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Official Poll - What is the best foodstuff to stockpile in case of emergency?

Discussion in 'Official SS Contests, Polls, Etc.' started by sumi, Mar 26, 2016.

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What are the best food items to stockpile in case of emergency?

  1. Dried beans, legumes, rice, pasta

    20 vote(s)
    83.3%
  2. Nuts and trail mixes

    5 vote(s)
    20.8%
  3. Breakfast cereal

    1 vote(s)
    4.2%
  4. Granola bars and power bars

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  5. Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins

    13 vote(s)
    54.2%
  6. Canned meat, vegetables and ready meals

    16 vote(s)
    66.7%
  7. Powdered milk

    5 vote(s)
    20.8%
  8. Honey

    10 vote(s)
    41.7%
  9. Bottled water

    11 vote(s)
    45.8%
  10. Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade

    1 vote(s)
    4.2%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Mar 26, 2016
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    If there's one thing we can guarantee about life is that it happens! Even in this modern day and age emergencies strike, be it foul weather or a natural disaster, and it's good to have some food stockpiled in case the shops become inaccessible for a period.

    Which of these foods would you all say is the BEST to have around, in case of emergency and why?

    If you have anything in mind that is not on the list, please reply to the thread and tell us!
     
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  2. Mar 26, 2016
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    I'd definitely go for the dried beans, lentils, rice etc., just for their keeping power.
    Nuts - yes.
    Dried fruits - yes.
    Ready made trail mix...not so much. Made from our own nuts and dried fruits - yes.
    Home preserved meats, veggies, ready made meals - yes!
    Powdered milk - nah, that's why I have goats, lol.
    Honey - absolutely!

    Bottled water... that's a tough one because we have a well and rain catchment systems and I store water in large 5+gallon containers, so I don't often buy water. We have access to pond water too but I'd need a good filter which is 'on the list.'

    However, if there were no electricity we'd have a hard time getting the well-water out of the ground - even though it's not impossible. We do have a generator and now have a battery bank to store power and an inverter.

    Probably wouldn't buy Gatorade/PowerAde.

    Along with honey, I'd like to have plenty of sugar and lots and lots of salt. Both can be used in food preservation.

    Other easy keepers are things like bouillons for flavoring soups and such and spices for the same reason.
     
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  3. Mar 27, 2016
    Denim Deb

    Denim Deb More Precious than Rubies

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    You forgot chocolate. :hide
     
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  4. Mar 27, 2016
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    Oh yeah - CHOCOLATE - but with sugar, vanilla, goats milk and some cocoa I could make chocolate fudge(!).... definitely adding cocoa and vanilla to my list. :)
     
  5. Mar 27, 2016
    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses Super Self-Sufficient

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    Dried bean, lentils have a lot of protein plus fiber. Keeping for long term is more than a plus. Most fruits/vegs can be dehydrated for same reasons. Hot water and they taste good.

    Coffee. I really like my morning caffeine.

    Chocolate, YES!! (I buy semi-sweet choc chips to eat.)

    I have a generator that hooks into my meter base, so I can run my well pump & anything else I need. But, in emergency, we don't need to run 24/7 for things. Refer & freezer can go well with only 4-6 hrs a day on electric -- IF you don't keep opening them! Full ones hold temps better. Gasoline is more of an issue, for generator. Eventually will add some solar.

    Most of us know we can live with minimal electric, so long as we use other sources for cooking, heat...wood, propane, oil? canned & dehydrated foods, plus a growing garden, chickens (meat & eggs), goats to milk (cheese, yogurt, kefir, milk, etc). We are good to go!!!

    I feel that several countries would just LOVE to attack USA but, we are strong enough to defend and defeat. Could it happen, sure. Can we survive, sure. I just want to feel that I have done what I can to make my OWN home self-sufficient.

    I plan to can and dry many things this year to use all winter.
     
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  6. Mar 27, 2016
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    Dang it - how could I forget coffee? I don't become human until I've soaked up at least a couple cups. I need to think this out a little more thoroughly, lol.

    OMG - and WINE! And, maybe whiskey (for medicinal purposes, of course)

    ;)
     
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  7. Mar 27, 2016
    Mini Horses

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    Some people do not have chickens & goats (Really??? Can't imagine!:p).

