The Survival Food Pyramid

Survival Food Pyramid

From personal experience I know, when you first get into surviving/prepping the information thrown at you can be overwhelming. The Survival Food Pyramid will get you started stocking food in a logical, simple, and economical way.

Everyone who has a basement full of canned goods and a survival garden started somewhere.  We will help get you started.

The Concept

The top of the pyramid is for stocking the smallest amount of food for the shortest amount of time. The idea being that someone who is completely new to prepping can start with a cheap and easy goal and build (downward) from there.

This pyramid will keep you from spending time and money on preps that, while they may be useful overall, are pointless to you right now.  How much of a 50 pound bag of flour or rice will you use in a 3 day long power outage? Prepping in complete, logical steps is the smart way to go.

Survival Food Pyramid

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Immediate

If you are new to prepping, or you are experienced but find your supplies jump all over the map, start by stocking enough food and supplies for a 3 Day Emergency. This can be as simple as a single trip to the grocery store. Buy a 3 day supply of food for you household (be sure to get things with a long shelf life) and place it somewhere other than your pantry. (See our selection of Mainstay Food Bars – they have a 5 year shelf life and come in 1200, 2400, 3600 calorie packages)

If you have a typical local situation, such as a major snow storm or power outage, you won’t be one of the people raiding the grocery store.

Be sure to include at least 1 gallon of water per day, per family member, and something to cook on, Forge Survival Supply has several types of survival stoves.

Extended

The extended food preps simply build on the immediate preps. On further trips to the store, add a few food items to your 3 day cache each time and you will soon have enough to survive for several weeks. Perhaps choose a dedicated closet or other area to stock your preps.

Remember that the extended survival food supply is going to need regular cooking supplies to be stocked, such as oil, flour, sugar, spices, etc. You will also need larger water containers to support not only drinking and cooking, but hygiene.

Long Term

Long term food preps mean there has been some type of major disaster and there won’t be any trips to the store for months.. This step moves on from basic stocking, to self sustaining.

You will have to have stocked bulk supplies of staple foods for cooking, like flour, wheat, sugar, and canned goods. A large fuel supply, or alternative cooking method will have to be used, and hunting if it is available. You will also have to have an alternative water source such as water collection, filtration, and recycling.

Perpetual

The perpetual food supply is for total collapse from which there is no coming back or voluntary off grid living indefinitely. You must have a self sustaining food supply, like a garden with heirloom seeds and large hunting area. You must also have a natural water source other than anything you have stocked.

*Take Note

All of the time periods and recommendations in the pyramid are general. There are no specific rules. You immediate preps might last you a week. Your extended preps might run out in a month. It all depends on your situation, and what you have stocked.

Where are You?

I’m curious to know where our readers are on the Survival Food Pyramid. Are you guilty of jumping around without purpose? I’m currently working on my Extended Preps (3 Weeks or so).

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survivor_1997 April 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I am currently working on my immediate preps for my family of six. Thanks for putting this together, its a big help.

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Lucas_SurvCache April 5, 2010 at 7:10 am

survivor_1997,

Good job. Getting started is really the key and the step by step process makes things mangeable.

Glad I could help!

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Feeling paranoid June 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

I am currently around 6 months. I have a lot of non emergency supplies. I am waiting for the next couple of months to start stocking for long term. My husband and I are looking for perpetual but we are self employed with around 50 people on payroll. We are looking for property with a water source but cannot aford at this time. What is everyone going to do or say to family and friends that you have warned but are not taking heed? Everywhere I look, not website seems to address this issue.

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Lucas_SurvCache June 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm

First, congrats on everything you have so far – a 6 months supply is impressive and much better than most people.

I would also love to have some property with a water source, but I can't afford that right now either.

To be honest, no one outside my immediate family knows that I prep and if they came obviously I would take them in. I really don't think any more of my extended family or friends know that I prep so I'm not too worried about it.

I've seen this issue debated on the forums many times. Most people seem to think there aren't very many options. You either have to get them to start prepping or be prepared to make a difficult decision: to let them or not when the time comes. Not something I want to do.

