Lifeboats Versus Yachts, by Survivormann99

Most readers of this fine blog are well beyond the preparedness novice level. People in this more advanced category often forget their mindset, questions, and concerns when they first became involved in the field of preparedness. This is the case whether the prepping neophyte is preparing for a few days of inconvenience resulting from an ice storm, or a long-term survival ordeal as a result of a massive attack on the national power grid.

It is also the case that most articles submitted to web sites across the internet are intended for those readers who are far ahead in their journey toward self-sufficiency or preparedness.

From time to time, however, I believe that it is useful to see articles that help those who are taking their first tentative steps in prepping/preparedness. This information can help them to make good choices as they begin their path toward their ultimate objective. As with so many areas of human interest, bad choices at the beginning of the journey will have consequences that negatively impact the result. Here are three assumptions:

  • Let’s assume that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are a typical American and that, for family or compelling professional/financial reasons, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are unable or, simply, unwilling to pull up stakes and to re-locate to an area that will allow you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 to live an independent, self-sufficient lifestyle.
  • Let’s assume that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are realistic about the fact that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r preparedness efforts will involve storing “beans, bullets, and band-aids” and other provisions and equipment for use when times get spicy.
  • Let’s assume that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 fully understand that, if/when the “balloon goes up,” you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will either make it, or not make it with what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have on hand at the time. You will sink or swim with the resources you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have accumulated and that it is likely that the cavalry won’t be coming anytime soon–and perhaps not for a very long time.
A Rescue Yacht?

When it comes to preparing for hard times, then ask you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rself whether you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want to choose the rescue “yacht” approach or the “lifeboat” approach.

By saying the rescue “yacht” approach, I mean becoming the type of person who completely understands that the cruise ship that we call everyday society might sink one day. After this happens, this person using this approach plans to be safe on the equivalent of a yacht he has prepared for this purpose.

This person expects to live quite well after the ship goes down, and he is willing/able to spend a very considerable amount of money for pallets of freeze-dried entrées in order to provide for himself and his family for the duration of the calamity–and to do so quite well. The old series, “Doomsday Preppers,” for example, sometimes featured individuals who had the financial resources to make this happen at the missile silo or the former government facility they had purchased.

Let’s look at the “yacht” approach a little closer and say that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rself, adopted it. Say that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 go whole hog and all in with you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r preparedness efforts. If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 decide to buy No. 10 cans of excellent freeze-dried Beef Stroganoff, for example, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can find it on Amazon for around $37 per can as I write this. (It can be found at cheaper prices during sales, of course, and it can be bought cheaper in bulk quantities—but, hey, work with me here.)

There are 10 servings of Beef Stroganoff per can, but only about 260 calories per serving. So, for a per serving expense of $3.70, an adult male will get about 1/8 of his daily caloric needs, unless, of course, he is sitting and reading a book all day, in which case he will get about 1/5 of his daily caloric needs per serving.

For a really active male in the prime of life, and for a male who is involved in strenuous activity (cutting firewood comes to mind), if that Beef Stroganoff was his only sustenance that day, that is one can with a price tag of $37.00 each day. (I understand that no one is likely to eat only Beef Stroganoff for a day unless the person had nothing else available. The example is for illustrative purposes only. You can check for you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rself what other freeze-dried entrées and freeze-dried vegetables cost.)

How’s that $37.00 expense each day for, say, 6 months or a year going to fit into you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r budget? If it is no problem, good for you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势!

Now add the necessary amounts of the same Beef Stroganoff for each adult and child in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r family/group. Still good? Then really good for you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势!

But if that expense is just “beyond the Pale” with regard to the actual financial resources you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can afford to use (or are willing to use), then you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 might want to consider very seriously the “lifeboat” approach. As with a basic lifeboat following a maritime calamity, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 understand that the circumstances will be less than perfect, but you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 also understand that being in a lifeboat certainly beats treading water.

I took a short course this year where the instructor took students to a river flood plain and pointed out edible plants that Indians ate when times got to be particularly tough for them. They wouldn’t touch these plants in good times, he said, but, when nothing else was available, they did eat them to survive. Thus, they were “survival food.” I had never quite thought of the issue that way when I used the expression survival food.

A survival plan using a lifeboat approach needs to be relatively inexpensive, nourishing, and tolerably flavorful. A word comes to mind on this issue of survival food: staples. Another word comes to mind: calories.

While the following is hardly comprehensive, it is my opinion that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will be well-served if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 add significant amounts of certain basic staples to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r larder in order to provide the calories that will get you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 through a long term and serious crisis.

Inexpensive Staple Foods

Hard red and hard white winter wheat will provide essential calories and sustenance by way of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r “daily bread.” Wheat grain can also be boiled and served like oatmeal, with sugar or honey, and, perhaps, cinnamon added to start the day. Wheat can also be sprouted in order to provide greens for the diet when fresh garden vegetables are not available over a long, harsh winter.

