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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:03 pm 
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Curious, how much is 1/4 of a cow?


90 lbs of meat

50 lbs ground
15 lbs steaks
15 lbs roasts
10 lbs stews


Sorry, I know this isn't storage porn, but.....

I'm curious, was this like a Dexter or other mini cow? By my math that animal was only 600 lbs or so?


That was the finished product so figure in lots of skin, bones, and guts that we didn't get. We got a 1/4 from a different farm last year and it was about the same.

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Four barrels, two pumps and a wrench. 220 gallons of water storage for $148.

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Well.. broke down and ordered a couple of these.. I am torn because I didn't build these myself like my shelving system.. but they were on sale and took about 30 minutes to put together.. I did build rolling bases so they can be moved around as needed while we continue to finish the basement.

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Well.. broke down and ordered a couple of these.. I am torn because I didn't build these myself like my shelving system.. but they were on sale and took about 30 minutes to put together.. I did build rolling bases so they can be moved around as needed while we continue to finish the basement.

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those are amazing, where did you get those from?

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Well.. broke down and ordered a couple of these.. I am torn because I didn't build these myself like my shelving system.. but they were on sale and took about 30 minutes to put together.. I did build rolling bases so they can be moved around as needed while we continue to finish the basement.

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those are amazing, where did you get those from?


Looks like the stuff from www.shelfreliance.com

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I have a freezer in my basement that is stuffed, and none of this includes what is in my kitchen cabinets, fridge or freezer. I also have a few hundred pounds of rice, flour and pasta not pictured. There is another shelf that has all canned beans.. also not pictured. I also have about a years worth of other stuff like laundry soap, personal care items, garbage bags, ziplock bags etc. Pictured is about 60% of what I have. Keep in mind we have 6 people in our family. I have four kids ages 21, 17, 13 and 3 along with my husband and myself.


JakkSchitt, I am envious and in awe!

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I have a freezer in my basement that is stuffed, and none of this includes what is in my kitchen cabinets, fridge or freezer. I also have a few hundred pounds of rice, flour and pasta not pictured. There is another shelf that has all canned beans.. also not pictured. I also have about a years worth of other stuff like laundry soap, personal care items, garbage bags, ziplock bags etc. Pictured is about 60% of what I have. Keep in mind we have 6 people in our family. I have four kids ages 21, 17, 13 and 3 along with my husband and myself.


JakkSchitt, I am envious and in awe!

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I'm having a tough time figuring out photobucket so I'm posting one picture at a time. I've lost this post twice already.

I have a good supply of free 55 gal barrels and 7 gal pails from a cheese producer. So I gathered two and wanted to find a storage solution in my dinky home. I spent a good amount of time cleaning the barrels out.

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I also have a few long term food supplies I'd like to store somewhere else.
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So I decided to pull my wall lockers off my wall just far enough for the barrels to fit behind on pallets.
http://i1335.photobucket.com/albums/w67 ... c5bf2a.jpg

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I filled the barrels in place with water and a very little amount of bleach.
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I placed the pails neatly stacked on a board on top of the drums. This is twelve 7gal pails.
http://i1335.photobucket.com/albums/w67 ... b479f9.jpg

I will in the future send back any dented pails. Stacking them with dents causes problems. I cant imagine the mylar is damaged. In the future I have room for another barrel and twelve more pails.


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This is what my back of the garage looks like when you drink beers with me. You'll never notice there is a gap between the wall and wall lockers. I now have a lot more pantry space in my utility room for Canning Jars/Pantry stuff. Please ignore the amount of random objects in the garage. Its spring time in the north country. We get confused on what to store away or to play with.
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Four barrels, two pumps and a wrench. 220 gallons of water storage for $148.

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where did you get those pumps and the barrel wrench?

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On topic...not food, can't get to the food stores atm due to a sleeping hubby type person. I give you deodorant instead...lol

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This is how we keep beans rice, peas, and grains in the house for usage.
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I've been browsing this thread and am really in awe of all you people who have stockpiled this much food. I do have a question that bothers me in relation to stockpiling and would be grateful for some answers: What happens when you hit the "use by" date? Do you throw the stuff away or do you gradually use up the stuff you already have and buy some more to substitute it? It seems like a huge waste of money to me to buy stuff that you don't usually eat (or like) just because you can get it at a good price. It's all very well stockpiling for a disaster but what if the disaster never comes? :ooh:

I have to say, I'm in Europe and your coupons and food sales make me very envious. We have nothing like this in Europe; only tiny reductions in prices on some items which are NEVER cumulative with any other promotions. In other words, if you happen to find an item which has the (very rare) coupon and that same item happens to have a price reduction that day, you are never allowed to use the two together.


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One of the core principles in storing up food is "store what you eat, eat what you store."

In other words, store up the kinds of foods you eat everyday and use your stock. As you use it, replace it. It doesn't make sense to store red beans and rice, if you never eat them and don't like them. When it comes time to dip into them due to a disaster, you won't magically think they taste great.

It also pays to research food "use by" dates as they are often on the short side of necessary due to an abundance of caution from the manufacturer.

Of course, when initially building your stock, sales and coupons are wonderful.

An easy plan to start putting food by, is to buy a couple of extras of your non-perishable goods everytime you go shopping. This week, buy and extra jar or two of peanut butter, next week a couple extra cans of broth, the week after an extra bag of toilet paper. Eventually (sooner than you'd think) you will have a well and deeply stocked pantry.

If you can get to farm markets you can buy in bulk and can your own food in jars.

Although we in the States might always have a bit of an easier road. I understand that our food prices here are cheaper across the board than in Europe.

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In addition to what Zed said, the wise prepper doesn't just throw food in a closet somewhere and forget about it until a disaster happens. He/she rotates their stores. In other words, when I come home from the grocery store, very little goes into my kitchen pantry. Instead the new stuff goes to the back of the preps with a purchase date on it and I fill my kitchen pantry with the oldest stock from my preps. When you rotate you usually don't have to worry about expiration dates.

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Thank you both for your input. That kind of confirms what I would think would be the sensible thing to do. I live in a country that is almost on the edge of economic collapse and am worried we might have food rationing sometime in the future. So, I've started stockpiling supplies and have been building extra stuff every time I go shopping. I've also started a vegetable garden which has turned out to be a lot of fun as well. After all, why pay for fresh vegetables (prices go up all the time) when you can harvest them for a fraction of the price and also have them completely organic? I'm also amazed at the very inventive stuff you can find on Youtube as to growing vegetables in tiny apartment terraces. The Australians are particularly good at container vegetable gardening.

PS- Almost everything in the States is cheaper than in Europe. Our governments tax everything to the absolute maximum!


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Um = this thread is for pictures... discussion thread this way ---> viewtopic.php?f=6&t=104558
thanks much, folks.
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Oops, sorry about that, I didn't realize! I can post some pictures of my food pantry, if I can figure out how to upload them to this site..... :D


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