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DerekcopUSMC October 22, 2010 at 2:53 am

2 of 2-Absolutely! They took care of me when I didn't have the ability to care for myself, so I owe them the same, should they ever call on me. In addition, I'm fortunate that my father is a more competent outdoorsman than I may ever be, and would be an asset to the survival and welfare of those I am responsible for, because I know that he shares a feeling of responsibility to these same people. But friends and neighbors? When the food runs short, if I have taken them in, and the choice comes down to their kids starving or mine, I want EVERYBODY who would not put the survival of my family before their own, OUTSIDE THE WIRE. For me, that precludes everybody but my parents. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, but I will accept the guilt for turning them away. It's the price I am willing to pay to ensure the safety and security of my own family.

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DerekcopUSMC October 22, 2010 at 2:52 am

1 of 2 -I don't know what your family situation is, but I have a wife and two small children (#3 is on teh way). They would be unable to take care of themselves in a real emergency. (I'm not patronizing my wife, she's a tough girl with aniron will, but she hasn't had the outdoor, hunting, or military experience to feel capable of re-supply if something happened to me in an emergency). Therefore their needs are my top priority. I like my neighbors. but with every decision I have to weigh the effect to my family. My own parents?

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Laura08 July 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

This senerio unfortunate; but if we allow ourselves to not mince words, this idea that someone else will take " take care of us " for those that did not preppare, or save, or educate themselves is what has gotten this world into the troubling mindset we are currently in. My oppinion is that those who that have had the forsight to do what is right and nessesary should not feel guilty turning those away that did not. Especially if they were warned and encouraged to be proactive for when TSHTF.

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aj52 June 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

To Feeling Paranoid. I have given this a lot of thought and I have come to a tough to make decision. Many people live in the here and now without regard to the future. Instant gratification is the norm now.. My approach has become the same as when I try a piece of equipment or learn a new skill. If it's not useful it will be discarded. I was not put on this earth to carry their dead weight. Why would I struggle to support someone who won't contribute to their own well being any more than I would try to start a fire with wet matches? My attitude does not include children the elderly or sick/injured people. After all how we treat them is what makes us human.I know this sounds harsh but that's what I feel is realistic for me.If my resources are depleted/wasted on slackers how can I provide for others and myself who are trying. Survival may include surviving guilt as well!

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Lucas_SurvCache June 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

very well said aj.

This is one of those things everyone has to figure out for themselves and I may actually make that question the subject of a "Survival Debate" article

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aj52 June 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Check out Mainstay Food Rations.Of particular interest is the temperature range for storage.claimed by the manufacturer. Could be part of a kit stored in a vehicle.

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Lucas_SurvCache June 27, 2010 at 6:01 am

Cool thanks for the heads up.

Just today I was looking at a graph of the shelt life of MRE's based on their storage temperature. Definitely something preppers need to think about.

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aj52 June 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Found another one .Check out emprep.com for types of ration bars that are claimed to be able to take temperature extremes. Now we just need someone to ride them around in their vehicle for a while and let us know how they did. Or maybe their next of kin could tell us .LOL!

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Lucas_SurvCache June 30, 2010 at 4:01 am

cool thanks for the resource. Haha, if you do a field extreme heat test let us know

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George July 2, 2010 at 4:38 am

Instead of stocking up on water get yourself a good Berkey water filter with ceramic filters . They are starting to get scarce nationwide.

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Lucas_SurvCache July 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

George I agree. But i encourage people to take steps to prepare in order.

A berkey is a great system but a several hundred dollar investment. You can pick up cases of water for 3 dollars.

A good filter system certainly has it's place. I just encourage people to logically build their supplies.

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aj52 July 4, 2010 at 12:25 am

Google "LDS Preparedness Manual". Whether a person shares their beliefs or not ,these people really have it in one sock when it comes to survival prep.

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TacSKS August 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

There are much cheaper ways to take advantage of the "Berkey" ceramic filters. You could just buy a ceramic replacement filter and build your own containment system (using plastic buckets) for about $50. Check out this link for almost everything you want to know about water, including easy plans to build your own gravity fed ceramic filter system.
http://www.grandpappy.info/wwater.htm

