So my husband wanted to do a blog on what 180 days of food looks like. I was uninspired but I did it to humor him. First of all I learned that the food adds up quickly. We picked up rice $11 for 20lbs at a time and it just keeps adding up. So at first it was like whoa we have an extra day of food. But by dips and dabs it has all added up because we started. You can do this too JUST START! You don’t need a great plan, just a start. In an EMP, like "One Second After" there is no help coming and that little extra you save now could be the difference between life and death.
We bought six cases of ramen on our last Sam’s club trip because we eat it all the time. It is one of those foods that stores indefinitely and it is cheap, light and easy to stack. For us It is one of the rare things all four of my kids, and my husband like the only person who isn’t crazy about ramen is me and that is only because I don’t like it plain. I also don’t like plain oatmeal, so as you can see I made sure to store the important add ins like butter. My butter is home canned. We have been doing that for over a decade. I guess it technically Ghee but you get the point make sure you have the accessories to make your food palatable. Like with the seasoning and gravy packets this is going to go a long ways to help get those beans and rice down after days and weeks of eating it. Also you need to a hard copy of your simple recipes. The crazy thing about an EMP is being cut off from all my on line resources.
Another thing I seriously need to consider is the water. This menu takes six cups of water at least to cook every single day, if you times that by 6 that is 36 cups daily for my family of six. Wow. So I really need to think about my plan A, Plan B and plan C on potable water. I think this is might be the most important thing that I learned.
Oatmeal ½ cup dry 150 27000
Butter 1 tbs 100 9600 6lbs canned
Brown Sugar 1 tbl 45 11910 7lbs
Raisins 30 4290 3 canisters
Maple syrup 1 tbl 56 10080 3 containers
Ramen is a great soup base for adding leftovers or an egg into, but those are more foraged things than food storage. So my hope is that all found calories find their way onto the lunch menu.
Ramen 1 package 340 61200 5 cases
Dinner is very basic, rice and beans can be bland, but the can also be very versatile as well. Most major cuisines has rice and beans as a staple flavor so adding salsas helps give it a Mexican flare, soy sauce or sweet and sour and you have Chinese flavors, Even some regions of Italy use rice more heavily than pasta. You just need the foundation set and then you can get creative on how to dress up your food,
Rice 1 cup 340 61200 36lbs
Beans 1 cup 100 18000 30lbs
Veggies 1 can 70 12600 180 cans
Gravy/season packets 100 18000 180 packages
Butter 1 tbl 100 9600 6lbs
So here is enough food for one person for six months. This person will be eat about 1400 calories a day. The total calories shown is 243,480 calories. I am hoping that this imaginary person is able to glean some calories to flavor all that ramen!
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