More Food And Time To Slow Down

Yesterday found me running to the store to pick up some more stuff.  This was the trip I was going to take the other day and didn’t.  The spousal unit and I both felt like crap, so we held off.  However, I felt ready to go yesterday, and she didn’t, so I headed on without her.

Lucky me.

Anywho, I did pick up a handful of things for the food stores.  For example, remember me being bent out of shape about being able to get so few cans of sliced carrots?

Luckily, the spousal unit isn't overly concerned about brand on sliced carrots.

Luckily, the spousal unit isn’t overly concerned about brands on sliced carrots.

And remember the peas?  Snagged some of those and some baby carrots, which we enjoy.

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We fleshed out the peas pretty well there.  Still not done with those, mind you, but we’re at a decent level for the time being.

I also grabbed some more packets of mashed potatoes.

The upside down thing is a trick my wife likes.  She alternates them to fit more in the space.

The upside down thing is a trick my wife likes. She alternates them to fit more in the space.

You may note the box with the Idahoan potatoes.  Let’s be honest; those bags don’t stack particularly well.  To the right, you can see the box we use for the smaller bags of potatoes.  However, I knew that wasn’t going to work for these bigger bags. (We usually fix two of the smaller bags.  With one of the larger bag, we get just as much food.)

When I put these in the cart, I threw in the box too.  At the checkout, I asked the cashier if I could keep the boxes on these.  She said sure because all they were going to do was throw them out.  So, if you need a way to put these on the shelf, try it.  The great thing is that you can keep the boxes so you don’t need to ask every time you buy them, but they make shelf storage so much easier.

AND THEY’RE FREE!  Isn’t that everyone’s favorite price?

Not shown in the photos are the 16 or so cans of yellow squash and onions I picked up.  We needed veggies, and we needed variety.  Right now, we have almost all the canned vegetables we eat regularly.

Additionally, I picked up a couple of experiments.  Right now, we just have canned chicken.  This will not be something we can keep up day after day, so we need some variety.  While my wife will be trying her mom’s salmon patty recipe later (using canned salmon), I grabbed a can of pulled pork and bbq sauce and one of roast beef and gravy.

The pulled pork wasn’t half bad at all.  We’ll be stocking up on this to serve with rice and some kind of vegetable.  It’s a bit too runny to use for sandwiches, in my opinion.  At least, that’s what I found when I made sandwiches out of it.  I wore more than I’m ready to admit.

We’ll try the beef soon, but I’m hopeful.  This could be excellent over either rice or mashed potatoes.  This, along with the pork and possibly the salmon, will give us a nice bit of variety.

Yes, I hear people talking about tuna, but honestly?  I’ve never really been a big tuna fan.  I want to be, but I’m not.  We’ll pick up a can here or there to experiment with, but until that happens, I’m not stocking it.

I also did a bit of math.  One shelf on the Edsal shelf will hold enough canned vegetables to feed my family for about 41 days.  There are five shelves.  I could, if pressed, put about three months of food on this one shelf.  Maybe.

Of course, there wouldn’t be room for anything else, but it’s nice to know how little space a few months of food can take.

Now, however, it’s clear that I’m going to have to slow down a bit.

It’s not because I’m ready.  Far from it.  There are so many holes in these preps that it’s not even funny.  I know there are.  Especially water.

No, I’m having to slow down because the funds are depleting.  Preps do me no good if I’m so broke I have to delve into them just to survive.

So, here’s the plan going forward since I have a nice start.  Each week, when I get paid, I’ll snag SOMETHING for the preps that isn’t food related, and I’ll spend an additional $20-25 on a food item for the food stores.  It will generally be all of one product.  Personally, I think that tends to show up more meaningfully for me.  A few cans

Personally, I think that tends to show up more meaningfully for me.  A few cans here or there feel haphazard and incomplete.  A case of something?  Now we’re talking.

This should be easily doable, though down the road I’ll probably have to adjust this.  I can’t buy a Big Berkey off of what I have to spend in a single week, after all.  Some stuff is just expensive, so I’ll have to save up a bit for those items.

Still, it’s good to have a plan.

A little later, I’ll try and organize my plan based on priorities.  I’ll be asking for critiques on this because it’s always a good idea to have others find holes in your plans.  They exist, and you may be blind to them.

On that note, however, I’m going to wrap this one up.  I feel much better about my food stores at this point.  I think we could shelter in place for several weeks so long as we had power and water.  Making it, so we don’t need power and water will be on the near-term agenda, and that makes me feel so much better about taking care of my family.

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8 thoughts on “More Food And Time To Slow Down

  1. Pingback: The Plan | gettin' prepping

  2. Hello! I found this blog from your link in thesurvivalistblog.net comment section am glad I looked into such. Wishing you & yours all kinds of Good Luck with your endeavors! 🙂

    So you don’t love canned tuna? Oh no! I could (and have been known to) eat a can of tuna for a snack! Oh well, of course, to each our own! 🙂

    Since I didn’t “hear” you say or “see” you write that you or yours overtly disliked canned tuna yet you clearly stated it isn’t your favorite and that you wanted to experiment with such before considering stocking up on more cans of such… Here’s an easy meal idea from my family’s quick & easy, “family friendly, pantry comfort combo food mixes” index you can very inexpensively “experiment” with!