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Kevinthenurse August 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I noticed there are many "vac-seal" fans on the site, so I figured I would add my first 2 cents. I want to throw my "worst case scenario" butt-saver out there. All survivors know the "RULE of 3's". In the worst case where all you can get is water (no food what so ever) You can still have an edge! I call this edge my "lyte-paks". I make these with this formula: 7 potassium tablet/ 3.5 teaspoon salt/ 7 Tablespoon sugar. This will suffice for a weeks worth of 1-day supplies. I crush the tabs and mix it all together (this will make a 7 day electrolyte supply). I divide it out into 7 equal parts, then vac-seal. In an emergency where you cant get food, you can dump 1 of these per day in drinking water and replace vital supplements or just eat it dry. You can drink all the water you want but without the sodium and potassium the muscles will quickly get fatigued. After a few days without food and electrolytes you mental capacity, heart, an other muscles will be effected. Its the poor mans gator-aid. REMEMBER the brain runs on sugars, but the muscles/heart MUST have sodium and potassium for electrical function.

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bottomboy September 9, 2010 at 3:00 am

yall all have great ideas and good info but have yall notice that every site is about the same just saying would like some new ideas. oh and by the way , about the food and water issue. filters are a good way to go and stocking up on food is good to. but what happen if u need to go ur not going to be able to take every thing. so thing a little more……. what i mean is build the skills that are need to get food and water from thing around u. so u dont have to relay on stock pile so much.. explain- did u know u can make water urself out of ur own pee. how u do this dig a hole in the ground about 3'x3' by 3ft deep, a cup, bottle some that can hold water . then a sheet of plastic place with a rock in the center over the hole and make sure the sheet is in the shape of a funnel with the cup under it. once this is done pee on the ground about a foot away from the hole. by the afternoon the should be some fresh water. not a lot but some this just for oh sh@t moments.

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dboy September 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

ok well some people need to learn english on here because bottomboy sounds like a severe redneck which would not suprise me because he is ignorant and stupid or a mexican

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Shane October 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm

“O.K., well, some people need to learn English on here, because Bottomboy sounds like a severe redneck. Which would not surprise me, because he is ignorant, stupid and possibly a Mexican.”

Sheesh. Please think before writing.

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Acountryboycansurvive April 5, 2011 at 7:11 am

I knew a guy like you once (dboy) He like you, was very good at telling people if they misspelled a word or if they talked wrong. other that that he was dumb as crap! His idea of survival was a extra pair of glasses and pocket dictionary ! So how you been? Still dumb as crap I see.

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Howard Huggins October 9, 2013 at 5:52 am

I agree. dboy is a fool. With HIS attitude I think he will be hard-pressed to find a group that would want to have him as a member. He’s better off as a lone wolf type that no one would want to be associated with. What an ignorant goof ball.

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Proud Mexican October 15, 2013 at 5:02 am

sheeesh.. dboy = dousche bag boy?

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Mississippi Kid September 15, 2010 at 2:11 am

I think what bottom boy is trying to say is, that everybody on the right track but we need to think outside the boxes a little. For explain you live in a city with 500k and nobody else think the way you do, so you get attack because people find out what you have and they want it then what. So get the skill you need to find, kill, or make items that you need to survive. I agree with him every site is the same. Garb a bag and hit the road or stock up and lock the door and hide the key is all the web site ever talk about. So I say give me a new approach. And if any of this does not make sense please let me know I will try to explain in another way. It 1:20 A.M so sorry.

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Mississippi Kid September 15, 2010 at 2:29 am

It‘s suppose to say example in the 2nd sentence .Here is example of what I was talking about: Google wood gas generator and check out the site called mother earth.

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stu September 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

try again, what are you thoughts on solar backup? when? i have a sump pump but i also want to get a generator (i have a big one that i can get to but i'd like to have something more 'portable' to use at the home for sump and freezer/cooling.

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wolvesrunfree December 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I THINK THAT I AM IN BETWEEN THE IMMEDIATE AND THE EXTENDED. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS SLOWLY BUT ALWAYS ADDING TO MY SUPPLIES AND/OR EQUIPMENT. I WOULD BE DOING MORE BUT MY WIFE AND FAMILY THINK THAT I HAVE BECOME PARANOID AND WASTING TIME AND MONEY. WE ARE ALSO OLDER BEING IN OUR MID SIXTIES BUT I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SURVIVOR AND I'M NOT LETTING AGE STOP ME. ARE THERE ANY OTHERS OUT THERE THAT ARE IN THE SAME BOAT AS MYSELF?

