My Prepper Mission to Buy Bulk Salt

My Prepper Mission to Buy Bulk Salt

I am learning so much from blogs, forums, and even Twitter about prepping.  I started with just buying more of what my family always eat.  Kind of like having a large pantry where you go to the grocery store less.  I am always watching the sales and also the expiration dates.  I started with small cans of soup, beans, vegetables, and such.  This was a great way to learn the process.  Most of these items have a 12-24 month expiration.

If you are into prepping, you know that most serious preppers will eventually realize just how much food they will need for their family for 1 year. While estimates vary, it could be anywhere from 250 pounds to 2000 pounds.  I am not sure I can go with 2000 pounds, but I am shooting initially for 250.  With that said, it was time that I started moving into bulk food storage.

I began by reading up on what preppers usally store.  They store a lot of wheat, rice, beans and even corn.  Most of these items have a 20+ year shelf life if kept in a dry and air tight container.  I bought some 5 gallon containers that were previously used for pickles (and nothing I did got the smell out) and some 5 gallon mylar bags with 2000cc oxygen absorbers.  Just like all the other preppers, I was going to start storing bulk food.

Despite multiple searches on Google, I was unable to find any store locally (in Minnesota) that had any variety of bulk foods.  I did go to Costco and buy 100 pounds of rice and 75 pounds of sugar.  Costco also had longer shelf-life pancake mix and most of my canned stock comes from there.  After more searching, I did find an organic food supplier on the Western side of the Twin Cities that sold bulk food (not that I cared about the organic part).  I bought large 25 and 50 pound bags of wheat and beans from him.

Unfortunately, no store carried any bulk salt.  I am not sure how much salt I should have, but since it is cheap and keeps forever, I figured that I would fill one 5 gallon bucket with it, which should be about 35 pounds.  Costco didn’t carry anything larger than a 1 pound container.  My bulk wheat supplier offered me organic sea salt at $50 for 50 pounds (too expensive).  I found that Sam’s club carries 25 pound bags of table salt for just $6, but the nearest one that had it in stock was 70 miles away in Hastings!

So, what was I supposed to do?  I was determined to find some.  I didn’t want to skip this staple item.  I still wasn’t sure why I needed 35 pounds, but I figured I might be able to barter with it or maybe someone could teach me how to make jerky.

Walking through Cub Foods, I saw that they carry 1 pound, 10 ounce round containers, which you probably have in your cupboard right now.  They were $0.58 each.  Huh, I grabbed my calculator and figure that I needed 21 of these to fill that 5 gallon bucket and it would cost me $12.  That was worth it.  I could check this off my list and move on.  I pulled a whole box down, brought them to the check out and gave the cashier some strange answer about a kids science project when she asked why I needed so many!

Now I just need to pour them all into a Mylar bag and seal them away with an oxygen absorber for when the SHTF.

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