posted on Dec, 12 2010 @ 08:42 PM
Ok, since one of the main themes of this post is getting your monies worth; I thought I'd add my two cents (adjusted for inflation of course!).
A couple of essential items are:
A good vacuum sealer. There are a number of different varieties on the market so choose the one that best suits your budget. Buy the best you can,
but any is better than none.
Food storage containers. Not the generic plastic bins that you get at the Mega-Mart, but certified food-grade containers. The food-grade containers
have less of the known nasty stuff like PCBs, etc. than can contaminate your food. You sometimes need to get these at specialty chef stores or the
like. Or, you can find them one the intraweb. If you can't afford these, a good dry cardboard box is ok too.
Then, for stuff to stuff them with, I recommend:
Protein powder. This can be bought in giant bottles at your local health food store. You don't need all the 'X-TREME XTRA MASS with GUANOFENISINE
9' stuff. Just simple protein powder. Egg and milk are the most efficient but will degenerate quicker. Soy or whey based proteins are usually cheaper
and are more stable but less efficient for digestion. Still, any protein is better than no protein. Daily protein requirements vary based upon gender,
mass and physical activity. But even so, an intake of a mere 10-20 grams per day versus no protein at all could be the difference between being a
survivor and a quivering lump. A few jars of this could save your life.
Powdered milk. This is not only a protein supplement but a valuable ingredient to vary your diet. It also may make the vegetable based proteins more
digestible if consumed together.
Dried lentils, beans, peas and rice. This stuff will last forever if properly stored. Just make sure you don't rely on the crappy package that it is
sold in. Make sure to vacuum seal properly. It will then outlast you and Western civilization.
Spam. Spam and more spam. This stuff, if the can maintains it's integrity, is virtually indestructible. Ignore the expiration dates - those are put
there for lawsuit purposes. That won't be a factor when your city is in flames - probably. This miracle meat is easily digestible, chock-full of
energy and cheap. It ain't great food but it's food!
Salt, sugar and whatever dried spices you choose. These will become invaluable for maintaining your will to live: in terms of epicurean delights this
menu really suxx. A bowl of rice and dehydrated milk/protein-powder shake for breakfast every morning can eventually drive you nutty. But add a little
nutmeg to that milk and a little sugar and cinnamon to that rice and you have a little taste of sanity.
Finally, vodka. A great antiseptic, anesthetic, cleaner, solvent and party enhancer. Couldn't hurt to keep a couple of bottles on hand in a
The best thing about all the above mentioned items - besides being cheap, easily obtainable and readily storable is that they can all be prepared with
two basic ingredients: water and/or fire.
Nothing fancy here, but stuff that can keep you alive for extended periods. At the very least for a couple of months. If it goes beyond that and you
haven't found alternative sources, e.g. wild game, fruits, abandoned army depot, etc. - then you would do better to give up anyway. Bon appétit!