We have a LDS facility in my burg. However they do not, for a variety of reasons, care for my agency.duodecima wrote:I'm actually going to disagree with this in the OP's case (even if the OP hadn't said they weren't an option. OP lives in what sounds like a rural area of Texas, they might be quite a drive away, just for starters...)ineffableone wrote:#1 first place you should hit up is the LDS home storage center.
I say this as somebody who is a huge fan of the LDS centers, I have a whole bunch (not a literal ton, but a lot) of their stuff. But my goals and eating/cooking patterns are TOTALLY different than the OP's, I do a ton of cooking and baking from scratch, eat out maybe once a week, use my wheat grinder weekly, and I'm working up to a year for 3 times my usual household, and I have really good space to work with for that.
The OP and his wife have some serious space constraints, are looking for less than 2 weeks of food, sound like they eat a lot of perishable foods (?paleo/primal?) and eat out over half their meals. Mad props to the OP for seeing that, if they're cut off for very long, (or not cut off but there is some more general supply chain disruption) they're going to have to do something very different from what they usually do, and preparing for it.
What the LDS absolutely excel at is 20-30 year foods - but they are very basic. Other than the powdered milk, quick oats and macaroni/spaghetti, none of the 20 year food is prepared quickly. I like Honeyville but a lot of their stuff is the same - beautiful bulk long term storage but requires significant cooking.
While I literally have none of it myself, I think for the OP & his wife to try out various freeze dried just-add-water meals like Garand69 is suggesting makes a lot of sense - in a disaster the OP may be very busy on the job, and quickly prepared stuff will be the least disruption to their lives, and may be the easiest for them to rotate when it comes up on it's shelf life. Ditto maybe trying out some MRE samplers (which I need to do! It's not our regular food but in a disaster I might not have time or fuel to cook like normal either). A pack of Daytrex bars (which I agree would be horrible if that's all you had but make a fine meal-on-the-run when you're busy, imo, I have tried them), and maybe a box of pasta and some canned soup or no-bean chili to go over it would give some variety. You can find all sorts of foods that are canned or retort packed that might match what you usually eat (I have a crate of microwavable rice packs and indian food pouches since that fits our current eating patterns).
If you don't usually eat things like spaghetti or canned no-bean chili, but would in an emergency they could be donated annually to your food shelf.
I'm blushing a little at serious space constraints; actually it has more to do with priorities, but its serious to us.
Microwavable? Now you're talking.
I like the idea of donating the stuff to the food bank-we are enthusiastic supporters of the same, and that really eases my mind. I can just hear my wife's comments about having to eat stuff just because the shelf life is expiring.
Some really great information here, guys. Thanks a million.