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The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« on: February 22, 2009, 07:57:00 AM »
The emergency fund you can eat

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveMoney/TheEmergencyFundYouCanEat.aspx?page=all

Food to last a few weeks may be the surest way to conserve cash. Could you go more than a few days without visiting a grocery store? Here are six simple steps to a smart pantry.

By Liz Pulliam Weston





Edited due to copyright issues -- please see here for Fair Use info.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2010, 09:24:25 PM by Mr. Bill »

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009, 10:05:11 AM »
Good find, thanks for posting it.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2009, 12:18:09 PM »
Good one Swanson... +1

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2009, 08:22:29 PM »
Wow, it wasn't too long ago that magazine had articles to help you calculate whether the new granite countertops financed by a HELOC would pay off when you upgraded your home.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2009, 07:15:09 AM »
That's really a great article for non-preppers.  Maybe it'll help them open their eyes.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009, 07:36:55 AM »
He has honey with a shelf life of 1 year. I've read that honey can last 100's of years.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2009, 07:51:57 AM »
Honey will last a long time.  He's probably looking at an expiration date on the jar.
I've got a 5gal container at the house that's solid as a rock.  Even then, it sure ain't expired in my book ;)

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2009, 08:18:10 AM »
+1 Swanson. Always good and useful information. It is really good to see financial news informing people able good investments like these. I sent the article to a few people. That reminds me....I need to get some more food preps!  ;D

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2009, 09:57:17 AM »
Honey will last a long time.  He's probably looking at an expiration date on the jar.
I've got a 5gal container at the house that's solid as a rock.  Even then, it sure ain't expired in my book ;)

My wife threw out a 1/4 full jar of local honey that had started to crystalize >:(
I told her to never throw out, under any normal circumstances, local honey.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009, 10:02:47 AM »
I think if you put the jar of hardened honey in some hot water, it will go back to its original consistancy.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2009, 03:19:08 PM »
Perhaps this is wrong, but last fall we finished off some deer that had been in the deep freeze from '96.  ;D still good.  Deep freezes will keep food much longer than regular ones.

Also ate grandmother's green beans canned in '03.  You'd never know.

True dat on the honey.

Powdered milk is also a good investment if you can train your family to drink it; if not, it's still okay to cook with.

Watch out for cans that look like they have bloated - this is a sign of botulism (deadly anaerobic bacterial food poisoning.)

A great way to store dry food stuffs is with bay leaves.  A couple of those in your flour and whatnot will keep the bugs out.  Unless you are eating the bugs for protein.  :P


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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2009, 03:28:53 PM »
you know its bad when the prepping starts to hit mainstream

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2009, 05:13:22 PM »
you know its bad when the prepping starts to hit mainstream

Designer bail-out bags on QVC next.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2009, 04:05:55 PM »
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you know its bad when the prepping starts to hit mainstream
Lean Cuisine in a #10 can. ;D

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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2009, 05:24:19 PM »
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you know its bad when the prepping starts to hit mainstream
Lean Cuisine in a #10 can. ;D
That's just disgusting.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2009, 02:34:24 PM »
He has honey with a shelf life of 1 year. I've read that honey can last 100's of years.
Honey can last forever. The thing is when it starts to crystallize, the water is isolated out of the crystal structure and that can grow mold and bacteria. So long as people keep an eye on their honey it should last forever.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2009, 02:39:02 PM »
Honey can last forever. The thing is when it starts to crystallize, the water is isolated out of the crystal structure and that can grow mold and bacteria. So long as people keep an eye on their honey it should last forever.
How do you manage it if it starts?  Do you just mix it up?

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2009, 02:42:47 PM »
Honey will last a long time.  He's probably looking at an expiration date on the jar.
I've got a 5gal container at the house that's solid as a rock.  Even then, it sure ain't expired in my book ;)

My wife threw out a 1/4 full jar of local honey that had started to crystalize >:(
I told her to never throw out, under any normal circumstances, local honey.

I use chrystalized honey same as suger.  I never throw it away.......never had it go bad either.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2009, 03:24:50 PM »
Crystalized honey if it's not dehydrated, just reheat it over a low heat or in a double boiler to make it honey again.

Even if it does start to grow stuff on it, scraping the fuzzy top layer off and using as normal usually isn't a problem.  Honey won't support the growth of the bad stuff by itself.  Plus, if you remember your previous podcasts...take the honey to 165F and let it cool. This'll kill off all the bad stuff.  If its commercially done honey, it's already been BTD (boiled to death) at the factory. If local stuff, low heat.  You don't want to kill off the good stuff if you don't have to.

Honey is potent stuff.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2009, 11:58:10 PM »
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you know its bad when the prepping starts to hit mainstream
Lean Cuisine in a #10 can. ;D
That's just disgusting.
Not #10 cans.... This is 'Lean Cuisine' after all. #5 cans. Half the size...

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2009, 06:43:37 AM »
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you know its bad when the prepping starts to hit mainstream
Lean Cuisine in a #10 can. ;D
That's just disgusting.
Not #10 cans.... This is 'Lean Cuisine' after all. #5 cans. Half the size...
1/3rd the taste of real food at 8/4ths the price

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2009, 10:50:22 AM »
That's just disgusting.

Not #10 cans.... This is 'Lean Cuisine' after all. #5 cans. Half the size...

1/3rd the taste of real food at 8/4ths the price
But they make up for the lack in taste by adding lots of lovely chemicals....

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2009, 11:35:30 AM »
All the goodness like Mom used to make




(mom was an industrial chemist)

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2009, 01:51:52 AM »
All the goodness like Mom used to make
(mom was an industrial chemist)

-1 for that! made me LOL.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2009, 01:56:47 PM »
.

Powdered milk is also a good investment if you can train your family to drink it; if not, it's still okay to cook with.




You can "lengthen" a jug of shop milk by mixing up powdered milk and adding it to 1/2 or 1/3 jug of the shop milk.  Refrigerated, it's not real noticeable.   You can do it to use more powdered milk for cereal, drinking, etc or as training to get them used to drinking powdered milk all the time.   Mixing it up well beforehand and refrigerating it makes a big difference.  One thing is, though, it's lowfat and many people don't want to serve lowfat milk to their younger children.  (I go through phases of stretching shop milk; I need to get back to doing it now.)

As Coldfishgirl said though, its fine to cook with and if you make a lot of pancakes or muffins and white sauces you end up saving a good bit of money.

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2009, 12:19:13 AM »
Thank you for posting this swanson. Great information!

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Re: The emergency fund you can eat - Useful article; MSN Money
« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2009, 02:16:31 AM »
Thanks great post!