Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (365 Cans of Soup)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Mrs. Fidel Romero Proudly Exhibits Her Canned Food (ca 1946)
Tthe National Archives and Records Administration

Sorry about that folks. I have been busy at work, so I haven't been taking the time to write, like I normally do.

Oh well, ...

Minimal Preps
These United States suggests families have, at least, a three day supply of water and food, a way to keep warm, and an emergency evacuation kit.

Needless to say, ...

The most important part of your emergency evacuation kit is a place that knows you're arriving, sooner or later.

Automobile Crash in the Woods (ca 1923)
Library of Congress

Car Crashes
I don't know when this started, but folks have stopped saying car accidents. They are now saying car crashes.

I think the reason is ... Car crashes more accurately describes the situation.

Think about it.

If you are paying attention, you're going to see the turn. If you're texting, you're going to miss it. Thus, a car crash.

My work is like that. There is no such thing as an accident. It's operator error, failing to plan, or something else, but never an accident.

Crowd gathering on Wall Street
after the stock market crash of October (ca 1929)


Financial Collapse
That's why this upcoming financial difficulty shouldn't be a surprise to anybody, especially preppers and survivalists.

We all know, sooner or later, borrowing one-third of our annual budget is unsustainable. It leads to several outcomes, all bad, bankruptcy (creditors go unpaid), tightening our belts (loss of services), fighting over money and selling off assets, to name a few.

365 Cans of Soup
For families getting prepared, they have several options for food, some I have discussed in the last few weeks.

One option gets a lot of ... Huh?

Concentrated Toheroa Soup (ca 2007)
Auckland War Memorial Museum

That's right, buying 365 cans of soup for everyone in the family.

Now, this method isn't going to give your family a years supply of food, like buying 400 pounds of long-grain white rice and 200 pounds of dried beans, for everyone in the family, from the Latter-day Saints.

But, ... It gives you a place to start on your food storage because your next purchase is 365 cans of vegetables, for everyone in the family.

Shelves of Canned Vegetables (ca 2012)
photograph by

If you mix the soup and the veggies together, your get a meal that can be shared between two people. Do the same six or seven hours later, your family or at least two of them have two meals a day.

Needless to say, this method doesn't give a lot of food, but it is a start.

Soup with Noodles, Veggies and Pork (ca 2017)
photograph by
Guilhem Vellut

'Cause the next step is to add 365 packages of Ramen noodles, to your food storage.

Notice, ... This method doesn't require any fancy tools to make the food. All you need is a can opener, a pot, and a spoon. Add heat, you have a meal for three, so three members of your family have three meals a day.

Now, I like fresh fruit, but storing 183 fresh peaches and 182 fresh pears is difficult, to say the least, for one year. This is why; you store 365 cans of various cans of fruits for everyone in the family.

Add the fruit to the soup, veggies, and noodles meal, your family has a meal for four people, four times a day.

Yes, ... I know the amount of food is too small for pregnant women, growing children, and most citizens, but it is a start.

A start that can be modified to include 100 pounds of rice and 50 pound of beans for a little variety, in your family's meals.

The Situation
It's late, so I'm going to bed.

See you next week ; - )


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