So, this fine thread has a lot of amazing "hot" food porn. Now allow me to dump my contribution onto the "not" pile
Stats; Apartment dweller, two adults, no pets or kids. Has other family members living in town that I would like to bug in or bug out with. Would like to aim for a two week supply for four adults.
Really not hot: My initial stockpile. I would say that living out of my fridge and my regular pantry, I have maybe a 3 or 4 day supply of food. I mostly eat fresh food, so when I went to round up an emergency stockpile, I was dismayed to find this. My pile of shame:
you are looking at a shitty webcam pic of 4 gallons of water, one packet of rice, one can of fruit, two cans of beans, and four cans of vegetables. I would conservatively estimate that this will feed two adults for one day. Maybe.
So then I did some shopping.
Ahhh, so much better. Now you are looking at (for two adults) a 5 day supply of food, estimated from total calorie count. I've also bumped up my water to 6.5 gallons.
You are looking at:
7 cans of vegetables (creamed corn, baby corn, green beans, peas, mushroom pieces, tomato chunks, mixed veg)
3 cans of fruit (apricot, pears, pineapple)
1 can of mushroom gravy
3 boxes of instant mashed potatoes
2 cans of chili
1 jar of peanut butter
1 can of coconut milk
2 pouches of rice
2 pouches of "ding dongs" (cracker & nut snacks)
1 can of refried beans
4 cans of baked beans
1 box of cereal
1 bag of assorted candy
4 cans of soup
1 jar of salsa
ramen noodles x 2
1 small can tomato sauce
1 can of spaghettios
Instant cappuccino mix
Plus my BOBs have dried fruit, nuts, granola, etc.
Ahh, much better. I still have more shopping to do, but at least from this pile of food I could make a dish of refried beans and rice with salsa, or a big stack of peanut butter crackers, or ramen noodles served with veggies in a coconut curry sauce, or mashed potatos and gravy with mixed veggies with baked beans, or a hearty pot of soup...
The food and some of the water fit into this big bin I got for 20 bucks at a Zeller's store:
with a little room to spare so I topped it off with a tiny frying pan, a steel cup, tea lights, some toilet paper, a fishing kit, glow sticks, cough drops, and a travel version of Chinese checkers.
My BOBs, water supply, and 5 days of food for two adults take up about 1/4 of a closet:
I'm looking forward to stocking up on more water, more canned soups, more fruit and veg, some dehydrated veg, some juice mix, instant coffee, a case of mr noodles ramen, and of course staples like pasta, lentils, oatmeal, rice, flour, sugar, salt, and toilet paper.
This has been an interesting exercise. Like I said, I tend to eat a lot of fresh food, so finding palatable "instant" food could be a challenge. However, I happen to love certain canned vegetables. I could happily eat peas, mushrooms, or creamed corn, cold and straight out of the can.
I'll be keeping an eye out for sales from now on. Food on the west coast of Canada is ridiculously expensive (Seriously, when did it creep up to 2 dollars for one box of Kraft Dinner? I remember when that stuff was 30 cents!) Every once in awhile it is possible to snag a deal, though. Like cases of tomato soup. I saw a 12 pack on sale for 10.99 recently, but I know that if I'm patient, I've seen them go down to 6.99 before. Here's hoping one of those sales pops up again soon