posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 02:16 PM
blkcwbyhat, you're paying for the convenience of them already doing the long-term storage prep for you.
Yes, you could go to WalMart and buy a lot of rice, but unless you store it properly for long term use (in food grade buckets, with mylar bags, and O2
absorbers) it won't keep for 15-20 years.
Personally, we concentrate only on storing foods we can't easily make ourselves, but enjoy, so the following:
Rice, beans, dried pasta, mashed potato flakes, sugar, salt, flour, powdered milk, powdered cheese, powdered butter, corn, cereals, etc.
We do store a lot of canned food too, just tricky to make sure we rotate through it (so use gravity racks). There are 5 of us in the house, so we go
through a lot of food.
Typically, we go shopping for about 2 weeks of food at a time, while having about 2 weeks worth in the house of perishable food, so on average, we
have about 4 weeks of perishable food at a time. Even with two full fridges, we run out of room though, so will be adding a freezer chest this
Fully realized, the plan is to grow the veggies and fruit we eat most, canning excess for later use. We also grow spices and herbs for both culinary
and medicinal use.
For protein, we keep both chickens (eggs) and rabbits...but we could also hunt for boar, birds, snakes, frogs, fish, etc. Later, we'll add goats to
the mix too. We also keep horses, but those are pets not food (to us). Really, all our animals are pets, but come SHTF, we know we'll have to adapt
there. Even then, we'll likely concentrate on breeding the rabbits mostly (and chickens).
We're in FL, so fishing is almost a given.