This is really basic
- obviously, you'll need to decide what you like to eat (or at least what you're willing to eat) - and work with it a little.
At this point, we're just trying to provide the cheapest possible options for storing food.
A month seems a reasonable
minimum, at least to start with. The just-on-time nature of food deliveries, the growing potential for disruptions,
the possibility of avian flu evolving into something which could trigger a pandemic - all of these things suggest that the
prudent thing to do is to have enough food on hand to get by for a at least a while.
This is very tentative
- we intend to work with it and expand on it as we go along.
Per Person Per Month:
Depending on what
you buy and where, we estimated this basic supply would cost around $32 with sugar or $43 with honey.
Per Person Per Year:
powdered milk--100 lbs
baking powder--1 lb
We would personally
add a can of tomatoes and a couple of cans of tomato paste for each pound of legumes (or at least for each pound of beans).
Remember, though, in a worst case scenario, no power for an extended period of time during the winter could leave you with
frozen and ruptured cans.
Don't forget spices
- this is a really bland diet without them.
We would also include
dried fruit, vegetables, and meat.
This can be stored
in anything - we use old cat litter jugs (we bleach them, though that's probably not really necessary), plastic juice bottles,
coffee cans - the litter jugs are actually quite nice because they hold a lot, and you don't have to worry about the lid popping
off like you do with a coffee can.
Water is more problematic - 30 gallons per person is quite a bit, though you can buy 6 or 7 gallon water containers
where camping supplies are sold. Empty juice or wine jugs (I guess I just made an admission about my taste in wine)
work well, too. Add 1 tsp of bleach for each gallon of water, and change it regularly. If you have the room for
a 30 gallon supply, we really do recommend it - a power outage can stop the pumps, water supplies can be contaminated, a pandemic
will certainly mean that the waterworks is going to be short handed, and there's no way to predict the impact of that on water
quality or availability.