Long grain white rice is an excellent source of carbohydrates. It also provides many vitamins and nutriments. (Brown rice is more nutritious, but it does not store well.)

Beans, such as Pinto Beans, are a good source of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. They also provide a considerable amount of vitamins and minerals.

During my survival “journey” I learned about the LDS approach to preparing for hard times. The Mormon Church has always emphasized food storage with basic staples. I read somewhere that until around 1950, it recommended that members store 5 years of food for each person in the family. I understand that it currently recommends storage of 25 lbs. of grain—wheat, corn, rice, or other grain—per month, per individual. It recommends 5 lbs. of beans per month, per individual.

As it turns out, the Mormons are a good source of many basic staples for storage needs. Note that they gladly sell to Mormons and non-Mormons alike.

Hard red winter wheat can be purchased from the Mormons in No. 10 cans. A case of six cans (33 lbs.) costs $21.00. Rice, another basic staple, can be purchased from the Mormons. A case of six cans (32.4 lbs.) costs $30.00. A case of six No. 10 cans of Pinto Beans (31.2 lbs.) cost $33.00.

I have also found that feed stores in many rural areas, such as the one in my old stomping grounds, carry hard red winter wheat and hard white winter wheat for less than $13.00/50 lb. bag. (You do not want to buy soft wheat due to its much shorter shelf life.)

I also find long grain white rice at a restaurant supply store near me for less than $9.99/25 lb. bag. Pinto beans at the same restaurant supply store were about $12.00/25 lb. bag a month ago. (There is apparently a temporary shortage.)

Wheat, combined with rice and beans, such as pinto beans, actually provides a huge part of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r nutritional requirements, as well as, obviously, caloric needs. Adding vitamin pills to the larder will go a long way in meeting any deficiencies.

Definitely Affordable

So let’s say that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 purchase 50 lbs. of wheat from a feed store, and 25 lbs. of rice from a restaurant supply store. And let’s say you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 add 25 lbs. of pinto beans from a restaurant supply store. The cost of this “larder” would currently be around $35.00 for what amounts to more than 60 days of food for two people, less than the cost of one freeze-dried No. 10 can of Beef Stroganoff.  

I say “more than 60 days” because you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will have 15 lbs. more beans than the Mormons recommend, and because you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will have been smart enough to take advantage of bulk prices. (A 4 lb. bag of pinto beans locally is about $6.00 in a supermarket. At a local restaurant supply store, a 25 lb. bag of pinto beans is about $12.00. You pick. Hint: It’s a Darwin Test.)

Is a combination of wheat, rice, and beans tastier than freeze-dried Beef Stroganoff, Turkey Tetrazzini, etc.? No, but we’re talking about what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can eat to survive for the long term, not for what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 might choose for gourmet dining. This bland diet of grain and beans I mention would be “survival food,” not gourmet food. You will eat it to survive when you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have no other choice.

Yet, I fully expect that, given what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 already have in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r pantry, and what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are likely to add over time, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can augment these food storage staples and stretch them well beyond 60 days with the “lifeboat” approach. These additional items in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r pantry will help you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 avoid diet fatigue. The list of food items you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 probably already have and to which you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can add the rice, alone, is probably very lengthy.

About diet fatigue, I view it as being somewhat similar to the aversion most people have to eating leftovers for very long. When hard choices need to be made, however, I am reminded that people in the Soviet Union were pulling wallpaper from the wall after the Russian Revolution or during World War II in order to get to the wheat paste used to hold it in place. You are likely to eat whatever you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have in order to survive.

Just multiply $17.50 (that $35.00 I mentioned divided by 2) a month per individual for as many months as you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 believe are necessary, and I expect that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can afford the basic core of a much deeper storage larder than you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 ever expected, even if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have to build up that larder over time.

Besides the fat content in various food items you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 already have in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r pantry, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 probably already have cooking oil of various types. Fats are an essential, and, given their relatively short shelf life, add more from time to time as you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 slowly build you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r larder.

How Long?

The Mormons say to plan for 12 months of hard times. Others say 2 years, and some say even 5 years. Even if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 plan for only 6 months, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are far, far ahead of the average American. (Remember the expression, “We’re only 9 meals away from a riot.”)

The Mormons welcome non-Mormons to purchase the food from them, so don’t be bashful. Go to and click on the online store link in the first paragraph and see all of the items the Mormons will ship to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r doorstep.

Compare those prices to others you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 find on the internet. I expect that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will be shocked.

Depending where you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 live, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 might want to simply drive to an LDS Bishop’s Storehouse and make you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r purchases over-the-counter. .

