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Costco Will Sell You an Apocalyptic Year's Worth of Disgusting Food for $800
Gizmodo ^ | 10/7/2010

Posted on 10/07/2010 7:32:13 AM PDT by FromLori

Either our nation's obesity problem is just as bad as they say, or Costco knows something we don't, because the aircraft carrier-scaled big box store is now offering enough (horrifying) food to last you a year for a cool $800.

The monstrous, 5,011 serving package, courtesy of food outfitter Shelf Reliance (hey, at least we'll have kept our senses of humor during doomsday!) claims their end days buffet contains "only top-of-the-line products," "developed with everyday menu planning in mind." Which makes sense, of course, because the only thing worse than knowing that the entire eastern seaboard has been leveled by nukes or a horde of flesh-feasting space titans is repetitive bunker fare—dehydrated fish skin AGAIN, mom?

Possibly more disconcerting than the notion of a year underground eating food from Costco is the fact that the package isn't just marketed for emergencies, but for "long-term food storage supply." Meaning that someone, somewhere, thinks it's a rational idea to buy an $800 cargo crate including containing 84 gallon-sized cans, to just, y'know, save yourself a trip to the grocery store. Now, I am totally down with Costco's cheese platters, and pasta multi-packs, but. My God.

Either our nation's obesity problem is just as bad as they say, or Costco knows something we don't, because the aircraft carrier-scaled big box store is now offering enough (horrifying) food to last you a year for a cool $800.

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TOPICS: Food; Humor; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: emergencyprep; food; foodsupply; survival
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To: suthener
I believe that cans kept in a climate controlled area (my house) will last pretty much forever

Sorry, cans just don't have they long of a shelf life. Rotate 'em!

101 posted on 10/07/2010 9:12:07 AM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: ozarkgirl
I’ve come to the conclusion the best rations for camping or self reliance are those packets of chicken flavored rice or noodles (you know they come in beef and fried rice, etc) and those new packages they now have of tuna or chicken in a pouch. They won’t last near as long but they are lightweight and much tastier. Also you can use them and replace to keep them fresh. Mix them together for a pretty decent meal.

Maybe a thread dealing with quick, tasty meals prepared from 'off the shelf' survival methods. Canned tuna, canned mushroom soup, canned peas, and dried noodles would make a meal most kids would eat - and it wouldn't cost much and would store for years...

102 posted on 10/07/2010 9:12:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal violence against Tea Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFeUhSlHiUQ)
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To: GOPJ

No.


103 posted on 10/07/2010 9:14:20 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Prepper-ping-worthy?


104 posted on 10/07/2010 9:14:46 AM PDT by Ellendra (I'll believe it's a crisis when the people who say it's a crisis, ACT like it's a crisis!)
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To: FourPeas

I don’t have a link, but the DoD did a couple long term (20 years) study on stored medicine, esp antibiotics.

You might do some web mining to see what is out there.


105 posted on 10/07/2010 9:15:44 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: FourPeas
I have a deck of playing cards that sport pictures of edible plants, so it does double duty. <

That's pretty cool. Don't suppose you remember where you got them? I have books but if you have to bug out - books are very heavy and they'll have to stay behind. I might be able to bring a double duty deck of cards.

106 posted on 10/07/2010 9:20:41 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: Ellendra
As long as the seal is intact, that soup will still be edible 20 years from now.

There have been several survivalist threads on FR in recent months.

Not long ago, one related thread discussed the longevity of canned items. The conclusion was that, as long as the can is not damages (rust, corrosion, severe dents) and/or is not bowing at the ends (indicative of botulism or contamination), the contents are consumable. The flavor may have suffered, but the edibility has not.

Link to search of similar survival threads on FR.
107 posted on 10/07/2010 9:22:35 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Drango

For most canned goods, easily five years.

During the gold rush in Ca, there was a large ship that left like St. Louis with TONS of canned foods on board. Somewhere along the way, it sank in the river and was lost track of.

Eventually, they were dredging the river and found the ship - and it’s cargo.

Scientists tested the foods and found them almost pristine. Still very edible.
And this was stuff that had been canned 100 years before.


108 posted on 10/07/2010 9:22:42 AM PDT by djf (It is ISLAM or "We, the People..." Take your pick. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND!!!)
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To: TomGuy; All

Here is a bit of the history. The ship was called the Bertrand.
I’ve read several slightly differing accounts of it.

http://www.freesteader.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=3192


109 posted on 10/07/2010 9:28:02 AM PDT by djf (It is ISLAM or "We, the People..." Take your pick. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND!!!)
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110 posted on 10/07/2010 9:30:11 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: OBXWanderer

I’m seriously getting that! Just what I need.


111 posted on 10/07/2010 9:34:45 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: NonValueAdded
During Florida's year of the hurricanes, I wondered out loud about all the good ole boys driving up and down the road in their jacked up 4x4's, saying "why aren't they stocking up and preparing?"

