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What foods do you store?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Stonewall308, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Stonewall308


    Jan 12, 2008
    Ok, so I snagged a big storage cabinet and after years of pondering the idea I am FINALLY actually going to start storing food. I will be rotating certain food items out of the storage cabinet in the basement and into the pantry in the kitchen. Once I get this up and running the plan will be that my wife buys groceries as usual, but whenever a can of tomato soup (for example) is purchased it starts at the back of the rotation in the basement and the oldest one comes up to the pantry.

    So here is the list I've come up with:

    Tomato Soup
    Other Soups
    Canned Chilli
    Vegetable oil and/or olive oil
    Peanut Butter

    For anyone else employing a similar strategy, what do you store/rotate?
  2. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    I think that most people believe that eating after shtf is going to be like camp cooking. It won't be.

    I am 8 days past major surgery and at home. Having been down and out before, I prepared the food situation carefully.

    All I have been able to eat from stores has been simple chicken noodle soup and canned fruit cocktail.

    I have enough strength to go to the refrigerator , pull out a cold jello and eat one.

    I make this contribution because whether you accept it or not, you or someone in your party will be sick and down after shtf. Unless you are living in an existing family group with cooking skills, don't count on someone making complicated dishes or spending much time with you. A

    And yeah, the girlfriend is three weeks post rotator cuff surgery with another 3 weeks in a sling before starting her physical therapy.:wavey:

  3. i try to store alot of canned foods that i dont need to do much for. easy to stock up on and will also get past the first few weeks post whatever that cooking outside might not be smart with the people around you who dont have much.

    a few weeks or months of that and then move on to long term storage or rice and such to be able to add to and extend what you have in cans.
  4. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    m1a shooter has it.

    Think 30-60-90 days.

    I have mres, homemade and commercial jerky, Coast Guard rations, commercial pilot bread and hardtack, cans of dried fruits and vegetables.

    Of course, nothing can replace a fresh fruit salad, a fresh vegetable salad or a couple of hamburgers. However, you can store variety.

    I have bread machines. Some one can make bread every day.

    No fuss. No mess. No sugar. However, flour goes bad after 3 months. When the power is off in an emergency, I really don't have the time or ability to figure out how to bake it outside. So don't buy a lot of flour. If you can make pancakes in a cast iron frying pan, great. Best breakfast. However, think about the fuel used in making the pancakes and in the clean up. Also think about the necessary amounts of clean water. So, you have to think about food sources that don't require vast amounts of fuel and water for 30-60-90 days.:wavey:
  5. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Hey BD you made the trip! Congrats! Very pleased to see you posting again.


    My approach to the Stonewall's question: I combine two strategies. (1) Long storage life foods that (2) I actually rotate through and eat, same method as Stonewall, "I am the store" for these items. They're housed in six buckets with gamma lids. Copy/paste, here's what I store. (This is in addition to the pantry.)

    Beans, Pinto
    Bouillon Cubes
    Flour, White (only good for 6 mo storage)
    Lentils, Red
    Milk, Powdered
    Pasta, Spaghetti
    Rice, White
    Soda, Baking
    Sugar, Gran
    Oil, Canola (only good for 6 mo storage)
    Vanilla Extract

    Solar oven for cooking. Gradually working my way through recipes that use these ingredients, that are solar-ovenable.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
  6. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    Stonewall your on the right track. Just try to keep your stores organized and rotated. Also you need to have alternate cooking sources as well in case of blackouts or lack of natural gas. ie; Charcoal grill, fire pit, gas grill or whatever. An abundant amount of water needs to be stored as well. Think bulk as well, rice, beans, pasta. If anything and there is never a SHTF senario you can think of it as an insurance policy and you won't have to be one of those idiots running around the supermarkets trying to buy last minute food supplies if something bad happens.
  7. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005


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    Solar oven along with water treatment and storage and a wheat grinder. Don't forget lots of dish soap... if you want to eat you need more than food right?