After some talk yesterday we realized that not everyone will have the same resources we do so we decided to take it a step further.
We guessed at what the average beginning prepper would have on hand for 30 days except we only need 23 more days. I have put the list first so you can see what the next meals are being prepared . Below you will find our list.
Rice: We figure the typical beginning prepper would have 25 pounds of rice on hand, I would hope you have more we buy from COSTCO in 25-pound bags and repackage it in mylar bags and store in 5-gallon buckets.
Beans: 10 pounds of beans we split ours between pinto and navy for this experiment, however, we not only have a good supply of both of those we keep lima, kidney, black, and other dried beans.
Flour: We have 10 pounds of flour
Salt: We will be using a 1 pound box.
Honey: A 1 pound jar of honey can last for years if stored properly we keep three 5 gallon buckets but will only be using about a pound.
Seasoning: We have pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and a few others just pick what you like they really help spice up all those rice and beans.
Baking Powder: My wife likes to bake using a dutch oven on hot coals and though we have a sourdough starter that only requires flour and water she kept a small amount of baking powder for this project.
Corn Meal: I’m told that cornmeal has many uses when you’re in survival mode.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is filling and you can add dried fruit like raisins, apricots and apples to it and it is a good source of fiber.
Canned Meats: Chicken, pork, beef, tuna, salmon, spam we even have a couple of cans of bacon. You can get 2 or 3 servings from each can depending on how you’re preparing we figured for four adults we would need about 30 cans.
Canned Vegetables: My wife puts up a lot of corn, green beans, and carrots during our harvest season . If you don’t can your own and will be buying them I would suggest 30 to 40 cans of vegetables. Mixed vegetables are good because you can mix them with a little rice and canned meat to make a soup or stew.
Canned Fruit: personally I like peaches but apples, pears, fruit cocktail and other fruits. We have 27 jars of preserved fruits and berries. These are foods that my wife has canned so if you need to buy them check out COSTCO or Wal-Mart for best prices and large quantities.
Dried Fruit Other Necessities
Dried fruit: Like canning, we dry a lot of fruit and vegetables we have a couple 1 pound boxes of raisins around. Add raisins to things like oatmeal or when Terri bakes bread with raisins and nuts. You will have to decide what is best for your family.
Hard Candy: especially good if you have children.
We also have 4 packs of food bars 2400 Calories per pack
Don’t Forget the Water
Even though we have a great well and a huge rainwater collection system we do keep a few cases of bottled water on hand we guess about 1 case per person for 30 days.
SHTF Diet Day 7 – 7/22
Breakfast- What my wife calls corn cakes, like pancakes but made from corn meal put a little honey on them and they taste pretty good.
Lunch- One of those food bars and a bottle of water. Better tasting than MRE’s.
Dinner- Something my daughter calls survivalist Chili. It isn’t your everyday traditional chili but it was excellent. I have included the recipe here. It was served with some of those corn cakes we had for breakfast.
2 16 oz. cans kidney beans drained
1 15 oz. can dice tomatoes with juice
1/2 tsp chili powder or to taste
1/4 tsp cumin or to taste
1/8 cup cornmeal set aside
Combine all ingredients except cornmeal in cooking pot cook on low for about 20 minutes then add the cornmeal a little at a time to thicken let simmer for another 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
If chili is too thick add a little water to thin
Serve with cornbread or by itself even if you’re not in survival mode this meal is really good.
Weight Gain and Loss
After we finished up the SHTF Diet Day 7
I have lost 2.5 pounds . Scott has lost 1.5 pounds. Kassie is back to her original starting weight since I found the candy bar stash and my wife has lost .5 I think she may be sampling some while cooking.
Tomorrow we begin week 2 of this great survival experiment stay tuned
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