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    Default Stockpile building!

    Today after going to the bank, I went shopping. I decided to build my stock pile.

    I added:
    60 boxes of mac n' cheese (lowest price i've seen in over a year)
    40 lbs of flour(it was up already $4/20lb but it's only getting higher)
    40 lbs of rice - still the same price. Might get one more for the freezer.
    20lbs of sugar - at a good price, hoping it's still the same next week. I'll get more.
    8 large cans of tomatoes(diced and crushed)
    4 cans of peas
    4 cans of beans
    4 cans of corn
    1 large can of drink mix.
    2 cans of pineapple
    2 cans of mandarins
    1 can black eyed peas
    3 cans lentils

    I didn't get any tremendous deals, except the mac n' cheese, but I came in under our allotted weekly amount so we did good. There are 4 non-stockpile items. The balance would be the 20 packages of bread products, I bought yesterday for $16. All the good multigrains, 2 packs of bagels, 1 pita, 1 hot dog bun, 1 hamburger bun and 15 loaves of bread. .79 each. So I was right on budget for this week.

    I'm going to do inventory of the freezer and use the cuts of meat and frozen items we have in there. I want to get the freezer emptied so I can start my new frozen stockpile. But that said, it does mean most of my budget will be my dry goods stockpile.

    I do wish the family like beans more. Trying to get non perishable protein. I have tuna, I buy whenever the price is good. I can do alot with tuna..lol. But if the prices keep climbing and climbing, I'd love to have a healthy source of protein that isn't meat. Any ideas???

    I'm going to clean up the stockpile area and take a picture..lol. It's getting impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy4ever View Post
    I'd love to have a healthy source of protein that isn't meat. Any ideas???
    Well, you can always consider any nut products, and those last quite a while.

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    Also beans, grains, and legumes. Anything soy based. Aseptic boxes of tofu if you like it.

    Many canned fruits and vegetables also have some smaller amounts of protein.

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    Duh..lol. That's right good ol' peanut butter, almond butter, etc. I forget sometimes.

    I'm not fond of soy. I'll have to experiment to see if there's away we like it. No point in buying it if we don't use it.

    How to legumes differ from beans? I always bunch them as the same.

    We've gotten used to a big batch of soup on Wednesday supper. Feeds us then, thursday lunch, friday lunch. And sometimes Saturday. Need to look into other soups like minestrone to help with variety.
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    I usually just hear beans used to refer to...you know beans. Legumes include lentils and peas as well.

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    nice haul! i think my dh would love it at your house. ive got a great picture of him eating mac and cheese with his sister out of a watermelon like bowl (with a huge wooden spoon!)
    Marie

    I had a baby!

    Single mom, frugal to the bone, love doing stuff with my little one.

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    That is almost a years supply. If I can, I'm going back tonight to get a little more. ..lol. Dh thinks I'm crazy. But he'll appreciate it later.
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    Can I ask question? How long are some of these products good for? Is mac and cheese good for a year? do you eat 60 boxes a year? Sill questions I know but I never stockpiled because I am afraid i will miss the expiration date.
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    Most are good for up to 2 years. Yes, we would eat that much. When I make it or one of the kids do, it takes at least 2 boxes. (lunch consists of 6-11 people). So yes, we would. I've marked the purchase date, the kids know it's just like milk, the sooner the date, the sooner we use. Depending on the product, there issue might not be risk of food poisoning, but texture, stale, etc. Just like meat, it's recommended only 3-6 months int he freezer for most cuts. But who follows that? Canned are the only things I hesitate to push expiration date, but I only get stuff we'll use. I might try 1 can of something new, and if we don't like it I don't get it again.
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    The LDS (Mormons) Church has been revising their storage criteria since finding that most goods last MUCH LONGER than stated by most companies and agencies....up to 30 years on some! Of course by then taste has suffered a little but the food itself is still considered nutritional and that is the important part for emergency situations.

    http://providentliving.org/content/d...4224-1,00.html

    Dried foods will last a really long time and sometimes I think the boxes of Mac & Cheese are like Twinkies and will outlive us all.

    The most important thing to remember, however, is to "rotate" your food supply so it is always being kept fresh. Do not just store it away under your bed and forget its there for years.

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    And you may want to freeze anything with noodles, flour, or beans in it to kill off any chance of a weevil infestation. You get those in one thing and they'll spread like wildfire into all of your other food, and you'll have to throw it ALL out. It's not fun, trust me :-p

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    what's a weevil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy4ever View Post
    what's a weevil?
    Here's a nice description and picture:
    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weevil[/ame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy4ever View Post
    what's a weevil?
    Little bugs that come in all grain products. If you notice little moth-type bugs flying around, then you've already got a major infestation. They can get into all of your flour, noodles, even chew through cardboard and foil food packages. If you find their little scaly shells around your food, unless you want to be ingesting them, you have to throw out EVERYTHING thats not in a can and do a full-scale cleaning with bleach water in your cabinents. Thats why you should freeze all flour-type products for a minimum of 3 days before bringing it out, to keep the eggs from hatching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frugal Cook View Post
    Here's a nice description and picture:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weevil
    Ewww!!! I hate those things!

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