posted on May, 4 2009 @ 06:22 PM
White rice has a much longer shelf life than brown rice, as does white flour as compared to whole wheat. The solution to this is to buy wheat berries
and grind your own flour.
It's probably best to buy the foods you normally eat. If you buy a 25 lb bag of rice (which is about enough for 30 partial meals for three or four
people), then be prepared to eat rice one or two meals a week. If you freeze rice, flour, sugar, oats, etc. for 24 hours, it will kill off any creepy
crawlies which may be dormant. Vacuum packing the contents into smaller portions before freezing will double or even triple the shelf life.
Moisture is your biggest enemy.
Buying bulk foods -- rice, flour, sugar, etc. -- means you'll be cooking from scratch. This isn't a problem if you already make your own food, it
will be a slight adjustment. Gardening will be much easier if you do your own cooking as well.
If you are NOT prepared to do this, you might consider focusing on canning food and trading for what you need. You can buy fresh food, prepare it and
can it at home.
If you do not want to can food, you should just stock up on the items you normally use and keep a few month's extra supply on hand. A large chest
freezer may be an option if you have a backup generator.