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Food Storage, Who are good vendors? (vanity)
Trteamer | 12/17/11 | Trteamer

Posted on 12/17/2011 10:00:12 AM PST by Trteamer

I've been looking on the web for a good vendor or vendors of food for long term storage. I'd like some feedback from you fellow FReepers as to your experience with the various companies out there....


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Gardening; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: food; storage; survival; vanity
I've been looking at the various companies on line that sell food for long term storage. I have a few parameters that I have been trying to satisfy and would like opinions and advice from my fellow Freepers.

First my wife is allergic to egg yolks, and lactose intollerant. We can stockpile dairy pills to battle the lactose intolerance, but the eggs limit our choices of food companies we can deal with.

Some companies don't put any nutritional information on their websites, so they strike out and lose my sale right off the bat. Some companies have food that's only good for a week to ten days after you open the big can, and I don't want to eat the same thing for a week.

I sent for a free sample once and the company hounded me on the phone for months and wouldn't accept no for an answer. I sent for a free sample again last week from a different company. They sent me an e-mail telling me that they would be calling me to discuss my choices. I replied not to bother calling as I would just listen to the answering machine and wouldn't pick up the phone. I let them know I won't do business with them if they harass me on the phone. They called anyway... LOL! I guess I won't be getting their free sample....

So Freepers, who do you recommend? Thanks!

1 posted on 12/17/2011 10:00:17 AM PST by Trteamer
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To: Trteamer
Check out Costco. I was surpised and gratified. They have emergency preparedness supplies at good prices. And they are big enough, there's no BS about delivery or availability.

/johnny

2 posted on 12/17/2011 10:04:22 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Gotta concur on Costco. I get bulk flour and rice there. The prices are good and they’ve always got it.


3 posted on 12/17/2011 10:08:55 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Trteamer

http://beprepared.com/default.asp?sid=msn&eid=msEP200703114&utm_source=MSN&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=mEmergency%2BPreparedness

I’ve bought the freeze dried #10 cans as they keep the longest. I get promo emails (but no calls) and mailers once or twice a month.


4 posted on 12/17/2011 10:11:38 AM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Trteamer

Mountain House is good and tasty. Lasts for decades.


5 posted on 12/17/2011 10:18:18 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war. It's coming.)
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To: Trteamer

Good information source.

http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/forumdisplay.php?f=11


6 posted on 12/17/2011 10:18:18 AM PST by meatloaf (I've had it with recycling politicians in any way shape or form. Toingss 'em out!)
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To: Trteamer
My very favorite for bulk...http://store.honeyvillegrain.com

If you are looking for freeze dried or #10 cans, try Sams or http://www.nitro-pak.com/

My view is I can store rice, beans, oats, corn, things like that that are ingredients. I don't really like to store already made foods other than enough for emergencies. Long term, I bought a dehydrator and try to go that route with produce and such.

Also, generally people who are lactose intolerant can consume goat or sheep dairy products with no problem.

Good Luck!!!

7 posted on 12/17/2011 10:18:50 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: meatloaf; Trteamer

That is a good site, but beware...it is crawling with libs.


8 posted on 12/17/2011 10:21:00 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: Lurker
They also have 5 gallon buckets of dehydrated milk and wheat berries and all of that kind of stuff. Search foor 'food storage' on their web site. They even have family kits for up to one year.

/johnny

9 posted on 12/17/2011 10:22:12 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Lurker

Also concur re: Costco. Surprisingly, our local Wal Mart has emergency rations (long-term storage type) in #10 cans.


10 posted on 12/17/2011 10:25:47 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Silentgypsy
our local Wal Mart has emergency rations

That's indicative of how regular Americans feel about our economy/government. It's not just Y2K kooks now. ;)

Wal-Mart wouldn't be carrying it if there wasn't a significant market for it.

What section of the store is it in?

/johnny

11 posted on 12/17/2011 10:37:41 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Any suggestions?


12 posted on 12/17/2011 10:43:55 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Trteamer

Walton Feed
waltonfeed.com

Most of their foods last for 20-25 years. Never bothered by emails from them. Been in business many years. Go there and look. They buy the food and process it themselves. Huge company. Best there is as far as I am concerned. Cheapest, too.


