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.
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.
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.)