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Title: Emergency Food
Post by: David0408 on August 20, 2019, 10:13:01 PM
Anyone have some easy to buy dehydrated/powdered food that they would recommend? I’d like to have a few weeks worth on hand. Thanks.



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Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: Grendel on August 20, 2019, 10:50:50 PM
Mountain house. Wait for it to go on sale then get the pails.
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: AMM on August 21, 2019, 12:19:42 PM
I agree with Grendel's suggestion; especially good if you intend to use some camping etc. so that you can rotate stock.

If you would like to supplement your supply with some staples that can be stored for longer periods that are available at lower cost, the Latter Day Saints online store also offers a variety of products. They are in #10 cans with up to a 30 year shelf life,  and include staples such as rolled oats, cracked wheat, sugar, freeze dried veggies,  etc. Do a search for the "LDS Store long term food storage".  They are happy to sell products to non members.

Cheers
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: bang bang on August 21, 2019, 07:36:13 PM
something to consider.

you will need water for that freeze dried food.  If you think/plan to have alot of potable water, then its a no brainer. But...

MREs are self contained more or less. You will need the water to survive.

Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: David0408 on August 21, 2019, 10:50:00 PM
Great advice guys, thanks! Definitely looking to have a storage of water for drinking only. Now I’ll need another for cooking.


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Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: Grendel on August 22, 2019, 12:02:54 AM
Keep a gallon or two of common bleach on hand. Half a dozen drops will purify water.
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: David0408 on August 23, 2019, 06:45:30 PM
Bleach absolutely, thanks

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Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: Boogalou on August 24, 2019, 08:00:29 AM
Or you can get some calcium hypochlorite like they use for swimming pools.  Or purchase a Katadyn or Berkey water purifier system.

For survival food, these three sites have a good selection -

 https://www.thereadystore.com/
https://www.beprepared.com/
https://honeyville.com/
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: AMM on September 10, 2019, 05:02:04 PM
Good luck with that!  ;D
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: recoilguy on September 10, 2019, 05:08:17 PM
Or you can get some calcium hypochlorite like they use for swimming pools.  Or purchase a Katadyn or Berkey water purifier system.

For survival food, these three sites have a good selection -

 https://www.thereadystore.com/
https://www.beprepared.com/
https://honeyville.com/

Berkey water filter is just lain great. it will do about 6000 gallons on one set of filters and it will take lake water and make it drinkable.
I got one for my wife and man does she love it

RCG
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: armoredman on September 11, 2019, 01:10:00 AM
I am old school, cheap and lazy. I pick up a few canned items almost every time I am at the store. Could be anything from Campbell's Chunky Soups, to canned meat, or Dinty Moore Beef Stew, but whatever it is,. it doesn't require added water, is easy to open, and has a few years shelf life.
I do rotate stock, too. Dinty Moore is really good with a little Worcestershire and coarse ground black pepper...which leads to another point. For the lightweight run away bag, consider WalMart's camping section, and the plastic camp spice deal they have. It's 6 different ones, IIRC, and one thing you will never remember to take with you in a hurry is salt and pepper...pork and beans by themselves get nasty after a while. Just sayin'.
Of course, with our age and infirmities, buggin IN is far more likely.
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: crosstimbers on September 27, 2019, 06:30:35 AM
Not for nothing but dried beans and dried rice can be purchased in bulk quite cheap. Both are good for long term storage in the right containers, the beans can even be stored in the freezer if that's your thing. Beans are a good protein source as well. Again, water is necessary with both.
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: Wobbly on September 27, 2019, 11:52:56 AM
Not for nothing but dried beans and dried rice can be purchased in bulk quite cheap. Both are good for long term storage in the right containers, the beans can even be stored in the freezer if that's your thing. Beans are a good protein source as well. Again, water is necessary with both.

Half the world is surviving on beans and rice, so they can't all be wrong.  O0

My understanding is that it's the combination of beans with rice that builds a perfect protein the body can readily use.


