Tuesday, October 05, 2010

HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: Post #5

Don't look too terribly close at this photo because I think an eye might be staring back at you!


If we believe in the things we see on the big screen, the zombie apocalypse could begin and end civilization within 28 days. Are you ready for life without grocery stores, banks, electricity, and safety, just to name a few? Few of us are, but Costco is there to help.


Available for only a few more days, this "Self Reliance" package contains enough food to feed one person for one year. The shelf life is actually 25 years for the majority of the items. Your cost - $799, with shipping included. Here is how it breaks down:


The THRIVE 1 Year Food Supply comes complete with 84 #10 (gallon size) cans of grains, fruits, veggies, protein & beans, dairy, and baking essentials. With over 5,000 servings and many foods with a shelf life of up to 25 years, this package will give you variety, nutrition, and peace of mind.
12 month food supply for 1 Person
6 month food supply for 2 People
3 month food supply for 4 People
Shipment arrives in 14 separate boxes
Grains and rice have a shelf life of up to 30 years
Freeze-dried foods have a shelf life of up to 25 years
Dehydrated foods have a shelf life of up to 15 years
Simple rehydration instructions, recipes, and helpful tips are included on each can
5,011 total servings
84 gallon-sized cans

This THRIVE 1 Year 1 Person Food Storage package contains 84 #10 (gallon size) cans. See below for specific package contents.

Grains
8 Cans of Instant White Rice (48 servings per can)
12 Cans of Hard White Winter Wheat (44 servings per can)
3 Cans of 6 Grain Pancake Mix (50 servings per can)
2 Cans of Elbow Macaroni (45 servings per can)
Vegetables
6 Cans of Dehydrated Potato Chunks (42 servings per can)
1 Can of Freeze-Dried Sweet Corn (46 servings per can)
1 Can of Freeze-Dried Green Peas (41 servings per can)
1 Cans of Dehydrated Chopped Onions (45 servings per can)
1 Can of Freeze-Dried Mushroom Pieces (48 servings per can)
1 Can of Freeze-Dried Broccoli (47 servings per can)
Fruits
2 Cans of Organic Apple Slices (48 servings per can)
2 Cans of Freeze-Dried Strawberries (45 servings per can)
1 Can of Freeze-Dried Blueberries (50 servings per can)
1 Can of Freeze-Dried Blackberries (49 servings per can)
2 Cans of Freeze-Dried Raspberries (48 servings per can)
Dairy
6 Cans of Powdered Milk (43 servings per can)
3 Cans of Chocolate Drink Mix (48 servings per can)
Proteins/Beans
The taste and texture of TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) is consistent with real meat, making it a great addition to vegetarian diets
3 Cans of Bacon TVP (47 servings per can)
3 Cans of Beef TVP (44 servings per can)
3 Cans of Chicken TVP (45 servings per can)
2 Cans of Taco TVP (42 servings per can)
6 Cans of Pinto Beans (49 servings per can)
1 Can of Black Beans (49 servings per can)
2 Cans of Lima Beans (49 servings per can)
3 Cans of Lentils (52 servings per can)
6 Cans of Whole Eggs (236 servings per can)
Cooking Basics
2 Cans of White Sugar (46 servings per can)

Since coming across this article I have to admit that I have thought about diving in and seeing what happens. Of course, I think the majority of the people interested in this package will be storing it for future use - the zombie apocalypse, 2012, natural disasters. I found myself thinking "Wow, there would be no more grocery shopping!" I grabbed a calculator to do a rough estimate of how much money I spend yearly on food and it is probably 4x the $799 cost above.

On the air this morning I asked you to help me decide and the overwhelming response was "Don't do it", and I guess I now find myself agreeing with that. My diet would be incredibly boring and it would involve a lot of will power and precious time on my part.


But don't let that stop you - zombie killer. If you are interested in reading up more on this project, you can find the article here.

And now for something completely different................

The KMSU Fall Pledge Drive starts in the morning folks! We are excited and anxious to do whatever it takes for this station, and I hope you feel the same way. Think on it tonight, and I'll talk with you in the morning about your pledge, okey-dokey?

Shelley

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