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what would you buy?

(29 Posts)
ebwy Thu 31-Jul-14 16:38:00

You are preparing for a crisis. You have a family of 5 to feed for 3 months during which neither you nor anyone else will be able to shop. there is going to be power for an hour a day to cook, but your fridge and freezer will be room temperature so no better than a cupboard.

What would you buy now to prepare?

redexpat Thu 31-Jul-14 16:40:03

Rice, pasta, potatoes.

Tinned everything.
onions.

PoptartPoptart Thu 31-Jul-14 16:47:34

Long life milk and juice. Crackers instead of bread. Wine.

Olbas Thu 31-Jul-14 17:47:53

Rice/pasta/potatoes
tinned tomatoes/sweetcorn/chickpeas/beans/tuna/corned beef/fruit/soups
oil/mayo/ketchup/salt/pepper/herbs/spices.
coffee/squash/bottled water/long life milk/long life juice.
biscuits/crackers/crisps/chocolate.
loo roll/kitchen towel/wet wipes/hand gel

fredfredsausagehead1 Thu 31-Jul-14 17:50:42

Is there something you should be telling us?

Dancingqueen17 Thu 31-Jul-14 18:10:37

Oats, pasta, rice, wraps they last a while but not 3 months so would have them early on!), tins of tuna, beans, chickpeas, cereals, cream crackers, tins of custard and rice pudding, tinned peaches, breadsticks, rice cakes. And lots of diet coke.

superbagpuss Thu 31-Jul-14 18:13:08

Is the water supply going to be safe?

number one thing is to fill the bath for washing and flushing the loo and all the bottles and containers you have for drinking

Do we still have water?

Rice
Pasta

superbagpuss Thu 31-Jul-14 18:13:45

carrots are good as you can eat them raw

mignonette Thu 31-Jul-14 18:20:10

What season is it?

If it is Spring Summer then I'd buy some fast growing veg seeds such as carrots, green leafy vegetables and herbs and peas then pick them very young. I need flavour in my food and then can eat any old boring meals day in, day out. Onion and garlic sets.

Huge sacks of flour. Yeast (if it is not a nuclear winter and therefore not warm enough for it to leaven the bread). Salt and a massive supply of Vitamin C and a basic multi vitamin. Canning equipment and cans/jars to preserve my own home grown and foraged stuff. A good knife and whetstone.

Ebly. Tinned tomatoes. Cornmeal. Dried pinto beans. Dried chiles. Rice (I'd make my own pasta). Big vat of olive oil. Stock cubes and a tube of Umami Paste #5. Cans of hominy. Canned tuna to store for when I have to have a toastie. (my treat).

A pregnant cow. Milk powder for when the cow goes dry. Some mail order bull sperm to inseminate the cow.

A flock of hens and a cockerel.

HeyMicky Thu 31-Jul-14 18:20:28

I'd build a root cellar to help store the veg.

foxdongle Thu 31-Jul-14 18:29:48

Are you writing a story?

HappyMedium Thu 31-Jul-14 19:19:39

"mail order bull sperm" grin

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 19:21:52

Gin

leadrightfoot Thu 31-Jul-14 19:27:40

Hay box for cooking
Tinned stuff
Canned stuff
Root veg
Water
Sterilising tablets for water
Wipes etc for personal hygiene
Dry shampoo as above

Chocoholic36 Thu 31-Jul-14 19:31:03

Ohh I love this kind of thing.

I would buy a dehydrator and would dehydrate lots of veg and herbs onions, courgettes, carrots etc. I would also 'can' butter. Lots of chocolate pasta, rice, beans, flour, oats, oil, sprouting seeds so we could have something 'fresh''. Apples and citrus as they can store easily. Milk powder so I could make yogurt and we could have milk. Nuts - lots of them.

Obviously if I could I would have chickens and a huge veg garden.

There is a blog called the prudent homemaker and she has a website too. She didn't shop for nearly 12 months and has 7? Children. Admittedly she has a massive pantry and a huge stock pile but it's very inspiring.

mermaidstale Thu 31-Jul-14 19:32:07

mignonette could get all her list at Morrisons, I'm sure.

Lally112 Thu 31-Jul-14 19:32:57

More shotgun cartridges. This used to happen when I was growing up in rural Scotland. My grandfather would disappear for hours then there would be food again upon his return. You just hoped it was my gran that prepared it and not him because she was much better at getting the pellets out the meat than he was.

BalloonSlayer Thu 31-Jul-14 19:34:50

Pasta
Crackers
Biscuits
Rice
Smash Potato
Dried milk
Long life orange/apple juice
Coffee/tea
Squash
That dehydrated soya stuff (beanfeast?)
Tinned veg
Tinned meat
Soup
Those beans and sausages in a pan
Chocolate

BeanpoleSally Thu 31-Jul-14 19:35:15

Tinned everything including kidney/butter/cannellini beans and chickpeas for protein, sweetcorn, baked beans, tinned fruit, rice pudding, tuna, mackerel, salmon,

Boxes of couscous (goes a long way and very filling) if there was going to be safe water.

Also bags of pasta, rice, oats, noodles

Powdered milk, cup soups

Golden syrup, honey, jam,

Squash concentrate, stock cubes,

Wine and a tin opener grin

Castlemilk Thu 31-Jul-14 19:38:35

Pick the best OP!

Pasta, guns, crackers, bull sperm, wine grin

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 19:40:51

In all seriousness,
bottled water
lots of rice, pulses, pasta, oats etc
tinned goods
dog good, cat food, layers pellets
barter goods (booze and fags)
a baseball bat
batteries
candles
books
tampax
wood, firelighters, matches
a ferret

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 19:47:30

Oh and lots of peanut butter.

TheHouseatWhoCorner Thu 31-Jul-14 19:50:13

Medicine and fags. Good for trading.

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 31-Jul-14 19:52:04

Oh yes, you'd need a good supply of ibuprofen and calpol.

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