My figures for the monthly food expense mentioned above were based on feed store prices and restaurant supply store prices. Remember that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are paying a little more than feed store prices for the convenience of buying Mormon wheat, although the price of other basic staples they offer is rarely equaled elsewhere. (Note that the shipment will come in boxes that are clearly marked for their content, so you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 might want to purchase a smaller amount at one time, or perhaps have it shipped to different places. You know, OPSEC.)

After you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have enough basic staples stored to satisfy you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r estimate of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r long term needs, I suggest that then, and only then, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 should begin to acquire the varied foods that will delight you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r palate during hard times.

If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 do buy bulk wheat, store it in mylar bags that can be bought for about $2.00 each on Amazon. Search YouTube videos about how to use them. The mylar bags will hold 25 lbs. of grain and more. Place them in food grade 5-gallon buckets that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can find at Lowe’s. The buckets will protect the bags from punctures and rodent damage. Use oxygen absorbers, or add food-grade diatomaceous earth to the wheat to kill the weevils that are always present in wheat and flour. You can buy food grade diatomaceous earth at feed stores, online, and at other outlets. For humans, it is harmless to consume food-grade diatomaceous earth.

Whether you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 knew it or not, weevils and their eggs are almost always present in wheat. That is why many people prevent the eggs from hatching by keeping their flour in the freezer. But, hey, weevils increased the protein level of that delicious birthday cake you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 ate a while back, so it’s all good.

So, there you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have it. You can choose the rescue yacht alternative and be comfortable for a day, or you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can choose the lifeboat alternative, and, for basically the same money, be secure for 60 days. With which choice will you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r family be more secure in hard times? You choose. (And, again, hint: It’s a Darwin Test.)



  1. If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are Mylar bags and five gallon buckets you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can use dollar store hand/foot warmer packs as you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r oxygen absorbers.

    1. Really? Hand/foot warmers work as O2 absorbers? I’ve never heard of this before. Anyone got any experience or thoughts on this? They sure are cheap in bulk packs right now.

      1. I’ve never heard of it, but they are oxygen activated. Interesting proposal.

        Rust is iron oxide, and it is absolutely possible for rust to suck up the oxygen in small spaces.

        As they saying goes, further study is needed.

      2. Yes, i use two hand warmers per 5 gal bucket/mylar bag. The chemical reaction is the same as for the oxygen absorbers – because they are an oxygen absorber. They are more economical for me since I might do a bucket or two at a time and bulk O2 absorbers would go to waste.

  2. Great article for beginners and reminders for old timers. Also, in some larger cities the LDS Bishop’s Storehouses used to allow people to can their own dry products; not sure if this is still in effect though so call ahead to make an appointment.

    Years ago, I used to ask my family “What do you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want to have with you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r wheat and beans?” The most popular responses were the kids wanted chocolate pudding and my husband wanted beef. Of course I also got lots of spices and dry milk to make a variety of dishes and then we moved on from there. Think calories and family comfort food to get through an emergency and stressful time.

  3. Prep all you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want.
    SHTF is NOT coming any time soon.
    We are witnessing the culmination of evil. Being controlled is worse than death, therefore evil will be looking to control all humans, NOT KILL THEM OFF… Every day we’re being fed BS by the MSM and the alt media too. We’re being kept on edge, while measures of CONTROL reach higher levels. With all the endless threats of major catastrophe, NONE of them have reached the point of crippling civilization. That’s because evil knows that the continuation of civilization is humanities worst nightmare. Without INTERVENTION this s#%t show will continue.
    God or Revolution is our only hope.

    1. @500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势WindmillDown- Define you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r SHTF any way you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want. Ignore them all at you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own peril. No skin off of my nose. But the rest of us might want to protect our families from 1) Disruptions in the ‘Just-In-Time’ distribution system 2) Shortages or rationing due to war 3) Crop failures due to weather or other factors 4) Temporary or long-term economic disaster or monetary reset 5) any other unforeseen nightmares.
      You can’t prepare for everything, so the main one I prepare for is the World War II model. Food is rationed. Shoes and clothing is rationed. Many products are not being produced or are being used mainly for the war effort. And it lasts for 5 years. My scenario does not account for every possibility, and does not eliminate all the consequences of any of them, but it will make it more bearable for my family. I do not have every bit of food that i will need, but what I have got will stretch what food is available considerably. We have rice and beans, spices and canned vegetables to supplement food available for sale to my family. We have some extra clothes and shoes for the future, mostly from thrift stores. We have good tires on all our vehicles. We have backup heat, backup cooking methods, candles, and a backup water supply. We have large supply of first-aid supplies and remedies for colds and other issues. You can do it too. Best wishes.

      1. P.S.- cooking you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own food is WAY cheaper and more satisfying than store-bought survival food, not to mention the fact that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 know what is in it. With practice, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can eat for way less money while eating much better.

