Here is a rundown of what is in my stores:
->Bulk pasta in large bags, some in food grade sealed buckets
->Kraft Dinner type meals
Rice (bulk bags stored/poured into air tight food grade buckets)
Bulk Egg Noodles
Bulk Ramen style noodles
Ramen/Mr. noodles packs
Hamburger helper packs
Sidekick noodle packs
Crackers, matzos, hard tack
Juice Crystals (both regular and diet/sugar free)
Salt (iodized and sea salt)
Various dried spices and herbs, (garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, curry powder, mustard, and chili powder)
Flour (white and whole wheat)
Cereals (not so much you corn flakes or cheerios)
->Red river cereal
->Cream of Wheat
->Rolled oats (porridge) not your instant or packaged stuff, but large bulk bags of it
Various cake mixes (can be used to make loafs, and pancakes as well with the addition of flour and such)
Jello (diet and reg. plain and flavoured)
Coffee (Regular and Decaf, Instant and ground)
Tea (herbal and black of various types)
->Dehydrated hash browns
Soups/stews (various, both ready to serve and concentrate)
Canned fruit (various mixes and types)
Cooking oil (olive, vegetable, sunflower, canola, sesame)
Vinegar (white, wine, cider)
Condiments (BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, various Asian condiments)
I won't go into what I have in my fridge or freezer, as it is the same as what most people have.
The catch is, I do not have a "special" collection for SHTF, I just have a lot more than I need month to month in my pantry, I probably have enough to
go 3-5 months at normal usage, longer if I ration. This does not include perishables in my freezer and such. Having extra, over and above my monthly
usage allows me to use and rotate the stock, as I use in regular cooking everything in my stocks, I am not left to figure out how to use it or prepare
it in a SHTF situation.
If I bug out in place, or "Bug-In", I have the stocks, if I need to move, I can quickly transfer my stock to totes or packs and move out. I know that
I can move out quickly as this past spring (2011) we were evacuated due to flooding, it took me 10-15 minutes to pack and load all of my stocks into
my truck in totes. perishables went to the food bank and non perishables stayed with me.
I also store water in 20L (5Gal) water cooler bottles, both treated tap water and reverse osmosis water, I also have a supply of chlorine bleach on
hand, I have usually 5 bottles on hand totally 100 Liters (25 Gallons). I have water bottles and canteens on hand if I need them in smaller
To store food in food grade buckets, it was as simple as going to the local Dairy Queen (DQ) establishment and asking if the had buckets they were
throwing out. Most stores that use a lot of "toppings" such as the strawberry topping you get on banana splits and sundaes get it in 3 or 4 gallon
buckets. These buckets are food grade buckets that have only ever had food stuffs in them, I take them home wash them, sanitize them, and use them.
Make sure you get lids with them too. These buckets are air tight and seal in a positive manner but are easy to open and reseal without tools.
Hope this helps.
edit on 4/30/2012 by RyanFromCan because: (no reason given)