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carl morgan September 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

65 now. building up to 12 month supply. ordering 550 gal. water tank for basement. already planted non hybrid kale and turnips. looking into solar panels and a windmill.

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tomkinton January 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

I'm doing ok. Probably could go for a few months (MRE-heavy right now). Am researching freeze-dried at the moment.

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bob March 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

i got a dehydrator. pears apples, beef jerky, venison jerky and potatoes that are dehydrated

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Survival Tips : The Survivalist Blog January 21, 2011 at 5:16 am

Good post and a good idea – the food pyramid should help a lot of people.

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Joel January 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Thanks!!

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Leroy February 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm

A great food related addition to a survival kit is a P-38 can opener. You can get them for about a dollar online. They are tiny lightweight can openers that work great and last forever. If you are in a survival situation and come across canned food, it would be a shame to waste half of whats inside the can opening it with a knife or pry tool. Just make sure you get a standard issue P-38 and not one made of crappy metal.

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john rambo February 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

we need to be rambo

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Susan February 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I am just starting off from ground zero. Although I do have seeds, as I had a garden last year and I am continuing that track.

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Jan February 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I get hung up on the stocking up on wheat, freeze dried foods & MRE's. Don't know what I would do with it or if it would get used up. I'm okay but heavily relying on my freezer as that's where my protein (meat) is being stored. How realistic is it to buy #10 cans of food?

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SingleMom September 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Some websites sell the smaller cans of dehydrated/freeze-dried foods. They're a little more expensive, but they're easier to manage. They also sell "sample" cans that are packed with small servings of a wide variety of the foods so that you can try them before placing a big order. We've tried several kinds of TVP (textured vegetable protein) and it's actually not bad. My kids like the bacon-flavored ones more than real bacon bits. I worry about power outages, so I have a small supply of them stashed away.

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bob March 27, 2011 at 10:43 pm

my advise is store up for the long haul. water, beans, the essentials, rifle, bow, tomahawk . and don't rely on anyone else, like the government. in a wshtf or teotwawki , they'll be too busy fending for themselves and the rich people. find a place make it your own. my blog powderkeg has some ideas i share. the lucky ones in a extremely long term disaster are going to be the ones who
probably died first. remember stores don't give away food

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bob March 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

you and me both brother. …every day we pray that someone else needs a new place so we can better prepare for our needs

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Acountryboycansurvive April 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

Very good info. I thank you for putting it up.I like to add a link you guys must see. Don,t tell anyone what you have! After seeing this. Your know why I say that. Most of us know our gov. is not the same as in 1776,even if they want us to believe they care about our rights and freedom.You must watch this as it is about your survival as much as food and water is too. In case I can,t put links on here Google (The Untold Story of Gun Confiscation After Katrina) then Google (Blackwater and Foreign Mercinaries Used on American Soil) Think about it! They took away our guns then in came blackwater!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-taU9d26wT4&fe… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP2ujviYmQ0

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Ben228 April 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Holy sh*t, Batman talk about a Goverment cover up. So the answer to the cop or anyone else who asks if you have weapons is NO! Nope no one here but us sheeple! I will look the cop or anyone else straight in the face and lie like a bear rug. And NO you can’t search my vehicle until you show me the Declaration of Marshal Law signed by the Govener or President.

As a mostly law abiding citizen, I respect LEO as long as they respect my rights. (BATF is an overreach if ever there as one!). If I’m in BO mode I’m basically doing complete E&E of every body cops and civilians!

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Mark May 7, 2011 at 7:01 am

I'm in my early 40's (okay almost mid-40's) and have been recently starting to stock up for emergencies. Like you, my wife thinks I'm paranoid so living in SC I finally convinced her we need "hurricane" supplies. I plan to slowly build up the reserves over time. Right now I figure I have about 8 days supply of food/water for my family of 4 plus the dog. Also stocked up on 1st Aid supplies. Guns and ammo not a problem, I have about 20 years worth of building up that stock pile as a hunter/shooter/CWP holder. Would love to buy a few acres 5-10 miles out in the country with a well and a propane powered house generator.