    But for those of us who do, we have an almost perfect sustainable food source. Eggs & milk. For years the ancient tribes used goat, sheep & camel milk for the major portion of their diets. Chickens can forage for own food & goats can, plus can be tied out in areas that have food source when the area you have is depleted. Right now, I could and would be able to supply several families from those resources alone.

    Sooooooooo....there ya go! Another reason to keep so many!!! :hide Emergency assistance.
     
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  8. Apr 11, 2016
    baymule

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    An emergency situation does not have to be a total collapse, it can be losing your job or a severe storm. Having a stock pile of food, a packed pantry and freezer can be a huge comfort when tough times hit. I've lived in hurricane country where we went for weeks with no power. The generator is nice, but when there is no power, the gas stations can't pump gas. In a SHTF situation, you sure wouldn't want that noisy thing advertising to everyone that you have power and probably lots of other interesting things too. We have used a generator, but gas was scarce.

    In addition to the above list, add

    powdered cocoa
    vanilla (I make my own and am down to last half gallon-gotta make more)
    matches-strike anywhere
    kerosene lamps
    5 gallons kerosene
    25 lbs whole wheat berries
    25 lbs corn
    grain mill with hand crank option
    baking powder
    baking soda
    5 gallons apple cider vinegar
    25 lbs sugar
    spices-2 or 3 of everything
    oatmeal
    charcoal and lighter fluid
    BBQ pit (have dug hole and placed oven rack over it to cook)
    pet food
    livestock feed
    hay
    alcohol in smaller bottles for trading
    alcohol in gallon bottles for own consumption :lol:
    herbal healing books
    herb garden
    garden seeds
    canning lids and rings--LOTS!
    solar dehydrator (2 window screens)
    cigarette lighters
    Soap, hand, bath, laundry, dish
    5 gallons olive oil
    salt for human consumption
    salt blocks for livestock
    OTC medicines
    rubbing alcohol
    hydrogen peroxide
    bandages
    toothpaste
    toilet paper--how many rolls used in a month x 6
    paper towels--same
    paper plates, cups, plastic forks spoons
    canned goods
    sewing supplies
    knives
    knife sharpener
    AMMO

    Basically, take an inventory of what you use-what you need, not what you want. When you buy one, buy 2 or 3. What would you miss the most if suddenly there wasn't any? What would you need the most? Maybe you need more or less of the amounts listed. Even if a total collapse came, there will be somebody, somewhere, building, making, manufacturing goods and products. Hand tools would be a good investment.

    Plant fruit trees of all kinds. Plant berries. Plant nut trees. Grow pumpkins and winter squash for winter food or for winter feed for livestock. There is no way to store everything you need forever, to try to do so is silly. You can store enough to get you and your family by for 6 months to a year, or to help others, friends or family. But you would have the benefit of your poultry, livestock, gardens and food bearing trees to feed you, your family, neighbors and friends.
     
  9. Apr 12, 2016
    wyoDreamer

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    I voted for the dried legumes, rice, pasta - but I was looking for Wheat. Wheat berries ca be cracked and cooked for breakfast cereal and ground for flour. Nothing is as comforting as warm bread from the oven.
    We have a good selection of dehydrated food in our storage - strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, butter powder and a lot of other things. I almost think we would eat better after TSHTF than we do now. I plan to use the stuff for making mixes to take camping. I've done it in the past, but we haven't been camping for a few years. Makes life easy for me to just leave the un-used stuff in the camper after we get home and restock what we used when we get ready to go camping again. Just need to keep it in a plastic tote to keep the mice from getting it.
     
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  10. Apr 14, 2016
    Servelan

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    I have a lot of allergies, so I have to modify my food storage to accommodate that and I also have some things that I maybe shouldn't eat (graham crackers and peanut butter, for example) but that I grew up with as emergency comfort foods (I figure one won't kill me). I've stocked up on Bob's Red Mill GF baking mix, for example; I've also got the means to cook the stuff. Some things I've found useful are peanut sauce and curry sauce, one from the local Asian store and the other from Trader Joe's, and I have some BBQ sauce on hand as well. I did find that candy loses its flavor fairly quickly, which was disappointing in a major way, but I was using a vacuum packer and not freezing it afterwards. Hmmm....might have to try that experiment again, right after Halloween... : )

    The only thing I haven't seen I'd like to get some of is something like Milkman dried milk for cooking.
     
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