The average meal for two in a typical NYC restaurant is $102.60.
I wondered how much food I could buy with that same amount of money to add to my stockpile.
Here’s how I bought and stored 44 days’ worth of food containing 2,400 calories a day. I added 100,000 calories to my stockpile with just five types of foods.
This was actually the first time I tried this type of preservation, but I did a lot of research for it.
First, I bought corn and red beans from a local farm and the rest of the products from Amazon and Walmart because I wanted to choose the best quality for the buck.
Also, I made sure I had oxygen absorbers that were appropriate for two-liter bottles. As I read on Amazon, the 300cc Oxygen Absorbers are the best for this. I bought a pack of 20, and I had used almost all of them after opening the bag. The price for this was $8.99.
How I Preserved Them
I made sure the bottles were clean and dry. I put the products separately, one by one, into big bowls and then took a cup and poured them in the bottle. For the beans, you should pour them slowly so that they don’t get stuck in the funnel.
From time to time, I hit the bottle on the table to make more space in it.
I filled every bottle until only a small space remained on the top for the oxygen absorbers.
The bag of oxygen absorbers must be opened at the end so that their effect will not fade. I rolled up the oxygen absorbers, put one in each bottle, and stored them in a dark room with little humidity and a medium temperature (around 70°F).
How Many Calories Does One Person Need?
I should be good with 2,000 calories a day, but I chose 2,400 because I might have to put a lot of effort into doing the daily chores.
For the amounts I bought, I calculated the number of calories per cup and the total cups per product.
This is how I found out how many calories I have in my stockpile.
613 * 81 + 670 * 21 + 199*76 + 500*28 + 400*33 = 49,653 (red beans) + 14,070 (pinto beans) + 15,124 (white rice) + 14,000 (corn) + 13,200 (wheat) = 106,047 calories
2,400 calories/day means I will have food for ~ 44 days
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