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WOLVESRUNFREE May 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR BACK FROM YOU. YOU SEEM TO BE DOING YOUR "STOCK PILING" IN A SLOW SENSIBLE MANNER. MANY PEOPLE FEEL THAT IF THEY HAVE SOME FOOD AND WATER THEY ARE SET. HOW SAD AND UNTRUE. FIRST AID SUPPLIES, FOOD SEEDS, PERSONAL PROTECTION SUPPLIES, ALTERNATE METHODS OF ENERGY, DIFFERENT WAYS TO PREPARE MEALS, ARE ALL THINGS THAT NEED TO GIVEN PRIORITY. GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOURS AND I HOPE TO HEAR MORE FROM YOU SO THAT WE CAN TO CONTINUE TO SHARE IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES.

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WOLVVESRUNFREE May 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCES. I THINK THAT WE OLDER PREPPERS NEED TO PASS ALONG SOME OF OUR OTHER OLDER FRIENDS. YES, MOST WILL LAUGH OR CALL THE MEN WITH THE WHITE COATS BUT THE WORLD WILL NEED SOME OF OUR YEARS OF WISDOM TO HELP TO NOT TO REPEAT PAST MISTAKES. EVEN THOUGH MY WIFE WILL NEVER AGREE WITH WHAT I'M DOING I WILL NOT LET THAT STOP ME FROM DOING IT. I'VE SAVED HER BEFORE AND I PLAN ON DOING IT WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM ALL PEOPLE WHO SHARE OUR IDEAS.

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Guest November 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I'm also an older prepper. Good luck to you and your family!

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WOLVESRUNFREE May 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

THANKS, CHEFBEAR FOR THE ADVISE ON ON THE BLOG. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF READING IT NOW AND AM GOING TO TRY AND FOLLOW SOME OF THE IDEAS. IT SOUNDS AS THOUGH YOUR FAMILY GONE THROUGH A LOT AND COULD PROBABLY GIVE SOME OF US PREPPERS A FEW EXTRA IDEAS.

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Kevinthenurse June 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

I hear tons about the LDS store and think they are great for long term items. One place that has been failed to be recognized is "Angel Food Ministries". What is this place? Well its actually a food distribution network that works in cooperation with local churches (odds are there is at least 1 within 20 miles of you. You can find locations on their site.) There are tons of PROs to using this network, such as: 1) inexpensive good food. 2) Monthly change of menu. 3) Quick pick-up. 4) Online ordering. 5) Premium meats CHEAP!
There are a couple of CONs to the organization. It is CLEARLY stated on the site when pick-up of items is to be made. I think its a 3 or 4 hour window, on a specific Saturday, that you can get your order. If you miss your window the food gets donated to the needy.The other is you order this month and pick up next month. (I always print my receipt, write the pick-up date/time in large letters, and stick it to my fridge as well as set an alarm on my smartphone)
What type of foods and how much, you ask? Here is the website http://www.angelfoodministries.com/ just click "this months menu" in the websites menu.

You can order as much as you like. Of course, this was started a long time ago for needy families, but now they cater to everyone. My wife and I do very well money-wise but I can't turn down these deals. They are like the LDS store in the sense that they welcome everyones business. You don't have to be member of their church, and there are no sermons involved.

Even if YOU aren't interested, check it out for less fortunate family members or friends.

I can vouch for the steaks and marinated chicken breasts they are GREAT! They ARE NOT cheap cuts!

Would like to see replies from anyone that uses angel food ministries, or checks out their site.

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beenthere4real September 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I agree whole heartedly with the whole food pyramid concept, and for those of you just starting out it is a great guideline. But when it comes to actually cooking the food thats where I differ in opinion! Liquid fuel stoves that work of a fuel bottle tend to be messy and not easy to use, propane is in mho the ideal type of stove for short term or long term stay put situations. For a bug out I recommend a folding stove and 4 cans of sterno or canned heat, but knowing how to start and maintain a fire and haveing the tools to do so should be a priorty skill to learn and practice.

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SWATDUDE December 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

For those who deer hunt, I canned my doe I shot. You talk about some good meat. I was amazed how tasty it was. My buddy told me how to do it, so I tried it. Plus it needs no refrigeration. Here is how its done.
You will need the wide mouth Mason jars because it makes it easier to stuff the meat in it. So cut up the deer meat in stew chunks.
Put 2 beef bouillon cubes in the jar.
1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Stuff the jar with meat and leave about 1 inch of space at the top of the jar.
Wipe the rim of the jar off to make sure its clean.
Put the lid and ring on.
Place the jars in the pressure cooker.
Add the water in the cooker and leave about 4 inches to the top of the cooker.
Put the lid on and bring to a boil until the "jiggler" starts to jiggle.
Set the jiggler at 15lbs of pressure and cook that sucker for 90 min.
The jiggler has to jiggle like 4-5 times in a minute.
After 90 min. let it cool down and open the lid and place the jars on a towel and let them seal.
You will be able to tell if they seal because the "pop".
It looks gross but man o man is it good.

