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ADMIM:   I have an adequate supply of Wise Food and other food and will share some of my tips in this forum later on.   I found this news story and it is a perfect start for anyone wanting to start getting prepared so I wanted to post it to get this forum started.   You can click on the highlighted links for more info.  Here is the story:


Costco is helping out both doomsday preppers, and those just interested in stocking up in case of a disaster.
The major wholesale retailer has rolled out three emergency kits – costing $1,000, $3,999.99 and $5,999.99.
The cheapest option has a one-year supply of food and is made up of nearly 100 1-gallon cans of wheat, rice, granola, apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, beans, onions, corn, beef, chicken, milk, sugar and salt. The cans have 6,200 servings of food and will last up to 25 years.
The more expensive kits provide food for larger families for one-year – for groups of four and more.
The company gave little details about the popularity of the kit, but said in an e-mail to the Free Press, “The idea came about making a great starter kit for a family who wanted to prepare for any kind of disaster.  This is a great value with shipping included."
Retail expert Ken Dalto expained that after a series of hurricanes that devastated United States’ southern region, and increased fear around North Korea, more people may be looking to stock up on nonperishable items.
"You have hurricanes [Harvey, Irma and Maria]. You saw what that did," Dalto told the Free Press. "You add to that climate change, and terrorism, and the idea of nuclear war, which is very much in the news with North Korea, and they can develop a missile that might be able to hit California — even Seattle.”
Other retailers — including Walmart.com — have started to offer emergency kits, but for much shorter durations like one day to a week, and typically offer more portability. Wise Food’s five-day kit comes packed in a bag for easy transport.
 
Concrete numbers of how many people are purchasing these kits are not known yet, but with more stores offering this service it seems like the demand is increasing.
The emergency food and supplies are all available Costco members on the company’s website. 
 
 

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FWIW, I have found the WISE products to be pretty heavy in salt, for those that need to watch that (such as me!).  I've had pretty good luck with a company called Emergency Essentials https://beprepared.com/ If you get on their mailing list they have some pretty good sales throughout the year and you can put together your own kit over time that way.   
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I check that site out David.   I like the fact a person can build up a supply based on their preferences instead of being locked into prepared meals.   I am going to sign up for their mailing list.
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My wife and I found it hard to pass up a deal home shopping network had on a 152 serving Wise foods bucket for cheap cheap. It is not the main staple of our pantry, but it should make a helpful addition with a very long shelf life. Will definitely look into the other site too as I am always looking for new things. 
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I picked up some 'buckets' at work that went on clearance. Handy to have.

When I said buckets, I meant Wise Foods-type meal buckets....but 5 gallon buckets are handy to have too, as David points out......
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I just made a purchase from the site David recommended https://beprepared.com/ .   I have plenty of Wise Foods and I have buckets of my own making.  What I did was buy 5 gal buckets from a local guy that works at House of Flavors Ice Cream.  These are the buckets that the mixing powder comes in and as it is a food product they can not reuse the buckets so he brings them home and steam cleans them and sells them for $2 with lid.   Since it was a food bucket the lids have a silicon seal and they seal very tight.

I put items in these buckets like bulk rice, beans, salt and bullion.   These items are very inexpensive, except for the bullion but I feel it is necessary to add flavor to the rice and to the beans as this will help break the monotony of eating so much of it.   So one of the items I bought from the web site was the bullion flavoring as it has a longer shelf life then the ones I have and I can get the small jars I have out and use them up and store the new purchase I just made.  I purchased some the meat bits as these can also be added to the rice.  I purchased the Butter as this is another way to make rice go down better.  I have two cast iron Dutch Ovens and can put these on my grill and cook the rice in one and the beans in another.  Wood is plentiful here in Michigan so fuel is not an issue.  

I also have large bags of pop corn and oil stored.   This is not only a food but can make a treat especially if there are children in the home.  I can make this on the grill buy using one of the Dutch Ovens and use the butter I purchase to flavor the pop corn.

