A survival budget is a tough thing to stretch, but this week I want to share with you a recent find that I think is unparalleled in the prepping and survival world. You may remember my fairly recent article on “Survival By The Numbers,” where I broke out some common foods and compared them to the calories per dollar average that you find sold by the survival food companies. In general, you should question the efficacy of any food under 300 calories per dollar, and that covers most “30 Day Supply” package, which rarely even have the calories they promise. What I left out of that article, mostly because I have covered it in a prior article, “Bags vs. Buckets,” is the cost of storing the food in containers that will protect it for the effective life.
The most protective container I have not yet covered, because they are really expensive. It is the #10 can, otherwise known as a 603 can. All of the larger survival food companies, including my source Honeyville Grain, sells bulk food in #10 cans, but it is really expensive. I personally own a #10 can sealer and have experimented with both dry pack and canning in #10 cans, but the sealers have not been available in any quantity for a long time, so I haven’t gotten to that article yet, because it would be pointless. But just to let you know, I actually have an electric sealer from China coming in two weeks, so I do hope to get to it soon.
Please watch this short 12 minute video on the cost comparisons between the LDS online food store and the other sources I have found. As long as they can handle the orders, I think there is not a better buy out there, especially in sealed #10 cans. These cans are over $3 each including shipping generally, and they don’t stack, so the box of empty cans is the same size as the filled cans.
Who knows if the LDS can handle the orders that we will generate here, but if it goes dark, just go back in a few weeks, assuming we haven’t collapsed yet. Don’t be afraid to order. I did, a large quantity, and the order was here in less than a week. I also have not had any follow up recruitment calls. Apparently one of the missions of the LDS church is to get people supplied with an emergency supply of food, and if I were you I would help them with that mission, as long as it stays in stock.