  4. You can no longer can you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own at the bishops storehouses. Also we are not Mormons. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mormon is a non-member slang term that is not approved by the church.

    1. Most people who say ‘Morman’ mean no disrespect. It was only a couple years ago that the “Morman Tabernacle Choir” dropped the Morman part from their name.

  5. Excellent article. The #10 cans of staples are awesome and I didn’t know they are available. My only contribution is to consider metal 5 gallon containers from ULine or similar Instead of plastic. Several tons of fine combustible particles makes for a nasty fire and the loss of all you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r food. Plastic just adds highly toxic gasses to the mixture (cyanide, flurophosgene, etc.). Metal isolates the fuel and denies oxygen. It’s not protection against a total conflagration but should survive almost anything less.

  6. All good points. Many of us can’t afford yachts, more like rowboats! I find it frustrating that the MSM approach to portraying prepping as well as some preparedness websites makes it seem as if purchasing a year’s worth of dry prepared meals in #10 cans is the only way to go. This of course makes people feel helpless when they confront the price tag for this. I personally don’t even understand why anyone who did have that kind of money would want to live on nothing but cans of freeze dried Stroganoff anyway but that’s just me.

    In terms of sourcing I have found that it really pays to shop around as you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 noted. For instance, I’ve been trying to find an affordable supply of farro(love the stuff!). I’ve been buying it in small bags at retail prices both in stores and online but was trying to find a better deal. Figured maybe my local food coop would be a good source to buy it in bulk but not the case. They only give you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 a 10% discount off their rather inflated store prices if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 buy in bulk. A 25 lb bag of conventional Farro was going to cost $112 there! I’ve located the same 25 lbs of Farro, but organic even, for half that price at an online restaurant supply store. The shipping charges aren’t small but if I’m buying other items with it as I will, the shipping charge isn’t too bad spread out among all of the other products. They also sell honey in bulk, organic even, lots of beans and other grains etc. so a good choice, especially if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势’re buying a lot or can team up with others to cut the shipping charge. So restaurant supply stores sell a lot more than just #10 cans of pizza sauce!

  7. I went on a 4 day survival hike once with just 5lbs of rice and 5lbs of pinto beans. Simply boiled in water both were pretty much inedible and didn’t come close to fulfilling my calorie loss. I made a bee line to Burger King at the end of the hike with what little energy I had left.

    Lesson was to include butter, lard, salt, pepper, spices, dried veggies/meat, etc. in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r storage plans or the basics will taste like wallpaper paste.

    1. Thats funny, i bet you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r body was dying for the fat.

      Rendered fat is sold in 3rd world countries to mix with their rice. It is very essential and a huge calorie booster. I have a overnight hike on pinhoti trail next week. I’m packing heavy on the protein- tuna, sardines and trail mix. I find raw rice to time consuming on the trail so im going to take precooked rice with some oils this time.

      Im in the life-boat, except i’m in it because freeze dried foods are unappealing to me unless were talking hiking weight. Rice, spices, and my garden id take any day over freeze dried food. Got a #10 can of lasagna, opened it and cooked it, barf.. id rather survive off spaghetti O`s.

  8. Survivormann99, this is an excellent article.

    I started out with the ‘yacht’ mindset (FD in #10 cans) and gradually moved to the ‘lifeboat’ approach. While there are always other factors, I now think more in terms of $/2,000 calories (one person one day).

  9. One comment about the food: If anyone is a diabetic, type 1 or 2, that food list will impact you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 in a big way. All of those foods will drive you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r blood sugar up and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will suffer and maybe die. I have yet to see anyone address this and I do not have any answers.

    1. RE Buck;

      I was just thinking the same thing. My type II diabetes is controlled by diet and this food list would just about kill me, though beans in moderation isn’t too big of a hit as the proteins balance out the carb loading.

      In doing a little research into this, to get the require calorie daily would involve a lot of meat, quality fat and vegetables… Alot of vegetables. I have to do this daily and it is difficult in good times. Still looking for that holy grail, though, if anyone has any further ideas.

    2. So for what it’s worth, my two cents on this topic. I don’t prep(or cook) for anyone with diabetes but I don’t chose to store(or use) lots of white flour, white rice, simple carbs etc. as I don’t think they are healthy. A diabetic who’s trying to do food storage though should be able to store and eat the following I would think(but again, ask you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r doc);

      -whole grains such as wheat, farro, quinoa, buckwheat etc, dry beans, lentils, garbanzos(make hummus with this!), steel cut oats, canned fish(tuna, salon, sardines etc), nuts, seeds, nut butters w/o sugar, tahina, canned/dried meat. Quality oils such as extra virgin olive oil also store well.

