by Kenneth Wayne Lovejoy
THE PREPPER’S PANTRY
If, by now, you know enough about preppers to know the essence of prepping is to prepare, then you’ve probably wondered, what could be the real difference between life and death, the thinnest line I can cross that ensures the success of the one, primordial rule: survive? Fear not, I’ve taken the liberty of removing any obstacle you have to this certain knowledge, and will share it with you, because I am with you in this same pursuit, and have no ill will towards any of you.
SO… Are you ready? Rice… and beans.
Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?! No way!!
Yes, rice and beans. Two staples you can quietly amass and make part of your daily eating habits, with abundant health and nutrients that, EVEN ALONE, can and will sustain life… for a lifetime. Easily bought, easily stored, easily cooked, easily eaten… It’s just easy! It also has the kind of inestimable value in the actual case of calamity and chaos, when law and order give way to the very likely violent and scary times, that you can BARTER with. Money will have no value, and times WILL revert to the system of trading… or raiding.
So just how much rice and beans? Good thinking, and I hope you asked, because the answer is exquisitely simple. 3 meals a day of 1/2 cup of rice and 1/2 cup of beans, (ANY BEANS, but note, some beans cannot be eaten with the same water you boil it in, it will cause severe illness… caveat, it’s on you to be safe in all ways), and 2 cups of water would feed you well, albeit leanly. Leanly means, you’re gonna lose weight. Simply double the portions and ease that mild sense of hunger. Adding any herbs and veggies you have would increase caloric and nutritional values, so depending on your absolute need for flavor, you can now know PRECISELY how much to store. 1 year, 10 years, 30 years, and 50 years from now, it’s simple math. Follow me.
You need 3 cups, half rice, half beans, for one day of three meals. Easy to portion and pack a 1, 2, or 3-day emergency supply to carry in your bug-out bag. This is 1,095 cups of rice and beans a year (365 days), half rice, half beans. 1,095 cups is 68.4 gallons, or 34.2 gallons of each, rice and beans. That’s 7 five-gallon buckets of rice, and 7 five-gallon buckets of beans, per year, per person. 14 five-gallon buckets.
14 FIVE-GALLON BUCKETS BETWEEN LIFE… and oops, I should have… 14 buckets for a year of life. How far ahead are you willing to look?! Don’t forget, these are 14 buckets for ONE life a year. Scale up for your families and loved ones.
Stay safe, be well, and remember: We’re ALL in this together, even if you feel alone.
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