I don't have an inventory list of our cache, but I'd guess:
100 lbs. of white rice, mostly long-grain, but some sushi rice.
50 lbs. of brown rice.
Well over 100 lbs. of mixed beans.
100 lbs. of wheat flour.
25 lbs. of (homemade) coconut flour.
Several months worth of prepared foods, most of the them semi-nasty, but stuff we like -- canned tamales, chilimac, canned pasta, canned chili.
Several dozen canned fruit, a few dozen canned vegetables.
2 cases of MREs. Please God, let me not need them.
2 cases of canned beans.
20 lbs. of quinoa.
1 case of canned butter.
1/2 case of canned cheese.
5 gallons of tinned olive oil.
2 cases of tinned milk.
20 or so lbs. of honey.
two boxes of splenda. (I know, I know, ewww)
50+ seed packs -- mixed.
10 pounds of salt.
several bottles of various spices and herbs.
several bottles of saffron.
A couple dozen (again, nasty) packets of mixes - gravy mixes, hollandaise, etc.
5 lbs. dehydrated eggs.
30 lbs. homemade beef jerky.
two cases of canned beef.
1/2 case of canned tuna in oil.
1/2 case of tuna in water.
Lesseee, what have I forgotten? Well, most of this stuff is in our storage room. about 1/4 of it is waaaaaaaay behind the house, near our cave in
a cache that I made by concreting in between four huge rocks. There is a door I framed, and the "floor" is poured. I had to haul water,
aggregate and portland cement over 500 yards on my back.
Now, let's get to your water. IMO, this is more important than the food. I wrote a water challenge once and posted it on another site. I
emailed ATS to find out if I could post it here, and received no reply. Maybe I'll just post it anyway, assuming that no reply is not a "no". Do
this sometime: COUNT the gallons of water you use during a day. You'll have to estimate for showering, but you should be able to be pretty
accurate for everything else. Now cut that figure in half, as in a bad situation, you'll be extra frugal...... reusing gray water, etc. I almost
soil myself when I hear people saying they can do fine on a gallon a day. Sure, right. No hygiene, no washing, just ingesting water. The thing is,
to me, is the ability to refine/filter/purify water in an ongoing way to suit your minimal needs, and those of your family/loved ones. We, the two
of us, can SCRAPE by with 4 gallons a day, IF we collect all the waste and use it for watering plants. At that, we're figuring on washing dishes
and other things in the sea.
Sorry to be so verbose. I think you ask a good question, and I sometimes feel awkward answering such questions, becuase I think I come off kinda
smug, like I have it all figured out. Well, I don't. I'm just doing the best I can for the people I care about, and have been at this for more
than 13 years.
We rotate our stocks, and that takes a HELL of a lot of organization and marking of the containers. I don't feel as thought all this stuff has
affected us financially, as we've acquired it slowly. I'm figuring out how to ferment my own alcohol, and a brew that I can live with. I'm
sipping it now -- a delightful mash of Naseberry and Ginep -- both tropical fruits. I think you're way ahead of the curve, and I'd encourage you to
keep on it. Look, you'll eat it all eventually, so nothing lost, no matter what, right? Worst case is nothing happens and you've merely saved
money. Of course, one must consider the possibility that my Bride and I are whackamoles, wingnuts and too paranoid for our own good.
We think the S is going to HTF. We are preparing for it, and not forgetting to have fun and laugh like it were the last day in the process.
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