      A way to continue to have high quality dairy products and eggs would be important(maybe raise chickens and/or ducks for both eggs and meat ). Consider a family goat! And of course grow you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own healthy veggie that are lower on the glycemic index(greens, cruciferous veggies etc).

    3. Buck, I am not diabetic but I wonder if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 could free-dry you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r regular foods? I FD full meals all the time. Freeze-dryers have come down in price and could offer you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 a decent ROI depending on what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 need to store. Also, try sprouting for the needed fresh greens. Just an idea.

    4. To counter that a little for type 2 diabetics, we all would probably have moderate to huge weight loss over time, which would probably really help type 2’s.

      It’s called “the new disaster diet”!!

    5. Here you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 @500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势Buck and others. I am type 2. My food storage is LDS bought beans, rice, flour, oatmeal in #10 cans. I also bought bags of OVA easy freeze dried whole egg crystals several years ago while on sale. I bought the huge mylar bags( miscalculation, now realize smaller bags would be more practical for day to day use.) However just opened a big bag( best by 2014 ) tried some scrambled them up, they were fine. So sealed the rest in seal-a meal- bags and added 02 absorber packets in smaller quantities. That helps with increasing protein to bean meals, oatmeal breakfast w/scrambled eggs or eggs alone. Make sure to store meds if dr will cooperate and glucose strips to keep an eye on bs. If runs too high, go protein and lo carb, walk around you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r house to get those muscles to burn glycogen stores. Inside or out whichever is doable. Also store can walmart spam, canned chicken, canned tuna and sardines. Good luck!

  10. As Avalanche Lily has recommended several times, check out Ice age farmer, I started listening recently and they describe how there are shortages in in Beans, ect.
    I have not checked the store shelves myself, I stocked up on beans and rice last summer. it may be in certain areas that this is the case.

  11. Many years ago I read a story about a American who choose to live in Africa and travel with tribal men who were on hunting trips. They mostly ate cornmeal mush. He found that his Western stomach and digestion system didn’t allow him to eat enough of this low calorie food to sustain himself while the natives could put it away by the bowlfuls.

  12. Another consideration is storage space – freeze dried food, quite tasty stuff, is “high volume/low density” in #10 cans when calories are computed, as Survivorman99 pointed out.

    Rice, beans (of several types), wheat (hard, in both white and red) have much greater “calorie per unit volume” than freeze dried.

    A dehydrator is a worthwhile investment, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can produce and vacuum-can everything from dried fruit to jerky in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r choice of meat.

    I’ve chosen what I hope is a balanced approach; high caloric density foods, purchased in bulk quantities to lower the price, coupled with as much freeze dried product as budget and storage space will allow, plus canned food for shorter term use and more “day-to-day convenience.”

    Pro tip: find a friend who owns a restaurant and who will let you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 add to his regular order from his food supplier (commercial supply houses don’t allow “walk-in” trade, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have to have an existing account to buy from them); restaurant suppliers have the best prices, although usually #10 cans are what’s available, requiring “repackaging” before storage; the supply houses that cater to convenience stores and “mom and pop” grocery stores will have flats of 8 oz and 16 oz cans, in either 12 or 24 cans, and at prices that rival, and usually beat, “buy one/get one” sale prices at supermarkets and prices at warehouse clubs. FYI, the only choice will be full flats and cases, NOT individual cans. Needless to say, it’s not just “Cash is King” but not only will the supply houses not want to deal with you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r credit card, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r restaurant-owning buddy will not be interested in dealing with that hassle either.

  13. Buck, I am not diabetic, but do research many types of eating habits. I think Keto or Carnivor diets may be an alternative. High carb diets raise bloodsugar levels. A person could use jerky, pemican, and dried meats to store enough food away for a diabetics survival. I think researching and praticing these diets now would be benificial to people. With pratice you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can make you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own jerky and pemican lots cheaper than trying to buy it. I also dehydrate meat to use in soups or “gravy”. We have wolves so I don’t eat any meat that is not cooked, the disease wolves carry is spread through their feces and is picked up from the grass and water. I cook up the bones for bone broth (that I pressure can) and ribs and any trimmings get cooked till the meat comes off the bones. I pull them out onto trays or pans to cool and to get them out of the broth, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want them as fat free as possible for dehydrating. When cool enough to work with, cut up to fit in meat grinder. Spread ground cooked meat on trays and dehydrate. Strain the big stuff out of the broth and can. Extra fat can be rendered thouroughly so their is no moisture in it (so it will keep) and can be stored in jars or used to make pemican. Adaption time for keto or carnivor can be stressful for some people so get into the lifestyle now, and many people claim they have recovered from diabeties using these ways of eating.

  14. Much of my storage food is in a schoolbus in galvanized trash cans and it’s freezing out there.. it all seems ok right now, but does anyone think it will hurt the beans, oats and wheat berries in the long run.

