This is my stores inventory I have omitted quantities because your needs should be dictated by the number of people you will have to provision for as well as the climate. Colder areas require more calories than the tropics.
You will also note that it relatively protein poor and have a lot of starches. I normally eat a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit with smaller portions of meat poultry and fish. I eat out a lot also so I am used to a wide variety of foods when I do eat. Clearly the general advice to provision as you would normally eat is good advice but impossible in my case. I have yet to find freeze dried sushi, Waldorf salads, crab meat salads or beef Wellington. Neither can I find shelf stable entrees that taste good beyond the grilled chicken patties.
I planed on using the MREs protein to mix in with other fresher ingredients. Now my plan is to procure fresh products in an as yet undetermined method
I get the shelf stable stuff from 2 places:
They sell quality MRES, but they also sell entrees separately so you can stock up in things like Grilled chicken breasts w/o the expense of all of the other stuff that is put in MREs
(yes it is diet food but is long lived and has a wider variety than MREs)
I retain a supply of MREs because of its convenience and handiness. I view it as more of a last resort or a standby supply.
By the way, I buy the canned and dry stuff at Sam’s and check the expiration date. I recycle 1/3 of everything every year. I donate the oldest goods to the local food kitchen or homeless shelter and restock every May. The water and soft drinks I continuously use and keep these as minimum stocking levels.
I store all of the goods in a climate controlled storage room on the ground floor. This is potential weakness due to the possibility of flooding. Next time I have to evacuate (Katrina was the first time I ever fled the city) I will move as much as I can upstairs.
I was able to drive to Baton Rouge to buy groceries, but the place reminded me of refugee camp! Be sure to bring a couple of ice chests (with ice) for any frozen or refrigerated stuff, the drive home can be 2 or more hours!
My palate is likely different from yours, it is New Orleans after all, even after Katrina food is king here. Some of these things may be foreign to you. This works for me though.
Note because the house lost power (I have to manually start the generator and switch over to generator power) for a week all of the food in the refrigerator and freezer was ruined. So all I had was the items below. However, once I cleaned out the refrigerator (yuck! I would rather change diapers!) I could obtain fresh food and keep it fresh. Most people will not be so lucky as to have a generator.
Macaroni and cheese mix
Dirty rice mix
Bisquick biscuit mix
Quick grits mix
Dehydrated whole eggs
Canned spaghetti sauce
Canned Green beans
Blue Runner Red beans
Pork & beans
Chili with & w/o beans
Canned Ham (not spam)
Chicken noodle soup
Beef vegetable soup
Long Shelf Life food
MRE enough for 1 meal per day for group for 14 days
Grilled chicken breasts (from long life depot MRE style)
Assorted entrées from Nutra System
Canned dehydrated vegetables
Popcorn (both regular and microwave)
Cheese and cracker packs
Rice crispy treats
Oreo cookies in snack packs
Powered donuts in snack packs
Granola bars in snack packs
Coffee – Lots and lots of it!
Gatorade mix – gallon mix 1 case
Water in 20oz bottles 24 per case 6 cases
Water in 5 gallon jugs 10 bottles
Coke regular – 4 cases
Coke diet – 1 case
Dr Pepper – 2 cases
Orange juice 32 oz cans
Pineapple juice 32 oz cans
Gatorade in 16 or 20oz bottles – 2 cases