posted on Oct, 8 2009 @ 11:14 PM
reply to post by on_yur_6
I don't know of any package deals on bulk food items but I've been nitro packing my own. It's easy and inexpensive.
When I find flour, beans, etc. on sale I buy a bunch, pour them in 5 gallon buckets, add a few bay leaves and toss in a chunk of dry ice. Voila!
Nitro packed bulk foods.
Dried fruits are more expensive but I buy them fresh when they're on sale and dehydrate my own. Got a good deal on honey as well as stocked up on
My local grocery store had a special on coffee a few months back. It was around $3.00 for a 4-5# can. I luuuuvv me some coffee and got 3 of the 5
gallon buckets worth.
The only thing I haven't found on sale or can do myself is dairy products for long term storage. Dehydrated whole eggs are harder to find than just
the egg whites and are about $11.00 for a small can! Dehydrated cheese is just as expensive and it tastes like crap anyway.
Dried or powdered milk is readily available and fairly cheap. I've taken a real liking to those boxes of milk. They're supposed to have a shelf
life of 6 months (mine don't last that long) and it tastes like regular milk. The boxes are small enough that kid size hands can pour it unlike
gallon jugs of milk.
Something I've not seen with any of those 1 year supply of food family plans is a meal planner. What would be ideal is if when the suppliers say,
"this amount of food will last 1 person 1 year" they would also include exactly how to divvie the rations up in meals so that after 6 months you're
not left with 15 cans of dried turnips and no cans of flour.
There was a military wife years ago that wrote a book entitled "how to eat well on a dollar a day" (or something like that) and she had menu plans
that detailed how it was possible to eat for a dollar a day. She was also the coupon queen of the military base where her husband was stationed.
Sorry to hear about your family being sick with flu. Vitamin D is fat soluble so be careful with it. I've heard people recommending to "mega
dose" with vitamin D but that's just a bad idea. If you want to know how I managed when I had the flu, U2U me so we don't derail your thread
topic. Best of luck to you and yours.
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