Another use for the rice is many of the Wise Food Entre can be extended with rice.   I did this as a test and had some people over and was able to feed four adults with one entre by serving it over rice and there was food left over for at least two more people.  I don't how many people I could end up with here so I have to plan now to have more food then I think I would need.   Add this important fact "FOOD WILL BE THE NUMBER ONE BARTER ITEM" so you can not have to much on had as it can be used to barter for other items that you may not have or run out of.

I also bought the milk as this is not only an important drink but a food in its self.   I bought a lot of the fruit as my Wise Foods buckets do not contain any and again, this break ups the monotony.  One issue many ignore or forget about in a survival situation is "Morale" and having good meals with a variety of foods can be a morale builder for all parties.

I am sure that most people will hesitate about spending money on something they are unlikely to ever use, takes up storage space and will most likely end up being disposed of many years from now.   Yes, these items are not cheap and if the money is tight spending it on something that may never happen is hard to do.   Anyone reading this can start putting up the buckets of rice and beans that I described above and if you start now you can begin making small purchases of the Survival food like we have been discussing and pick up a bucket once a month or as you budget allows.  There are brands out there other then the ones we discussed so I recommend buying the small sample pouches and trying them first and then decide which ones to get.

I am guessing that the average home in America has less then five days a food on hand as today we tend to stop on the way home and get something to cook.  Others feel they are to busy to cook and eat out or have delivery far to often.   These are the people that will standing around waiting on the Government to bring them MRE's.    Are you one of those?





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People completely underestimate the "treat" for day to day long term survival. It is very important to the mental well being of individuals, both child and adult alike to have something that breaks up the monotony of a limited diet, in other words we need to treat ourselves occasionally just to help our mood. A couple I know started a homestead in Alaska a number of years ago. They would work in the city over summer, gathering money and supplies, and then freightor canoe out to their property with their supplies to make the yearly required improvements on the homestead, and run their winter trapline. The first year they went very barebones and forgot to provide for a treat. by the end of winter they were very stressed and carving sweets and treats of all types. The second year they included popcorn, and popcorn salt, along with a small amount of sugar. These things made their lives much more interesting and comfortable, and when the winter ended they were much better mentally. 
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Another source for good buckets is your local bakery.  I like to have a couple of 6-gallon buckets around, BTW, because they are just the right height for me to sit down on.  And since we are on the topic, there is a toilet seat designed specifically to go onto a bucket.  Hmmm, I guess that counts as a seat too<G>!
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We have used one of those toilets for a long time as our camping toilet, add a sower curtain and it makes a decent and private toilet in hunting camp, if pretty chilly in December in Michigan. 
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The food I ordered from Be-prepared arrived.   Prompt shipping.  The average manufactured date is June 2017 which is good as some of the other brands are already a year old by the time I get them.    All are in metal cans with metal tops which made me realize that I don't have a mechanical can open.   So there is another item I failed to have in my Emergency supplies.   We over look the little things so often. Will get two of them next time I am in Town as I believe in having back ups.   As I put the cans up in storage I again thought that the perfect scenario is that once I am gone and the kids come to clean out this house that they have to throw it all away as it is expired.   This means I lived a long life and that the Spit never hit the fan.

I will purchase more in the coming months and continued to do so over the years.   This is not only an emergency food issue but these can will make excellent Barter if the crisis is serious enough and an extended event.


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"I don't have a mechanical..."  LOL!  That is why there are a number of the old military P38 can openers scattered in various places around the house.  
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I had a couple when I got out but they walked off over the years.  So I bought one of those new and it broke the first time I used it.   They don't make them like they did in the old days.   Would love to find some built right.   Anyone know a brand that will work and hold up?
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Get the P51 can opener- no, not holding the can up to a prop.....it's a P38 on steroids. I have one on my keychain, so do both my boys, so we'll never go hungry. 

Bud K sells them, I'm sure others do too. I also have both sizes in my go bags. 
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