I have been trying to find the ideal contents for a 5 gal bucket cache of food for one person for one month. The easy to prepare foods that store a long time and provide the primary calories for a meal. The intent is to hunt and gather greens, fish, small game, roots, etc. to supplement the cache. It would be an interesting post for your blog to open it up for discussion. One bucket = one month. 12 buckets = 12 months. Simple, repeatable and invaluable. I could easily dig 12 holes outback to protect my food in case I am forced to leave my home either temporarily or long term. But a years supply on shelves is problematic if someone is breaking down the front door or you have to bug out for any reason. Any ideas?Sounds like Contest Time, to me!
I'm going to change the rules just a bit, and provide some guidelines:
- The contents of the bucket have to provide food for one person for one month.
- Assume it is the dead of winter, and you can ONLY survive on the supplies in the bucket. The one exception is, you can assume you have unlimited access to clean water.
- The bucket will be a 6-gallon bucket. For general guidelines, these will hold about 40 pounds of dry rice or beans, leaving you with a bit of head room. The food you store must be able to have a shelf-life of at least 5 years. If you want to use mylar bags, FoodSaver bags, desiccants, oxygen scrubbers or anything else to promote longer life, go right ahead.
- Expect to need 2,000 calories a day. That would be approximately 60,000 calories for a 30-day bucket. I know, I know, it may be more or less than that, but we need to add some number to at least have a starting place.
- It should come close to the USDAs Recommended Daily Allowances (PDF) numbers for protein (91g), carbohydrates (271g) and fat (65g). Think about vitamins and minerals as well.
- Equipment available to you to cook/prepare the food: Whatever you want. If you want a full-blown kitchen, or a standard camping set-up, that's your call. Design your bucket accordingly. And NO, the cooking equipment doesn't also have to fit in the bucket!
- Price is no limit. Like the food prep guidelines, spend in whatever price range as fits your lifestyle.
- Include the item, amount, calories and grams of protein, carbs and fat.
Alternatively, if you want some privacy, you may send me a private email to the "info @ BisonRMA.com" email address with any code you'd like - say "12345" or "Big Ears" or whatever you'd like.
This email must be time stamped BEFORE your post in the comments section. When you post your entry, just start or end it with "code 12345" or whatever you chose. That way, I'll have a way to contact you if you win. Any email addresses I receive will be used for this contest ALONE. I hate spammers, and I won't be one!
I'll run this until Sunday, 8/15 at 11:59pm, then pick a winner. Picking the winner is my decision, and mine alone.
The winner will receive a one ounce .999 silver bullion coin. This one, in fact -
The one with the Bison, of course!
Here's my entry to get you started (no, I can't win!) -
Powdered eggs, white rice, pinto beans, 30 multi-vitamins. I'd add as much salt, pepper and other spices in ziplocks and/or FoodSaver bags as would fit in the bucket after the food.
With the powdered eggs, I'd need 4 of the #10 cans. I'd transfer each can to a FoodSaver bag. Each of the 15 pounds of rice and beans would be in separate mylar bags, each with 2-500cc oxygen scrubbers.
Packing the bucket would take a couple of days. I'd start with 15 pounds of beans in a mylar bag and then I'd seal it up as shown in this video. After the air had been evacuated, I'd place another mylar bag on top of the beans, fill it with rice, and repeat the process. The powdered eggs in the 4 FoodSaver bags, along with the vitamins in a ziplock would then be placed on top, and the lid would be pounded on.
Here are the stats -
Spartan? Boring? Yep, but you'd be alive after a month. The cost for the food would be about $135 for the eggs, $12 for the beans, $7 for the rice and (I'm guessing) $5 for the vitamins = $159. The bucket, gasketed lid, mylar bags, FoodSaver bags and oxygen scrubbers would run less than $20.
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Now get to it! I really like this idea, especially the thought of a full month of food in a nice, compact, easily transportable container.
Be creative. Maybe sneak in some sweets, different whole grains, more spices - whatever. Just remember: That's all you'll be eating for a whole month...
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