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Heidi Redmon    Posted 07-31-2002 at 02:11:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good evening everyone, I am trying to obtain a list of what I would need to be completely self-efficent for one complete year for a family of 4 adults. I do grow my own veggies, and have many seasonal fruits trees. I am compilying a list for medicines, cleaners of the house and your body, and staples(like flour, etc.). I guess to make things easier, if you only shopped once a year what and how much would you need of everything you could not grow. Any list, or web information would be most appreciated. Have a great day. Sincerely, Heidi


Spence    Posted 08-01-2002 at 06:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
You would need to start with staples like
DC says, flour sugar coffee etc. These you could store and keep for a year. Denise likes to store them in those 3 gal cans you get at k-Mart and have popcorn in them. They are made to look like
milk cans and have a painted country scene for each season. They are usually sold just prior to christmas. We've been using them for 6 years
and never lost a batch using them. She says they look "cute" (Ahhhemmm!) sitting on the counter.

(Gotta tell ya...One day I left my carburetor from my pickup sitting on the end of the kitchen counter. I intended to go down to the parts place that afternoon. She said "get that out of my kitchen, yesterday". I forgot. Big mistake. I found it in the snowbank next morning. Good think it just snowed so it was easy to find. Well, I thought it looked cute sitting there too).

For veggie storage wall off and insulate a section of cool basement area where you never get a temperature lower than 35F. Use this area to store potatoes rootcrops and other keepables. You'll need straw to bury them in. I made bins that swivel out for storing bulk veggies.

Excellent reading you get with John Vivien's books on homesteading. Mother Earth magazine has
good hints too, but they have changed and are leaning more on the city gardener topics rather than the homesteader topics. I guess they print what sells. Harrowsmith magazine too. If you want to really "get down and dirty" into homesteading and I mean 1800's type of homesteading, self sufficiency books by John Schumacher will be interesting read. He covers cheese making,canning,
jam making,butter,leather tanning,and whatever else you want to do.

If you intend on animal raising start small on one kind and work your way up. If you try to take on too much at once, you'll get discouraged quickly. Each animal will present it's own problems.

Good luck.


DeadCarp    Posted 07-31-2002 at 19:59:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Years ago, you'd trade for a buckboard of flour,(printing will bleach right out of those sacks) sugar, salt, brandy, matches & ammunition. Things might have changed some ...... :)


WallSal55 - same here, need fewer shop trips!    Posted 07-31-2002 at 10:53:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would say 2-3 boxes of bandaids, 6-12 bottles
of mouthwash, 12 boxes of toothpaste, 6-12 laundry
product, 6 dishsoap, 3 boxes Q tips, 2 cottonballs, 1 or 2 triple antibiotic ointments, or 2 Bactine.
Two or three allergy/cold meds, one cough, but only have a stock up of these, if your kids are older.
(I had one daughter that I only kept one bottle of
triaminic on hand, as she treated it more like a
candy syrup! Even when she was 16.) Check all
expiration dates on medicines, I like to see to it
they last 3 years on my shelf.
I buy TP in 12 roll packs, and kleenex boxes
3 at a time, and watch for sales.
I think that's the general idea, and adjust to
what your family uses.
I stock my house for 5-6. (Even my adult kids
come home and take my Tylenol, Alleve, etc.!)
I wish I could stock for a year, but usually it's a month at a time. I just don't like running
out of anything. I wish I had the pantry space!
One or two bottles of each cleaner only, but toilet bowl cleaner, and bleach are probably about the ones I go through the most! (I found out that the least (stocked items) I used were the cleaners--Because of how busy the schools kept my kids involved outside of the home!) You can intend to clean often, but life happens w/kids, so do not overspend on cleaners, if this is your situation. My cupboard is filled w/cleaners hardly used!
I also found you can clean a lot of things w/white
vinegar, or white vinegar and water! Drain opener
with 1/2 c baking soda, and 1/2c white vinegar
poured in drain. Check out www.frugalmoms.com
Good Luck!


JoeK    Posted 07-31-2002 at 06:33:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would suggest you check Y2K sites and "Survivalist" sites.I'm sure them folks have it all scoped out,maybe even charts/tables.I do know there was pamphlets available in the Cold War/Bomb Shelter days of old.


bob ny    Posted 07-31-2002 at 04:38:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have never seen a years supply of burger king
at once or potatp chips either


Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-31-2002 at 20:28:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bob you can freeze a years supply of cow chips up here on this side of the lake, do it every winter.
Later Bob


WallSal55 - use for cow chips...    Posted 08-01-2002 at 09:34:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cow Chips are the best thing for tulips!


HEY BOB, YA CAN FREEZE CHIPS!!!!    Posted 07-31-2002 at 11:11:52       [Reply]  [No Email]



WallSal55 - Freeze....    Posted 07-31-2002 at 12:50:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cheese, hot dogs, brats, corn dogs, and I believe
margarine sticks, but not sure how long ? I
would like to know more about freezing in this
category, and for how long. Anybody know?


scooterhead    Posted 07-31-2002 at 07:43:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
That would be a BIG BAG A CHIPS !!!!!!!!!


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