13 posted on 12/17/2011 10:48:08 AM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Near the camping supplies. I saw them in AZ earlier this year.


14 posted on 12/17/2011 10:51:57 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: teenyelliott; JRandomFreeper

Have you found that storing beans for a long time makes them tough when you finally cook them?


15 posted on 12/17/2011 10:55:04 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

We also buy bulk from Costco and Walton Feed online. We bucket our own stuff up with food grade buckets we get for $1 from the ladies in the bakery dept at the grocery store. We put the mylar bags in the buckets and oxygen absorbers and put the lids on. Its way cheaper.

For cartons of #10 cans of stuff I use Ready Resource a lot.


16 posted on 12/17/2011 10:55:21 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I really don’t know. I buy bulk flours, rice and dried beans from Sam’s and store in five Gallon food grade buckets.


17 posted on 12/17/2011 10:59:39 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: teenyelliott; Trteamer

Costco is the shit. They sell ready-made survival buckets for about $60 or so. Besides selling survival crap they also have Barry Manilow calendars and Nutella and cheese and whatnot and so on and so forth.


18 posted on 12/17/2011 10:59:55 AM PST by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"Wal-Mart wouldn't be carrying it if there wasn't a significant market for it."

"What section of the store is it in?"

I recently noticed them at our local Walmart. They were in the baking section. I keep debating about getting the one for making stews. It has all the seasoning, vegtables etc. You add the meat if you want. I want to at least try it out before I stalk up. The potatoe soup one is loaded with sodium.

19 posted on 12/17/2011 11:02:27 AM PST by Spunky (Sarah Palin on Polls "Poles are for Strippers and Cross Country Skiers")
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To: Marcella

Grinders and augers and mills, oh my! Thanks for the recommendation!


20 posted on 12/17/2011 11:03:15 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Trteamer

Ping


21 posted on 12/17/2011 11:03:36 AM PST by onona (FR is continuing education)
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To: Silentgypsy
makes them tough when you finally cook them?

Yes, after 2 years they do get tougher. So I adjust my cooking method.

I use a hot water presoak for up to a full day, and then cook them slower and longer than I do fresh dried beans. I have also found that having animal fat (bacon/fatback) in the beans helps to make them more tender.

See, all that money at culinary school wasn't compeltely wasted. ;)

/johnny

22 posted on 12/17/2011 11:05:30 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Silentgypsy

Not yet; I’ll get back to you when they are 25 years old. ;)


23 posted on 12/17/2011 11:08:44 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I got an email from Sams Club 2 weeks ago. It was advertising a year’s supply of food for 1 person for around $885.

I told the wife that a lot of people must be stocking up if Sams is starting to sell survival food.

I used to have a bunch of food stored but I lost it all in a tragic boating accident.


24 posted on 12/17/2011 11:09:49 AM PST by american_ranger
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To: teenyelliott; All
I forgot to metion that the reason I like Honeyville is shipping is only $4.49, no matter how heavy the shipment is.
25 posted on 12/17/2011 11:10:32 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: american_ranger

Dang, freepers have the worst boating luck.


26 posted on 12/17/2011 11:13:45 AM PST by teenyelliott (Obama warned if he loses the election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance)
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To: american_ranger
lost it all in a tragic boating accident.

Same accident where you lost all my guns that you borrowed? ;)

I actually used up most of my food storage after the market crash/crappy economy thing happened in 2008. I'm glad I had it.

This year is the first time I've had to buy toilet paper since 1999.

It's good to have backup supplies, whether for earthquake, tornado, or Obama administration.

/johnny

27 posted on 12/17/2011 11:17:58 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Money for culinary school is *never* wasted! Now if I could just talk you into advising me re: how to get big, pillowy, fluffy fry bread....


28 posted on 12/17/2011 11:20:32 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Silentgypsy
Have we had this discussion before? Because I've been asked about fry bread before.