I was at a wedding shortly after the Florida's "year of hurricanes' and remember all of us from different parts of the state talking about how we did. One woman told of opening a garage door daily without electricity and sitting in her car to charge her sell phone for 10 minutes a day - how important the cell phone was - and the 10 minutes in the car being the only air conditioning she experienced. Another told of falling asleep, waking up drenched to the sounds of silence ... someone had cut the chains on the generator - the fans had stopped - generator gone...

112 posted on 10/07/2010 9:36:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal violence against Tea Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFeUhSlHiUQ)
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To: ShadowAce

NO? Are you kidding me? How would we get the system up and running without a match?


113 posted on 10/07/2010 9:38:36 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal violence against Tea Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFeUhSlHiUQ)
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To: FromLori

Wonderful! Costco is taking care of today’s Y2K kooks.


114 posted on 10/07/2010 9:39:26 AM PDT by upsdriver (The revolution begins on Nov. 2 to take back our country. The American people vs the ruling elite.)
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To: GOPJ

We had a few instances here when we had the major ice storm a few years back. 10 days with no electricity in frigid temps.

There were a few instances of generators being stolen - fortunately not in our neighborhood.

Having a big dog in the backyard always helps.


115 posted on 10/07/2010 9:39:45 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: GOPJ
How would we get the system up and running without a match?

Good question.

Everything is run by computers these days. It's too difficult to run something like that without computers.

Get prepared for a long time without electricity if the EMP hits.

116 posted on 10/07/2010 9:42:44 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: FromLori

Sure it’s a joke until you find yourself in that situaton and don’t have the food stored.Newflash no one is going to save you.


117 posted on 10/07/2010 9:48:31 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: GOPJ
"Add a few pounds of rice, cooking oil"

make sure it's white rice - not as nutritious, but has a MUCH longer shelf life than brown rice.

118 posted on 10/07/2010 9:51:19 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: I still care

Buy a good dehydrator and everytime produce and meat is on sale buy and dry.You will also need glass jars and a sealer that also will do bags and which ever is the better storage use it.I have had an American Harvest dehydrator since the early 90’s it willhad 28 trays at a time.


119 posted on 10/07/2010 9:51:45 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: FromLori

Ping


120 posted on 10/07/2010 9:53:17 AM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: ozarkgirl

The cards are easily available. I have a set, too.

Amazon carries them.

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Cards-Edible-Foods-Ages/dp/0880795158?tag=dogpile-20


121 posted on 10/07/2010 9:59:11 AM PDT by Politicalmom (A BIG TENT analogy isn’t the correct one. The correct one is a MAGNET.-Fred Thompson)
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To: GOPJ

after a while, thieves would substitute a running lawnmower for the generator they were stealing so as to not alert the neighbors or chance that a light sleeper would wake up to the sudden lack of noise.


122 posted on 10/07/2010 10:01:11 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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To: pennboricua
It is amazing how disgusting food becomes appetizing when you are starving.

I used to drive my kids nuts with an old Chinese proverb when they said they didn't like the taste of the food we fed them: "Hunger is the best sauce".

A good one to remember as you contemplate a can of Alpo after TSHTF.

123 posted on 10/07/2010 10:02:03 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: philled
peanut butter, jelly, nuts, canned fruit, canned veggies, canned meat, soups, crackers, beans, rice, vitamins, jugs of fruit juices, lots of coffee filters to purify water. Paper goods, plastic utensils, antibiotics.

Also, don't use empty milk jugs to store water. Use clean soda bottles.

Water for drinking only. If you run out of water, turn off your water heater in your home, UNPLUG it, let it cool down. You can drink that.

Failing to plan is a plan to fail.

124 posted on 10/07/2010 10:07:09 AM PDT by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: Politicalmom

thanks for the link!


125 posted on 10/07/2010 10:16:10 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: ozarkgirl

:)


126 posted on 10/07/2010 10:23:34 AM PDT by Politicalmom (A BIG TENT analogy isn’t the correct one. The correct one is a MAGNET. -Fred Thompson)
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To: upsdriver

Those of us that have needed emergency supplies in our lives, and those that can see the need for them, or that know history, including American history, think being prepared is common sense.


127 posted on 10/07/2010 10:49:13 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ASOC
... my doomsday bunker ...

Is it in a compound?

128 posted on 10/07/2010 10:51:23 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: GOPJ; ShadowAce

I remember back around 1969 or 1970 a hurricane hit Hawaii and knocked out all commercial electrical generating stations on one of the islands.

They then had a problem in that they didn’t have anything that could produce enough power to “energize the field coils” (or something like that) of the generators.

The USN arranged for a nuke submarine to pull up to the dock and essentially “jump-start” the island.

I remember the photo in the newspaper; the cable looked to be about the size of your leg.


129 posted on 10/07/2010 11:15:48 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Netizen

Some people like TVP (texturized vegetable protein) and some don’t. Buy it in small amounts, if possible, to find out on which side of the fence you fall.


130 posted on 10/07/2010 11:24:47 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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To: FromLori

Lori, store the *ingredients* for soup for a much longer shelf life. I’ve written about how to do this on my blog, if you’re interested.

Having on hand tomato powder, dried milk, and bouillon are a great way to start. Then have rice, beans, barley, dehydrated veggies, etc. whatever you typically like in your soups. All of these have extensive shelf lives.


