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This was originally sent out by Robert Waldrop

One 20 quart size powdered milk (4 pounds) One 10 lb bag rice Two 4 lb bags beans Two 3 lb bags of macaroni Three 13 ounce quick oats Two 5lb bags flour One 8 ounce baking cocoa One 4 lb bag of sugar One 10 oz baking powder One 8 oz baking soda One 4 lb jar of peanut butter One 1 qt bottle of syrup 30 miscellaneous cans (tuna,soups, vegetables, chili, etc.) One bottle hot sauce One bottle soy sauce 9 miscellaneous spice bottles 2 vitamin bottles One 4 ounce bottle of vanilla extract One 4 ounce bottle of yeast One 16 ounce bottle of jalapeno peppers One copy Better Times Cookbook and Almanac of Useful Information for Poor People (available from Robert Waldrop)

All of the above should fit into a box 23 inches by 21 inches by 10 inches. This will provide the following daily servings for one person:

2-1/2 cups milk 1-1/2 cups cooked rice 1-1/2 cups cooked beans 1-1/2 cups cooked macaroni 1 cup cooked oats 1 cup flour 4 tbsp peanut butter 1 misc. can of food Plus daily sugar and spice

I am not in the business of giving nutritional advice, but it seems to me that if one added a half gallon or so of cooking oil, another can per day and a serving of fruit juice, you'd be all right for a month. Depending on the assortment of cans, a variety of stuff can be made from these ingredients, including cinnamon rolls, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, tuna casserole, etc.


Add to this: 1 lb of soyflour (equiv. 32 tbs) Water: one gallon per adult per day. The phone book has the recipe for correct bleach treatment of water: Look under the earthquake section. ---------

-- johno (, November 29, 1999


Thank you johno, this seems sensible and manageable for adding to emergency supplies.

-- bvcmargie (, November 29, 1999.

Glad to help. I've been handing this to people, even at this late date, because it seems e-z and manageable, especially as the stores at NOT jammed with the panic stricken. I assume you've seen the WorldNetDaily story about Clinton proclaiming a national emergency Dec 28? My worry machine kicked into high gear. Time to let go. Time to let God.

-- johno (, November 29, 1999.


Thank you so much for this. I think I'll email this to a few friends!



-- Michael Taylor (, November 29, 1999.

Well, it's always nice to see that somebody is paying attention out there. I remember when I put this together. I subscribe to a Catholic y2k list and somebody was worried because they lived in tiny studio apartment (which sounded like a place I once lived in in Salt Lake City on 3rd East, even had a murphy bed that pulled down out of the wall). In response to the question about how much space was needed, I went around my kitchen and pantry and pulled this pile of stuff together and then found an empty computer box and road-tested the concept.

Alas, Better Times is currently out of print, but you can read parts of it online at Better Times Cookbook . I still am hoping to receive enough contributions to reprint it in time to mail it out before the end of the year, another $400 should do it.

For a more extended discussion of coping with y2k, download my free on-line y2k book at Y2k free book

-- robert waldrop (, November 29, 1999.

Also check out the Week-In-A-Box". Month-in-a-box is mostly dried, takes cooking. Week-in-a-box is bulkier, but requires no cooking, already contains water. Use what works for you.

-- bw (home@puget.sound), November 30, 1999.

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