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mindwip
10-19-2011, 10:30 PM
Wondering if anyone has tried any of these guys. I have been looking at getting a 30day supply of food and the buckets these companys offer seem like a good deal. There are cheaper ones but they have 500 cal count and other cheap tricks. I plan to start eating out of these buckets right away. Mainly using them for camping and meals here and there. MREs are good but cost too much and also weight too much to use for camping. I dont want bad stuff and am looking for your thoughts. Here's what i have found out.

Costco has the below 3 company, the 30 Day meal kits seem to run $90-$110. Not bad really.

Wise -Been around longer, mixed reviews
Chef's Banquet -Newcomer not much out there about them
Shelf Reliance -#10 Cans, Just like MH



Seem to be more top of the line. Generally speaking no 30 Day "kits". MH with there #10 cans seems like a good deal, but looks expensive. Using fuzzy math i would say a kit from these guys would be $350-450 + with no drinks in the price.

Mountain House -Taste great, most well known also cost the most
Harmony House -Have not tried yet, but REI has a sampler kit i will be getting this weekend
Backpackers Pantry -Taste great, more or less same as MH


Any thoughts or comments welcome, have you tried some in the first group. I am thinking of getting a Chef's bucket of the 30Day, or maybe one or the Fruit and Vegetable bucket. I plan to use this 30day supply to extend my SFG garden and stock of cans to hit a target of 60Days of on hand food.

Ripon83
10-19-2011, 10:54 PM
Costco had a$799 package deal a few weeks ago. 1 year supply for 1 person which included shipping, but the discounts over now....back to $999.... it was reliance I think

glock21fan
10-19-2011, 11:01 PM
Best bet is order the mylar bags hit Costco pick your dried goods seal em up and then get some canned veggies fruit and potted meat if that's your thing. I stored the mylar bags and home depot buckets for about 70 bucks. Your better off going that route. Send a pm if you have any questions

glock21fan
10-19-2011, 11:02 PM
BTW I store oats rice and beans. Sorry mods couldn't edit since I'm on mobile geo Thing

Ripon83
10-20-2011, 6:56 AM
Since you mention camping wouldn't the cans be out of the question for bulk? I'd imagine the mylar bag products are the way to go.

mindwip
10-20-2011, 12:33 PM
I eat cans normally at home when not camping. Freeze dried when camping so i will be rotating both stocks in different ways.

glock21fan

How does doing it at home compare to the "big" company in shelf life. A lot of the flush out o2 and also include o2 absorbers, do you really save over the overbought.

problemchild
10-20-2011, 1:02 PM
Go to Honeyville and call it a day. They have everything you need and then some.

wjc
10-20-2011, 2:31 PM
Since there is no Honeyville near me...

I bought the Wise stuff for my primary and secondary as long term.

I also have both MRE's and Mountain House at my primary. I usually use the Mountain House for camping.

problemchild
10-20-2011, 6:14 PM
HV has 105 meals for 140 dollars (10% off use code=spooky)

http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/emergencymealcombo.aspx

mindwip
10-20-2011, 7:47 PM
I have looked over there site tonight. They seem to have good products and decent prices. I take you have tried they stuff?

Thinking i will order a Wise or Chef's bucket. And some stuff from heavenly. Thanks for the help.

REPR
10-20-2011, 8:33 PM
HV has 105 meals for 140 dollars (10% off use code=spooky)

http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/emergencymealcombo.aspx


Never seen them before. I find it great that if I'm reading it right I can have an entire pallet/s shipped to me for $4.49. Makes getting supplies outside a major city much easier. Anyone tried any of their refried beans?



http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/refriedbeanflakeslargecan.aspx

mcsoupman
10-21-2011, 1:09 AM
Glock 21 has the most cost effective way and you can pick what you want. PC's suggestion is also good with honeyville. I want to get some of their stuff too.

I went with www.readiness.myefoods.com (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/www.readiness.myefoods.com) for my first few orders. I picked up the sample kit for the cost of shipping and then made a couple of orders.

I am also looking to go to my local LDS cannery next week with a friend to see what I can pick up there.

problemchild
10-21-2011, 3:02 AM
One thing to keep in mind about HV is the "IN-Store" prices are much cheaper than the web prices.

Example

6-#10 cans popcorn aprox $60.00
1-25lb bag popcorn aprox $13.00 (not avail online)

santacruzstefan
10-21-2011, 4:38 PM
HV has 105 meals for 140 dollars (10% off use code=spooky)

http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/emergencymealcombo.aspx

Do you know if the meat in these meals is actual meat, or is it TVP?

GrizzlyGuy
10-21-2011, 5:23 PM
Do you know if the meat in these meals is actual meat, or is it TVP?

Go here (http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/emergencydriedmeals.aspx) and you can click on the individual products (cans) that are in that variety pack, and the ingredients are listed on those pages. I checked two of the beef ones and they say it is real beef: "Freeze-dried cooked beef (diced beef, salt)" and "Freeze dried cooked seasoned hamburger".

REPR
10-21-2011, 5:37 PM
Do you know if the meat in these meals is actual meat, or is it TVP?

It's real meat, but they have TVP on their site also if that's what you're interested in.

santacruzstefan
10-21-2011, 11:27 PM
It's real meat, but they have TVP on their site also if that's what you're interested in.

Nope, trying to avoid the TVP.

glock21fan
10-23-2011, 1:27 PM
still looking at like a 15 year shelf life. I should have said yes i use the o2 absorbers

I eat cans normally at home when not camping. Freeze dried when camping so i will be rotating both stocks in different ways.

glock21fan

How does doing it at home compare to the "big" company in shelf life. A lot of the flush out o2 and also include o2 absorbers, do you really save over the overbought.

Steve1968LS2
10-23-2011, 2:47 PM
Best bet is order the mylar bags hit Costco pick your dried goods seal em up and then get some canned veggies fruit and potted meat if that's your thing. I stored the mylar bags and home depot buckets for about 70 bucks. Your better off going that route. Send a pm if you have any questions

I bought the 10 6-gallon pails with gamma lids for $140 shipped.. best deal out there.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11642403&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|3605|75277|90741&N=4047923&Mo=53&No=21&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=90741&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&hierPath=3605*75277*90741*&topnav=#BVRRWidgetID

Then I bought a bunch of O2 absorbers for $20..

Now I have to figure.. how many pounds of pinto beans fits in a 6 gallon bucket?

We figure 10 buckets of food should last a good while.

Steve1968LS2
10-23-2011, 2:50 PM
HV has 105 meals for 140 dollars (10% off use code=spooky)

http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/emergencymealcombo.aspx

a 105 SERVINGS.. not a 105 meals.. I imagine there's a difference, right?

REPR
10-23-2011, 5:05 PM
a 105 SERVINGS.. not a 105 meals.. I imagine there's a difference, right?

Yeah it's servings not meals.

jonnyt16
10-23-2011, 7:57 PM
Yeah it's servings not meals.
Sooo...how many servings would make a meal?

REPR
10-23-2011, 11:54 PM
Sooo...how many servings would make a meal?

Depends on preference, it's an entree serving. So if possible in your shtf kit you might have some sides to go with it. Possibly 2-5 servings of different foods to satisfy dietary requirements. Or if you're roughing it I suppose the 1 serving of entree constitutes survival. But my goal would be to live and not just survive after the zombie apocalypse :)