Posting for comments & criticism from those more experienced than I (which would be just about everyone on this forum): I'm late to the party getting some long-lasting anti-starvation food preps together. Better late than never, eh? Finally scored 2 Gamma lids from HD (that's all they had!), so went out and spent $50 for long-term-storage groceries. The following dry fits in 2x 5-gal buckets, with the liquid items scheduled for a 3rd bucket. The date you see at the end is Bradley's* proposed shelf life. You'll notice I concentrated on stocking only long-shelf-life items (with the exception of oil and flour). Beans, Pinto (2x2 lbs, 1 yr) Bouillon Cubes (1 jar, 2 yr) Cocoa (8 oz, indefinite) Flour, White (1x5 lbs, 6 mo) Molasses (1x12 oz, 2 yr) Oil, Canola (48 oz, 6 mo) Pasta, Spaghetti (5 pkg, 2 yr) Rice, White (14 lbs, 2 yr) Salt (1.5 lbs, 2 yr) Soda, Baking (2x1 lbs, 2 yr) Sugar, Gran. (3x4 lbs, 2 yr) Vanilla Extract (1 bot, 2 yr) Vodka (1 bot, indefinite) Totals 77,500 Calories...alone, would keep my family going for 2 weeks in terms of calories, although nutrition wise it would need supplementation. This list does not, of course, count the contents of our pantry...all our canned food is there...so it's not trying to be balanced nutrition...this is just an emergency backup cache in the closet, which will be rotated in and replaced as we go. However, it might stand in as the food that made it into the car if there were an immediate emergency evacuation...Hm, wonder if I should put a jar of vitamin C in there... Comments, criticism...? (*Bradley = Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family.) Wanna kill these ads? We can help!