ONE MONTH MENU - CANNED FOOD

Not everyone will purchase MRE's and others will not be interested in storing rice, beans and wheat.

For those who want to set aside regular foods that are able to keep for about a year and provide ease of preparation, variety and balance, I propose this menu...

These items can be purchased from the one-week list below whenever they come on sale and then be added to a plastic bin or two until a month's supply is accumulated. The box can then be stored until needed. We were able to fit a one-month food supply for two in two medium size boxes for a family member we assisted.

Extra food is built in to provide for accidents, extra snacks and surprise day visitors (i.e. family). Used sparingly this could last longer than the times specified.

This menu is for 2 people for one week. After you have set aside enough for one week, try to add enough for a second week, third week and so on. Encourage friends/family members to store at least a one-month supply of non-perishables for Y2K. It will then be available for any other unexpected occurrences that could arise.

~ Green

BREAKFAST

Qty.

Unit

Item

Comments

2

Box

Cereal or Instant Flavored Oatmeal

Check expiration date and servings per container. Minimum 12 servings/box

7

Cans

Canned Fruit

15 oz. Cans

1

Box

Powdered Milk

Approximately 2 lbs.

1

Box

Coffee or Tea Singles

More if heavy consumers

2-1/2

Gal.

Water

For Milk, Coffee/Tea

LUNCH

1

Box

Graham Crackers

 

1

Jar

Peanut Butter

 

14

Can

Soup, Pasta, Ramen Noodles or Tuna

Add small jar of sandwich spread if using tuna

1

Bag

Cookies, Pretzels or Chips

Check expiration date

1

Can

Powdered Lemonade or Drink Mix

8-qt. Cans; Vitamin C fortified

2

Gal.

Bottled Water

For Lemonade/Drink Mix

SUPPER

14

Each

Dinty Moore microwaveable dinners, canned pasta with meat, canned chicken and dumplings, canned beef stew, canned ham

The Dinty Moore comes in at least 6 varieties - shop around. Remove from the package and heat in a saucepan; ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs for canned meals.

14

Can

Vegetables/Starches

Corn, green beans, peas, carrots, potatoes, baked beans, tomatoes, instant mashed potato packets, boil-in-bag rice or rice packets, etc.

7

Can

Fruit or Applesauce

 

7

Bottle

Soda, juice or water

2-liter

SNACKS

1

Box

Ritz Crackers

 

1

Can

Spray Cheese Spread

 

4

4-Pack

Pudding or Jell-O Snacks

Or bags of candy

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

1

Roll

Paper Towels

 

14

Each

Spoons, Forks, Knives

 

1

Pkg.

Napkins

 

1

Each

Salt/Pepper

 

1

Bottle

Cooking Oil

 

1

Lb.

Sugar

Shaker-type container is handy

1

Roll

Aluminum Foil

 

1

Roll

Saran Wrap

 

1

Box

Baggies

Zip-top variety

1

Box

Matches

Strike-anywhere if available

2-3

Can

Sterno or Safe Heat

Check Sam's Club

1

Each

Hobo or Camp Stove

 

1

Pkg.

Diaper Wipes

 

30

Each

Paper plates

 

30

Each

Plastic Bowls

 

20

Each

Styrofoam Cups

 

20

Each

Plastic Cups

 

1

Bottle

Dishwashing Liquid

 

This diet would be high in sodium, so be cautious if you are on a salt restricted diet. You can/should make substitutions according to your dietary preferences/tastes!

This isn't the least expensive route to go but with careful selection you can pick up most everything on this list on sale sometime this summer. These meals are generally heat-and-eat so they are well suited for elderly family members.

Happy Eating!

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