  15. Another idea to help on costs. Approach a local ‘casual food restaurant’ about them giving you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 the 5 gal food buckets they recieve food in such as pickles. They normally throw them away. Along with this, if they are agreeable, ask for the used coffee grounds AND the filters used. I did and rinsed all the buckets with a diluted bleach solution, air dried them all and filled either with water treated with bleach, or packed several for each member of the family with food and other supplies for about a weeks survival.
    Had more coffee grounds then needed to add to my compost but its rich.
    Also, once rinsed and air dried I have used several to store gas in as well. A little stablizer and good.
    In all I was able to obtain for free 80 5 gal buckets that otherwise would have been tossed in the trash.

    1. Jim,
      I live about 10 miles outside of a small town. For years I have been buying up 5 gallon food grade buckets for $1 each, including lids. They smell like pickles, but after bleach and several washes, they sure work great with Mylar & O2 absorbers. It has saved me a lot of money! You getting them for free is an even bigger deal. Bar-b-q restaurants often have these and will save them if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 ask. Also bakeries have a smaller square version that also work well.

  16. Excellent article Survivorman. Hopefully my seed supply will stay dry in my little lifeboat and my stack of .22 shells will help the barbecued raccoon break up the monotony.

    My philosophy is, it’s crazy to “prep” expecting to pull this all out of a closet some day after the SHTF and then try to figure out how to work it all. IMHO we should already be using that wheat to make bread and sprouts, and those beans to make hummus, chili and baked beans. I don’t consider myself a “prepper” I’m just a guy living a self-reliant lifestyle who happens to have a lot of beans, bullets and bandaids because when you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 live so far out in the sticks, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 stock up on stuff. And since I’m an armchair economist watching the current state of affairs, who also read that ominous note in the middle of page 2 on my social security report, I store up LOTS of stuff. 🙂 At any rate, the other good side of using all that wheat and beans is that is stays rotated.

    A note on wheat. I bought some wheat at my local feed store about eight years back and it wasn’t very clean. So the next time around, for a few bucks more (~$14/50 lbs) I had them order me some certified seed wheat instead. It only cost a few bucks more per bag and it was very clean. I not only grind it for flour, but it makes a great breakfast boiled and then eaten with butter and raisins. Then I discovered I could save a lot of money by not boiling it (which takes a lot of propane) and sprouting it instead, which only takes about 36 hours. I just barely sprout it, then heat it just enough to melt the butter, add salt and raisins for breakfast. You can sprout a lot at a time, then put it in the fridge to slow it down when it hits the stage you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want.

    And for beans, a small pressure cooker will pay for itself in propane savings over time. Not only do they cut cooking times way down, they also cook beans at 250°F instead of 212°F so older beans which tend to get hard will soften up much more easily.

    Survivorman, can you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 provide us any nutritional info on weevils??

    1. St. Funogas,

      I’ll surf the internet for as long as it takes to find out the weevil and weevil eggs info 🙂 It might turn out to be useful to add more of the critters to some of my storage. You know, protein and all.

      About using certified seed, a brother cautioned me about not storing corn that was commercially marketed seed corn. He said that it is dyed so as to mark it as seed corn and that it is treated with pesticides. One kernel showing up in a load of corn can result in the load being rejected.

      His opinion about seed corn is outside my paygrade, however, as is an opinion about certified wheat seed. Maybe someone with the “proper credentials” can address this issue.

      1. Survivorman, thanks for the pointers. I’ll wait to hear back on that weevil info. I did eat some rather huge insects (2″+) at a food stall in Cambodia once… not the tastiest things on the menu but I guess in a pinch they’d suffice.

        When my kids were little we were going to stir fry some grasshoppers once after reading about John the Baptist living off grasshoppers and honey. We caught a bunch and were pulling the heads and wings off before cooking. We discovered a bunch of them had very long parasitic worms of some kind that were coming out as we pulled the heads off… and we lost our appetites! lol. Of course, the heat of cooking them would have killed the worms. In a real TEOTWAWKI situation, those are the kinds of foods that nobody will be thinking about so they should be plentiful at first, and loaded with protein just like shrimp?

        On the seed wheat, the feed store had one bag on hand so I called the source on the label before I ordered a bunch more to be sure it hadn’t been treated. With more time on my hands now (and less money) I just need to learn how to clean regular feed wheat.

        1. Best bet on bug consumption is to learn to grow you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own then it’s good grade with no added parasites and really cook em hot. There is \ was a small movement for insect consumption and many companies will ship you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 them food grade so you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can eat them.

