Current Project: The One Week Food Bucket

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Current Project: The One Week Food Bucket

 By MsKYprepper, Editor-At-Large

 

I need suggestions for a project that I am working on. 

 

I went to a food storage class a while back and someone there had packed routine shelf stable food – enough for one week – into a bucket.  I thought it was such a great idea.  A 7-day emergency food cache, with ready-made daily menus of “regular” grocery food. 

 

I am imagining: Immediately after the bad thing happens and I’m all out of sorts, I can grab the convenient bucket and execute easy to prepare meals without using any brain cells.  After we eat, the bucket may come in handy for …well … the other things that happen after you eat… And, although it would be too heavy to carry in a bug-out situation, it would be a great grab-n-throw-in-the-car bucket.  Anyway, I don’t know the person or how to contact them, so I am attempting to re-create her idea using my food items. 

 

My goals – feed 2 people for 7 days.  2,000 calories per day with some basic nutrition and variety.  Everything must fit into a 6 ½ gallon plastic bucket with a gamma lid.  (I’m not planning to pack in a Mylar bag.)   

 

Here’s what I have so far, but I’m nowhere near my 2,000 calories.  What would you suggest I exchange to increase calories?

 

For the sake of this project, I assume that I have the ability to supply water, cooking and cleaning requirements separately.  …and oh by the way, if you decide to do something similar, I found that I can stuff the underside of the gamma lid with small items.  (tea,  coffee, crystal light, P38 can opener, etc.)

 

Looking forward to your suggestions.

 

Breakfast Tot Cal’s

Water Req’d

Oatmeal, Quaker, individual packets (12 total)

1560

yes

Pancake mix, 5.5 oz.

660

yes

  syrup, Aunt Jemima, 8 oz.

400

  Beef Jerky sticks (2 each)

100

Snacks
 4 Trail Mix Bar, Nature’s Valley

720

 4 Peanuts, Salted Planters, 2 oz.

680

 4 Oats & Honey Bars, Nature’s Valley

720

 4 Snack Bars, Misc. Flavors, Nature’s Valley

720

Starlight Peppermints – handful

100

Tootsie-Pops chocolate candy – handful

200

Drinks
14 Coffee, Folgers, Instant Individual, Packets

0

yes

 8 Lemonade Drink Mix, Crystal Light

0

yes

 8 Raspberry Drink Mix, Crystal Light

0

yes

 8 Wild Strawberry Drink Mix, Crystal Light

0

yes

 8 Cherry Pomegranate Mix, Crystal Light

0

yes

Lunch

 

 

Double Stuffed Ravioli, Chef Boyardee (2)

800

   Raisins, Sun Maid (2 each)

50

Tuna, 5 oz can (2)

200

   Tuna Helper, Box 7.5 oz.

700

yes

   Powdered Milk Packet
Mac & Cheese, Kraft box 7.25 oz

780

   Powdered Milk Packet
Beef Stew, Dinty Moore Cans 15 oz. (2)

800

  Protein Bars, Nature Valley (2)

360

Peanut Butter, Jiff, crunchy, 18 oz.

510

  Saltine crackers, 2 columns

200

Chicken, SAM’S Member’s Mark, 13 oz

350

  Manwich Can 15.5 oz.

210

  Baked Beans, Bush’s Can 16.5 oz.

490

Chicken Noodle Soup Can + Lipton Envelope

300

  Protein Bars, Nature Valley (2)

360

Dinner

 

 

Beef with Gravy, Hormel Cans, 12 oz. (2)

520

    Baked Beans, Bush’s Can 16.5 oz.

490

   Green Beans, Can 14.5 oz

70

Chicken Chow Mien Dinner, LA Choy, 28 oz

540

Spam, Can 12 oz.

840

   Sweet Potato Casserole, Glory 15 oz.

250

Cooked Ham, DAK, 16 oz. Can

800

    Instant Mashed Potatoes, Idahoan 4 oz.

240

yes

    Green Beans, Can 14.5 oz

70

Spaghetti Dinner, Kraft Box 8 oz.

800

yes

    Tomato Paste, Hunts Can 6 oz.

150

Chicken, SAM’S Member’s Mark 13 oz.

350

    Rice Package, Knorr 5.7 oz.

600

yes

    Corn, Can 12 oz.

245

Corned Beef, Hormel Can 12 oz.

720

    Instant Mashed Potatoes, Idahoan, 2 oz.

440

yes

    Carrots, 12.5 oz.

158

Total Calories in Bucket

19,253

Total Calories per day for 2 people

1,375

 

 

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