131 posted on 10/07/2010 11:27:41 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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To: Codeflier

Mountain House is pretty good, but be sure to try small size packages before investing in the #10 cans. I was sent several different types to sample, and their Mexican filling for wraps was nasty, and I love Mexican food.

Also, they’re very high in sodium, if that’s an issue. Check out the ingredient list to make sure there are no allergy or sensitivity issues.


132 posted on 10/07/2010 11:32:43 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; Blue Jays; ...

Survival/Preparedness ping!


133 posted on 10/07/2010 11:38:50 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (TheSurvivalMom.com)
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To: TheWriterTX

Question. How often should water be rotated out. And related question: How long will it stay drinkable before the use of purification is necessary?


134 posted on 10/07/2010 11:51:35 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: I still care

If you live in the western third of the US, Azure Standard has all kinds of bulk foods and they deliver for free with a $500 order, you can put together an order with other people.

It isn’t shelf stable emergency rations but cheap bulk foods.

Store what you eat and eat what you store is the best way to do it.


135 posted on 10/07/2010 11:53:23 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: FromLori

Soup is mostly low calorie and provides very little solid nutrition.


136 posted on 10/07/2010 11:54:41 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: BigMacGOP

I’ll take Tactical Bacon instead!

That doesn’t look half bad!


137 posted on 10/07/2010 11:55:37 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: FromLori

If you check the front page of TimeBomb2000 they have links to a lot of emergency/longterm storage food places. Also Honeyville and MREDepot are places people buy from.

http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/

http://www.mredepot.com/servlet/StoreFront

I can’t afford all that fancy stuff, I just buy in bulk what I already eat and rotate it. I eat very simply anyway so that’s no problem.


138 posted on 10/07/2010 11:58:50 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: little jeremiah

Thank you lj


139 posted on 10/07/2010 12:00:18 PM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Lurker
Ask some of the folks down New Orleans way if a stash like this might have come in handy a few years back.

Actually, we barbecued from our freezer for a while. By that time, the National Guard came in and we were given MREs. They were pretty good. Our church alone served over 100,000 people in the next couple of months following and over 300,000 meals. We were without electricity/cable,water etc. for a while but being outside of New Olreans the water subsided much sooner. The only good thing was that we were pretty much all alone in our area and the peace and quiet was kinda nice.

140 posted on 10/07/2010 12:11:10 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: FromLori

I’ve found prepared foods in cans with tomatoes seem not to last as long; the acid in the tomatoes can get “funny” after a while.

I rarely eat canned food, make most everything from scratch, plus we’re dirt poor. But still I have probably 1 1/2 years’ worth of basic foodstuffs we could survive on. What we really need is a garden, working on that one.

25# bags of oatmeal, rice, legumes, other cereals like triticale, millet, bulgar wheat, wheatberries (I have a grain grinder) etc are pretty cheap at various places. I re-pack into buckets and add oxygen absorbers sometimes, bay leaves as well. Hardly ever have had a bug problem. I just rotate and eat what we store. There are many websites dedicated to this kind of survival food and other essentials. It’s good to think of what you’d do in hard times or emergencies that could last a long time. The **** is hitting the fan financially and this alone could create a lot of havoc. What to speak of other possibilities.

Anyone who scoffs at this idea and thinks they will always have money and can zoom off to the store a few times a week is under the illusion that the future will just be like the past. Better be safe than sorry!


141 posted on 10/07/2010 12:12:43 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Codeflier
This is from Mountain House as a private label and all Freeze-Dried, no dehydrated. Special through 10/10 is awesome

How big are the shipped boxes? What size of storage area would this need?

142 posted on 10/07/2010 12:13:02 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: FromLori
<> I owned a trucking company and we hauled MREs during the hurricanes and we ate some of them. They were actually pretty good.
143 posted on 10/07/2010 12:15:24 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: Codeflier

Oh, sorry, I figured it out - 18 gallons. That would last 3 weeks for a family of 4.


144 posted on 10/07/2010 12:25:04 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: GOPJ
"how to" projects work too ... Like 'how to' spot edible food in the natural environment, 'how to' purify water... etc...

Print out any online "how to" info NOW while there is electricity and the web.

145 posted on 10/07/2010 12:37:15 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: ozarkgirl
If homes around you are being looted, take clothes and stuff and throw it in your front yard, looters will think your house has already been raided and all the valuables taken.

Excellent advice.

146 posted on 10/07/2010 12:40:37 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: IncPen; Nailbiter

ping


147 posted on 10/07/2010 12:41:21 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: DuncanWaring

NO, and it is not in a church either.

But not to be confused with “Bunker Complex X” which is mostly in my mind..... a fairly weak location, yes?


148 posted on 10/07/2010 12:47:23 PM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: ChocChipCookie
Some people like TVP (texturized vegetable protein) and some don’t.

Sometimes TVP doesn't like people. Within a few minutes it tears my insides up, IYKWIM.

149 posted on 10/07/2010 12:52:11 PM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: bgill

“IYKWIM”?


150 posted on 10/07/2010 12:54:25 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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