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William January 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

For short term bug out I carry beef jerky. I empty the contents into a ziplock bag, remove all the air and stuff it in my bag. It is light and portable and can be eaten while on the run or moving to higher ground. There are many places one can find recipes on how to make beef or other meat jerky. I also pack a bag of beans. Beans are a fantastic source of nutrients. Dry of course. One can make a pot of beans and throw some other stuff in it and make a meal which would satisfy anyones hunger. I do on occasion use Jack Links jerky because you can eat it or use it as bait for the local Yeti. Please don't forget to include some humor in your BOB.

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Old Scout January 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I am starting over. Was razed in a LDS, huning and fishing home and food storage was something I grew up with. After I got married, in the late 70's – earlt 80's I realy got into the whole survival thing. Ended up with thirteen guns and a five year supply of food, water, and ammo (10,000 Rds. for my primary and 5,000 for my secondary weapon). Fast forwad 15 yrs. and a devorce later and I have no food no water, other than out of my tap, and no guns. So, now i am starting over and am currently working on my BOB kit, which is also a good 3-day/72 hr. kit. I just saw that my local grocer has 6 gal. buckets of wheat, rolled oats, ect. My plan now is to buy one bucket per pay day. Now, if I only had a gun.

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blacjac February 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

hi all
many of you are sharing good ideas.i have many can goods.in my BOB,i carry chia seeds,beef & chicken broth (bouillon)cubes (to make drinks out of),food tabs,fish oil,D3. about 5# a month of rations.most can be eaten on the move.very nutrious,keep dry good for years on tabs & chia seeds. chia has many sites check it out.so does food tabs.

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jeno February 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

If anyone tells you that you're wasting money they haven't been to a grocery store lately. If you can stock up on long term food and supplies for less than they will cost next year it's actually saving you money. Check the price increases of peanut butter and dog food alone. What you are doing is building a hedge against inflation. If nothing horrible happens you still have the supplies to use. As for wasting time, well, everyone needs a hobby. It just so happens that yours might save their lives someday.

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maggi May 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

im a hurricane prepper from childhood. lived in texas, now back in florida still on the gulf coast. i am a glutton for punishment. lol. i have started my new water "wall" storing 2 liter bottles behind the couch. i have a bug out bag just in case and even have one for my kitty, malachi, with his carrier and important papers and photos. he is better prepared than i am. have about a month or so of food staples and am building more now. have a nice little first aid kit put together – but not ready for bugging out yet.

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Terrence Westbrook August 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

It would be a good idea to keep a supply of vega one among your supplies. It may not last forever, but at least it will help cover your nutrition and keep you going longer.

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Nina October 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

Being one of "those kids in their thirties", I too laughed at my father when he started prepping. Im a researcher so he challenged me to an informed debate for fun and if I won he would help me build a add on to my garage I had been planning. I was competitive so I used all my skills online to gather information and prove him wrong about the need to pep. I was laughing about it . Im not laughing now. I have sold my house in the city and moved to the country. I dont tell anyone Im prepping but I have everything I need to last long term. My advise is to find some alternative way to engage their interest and Im sure your kids will understand :-) To me the prepper thing was what halfway insane people did until I took the time to look into it. My father helped me see the need through humor. He still built the garage add on after I told him he was right :-)

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Nina October 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

Its fairly inexpensive. I have taken up a love of gardening, I dry food and store it sealed with oxygen absorbers. I have all the chicken and eggs I could ever need and I live next to a fresh water lake full of fish. I have my own well and enjoy healthy green food. Its actually quite fun. This is a hobby thats growing and I enjoy all the fresh air. The city is close enough to visit on occasion and my friends often visit. My kids are to young to hear why I got started doing this but they love playing farm with me. I have 10 acres.

