In 1966 My Father told us kids that in our life time there will be an event that rocks the foundation of America. At this time you will need to use what Ive taught you and collect the things you will need.
After 9/11 I had nothing, spent a career with firearms, had had enough. Got rid of the camp gear. Had not reloaded in 20 years. Get the picture.
I spent from 2001 to 2003 collect everything reloading thing my old man showed me how to use. Paid $20-40 for RCBS presses. Not more than $60 for RCBS 10-10 scales (sold for $180 at the time, NLA) etc.
Conned my wife to come here from Asia. Then in 2006 we started to learn about food prep and storage.

We decided that to go as cheap as we can, because you know America will never have a food shortage.
To quote Joe Biden" Well, son of a bitch"

Homer buckets are number 2 food grade. with the lid they are under $5 each. We have 26 of them.

Grains can be kept for decades under good conditions. Currently we are eating out of one bucket we put together in 2008 (our oldest supplies now). Still taste good, we have it twice a week. In the 1600s it was called “gruel” today we call it cracked wheat.
We have 8 buckets full. Most is for given away to those less fortunate. ONE bucket will last two people 4 months if eaten daily. These 25lb bags of all natural cracked wheat are made by Bob’s Red Mill of Portland OR. The bags were $17 buck, now about $23. most stores carry it, and if they only have the one pound bags will gladly order you the 25 pounders.
We also store in each bucket of cracked wheat, 2lbs of brown sugar. Some have honey in them. These never go bad.
All grains have a 8-10 year shelf life if stored well.
Isnt your ass worth $25 for a bucket of food?
BE ADVISED: you can not eat cracked wheat 24/7 its very high in fiber and you will shit your brains out. We know.
That is where the beans & rice come in. Also MREs plug you up. If thats what you have, get cracked wheat to even you out.

8 more buckets: 4 with black beans, 4 with rice.
A years worth of rice & beans. Priceless. This alone with small game can sustain you and yours for a good long time.

Being the wife eats a lot of rice, we also have 150lbs of her favorite rice. The bags are too big for the bucket method.
She opens a bag every year, buys another and mylar bags the rest for use during the year.
The rest of the buckets have spices, oils, lard (for boolit lube)
and other stuff to make what ever we eat taste better.

This is stuff you can get today, cheaply.

On the other hand, my little bro paid $3000 for 25 year storage food, about 10 years ago.


Been working on that lately. Trying to get a years worth of food before the election. Hopefully we can supplement through the garden and hunting and make it last longer if things really go south.

You say Home Depot buckets are food grade? I was thinking of using those with Mylar bags because food grade buckets are $$$.


Go to your local grocery store to the bakery dept. ask for buckets. They have buckets of all sizes that have icing and food stuff in them, and when their empty they throw them away. I get them all the time for free with the lids.


Man, and people call me cheap!

In all seriousness, that’s a great idea / outstanding advice. :+1:


A triangle on the bottom with the number 2 in it means food grade.
Those free buckets are not easy to clean out. Thats why we went with new.


My grocery store must clean the buckets out, the only thing I noticed was the ones that had vanilla icing in them, you could smell the vanilla still.


and always will be able to. Icing and pickle buckets you dont get the small out.


Dry canning.
Thank Darleen she turned us on to it


Basic vulnerability of the ‘just in time’ supply chain system that various industries have switched to. Everything’s fine until there is a sudden increase in demand, or a failure in the supply chain, and whichever one of those you get first, it will trigger the other.

This year was a series of those events, starting with China locking down much of their industry, resulting in various shortages here, followed by panic buying, then various things were shut down here…

The left has been working themselves up to not accept an election outcome involving a Trump win. If Trump wins, republicans keep the Senate, and the House flips to republican majority, the extreme left will probably be screaming fraud and ramping up the ‘civil unrest’ that they have already been causing. This will cause more supply chain disruptions, as the trucks can’t roll when you have idiots blocking the interstates (well, can’t roll unless you tell the drivers they can run over obstructions).

They’ve made it clear that they believe they can shut the country down and force the rest of us to let them have what they want. It would be foolish to not expect them to try.