October 10, 2010 at 2:41 am #478437WazzaMember
Is it too much to ask if you well-stockpiled folk could add your precise longitude and latitude to your ALS location? I’ve recently purchased a GPS and this information would be useful for finding supplies if or when the SHTF.October 10, 2010 at 6:54 am #478438savage_goldfishMember
😆 Good luck with that Wazza.October 10, 2010 at 7:38 am #478439Judi BKeymaster
Is it too much to ask if you well-stockpiled folk could add your precise longitude and latitude to your ALS location? I’ve recently purchased a GPS and this information would be useful for finding supplies if or when the SHTF.
Dream on 😆October 10, 2010 at 11:47 pm #478440
Maybe that’s the problem; they are discontinuing the line???
CONFIRMED! Just went to my local Coles and the normally full shelf was stacked with alternate brands. Coles has discontinued their “You’ll Like Coles” branded meals in the space of the few weeks from when I bought my last can and started this thread.
Also of serious note; the Heinz Big Eat cans have shrunk from 535g to a tiny 410g. They’re now Little Eats!
Appologies to those effected by these changes, but I’ve been caught out too. I’ll now have to find a similar alternative. The Harvest cans will come closest to offering the same energy and protein balance, however they are more expensive and require a can opener. They are 425g from memory. I used to buy them for $2.50 on special but I think their special price is now around $3.
The “Little Eats” are still an option, although they aren’t worth buying unless they are on special too, and they are light on real meat content.
What has prompted these sudden changes??? Has to be something to do with the price of food in general.October 11, 2010 at 12:23 am #478441
Woolies this week has Baguellta pasta sauce for $1 a jar great to add to baked potaoes all can be done outside. Or add to meat sauce etcOctober 11, 2010 at 1:54 am #478442
woops…I edited my last post (and deleted most of the original content) instead of quoting from it…the previous post was speculating that Coles may have discontinued their line of canned meals. sorry for the confusion.October 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm #478443
I would be double checking your GPS ours told us to do a legal U turn while crossing the River Murray I know you have to check the height of where you live if doing preserving I think you have to leave it in longer if you are up in the mountains.
I got some Harvest meals a few weeks back for $2 each but you had to buy 4 to get it at that price Check out foodland they still have their Black and Gold for $2 for meals.
If you approach the manager of the department and offer to buy a case of food ask for discount, I do then get my son to go through the check out with his staff discount. better in your pocket then the supermarkets. It might be only a couple of dollars off but it can go to something else.
Foodland has Tomatoes out this week for 49c a tin so I will be buying 4 cases as we use it in a lot of meals also good for quick tomato soup with noodlesOctober 12, 2010 at 10:01 am #478444dianneParticipant
I had a look in coles today and the only thing they had were the harvest. the tribe might eat one or two of them so will give them a trail run and get some when on specal. @RW .. you must not have fussy eaters at your house, I have 3. :@October 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm #478445
Like I said, fussy eaters are a good thing. The cans are less likely to go missing between now and the emergency. :tup:October 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm #478446osakasuzMember
Fussy eaters can actually be a bad thing.
Children and old people in particular may refuse to eat unfamiliar foods, particularly in an emergency. This is the opposite of how you might be thinking, ie. when they get hungry enough, they will eat. Sometimes they won’t – they’ll get sick from the stress of the situation and the dramatic change in food/refusal to eat. It is better to store what your family eats – and eat what you store.October 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm #478447
Fussy eaters can actually be a bad thing.
Children and old people in particular may refuse to eat unfamiliar foods, particularly in an emergency. This is the opposite of how you might be thinking, ie. when they get hungry enough, they will eat. Sometimes they won’t – they’ll get sick from the stress of the situation and the dramatic change in food/refusal to eat. It is better to store what your family eats – and eat what you store.
I’ve thought of this a lot, especially when stocking my own supplies. There’s a balance between the two. If, like Bear Grylis, you are out in the wilderness and expect other people to drink their urine and eat spider guts then everyone is doomed to starve. If, however, you offer a civilized alternative such as a meal in a can that resembles something they may normally eat (ie. meat & veg) then there’s no real excuse for not eating them. It’s not like I’m making people eat dog food or anything.
If my kids refused to eat this stuff in an emergency they’d quite simply have it rammed down their throat until they enjoyed it. I’ve always believed strongly in evolution of the fittest, and that applies to mental fitness as well. This may not necessarily apply to a child given today’s soft upbringings, but an elderly person has no excuse.
Eat, starve…it’s up to the individual to have the mental faculties to be strong in a crisis. I’m certainly not going to treat everyone like babies, regardless of their age. If someone refused to eat a Harvest meal-in-a-can they’d cop an earfull from me until they’d happily eat the stuff frozen.
Now, having said all that, one of the other items we’ll be stocking up on is a packet of boiled lollies. After all, a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down! :tup:October 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm #478448grumpy3Member
:lol::hug:October 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm #478449
WEEK 3 – Canned meals + boiled lollies + can opener
So Coles have hobbled my little exercise by getting rid of their range of cheap canned meals. Never mind. Other people have suggested alternatives such as Black & Gold meals or Harvest meals. The Harvest meals can be a bit more expensive so lets budget for that as well. They are a nice alternative though, and probably offer the best taste out of all the canned meals. You will need a can opener for them too.
And as osakasuz has reminded me, sometimes people can be a bit resistant when it comes to eating unusual foods. Having a bit of sugary encouragement for the kids to have afterwards will certainly help, but a lot of lollies won’t last indefinitely like the cans will. The exception to this rule is the good old fashioned boiled lollies. I found a packet of homebrand lollies at Woolworths recently for around $2, so you can add that to this week’s list as well.
So far we haven’t touched on stocking water or powdered milk or cans of spaghetti/baked beans. There’s a few other things I’ve thought about or been reminded of since this thread started, such as female hygiene products, toilet paper, tootpaste and iodised salt (just my luck I’d run out of toothpaste the day something happened). As stated previously, feel free to grab some of these items now in case you fear a crisis might occur before this exercise is over. The current rains in QLD are a good example.
What I’m trying to do though, aside from making it easier for people to budget for this, is to prioritise the most vital items first. The canned meals offer a range of essential nutrients required for survival, they will certainly make you less hungry, and they also contain a fair amount of water; enough to help with their digestion.
Current Total = ~$37October 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm #478450
I picked up some Heinz Baked beans and Spag this morning $1 a tin if you add a tin of plumrose sausages you have a nice meal
Will need a few can openers as they always go when you really need them
I was going to ask about Lollies?? as hubby sucks on honey toffees so I have been buying an extra packet every fortnight. I will add Jelly beans to it as well good sugar boost when needed. Will have to hide them from Bubs
Also heartburn tablets have been added to the list.October 13, 2010 at 12:14 am #478451
I have found the Jelly Beans don’t last forever, maybe only a few years until they go funny. Not sure about honey toffees. The general rule is the harder the lollie the longer it will last.
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