Originally published at Notes from the bunker…. You can comment here or there.
As it turns out, Wal-Mart had a lower price on the Idahoan potatoes I liked so I’ll be getting a bunch from there, putting the individual packages into a plastic box to protect them, and add them to the stockpile. Im quite pleased….
I’ve been slacking on keeping track of inventory. I need to sit down with the laptop and go over the spreadsheets of whats what. On the other hand, the spreadsheet of tings to buy is progressing nicely, albeit expensively. Its amazing how one item can require so much support material. For instance, lets say I wanna keep a few gallons of gasoline on hand for that sudden panicked rush to safety,easy enough until you start thinking of everything (and this isnt even a complete list) of what you need to achieve that goal….the list looks like this:
Fuel, Gasoline, 5-gallon can
Fuel, Gasoline, 5-gallon can, rack
Fuel, Gasoline, 5-gallon can, nozzle
Fuel, Gasoline, Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer
Fuel, Gasoline, Fire Extinguisher
etc, etc….and that doesnt include the quantities of each. Then theres the logistics involved in handling the materials (whenever handling gasoline a fire extinguisher must be within reach at all times, the area is to be inspected prior for ignition sources, etc, etc.) But at the same time, it saves alot of effort and money in the long run. Ideally. I hope.
Was in Wal-mart yesterday and on a whim picked up two 550-rd boxes of .22LR ammo. $18 for 1100 rounds. Really, why wouldnt you buy a box or two every trip at that price? When people need ammo it’ll be worth its weight in silver. Literally.
Still working on post-apocalyptic menu planning. So far I can guarantee a decent breakfast, a light but filling lunch, but dinner is tough..dont want it to be the same as lunch. Needs variety. Breakfast is a walk in the park though:
– Fruit cup of mixed fruit, peaches, or pears.
– Beverage of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, low-fat milk, orange drink (Tang)
– Cereal of either grits, oatmeal, cornmeal mush or cream of wheat
– Bread product from stored wheat
– Honey, jam, jelly, sugar, creamer, salt to taste
– Hash browns (from dehydrated)
– Small steak or other meat as available.
Even without the meat, its still clocking in at around 650 calories which is around 1/3 of the RDA. Nutritionally, it could use some work but using vitamin enriched cereals will help. The fruit and orange drink handle the vitamin C needs pretty well, though. Theres ’shelf’ bacon available but the price and reltively short shelf life of a year is prohibitive. I’ve also got #10 cans of the Mountain House freeze dried eggs-n-bacon but Im not factoring that in in this example. However it beats the hell out of the MRE omlettes….