Big points on fry bread are oil temp (375F, measured with a good thermometer), not overworking the dough (forms gluten and makes it tough), and let the dough rest. Let it rest a lot. Give it at least an hour after you mix it before you make the rounds. Cover the rounds with a cloth and let them rest for at least an hour before you fry them in HOT oil.

/johnny

29 posted on 12/17/2011 11:29:44 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: teenyelliott

Agree on Nitro pak. Quick shipping. I didn’t know Sams had it. I have been in there a lot recently. I figured to use freeze dried after the bulk ran out, but then there was this tragic boating accident.


30 posted on 12/17/2011 11:29:53 AM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Trteamer

bookmark


31 posted on 12/17/2011 12:04:17 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Nailbiter

bfl


32 posted on 12/17/2011 12:12:39 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: Silentgypsy

Dry beans do get tough with age.

However, soak over night. Pressure can them.

Combination of high heat and pressure will make them tender.

Then you have a sterile table ready product, with a few jars made up in advance.


33 posted on 12/17/2011 1:34:15 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Silentgypsy

“Grinders and augers and mills, oh my! Thanks for the recommendation!”

Finest place and everything you need at reasonable prices.
Wouldn’t use anywhere else. I’m ready thanks to Walton.


34 posted on 12/17/2011 1:50:34 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Thanks! Actually, we canned some chili made w/those beans but haven’t tasted any of them because we wanted to save them for power failures. Good to know they’ll be more tender than the original.


35 posted on 12/17/2011 1:54:54 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Actually, earlier this year, you posted about a meal you made, I asked you about the fry bread and told you my problem, you asked me what recipe I used but I was in the middle of nowhere at the time, in a few months returned home, emailed you the recipes I used, didn’t hear from you, and we arrived here. (How’s that for a runon sentence?)
I appreciate your input. I’ve violated all the rules apparently.
A Blessed Christmas or whatever you celebrate, and a Joyous, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours!


36 posted on 12/17/2011 2:07:18 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Silentgypsy

Glad to be of help.


37 posted on 12/17/2011 2:07:23 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I store dried beans in air tight containers (1/2 gallon canning jars). That seems to keep them from taking longer to cook tender.


38 posted on 12/17/2011 2:15:07 PM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is an instrument of enslavement)
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To: Silentgypsy
didn’t hear from you, and we arrived here

Oops. Sorry. I plead testosterone induced ADD. That may have been about when I got involved in a project and was ignoring everything.

/johnny

39 posted on 12/17/2011 2:22:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
This year is the first time I've had to buy toilet paper since 1999.

Bet you are shocked at the size change.

40 posted on 12/17/2011 2:26:57 PM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: JRandomFreeper

I miss pings, sometimes. I’m somewhat better w/email, but I still goof, attributable to being older than anyone can conceive, with a touch of ADHD.


41 posted on 12/17/2011 2:28:45 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Silentgypsy
I’ve violated all the rules apparently.

I did, too before I had the training.

Sometimes, especially when I'm using a yeast based recipe, I'll make the dough at night, cover it, and leave it on the counter until the next day.

I bake all my own daily breads, and I'll let the dough work all day before baking it off. Time doesn't hurt in most cases.

/johnny

42 posted on 12/17/2011 2:29:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: T. P. Pole
And the price change. I bought because there were wimmen-folk in the house, and I just didn't want that issue on top of the end of the world as we know it.

But I figure I saved hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Things don't get cheaper.

/johnny

43 posted on 12/17/2011 2:34:48 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Silentgypsy

Have you found that storing beans for a long time makes them tough when you finally cook them?

If they are not air tight.
But even if they do become tough, you can put them in a grinder or food processor, dry, make flour or refried beans etc out of em....food for thought.


44 posted on 12/17/2011 3:59:35 PM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: american_ranger

Yeah I also had a tragic boating accident as well. I lost all of my guns and silver coins.


45 posted on 12/17/2011 6:22:02 PM PST by fini
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To: Trteamer

“I don’t want to eat the same thing for a week.”

That’s what stopped me from buying in bulk.

So I decided to just stock up on canned foods that have an expiration date, a few years in advance. We just bought a number of cans of salmon, dated 2016.


46 posted on 12/18/2011 1:07:36 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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