    What follows is one of my quickest, go-to-from-the-pantry meals that we enjoy routinely. Nothing grand or particularly exciting at all, yet a decent, tasty & semi filling meal for 2 to 4 adults or a bunch of hungry kiddos!

    Here goes: One Boxed Mac & Cheese Upgrade!

    1) Cook up the smaller box of the prepackaged mac & cheese, strain and add dry pack of cheese blend & appropriate liquid / fat according to box directions.

    (Note: The Kraft Mac & Cheese brand is our favorite but even the 4-? for $1.00 or less – generic boxed brands work well for this idea, i.e.; this is an ultra cheap recipe / meal idea for all frugal preppers.)

    2) Open and drain (save the drained tuna liquid for the cats &/or dogs that love such and add to their meals) a regular sized (4-6 oz.) can of tuna.

    3) Flake the tuna, with a fork, into the mac & cheese cooking pot and quickly stir into the mac & cheese box made mix on stove top over very low heat and mix well.

    4) Add a cup (give or take) of green peas previously frozen or drained from a can or jar and mix in with the mac & cheese to the added flaked & canned tuna.

    5) You probably won’t need much – if any – added salt as the pasta box mix has plenty of added sodium but you might like to add fresh ground black pepper to taste. (Of course, feel free to experiment with other seasonings and herbs that you prefer, too!)

    (Note: At this point, you might even want to first stir, then turn off the stove top heat and just put a lid on the pot for a few minutes to let the ingredients heat up together for a bit so that the pasta doesn’t get overcooked.)

    6) Keep warming & stirring on very low heat (only for a couple of minutes if you’ve decided to leave the stove top heat on) til all ingredients are heated through.

    7) Serve with some great bread & butter or jam, a simple salad, some fruit, &/or whatever else you’ve got on hand!

    ENJOY!

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    • Awesome, and welcome to my little corner of the ‘net.

      We’re definitely going to have to try that since we love mac & cheese anyways. Definitely should be worth a try. 😀

      Thanks for that. 😀

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      • Tom, on the Mac and cheese, If you buy bags of pasta, or boxes, and cheese sauce your money will go further. make stretcher meals with it as above, I add 2 tbsp coconut oil instead of butter or cooking oil, and a little bullion about 2/3 teaspoon granuples per cup of dry pasta, use enough water to cover pasta, so you don’t have to pour out the water. add vegs /meat while it is finishing. If just want plain mac and cheese, adding 2 tbsp of coffee creamer will work in place of milk just stir in and get mixed well before you add the cheese. I use about 3 tablespoons of cheese sauce to a little more than a cup of dry pasta, we actually like little shells and rotoni better than elbows.
        to keep out bugs, put your pasta in the freezer for at least 7 days. or can pack in a five gallon bucket one five lb bucket will hold about 22 lb of spaghetti. can place in the zippered vacume bags , put a few bay leaves in with them to help repel andy bugs from finding your stash if you are not going to seal.I like to drop several kinds of pasta in one bucket so I have a variety to choose from after I open.
        On the pulled pork… try draining it, take out and put on a cutting board, making it very short pc’s. reserve the liquid for gravy, or to add to a soup if you have refrig.
        also Instant potatoes, in large box are what is billed as 36 servings, actually for us about 24.. but still cheaper than the packages.Box is 3.29 here in Always save brand. add coconut oil, or sun butter and a little canned milk
        or you can make up coffee creamer/ amount we use for a condensed tasting milk is 4 heaping tablespoons to 12 ounces of water. for milk like product, use # tablespoons for 16 ounces. My DH uses over cereal , best very cold so I make with a few cubes in the jar and shake. store food under childs bed. can use plastic gallon jars like whey conc powder comes in, put dry ingredients in, make sure lid rim is very clean and drop in a hot hands. label…H ope thee tips help you

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      • Wow! Lots of awesome info. I’m headed to bed now, since I have to be at church in the morning (joys of being church staff), but I’ll look at all this closer in the morning.

        Thanks!

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      • OK, now that I’m conscious again… 😉

        On the pork thing, draining it wasn’t really much of a possibility. It wasn’t really water, but thicker BBQ sauce (that was really pretty tasty). I actually got it for using over rice, and as is I think it’ll be fantastic for that. Either way, I’ll be getting more. The pieces were already pretty small, and it just had a bit more sauce than I would have wanted on a sandwich. If I do sandwiches with it again, I may try using a slotted spoon to pick it up and let a bit of the excess sauce drip down before putting it on the bread.

        And I agree about the potatoes. I got the packets because of the wife’s comfort, but she was looking at a much bigger box yesterday and talking about stocking that up.

        She’s getting the hang of this thing. 😀

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  3. Tom,
    I also came over from MD’s site. Nice blog.

    You don’t need a berkey water filter. Check out just water filter. You can get the filter and a spigot, plus two big buckets and make your own water filter for a LOT less money.

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    • Thanks, and welcome! I appreciate you stopping by.

      I remember someone mentioning that to me last week at MD’s place, and I bookmarked a source for that. In fact, I don’t know why I didn’t mention that in the post since that’s probably what I’m going to set up.

      After all, it’s a whole lot cheaper! Thanks for reminding me. 😀

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