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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2021, 02:08:02 PM »
Laid in another 45 lbs of rice and beans. I need to package it in 5 gal buckets now. Which means I need more 5 gal buckets.

I've been building 5 gal buckets with roughly 10 lbs rice, 10 lbs different beans and lentils, a bottle of oil, and a spice of some sort. Based on my calculations, it should do for about 20-25 days of food for 1x adult, and I feel having a different spice in each one will help with food boredom. Also, having different beans/lentils helps too. But based on my 2 years of mostly rice, beans, veggies and meats (when available), I wish I could get more variety for cheap.

A key issue is "am I just prepping for my family? Or my extended family and maybe others?"

Realistic answer: we are always prepping for more than just our family.

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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2021, 03:15:04 PM »
Have you had any problem finding lids?  Lowes usually has enough buckets to stack to the ceiling, but many times has no lids.

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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2021, 03:39:06 PM »
Have you had any problem finding lids?  Lowes usually has enough buckets to stack to the ceiling, but many times has no lids.

When I was in Lincoln, NE, I started having a hard time with lids starting in about 2020. I think I mostly used Lowes but also searched at Home Depot.

Different state now, but my local Tractor Supply (60 min away) says they have both lids and buckets in stock. I was considering just ordering, but might try to do an in store pickup or something. There is a Cabela's in that town too, and the drive is pretty, so any excuse to go is a good one.

FYI to all: I was keeping some cans of spam in each of my buckets, but they were about to expire so my wife donated them and I have yet to replace them. My wife would rather I didn't replace them, but I'm kinda fond of spam now.

Anyway, that is how my buckets used to be a 25 day supply, and are currently a 20 day supply for an adult.
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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2021, 10:37:43 PM »
I've been building 5 gal buckets with roughly 10 lbs rice, 10 lbs different beans and lentils, a bottle of oil, and a spice of some sort.

For some reason it never occurred to me to put different but complementary items in a single bucket. This just blew my mind and completely changed how I'll pack my deep pantry in the future. Except I will add multiple spices in each bucket.
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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2021, 06:03:53 AM »
I've been building 5 gal buckets with roughly 10 lbs rice, 10 lbs different beans and lentils, a bottle of oil, and a spice of some sort.

For some reason it never occurred to me to put different but complementary items in a single bucket. This just blew my mind and completely changed how I'll pack my deep pantry in the future. Except I will add multiple spices in each bucket.

Perfect idea!

My logic is "if I have 5x buckets, I now have 5x spices, + iodized salt." I recently discovered that iodized sea salt is also a thing and I am now stocking that.

Anyway, you don't need to do things the way I did them. I just wanted to share my logic.

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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #45 on: October 05, 2021, 06:08:10 AM »
Have you had any problem finding lids?  Lowes usually has enough buckets to stack to the ceiling, but many times has no lids.

I checked another local farm store and they, too, had food grade buckets but no gamma lids. They had the clip down lids, but that was just not what I wanted.

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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #46 on: October 05, 2021, 03:16:19 PM »
Laid in another 45 lbs of rice and beans. I need to package it in 5 gal buckets now. Which means I need more 5 gal buckets.

Curious - How are you packaging the buckets?  Individual vac sealed bags, or putting it all in a large bag, and dumping in an Oxy absorber?
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« Reply #47 on: October 05, 2021, 06:18:15 PM »
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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #48 on: October 24, 2021, 11:27:29 AM »
Winterized the guest house yesterday, it's really only adding some antifreeze to the toilet and a few squirts for the connectors for the (removable) water line to the pump.  Need to get some more RV antifreeze on the next trip to Amish country (best prices around).  Filled the firewood rack in the garage from the wood crib, we'll likely need to light our first fire of the season this coming week.  The passive solar in the primary home is all we've needed so far to keep the inside temps in the high 60's, even with 370 heating degree days this season and nighttime temps down into the 30's and highs in the 50's recently, but the next few days look cloudy, rainy, and colder.  Ordered a couple Lansky Pucks, never used these before but going to give them a try for a better edge on our kindling hatchet.  Still trying to deal with that badger(?), a new hole last night, but this one is different - dug in a circle around a mostly buried rotten stump.  Putting out a second Dakota Alert in the hope whatever it, or they, are trips one of them.

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Re: What did you do today to prepare?
« Reply #49 on: October 24, 2021, 08:21:12 PM »
Added:
Four boxes of crackers.
Four pounds honey.
Two cans chicken.
Seven cans diced tomatoes & green chilies.
Four pounds peanut butter.
Nine pounds roasted cashews.
Four large original V8.
Four 2 ltr. bottles water.
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