          You really can’t taste them if they are fried and ground up… My friend pulled that one on me. I was like delicious spaghetti and she goes “oh really…. I used crickets in the noodles sauce and meatballs” I asked how many…. She asked me to try and find her fridge crickets…. She used them all she informed me that it was roughly a pound of crickets I had consumed and that I owed her 50 bucks for winning the “you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 could never get me to have seconds if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 served me stealth crickets betx

  17. You can get all you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r macro-nutrients and 2,000 calories/day by eating 6 servings of white rice, 3 servings of pinto beans, and 3 servings of spam.

    Carbs 66%, Fats 21%, and Protein 13% which meets nutritional recommendations.

    If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 use 4 gallon square buckets (holds around 25#), you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will need: 6 buckets of spam, 4 buckets of pinto beans, and 11 buckets of white rice to equal one man-year of food and it will cost around $900 if purchased from Wal-mart ([food grade] buckets from hardware store).

    If you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 substitute milk and EV olive oil for the spam, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can lower costs as the cost of the spam is 2/3rds you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r total outlay. Sugar is also a cheap and easy way to increase calories as long as you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 keep it under 10% of daily caloric intake.

    I have found that the “yacht” meals not only waste money, they also waste storage space. Many of the Mountain House #10 cans are 1/2 to 2/3 full to hit the $37 price. Given how much space all this stuff takes up, having the cans be 1/2 empty is a tremendous waste.

  18. As an alternative, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 may want to watch “SENSIBLE FOOD STORAGE” and/or “ACU 1308 Wendy Dewitt Sensible food storage” on YouTube. Wendy is an “LDSer” and really knows her stuff.

  19. I would love to see an article that addresses the alternatives for type 2 diabetics. Is there anyone out there that can speak knowledgably to this subject? I would be very grateful for the input.

  20. In many ways I’m ahead of many people in prepping. As I read the “Profiles of Preppers” in the I realize that I am far behind many others. The preppers locations, the land they bought, the time they have been prepping, they must have made a lot more money than I did. Someone mentioned that the “new” prepper can get depressed because so many things are out of balance. Keeping up with “the Jones” can drive you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 insane. We need to evaluate our current life and balance that with our “survival life”. That may take a lot of money and cause a lot of family structure failure.

    Although I was in the Army Special Forces, it was 45 years ago (and 80 lbs lighter), I made $7800 before taxes, compared to my last year before retirement $302,000. I had a tent compared to 10 acres, 3br ranch house, 7 stall stables, springfed lake stocked, small sheds, and I still owe $112,000 even though I’m 66 yrs old. 66 yrs and it looks like I have Parkinsons Disease with difficulty walking (near impossible to carry a 100 lb rutsack) so now i’m feeling pretty much bugging in if SHTF. Weapons and ammo are plenty, and food is a concern since I’m got to stay here.

    Botttomline is I continue to research and plan, never give up. And build local team structures for mutal aid.

    There will always be those who have and those who don’t have, and those who want to survive and those who don’t even try.

    I will never quit, I have the tactical skills (memory is slowly fading) to raise hell, and the abilty to teach others (Instrurctor in many areas), and yet I still have miles to go before I sleep. thanks for sharing.

    1. I feel the same way about being ahead/behind on prepping. I don’t worry about it though but focus on making progress each week and month.
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  22. 2000 calories is a start. You should plan you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r meals higher in calories aim for 3 to 4 thousand calories. Then taper down.

    I work as a carpenter in both the construction site and shop capacity.

    While I’m working in the shop I must reduce my calories consumed below 2000 or I gain weight.
    When I switch back to heavy structural framing I’m at about 2000 to 2500 with some weight-loss.
    When I step up to concrete or hanging drywall my caloric count is more like 3000+ and still weight-loss occurs.

    The reason I believe is that the muscles are being pushed harder and building and using up more calories to do so.

    My weight will bounce between 250 to 200 summer and winter indoor vs hard labor.

    What I’ve found that works best for me is to add the extra calories needed in the form of proteins animal or plant.

  23. I like the yacht/lifeboat analogy and the point that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can lay in some long term storage food without shelling out big bucks cannot be over emphasized. As we stare the Wuhan Coronavirus in the face, this article is a very timely reminder for those that do not have much extra food on hand.

    Tim Bennet’s comment about Spam, above, may sound a bit extreme, but if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 stock Spam, corned beef hash, canned chicken, canned ham, salmon, tuna, beef stew, chili, and other potted meats, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can get to the same place with more variety and, dare I say, fewer complains from the other passengers in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r life boat!

    Yes, cultures have lived on diets of rice and beans or corn and beans, but when they have the choice they enhance these basic selections with spices, extra veggies and, when available, meats. When possible, add to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r storage pantry simple things such as beef and chicken bouillon, olive oil, salt and other spices, yeast, baking powder, baking soda, dried onions, powdered eggs, powdered milk, and baking mixes (pancake, biscuit, muffin, etc.).

