried or powdered eggs). Large ammo cans (20mm) are great for storing stuff with their rubber seal around the lid.
    Canned meats such as Spam will last a long time if stored well...ergo canned veggies. Kool-Aid or Crystal light, Lipton's tea mix, and coffee will make treated water taste more palatable.
    Use your imagination, family taste, and a little experimentation to establish a list of items...don't forget your medical supplies as well. Aspirin, Ibuprofin, and Midol will make life a little more comfortable for everyone.
  6. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    a cool dry place, that is understood. but how do you do that. many places either have high heat, high humidity, or both. also theres a lot of housing that does not offer deep basements, that are dry.

    what if you have to get out of town, how many 5 gallon buckets can be shoved in the "Family Truckster" along with everyone, plus supplies.
  7. chesterwin

    chesterwin G&G Evangelist

    I haven't taken the step into long term mode. IE, storage of whole grains etc.. The foods normally consumed on an every day basis are kept in quantity and rotated. Canned tuna is currently on sale with 2 cans for a dollar. 48 cans went into the pantry yesterday. Chuck roasts and ground chuck was $2.18 a pound, 4 roasts and 4 large packages of ground were vacuum sealed and frozen yesterday as well. The wife gets upset that the pantry stay so full as well as the 2 freezers, but I sleep better knowing that in an emergency, we'll have food for a little while. At least until the family and friends show up being unprepared.....
  8. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    what will you do with 2 freezer loads and the power is lost maybe for months???
  9. chesterwin

    chesterwin G&G Evangelist

    Generators and a good supply of fuel!

    They only need to be run every few hours and only long enough for the compressors in the freezers to kick off.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2010
  10. oldjarhead

    oldjarhead G&G Evangelist

    Three destroyers of food are air, humidity, and vermin. Eliminate air and humidity by vacuum sealing; eliminate vermin by tightly sealed storage containers (i.e. ammo cans). The crawl space under your house will pretty much stay cool during warm weather so that space is useable.
    Once a sealed storage container is opened air and humidity will be a concern. Beans, rice, etc will have a tendency to become contaminated, over time, with mold or mildew...that's why I recommended re-packing in smaller, more useable portions.
  11. good post, most people think canned goods and MRE's. Rice and beans, poor people been livin off it for years.
  12. Vel454

    Vel454 G&G Newbie

    Don't forget stuff like daily vitamins. With hardcore rationing going, it'll be hard to eat enough of multiple things to get your daily requirements. Bottles of vitamins are light and compact. When/if needed, they can give you the nutritional requirements you need, while a can of soup makes you feel like you actually ate. It can definitely cut down on your required rations.

    Also, you can pick up some 'calorie bar' survival snacks. I seen some snack bars about the size of a rubik's cube with 2,500 calories. Having a stash of those or something similar could be a life-savor during the winter months when your body is in over-drive trying to keep you warm.

    Check out Major Surplus and Cheaper Than Dirt. Both have been around sense I was in my early teens, if not longer. Major gets a lot of interesting deals on older gear. They tend to auction for retired military gear from around the globe. But they also carry a lot of MRE's and such for the survivalists out there.
  13. AztecKing40

    AztecKing40 G&G Newbie

    Just get a bunch of M.R.E's they run about 60$ for a dozen and can last from 6 to 8 years
  14. Love2hunt

    Love2hunt G&G Newbie

    I have been doing a lot of research on survival foods and the like lately and one website I found really helpful is the (also has lots of links to where you can buy stuff). She has started making her own MRE's sounds pretty easy and way way cheaper than $60 for 12. #1 rule of food storage though is eat what you store and store what you eat so you can rotate and always have a fresh supply.
  15. Johnnycat

    Johnnycat G&G Addict

    Along the right side are dozens of sites for survival stuff.
  16. BigEd63

    BigEd63 G&G Evangelist

    Just don't get too much of stuff you won't normaly eat. As, when the expriation date comes near on things it makes it much easier to rotate stuff out.