# How long would your household food supply last?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by parmalee, May 24, 2019.

1. ### parmaleeperipatetic artisanValued Senior Member

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For me, it's just living, not so much preparing for anything. That's partly why I dispute this three day notion. People--and Americans, especially--tend to accumulate stuff--and this includes food. And considering the size of American homes, and kitchens, well...

3. ### JeevesValued Senior Member

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It's been a while since I made bread - and anyway, my brother was the expert. If I recall, the ryes, especially pumpernickel, can easily become dry and too heavy. Long rise, punch down, another long rise, and a long proof time after shaping seems to be the main thing. Some people put in coffee or cocoa; molasses and/or barley malt are common. I hate when they put in cracked or whole grain - unfriendly to old, expensive teeth - but quite like caraway.
Here's a take on it that sounds good to me

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5. ### RainbowSingularityValued Senior Member

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pondering what i would ideally like...
poppy seeds, sesame seeds pumpkin seeds sunflower seeds wall nuts (as a coating, baked and allowed to soften so it is not rock hard)
rice flour & pumpkin flour loaf...

with a cream cheese spread or double cream bri cheese or a very nice Camembert

7. ### JeevesValued Senior Member

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Never used rice or pumpkin flour. I used to like sunflower seeds and dried cranberry on the inside of a wheat/barley loaf, sesame or poppy seed on the outside. Sometimes, driving north, we'd stop at a bakery that made a great multigrain bread with dried tomato, pepper and olives inside - it didn't need anything spread on it, so we just broke off chunks to eat in the car.
This is a pointless post: I'm just indulging in nostalgia, since I can't eat fresh bread anymore.

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10. ### Bob-a-builderRegistered Senior Member

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Like Jeeves ^^^^. I could feed a family of four for a year with similar food on hand. I've considered buying a few tons of rice and burying them in the yard (vacuum sealed). I prefer buying bulk stuff on sale also. My pantries are overcrowded but I have 3 children and always imagine a crisis may hit in our lifetimes.

Freezerstuffs like Benson not so much. I mainly freeze bread and perhaps have a few months worth of meat

11. ### JeevesValued Senior Member

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Some staples you think are long-term turn out to be a bad investment. Beans from 1999 became impossible to cook palatably by about 2012; pasta was useless in a couple of years. Most of the Y2K wheat and corn have been fed to the birds, so that's okay. But I truly begrudge all the dehydrated spinach eaten by moths.
On the up-side: I'm still using the spices, and they've tripled in price in the meantime.

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