posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 07:33 PM
Yes, well stocked and have been for a while.
A couple of suggestions:
1) Mark the purchase date on your goods with a permanent marker. Always try to move the new purchases to the back and use the older stuff first.
2) If you live in a relatively warm climate, grains, flour, dried pasta will develop flour wevils. They don't "find" your goods, their eggs are
shipped with the goods. It's a by-product of manufacture and milling. Worry not, the eggs -- and the adult bugs, for that matter -- are just
miniscule protein. However, wevils running rampant throughout your flour can foul it. To stop this process, freeze these goods for at least
24-hours, then seal them in a ziplock or other positive seal container. It'll never be a problem after that.
3) We rarely think of herbs and spices as survival goods, but ask anyone who has eaten the same dish over and over again, and they will tell you that
spices matter. Plus they keep for a long time.
4) Unless you live by the sea or in northern Utah and have mastered the art of salt manufacture, salt is going to make a significant difference.
Places of high humidity will cause the salt to clump, and the paper container to degrade. Ziplock.
5) Please don't forget water considerations, especially with dried goods. If you are -- for some reason -- unable to count on a water source, you
might be better purchasing canned goods. Include water filtration, steralization, and storage into your scheme of things. You can live for weeks
without food, mere days without water.
6) Sun-dried tomatoes, as well as other dried fruits (and nuts) are an excellent pound-for-pound source of nutrition, as well as being a good
additive to your dried rice/beans.
7) Learn to can (actually bottle..... why is it called canning?) You can preserve meats, butter, cheese.... nearly everything, and once the jars,
lids, rings, equipment are purchased, you'll be able to customize your favorite meals. Bottled MREs that actually have flavor.
8) Make or buy a tortilla press. Tortillas -- corn, wheat, coconut flour, almond flour -- keep longer than bread, and are very efficient at
filling your belly, as well as being an on-the-go grain source, and a handy container to put your other goodies into for a one-pot dinner.
9) In an absence of regular supplies, vitamin C becomes critical. There's a myriad of ways to supply this. There is a product that we keep on
hand, even though we have two lime trees and one orange tree: It's called True Lime, and has several tiny little packets of lime powder.
Good thread..... there's really no reason in my view to NOT stock up. Do it gradually and it doesn't hurt the pocketbook so much. Prices are
probably not going to go down, so the worst case is you save some money.