posted on Sep, 19 2007 @ 07:31 PM
You're much better off if you learn how to store and prepare food yourself. You can build a dehydrator for next to nothing (or even use a car in the
summertime) to dry some meats, fruits, and veggies. Also, canning, while a lot of work, is great for storing fruits, veggies, and meats for the long
term. I also am salting meat, and so far it has gone pretty well, although I'm going to boil the heck out of it before I eat it.
If you are looking for bug out bag food, MREs are good, but Coast Guard 3600 calorie bars are better. Taste like dried coconut, but flaky and dry out
the mouth. However, you can eat half a bar a day and still have the energy to stay mobile. You lose variety, but your bug out bag is not made for
long term survival.
Dried grains and beans are an excellent way to store food cheaply. You can buy whole food quality grains at animal feed stores for very cheap.
Around here you can get 100 pounds of dried soybeans for under $10. Whole oats are good, kamut if available is excellent. They just need to be kept
in an opaque airtight container in a dark place, hopefully below 72 degrees. You can also bake grains in the oven to increase storage life, but I'm
a nitrogen packing guy, so my grain will be good for several years. Find a good supplier for food grade containers, hopefully locally, and get to
know your local feed stores.
The one thing that you pretty much have to buy if you do not have land for chickens or ducks is powdered eggs and powdered milk. Yes, I know you
can't get milk from a duck. These items are still fairly cheap and can be purchased locally in bulk.
As stated previously, the Mormon church has excellent resources for storing food. They are recommended to store 1 years worth of food for their
family, and they are taught how to do it on the cheap.
[edit on 19-9-2007 by Taliesin]