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The tomato powder has found a place in my house forever, SHTF or not. The stuff is awesome!!!
This thread is pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing.

I highlight the above comment because I couldn't agree more. I go through a ton of tomato sauces be it Italian, chili, or even BBQ. It can't be beat for shelf life and storage space and it tastes every bit as good (and in most cases better) than canned or bottled.
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This is the most helpful, informative thread I've read in a while. Thanks to MTShawn for sharing his experience with us. I have to say that you must have an awesome family! Congrats to your son. I have one in college for engineering as well.
This has made me really take stock of my food preps and see where I need to make modifications. This just proves there's no such thing as "too much". Gonna go shopping today!
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Thanks for sharing your experiences. Do you have any idea where tomato powder and peanut powder could be purchased in 5 gallon pails?
You can get the 6 gallon super pail of tomato powder from
http://www.waltonfeed.com/category/17

I would recommend buying in #10 cans instead. The buckets have 1134 generous servings. Its going to take a while to go through it.

Or buy it in bulk and store it yourself in smaller mylar bags.

I have never seen peanut butter powder in buckets, just #10 cans.

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@Chatelaine,

The family will be staying here for now. My schedule will be 2 weeks gone one week home. We are already looking at property further in the country. Nice thing is, I am no longer tied down to civilization like I was before.

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Thanks for sharing your experiences. Do you have any idea where tomato powder and peanut powder could be purchased in 5 gallon pails?
You don't want either in 5 gallon buckets. It's a food that you don't go through quickly because it's so concentrated and it's bad at absorbing moisture from the air and clumping and going stale. Even #10 cans of it are pretty large. Especially the tomato powder. A little goes a long way.
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This is the most helpful, informative thread I've read in a while. Thanks to MTShawn for sharing his experience with us. I have to say that you must have an awesome family! Congrats to your son. I have one in college for engineering as well.
This has made me really take stock of my food preps and see where I need to make modifications. This just proves there's no such thing as "too much". Gonna go shopping today!
I hope the "90 day" preppers read this thread and come to the same conclusion about there being no such thing as too much! They aren't seeing the big picture.
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@Chatelaine,

The family will be staying here for now. My schedule will be 2 weeks gone one week home. We are already looking at property further in the country. Nice thing is, I am no longer tied down to civilization like I was before.

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THANK YOU!

THIS is my very long term goal ... I'll spend the rest of my life trying to accomplish it ...
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Were you able to supplement you meals by hunting if so was it quickly consume?
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Just out of curiosity, Are you going to work in the oil sector? I've worked in the oil field for 17 years and its been good to me.
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Good to see the "what you should do" is actually doable. Helps re-affirm those lessons and examples by others. Also, congrats on getting back into the work force.
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Thank you SO MUCH for your update!! I see a lot of wholes in my own preps now. : It's better to know now rather than later.
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I hope the "90 day" preppers read this thread and come to the same conclusion about there being no such thing as too much! They aren't seeing the big picture.
Ditto this. I first started really stocking up food when it looked like I was going to lose my job. News sources were saying that it was taking an average of two years for people to find new jobs. Looking at our finances, it appeared that we could weather that length of time and keep our home, but only if we could cut our food spending during that time to almost nothing. So we stocked up a good amount of food and the garden went quite well that year and we canned a good deal, too. I did lose my job, but luckily was employed the very next day. It's not just natural disasters and earth-shaking events which need to be prepared for, but personal difficulties, too.
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I may have missed it, but where did the buckets that you opened come from. I saw you mention the tomato powder, but not the others.

Thanks for the great post !
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I sure wish MTShawn would give us an update and I wish I could find the recipe thread! Too many cooking threads....

Anyway...for those asking about the 5 gal buckets of stuff.

Emergency Essentials sells peanut butter powder and tomato powder in both #10 and #2.5 cans. Both of them last so long that I wasn't using the #10 fast enough and it was getting moisture and oxidation just from opening an closing. So, I went with the 2.5 cans for the pantry and I'm not going back. I can store a dozen of those in the same footprint and they stay fresher. I really wouldn't encourage either of those in 5 gal buckets because they have so many servings in them.

Like everyone else, I adore the tomato powder for everything and the peanut butter powder is to die for. Useful for everything from Satay sauce, savory peanut sauces, cookies, sandwiches, smoothies....the list is endless.
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I sure wish MTShawn would give us an update and I wish I could find the recipe thread! Too many cooking threads....

Anyway...for those asking about the 5 gal buckets of stuff.

Emergency Essentials sells peanut butter powder and tomato powder in both #10 and #2.5 cans. Both of them last so long that I wasn't using the #10 fast enough and it was getting moisture and oxidation just from opening an closing. So, I went with the 2.5 cans for the pantry and I'm not going back. I can store a dozen of those in the same footprint and they stay fresher. I really wouldn't encourage either of those in 5 gal buckets because they have so many servings in them.

Like everyone else, I adore the tomato powder for everything and the peanut butter powder is to die for. Useful for everything from Satay sauce, savory peanut sauces, cookies, sandwiches, smoothies....the list is endless.
The #2.5 cans are a smart choice. I bought mine in #10 cans and had the same problem. The peanut butter would be fine in a #10 can if it was being used to feed a family, but for a single person it goes too slow to use it up in time. And the tomato just seems to last forever no matter how much you use it, so a #2.5 can of it is probably a better choice for most people.

Alternatively, a person could open a #10 can and repackage into smaller jars, perhaps vacuum sealed to add shelf life.
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I will work on an update today. I have been talking about it.
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MTShawn, I find it amazing that you not only prepped as well as you did, but that you took the time to share your experiences and results. As someone who has newly taken an interest in the prepping scene, this is exactly the kind of thing I needed to help get my wife on board. I think that she had this vision of living off of bread and water for 2 years when the SHTF. I for one appreciate everything that you have shared. It provides a wonderful road-map for a real world situation. My thanks to you good sir.
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Thanks for the many post MTshawn, and i love the picture. Its true how a picture can often say more than a 1000 words, just looking at the jummie bread or the soup.

A question if you can.
If you could make a % of how must of differend thing you normally eat each day ?
Like 30% bread 10%fruit 40%pasta/rice etc ??
I just wonder if there is something you get alot more of than other stuff each day, and if you could changes it, what you would want to changes. I gues fruit is one o)
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I do not post here very much, but this has to be the most open, honest and well written account of relying on your preps that I have ever read. Well done!
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