sendittorob wrote:Hi I am new at this need a little help with some food storage ideas I have some canned food and pastas stored up already but I am having trouble figuring out the quantity and what others
Kinds of food I should stock. Because I have a useable pantry .
And also I am debating if I should stockpile mres and if so
What kind and from were would you suggest. Thanks for the help.
Hi and welcome to IPN!!
I wouldn't consider myself a food storage expert, but am willing to share my $0.02 and maybe this will inspire you a bit.
I'll start with MREs. Those are very expensive to acquire in the grand scheme of things. Most people will use a simple approach of $ vs Calories when it comes to food storage and MREs are likely at the far end of the scale. They offer convenience but not everyone like the taste and they don't keep nearly as long as people think, and still need to be stored in climate controlled environment for best storage. You'll hear people saying they hate rations from WW2 and are fine. Ok, but some people also eat glass and other weird things and I'm not about to follow their exploits...
Cans and dried goods offer likely the best bang for bucks, especially if bought in bulk. I'm assuming here that you've already started with a good 3 months worth of rolling stocks in your pantry. Otherwise, this should be your near term goals.
After that, consider getting some mylar bags, oxygen absorbers and 5 gal pails. DYI food storage is the cheapest way and you can achieve 20+ yr of storage that you can stash away and practically forget about. Pasta, legume, beans, flour, dried milk, rice. Bought in bulk, this is very economical approach to food storage. You can even organize your buckets as "ready to go" with an ensemble of foodstuff in each buckets.
Hope this helps somewhat.