    1. To pickled …. Yes. Exactly. Some one else gets it.

      There are several options available for every situations. Why just plan on living off of 3 things when there are many many options available.

      To quote Harry Chapin

      “There are so many colors in the rainbow… So let’s use every one”

  24. Thanks for all of the replies and advice. I will look into FD meats. That sounds like a good idea. Other than canned meats, I do not have much food preps.
    I am doing Keto and have lost a bunch of weight and my blood sugar has come down. But, much of the standard food pyramid advice just does not work for diabetics. Whole grains, beans, fruits and many vegetables drive up blood sugar. I have learned the hard way to ignore the Dr’s nutritional advice. I believe eat it, test you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r blood sugar and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will quickly find what works and what does not. I eat a lot of various meats and safe (for me) vegetables.
    Around here, the Delmarva Peninsula, the Walmarts have massive shortages of food and medical supplies. All of the other groceries and drug stores are well stocked.

  25. I really liked you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r article! I love the way you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 write. When I got to the end, I did an audible, “Now, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 write it!” The horses are already out of the barn for me. However, with that said, I have no regrets b/c I do not pay full price. Ever. For some reason, I decided on a standard of approx. $2.00 or less per serving for MH. First off, in 2017, I went to REI and bought pouches of multiple brands, of all the freeze dried options. Remember Captain Kirk in Star Trek, where he altered the Kobiashimaru test, so he could win? Well, similarly, I prefer win/win situations. So, after taste testing everything over several months, I had my list of what to buy and what not to buy. My logic was, if I do not want to eat it today, when life is normal, why would I save something awful to eat when the SHTF and stress is at a maximum level? I will want comfort food. Mentally, we will need comfort food. For me, this is a win/win purchase, b/c I only purchased what I love to eat, so I lose nothing if there is no shtf within the next 30 years. I used to joke, that if the Lord called me 500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势, people who eat these supplies are going to say out loud, ” Dang! God had this lady buy the good stuff!” I imagine genuine prayers of thanks to God before meals. Anyways, price wise, I am a bargain shopper. I would not pay full price if I could. When I found a good deal, I purchased what I could, and have been adding more for the last three years. Just last week, while taking care of my mom (75) after partial knee surgery, I told my dad I needed to drive 500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 real quick b/c I had $500 of food boxes on my front porch I needed to bring inside. His reply was, “You’re not still buying food, are you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势? What for?”… I’m sure Noah got similar comments. “Why are you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 still working on that boat? It’s been years. Enough is enough. Nothing is going to happen…”. Until it does. So, last few weeks, I got multiple cases of MH Lasagna @500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 $18.86 can, MH Teriyaki Chicken @500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 $16.53 per can, & MH Rice & Chicken @500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 $13.63 per can, plus delivery was free. I do not worry about delivery opsec b/c I plan to move to the Redoubt. My original thoughts about freeze dried, were similar to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rs: way too expensive as a stand alone meal, so I was thinking of on top of rice, or noodles, et cetera. Also, a big factor for me was the time and physical energy savings FD will help with the first year after SHTF when so much physical labor will be spent on security and growing food. I forgot to mention oatmeal. I lovvvve oatmeal. So guess what everyone gets for breakfast? Lol. Except Sundays. and maybe Saturday’s. All depends on chickens laying eggs. If anyone wants to complain, they are free to eat their own supplies, which will likely be zero, nadda, nothing. I do have some MH breakfast, but just for treats on holidays. Yes, I have beans, rice, wheat, dried milk, pancake mix, fruits & vegetables as well, but not enough. It is an ongoing process. I still have many holes to fill, but I know the Lord will provide. How do I know? Because He already has a million times over. Example, I told the Lord I really loved the MH Noodles and Chicken, but it was too expensive, and I needed Him to put it on 50% off sale for me. So not only did I get many cases @500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 $20.00 per can, (which has 12 servings a can = $1.67 per serving) I got many cases @500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 only $18-$19.00 per can… God delights to give good gifts to His children. 🙂 With all this said, please remember to not judge me when I invite you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rs over for dinner after shtf. Oh, and keep writing!

  26. We really loved the “lifeboat” perspective. This is our own philosophy… We have combined food grade storage of long term items (wheat, rice, etc) with storage of shelf-stable canned good (searching for the longest best-by dates available) and with the ability to grow a significant amount of our own fresh produce. We also have egg laying hens for fresh grasshopper eggs. For us this is viable. Good to read about others who have drawn the same conclusions… We wrestled for a long time with the idea of freeze dried foods given the cost, and decided to go in another direction. We have considered investing in a freeze dryer, but haven’t yet done this. We would be interested in hearing about the experiences (up and down) of others who are freeze drying their own supplies!

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