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engineman312 November 5, 2012 at 7:18 am

i was an Immediate Prepper, but now will be moving towards extended. i live in NYC, and while i was relatively unaffected by hurricane sandy, i had plenty of supplies to last a few days without power and heat. no one was really prepared for this storm and the following cold and the gas shortage.

looking forward to picking up some near gear, supplies, and tools.

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Enormous December 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

When We are talking about Survival Army Is The Most common concept came into our mind.. I am a Pakistani and In 2005 Earthquake in Azad Kashmir our Army Supplied food to rural areas in just 12-16 hours… I think world wide we should create a force to Help natural disasters victims….. and American People should be the Major part of that force.. We Pakistani are ready to train forces to tackle natural disasters… Stop Wars and Start to help people..

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flyingshank December 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Hello all!

Being a college student who's dorming on campus, I can't say that I've done any serious prepping lately. I do however, use my extra meal credits to buy larger packs of water and bring them home over the holidays, so at least that's something. Otherwise, I'm more likely to hide away a couple cans everytime we go to Costco.

One thing I may suggest is planting a fruit tree/bush/whatever or anything edible that can grow with minimal attention. We recently planted a peach tree (though I'm not sure how it is doing), some strawberries that spread out further every year, and some dill and onions that grow literally like weeds. You should check to see what grows best where you live, and also do some experimenting.

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guest December 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

No food stash is going to be good if it isn't stuff you eat on a regular basis ( this makes rotating your stock easier to).

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Rings Online February 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for your tip.I am working out a month supply.

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Mike Connecticut March 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

We are pretty deep into our food storage. Appx 600 lbs of flour, sugar, beans, wheat berries, rice, etc etc including also things like potato spuds bisquick cerials… This is our mylar bag storage. We opted for the 1 gallon mylar to have smaller portions. Inside the mylar bags we do o2 absorbers, moisture absorbers and a couple of bay leaves as a deterrent for the bugs and then pack about 5 of these bags into a foodsafe 5 gallon pail. Why the moisture packes and bay leaves, well, this is food that absolutely, positively needs to be good so I go a little overboard. These pails are then packed into a cedar closet i made in the basement. See part 2…

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Mike Connecicut March 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

we have appx years worth of canned goods which date out over appx 4 years. We rotate the coming years cans into our every day food supply and replace that to keep the years rotating. have appx 1/2 gallon of UA 15 honey (uncooked) for medical needs along with rotating aspirins, pain reliefs cold medicines etc… a must have fr everyone is brandy and real uncooked honey. anything respiratory like fallout in the air, a teaspoon and a shot of honey drank quickly will clear your respiratory. we rotate appx 50 gallons of fresh water (3 drops per gallon) bleach on 6 month intervals. We did do the double 5 gallon pail purifier with 2 ceramic elements. We put a well point in the back yard for a shallow well for our backup water. woodcoal stove for heat. t

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Mike Connecticut March 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm

another must have is soe of the foods with no expire date. sugar, honey, maple syrup and a big one nobody thinks about is pure vanilla extract (not imitation) yes it makes some things taste better BUT is great for a bad tooth ache. just gargle it around the tooth. we keep appx 50 1/5 bottles of whisky, rum etc for bartering purposes. we also have some gold and silver coinage for the dire times. We are going to try canning this year when the garden comes in. the nice thing about canning to me isnt the veggies though but is the chicken breasts, beef chunks, bacon etc etc which stores for 2 years. I also have done in #10 cans powdered whole eggs, nonfat milk, powdered butter and a few other items. Looking at canning the meats though as the cost of the longterm cans are extremely expensive.

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Peter Cunningham May 14, 2013 at 12:02 am

Storing the food for the long haul can be a little tricky. For example, not all foods will last very long unless chilled or frozen. It would be a useless waste of storage space to stockpile these.

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April Williamson July 21, 2013 at 1:57 am

A great food pyramid has been presented there I must say. For any kind of survival, drinking water is the most important part.

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Jay Larke August 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

Interesting concept about prepping. I need to get into it.

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I agree with the piramid above.

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Gayle October 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm

check your solar lights. the ones that take rechargeable AA batteries will charge them for walkie talkies as well, and you can pull the batteries after a day of charge for use in other things too.