However, I'm stocking my survival bunker with nothing but chocolate. As many women as there's bound to be after an incident, I'm figuring that will be the most valuable thing on the planet !!  ;D
Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: John A. on September 27, 2019, 12:50:07 PM
Everything I have read here has been spot on.

I keep several cases of water on hand, but I also have a home made gravity water filter.  It filters slow because it isn't pressurized and doesn't have a pump, but those have drawbacks. You might not always have a power source to power the pump, but I can usually find gravity about everywhere that I go  ;D

I also have a few portable/self rescue filters too.

As for the beans and rice, I have a ton of that.  You can often find it in 20 or 25 pound bags that you can put into quart vacuum seal bags separately then store in 5 gallon buckets.  Plus, if there is an emergency and you're staying at home, you can always dump the vacuum seal bags out and fill them up with water if you can at the onset of power and/or water outages.  Even if the power is out, the water will often still be available for a short time afterwards because it's pressurized. 

And as Grendel has pointed out, you can add a few drops of bleach per gallon if you don't have a good filter.  But there are different kinds of bleach.  Don't use the gel or anti splash bleach.  I don't even like the concentrate bleach.  I like the plain good old fashioned Clorox.  I have a large syringe taped to a gallon of Clorox just for that purpose.

I also think having some sugar and iodized salt in vacuum seal bags are important.  Some pretty gnarly things can happen to you if you go long term without iodized salt.  Many survival foods have a ton of salt in them as a preservative, but I still like having my own salt too.  https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/iodine-deficiency-symptoms

Canned foods are great and will last for years especially if kept in cool dry place.  That's why the old timers had root cellars.  I simply cannot tolerate powdered milk.  I'm allergic to it I guess.  I break out in hives after I drink it.  But I have a bunch of really big cans of other foods.  Including some big can swiss miss hot chocolate.  So, if I can't drink powdered milk, at least I can have something besides plain water occasionally.

Vacuum packed tea, lemonade, kool aid packs.  Because lets' face it, plain water gets old after a while.

Instant (complete) aunt jemima pancakes are good.  The one that you only have to add water.  Not the version where you need eggs and other stuff.

There are a LOT of things that you can store yourself that just needs water.



Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: David0408 on September 27, 2019, 06:41:11 PM
Beans and rice...brilliant. Thanks!


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Title: Re: Emergency Food
Post by: Tyerone on October 14, 2019, 08:56:29 AM
I am old school, but perhaps not cheap as I love to pressure can my own (or wife's) home made soups, chilis, salsa, spaghetti sauce, leftover pot roasts -- you name it.  If you purchase large cuts or packages of meats, etc. without a big family to eat it all, consider making enough left-overs to pressure can in sealed mason jars.  The outlay for a quality pressure canner, jars, rings, and one-use lids allows for storage of super-yummy recipes (your own) without need for refrideration or dehydration.  Very much worth it IMHO -- especially if one were to also invest in a garden and hunting wild game.  Hard to beat the feeling of self sufficiency with a bunch of your OWN products sitting nicely on the shelf and made for a quick meal to re-heat whenever.
http://www.allamericancanner.com/All-American-15-Quart-Pressure-Canner.htm (http://www.allamericancanner.com/All-American-15-Quart-Pressure-Canner.htm)

I am old school, cheap and lazy. I pick up a few canned items almost every time I am at the store. Could be anything from Campbell's Chunky Soups, to canned meat, or Dinty Moore Beef Stew, but whatever it is,. it doesn't require added water, is easy to open, and has a few years shelf life.
I do rotate stock, too. Dinty Moore is really good with a little Worcestershire and coarse ground black pepper...which leads to another point. For the lightweight run away bag, consider WalMart's camping section, and the plastic camp spice deal they have. It's 6 different ones, IIRC, and one thing you will never remember to take with you in a hurry is salt and pepper...pork and beans by themselves get nasty after a while. Just sayin'.
Of course, with our age and infirmities, buggin IN is far more likely.