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Echo October 10, 2013 at 2:18 am

solar panels may be a give away but the noise from a generator will surely advertize that you have not only power but goodies that the generator is saving. and then with a generator you also need to worry about stockpiling fuel and stabilizing it. and hoping that nothing happens to it or that it doesn't run out!!!

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Echo October 10, 2013 at 2:34 am

i'm guessing i'm in the 'extended' area. actually a little past it now. just what i have in the rv right now for normal stuff would in a pinch get us thru 3 wks of time. but i am going to be filling in the next phase of 3 month. then on to 6 months. when i get to 6 months i will feel pretty good and hopefully comfortable. i already have seeds to start a good size garden if and when i will need it. but having 6 months worth of supplies and food if shtf happens will hopefully carry us over a winter and into planting time. then we can go on from there!
i'm prepping for myself and my 2 adult kids. funny but it was a conversation with my son while we reminisced about a wicked snowstorm here in northeast tn that left us without power for 8 days or so. thankfully i had just gotten groceries and we are all experienced at tent camping backwoods style. had a small coal/wood stove too. but it got me to thinking. so i started prepping. after i get the 6 months worth set aside i will probably go ahead and get extra. it wont go to waste that's for sure. the son's girlfriends family are huge canners and her granny owns a house and property in the boonies of nc. so hopefully we will have all our bases covered!

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Aston December 14, 2013 at 2:40 pm

A large fuel supply, or alternative cooking method will have to be used, and hunting if it is available.

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Homer January 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

@George, He is right mate! A berkey is a great system but a several hundred dollar investment. You can pick up cases of water for 3 dollars. = )

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Flounder Gigger February 16, 2014 at 8:15 am

We began the 3 day prepping and have now moved into the 30-day prepping. This next month, after income tax refunds,k we will be moving into the six-month range – we are not LDS but use the LDS emergency preparedness manual quite a bit – having a good list of foods to purchase and storage references is a big help. I have also been researching on the internet bulk foods that are hard to find in regular grocery stores or Costco, Sam's Club such as one-pound bags of spices and seasonings, etc. By the end of this year, we hope to be in perpetual – we believe there will be coming "storms" of great magniture such as the collapse of the dollar, interest rates, unemployment, etc. Our son is really into the survivalist end of prepping; i.e., survival gear, hunting, etc. A family that preps together stays alive – we're also into food dehydration and canning and it's relatively easy to do -

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When National Geographic launched their series about the ‘Doomsday Preppers’ it was originally intended as a kind of ‘lunatic fringe’ exploration, a sort of sociological oddity. Since that first series a lot of things have taken place that have opened a lot more eyes to the fact that none of us are in Kansas anymore; the very real possibility that our civilization is balancing precariously on a precipice has become public knowledge. We all entered a pleasant state of affluent forgetfulness during the 80′s & 90′s, the occasional war in the middle east was still ‘over there’, a long way from daily jobs, schools, families (unless you were a military family!). We have seen the Police force morph into a military jack-booted instrument of the state, major world powers are getting antsy again-and the financial system has crumbled. Time to start thinking about what you can do to survive-hope it does not come to that, but be ready. Seems reasonable to me.

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Laura August 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

This is something I give a lot of thought to. I cannot seem to motivate some people I love to take seriously the need to prepare for possible (likely) hard times ahead.

I'm pretty sure most of them are planning to show up here, but won't come out and say it. I think what my husband and I have decided is to create a "contract" more or less. Before we agree to let them stay, they have to agree to things up front- namely that they will pitch in and do whatever work we assign, not help themselves to our supplies (no raiding the pantry, etc), and not complain. Their children must be disciplined too.

If we all know up front what is expected, hopefully it will make things go smoother or they can choose to walk away if they won't agree. If they've signed it, we can pull it out if problems arise and tell them that they must abide by the contract or leave.

It sounds like of legalistic and harsh, but if I'm kind enough to take them in when they are essentially mooching off of us, I think it's reasonable to get some help and respect in return for keeping them alive.

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CarolR October 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thank You very much for the Pyramid, it's more useful than several hundred words ! I believe we are set for a three-day event, and I am stocking for a month as my goal. We get tornadoes around here, so I'm putting things down in the "tornado shelter". One suggestion I might make, invest in some solar-powered gear such as lanterns and flashlights for the longer-term events. that and a battery/crank/solar radio.

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