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Costco sells out of 26 lb. doomsday mac & cheese tub

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LOL a bucket of mac and cheese that will last 20 years? There's no way I would ever eat that.

You can just buy individual cans of food- those things will last for a century. I'm sure it will taste better too.
 

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https://www.foxbusiness.com/feature...-26-lb-mac-cheese-tub-with-20-year-shelf-life.

Personally, I am more of a quality over quantity guy but this is actually a great idea in case of an emergency/natural disaster. Even better for homeless shelters.

When I contemplate a disaster that would cause me to consume 26 pounds of Costco mac and cheese I am reminded of the line from TREASURE ISLAND where Long John Silver proclaims... "them that dies will be the lucky ones".
 

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LOL a bucket of mac and cheese that will last 20 years? There's no way I would ever eat that.

You can just buy individual cans of food- those things will last for a century. I'm sure it will taste better too.

Canned food does not last that long. It usually rusts and starts leaking after a year or two.
 

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And then after your done with the food you can

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and **** for 20 years
 

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Canned food does not last that long. It usually rusts and starts leaking after a year or two.

Not if kept in a climate controlled environment. Since it was vaccum packed it will "last" much longer but color and texture will likely degrade over time.

How long does canned food remain edible and retain its nutritional content after it is purchased?

Canned food has a shelf life of at least two years from the date of processing. Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of color and texture. In fact, canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75° Fahrenheit and below). Canned food as old as 100 years has been found in sunken ships and it is still microbiologically safe! We don't recommend keeping canned food for 100 years, but if the can is intact, it is edible. Rust or dents do not affect the contents of the can as long as the can does not leak. If the can is leaking, however, or if the ends are bulged, the food should not be used.

https://www.mealtime.org/frequently-asked-questions
 

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Canned food does not last that long. It usually rusts and starts leaking after a year or two.

Thats some poor quality canned goods youre getting. Ive seen documentaries that have people testing hundred year old canned food from the UK and they were judged to be still edible.
 

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I support the concept of stocking up on non-perishables in case of an emergency, but this seems excessive!
 

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mac and cheese is peasant food. I am not sure why anyone older than 18 would eat this food on their own.

It is an easy food to elevate though. Add Lobster or bacon, and you may have something.

Although apparently Mac and Cheese with ketchup is popular.

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Thats some poor quality canned goods youre getting. Ive seen documentaries that have people testing hundred year old canned food from the UK and they were judged to be still edible.

Hundred year old cans have absolutely nothing to do with the cans that you go buy today other than they are cans.
 

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Not if kept in a climate controlled environment. Since it was vaccum packed it will "last" much longer but color and texture will likely degrade over time.



https://www.mealtime.org/frequently-asked-questions

Not very many people keep cans in climate controlled storage's. Most people keep cans in their kitchen which if you cook in there is far from climate controlled. The heat changes in a kitchen are going to cause condensation on the can.

Of course you may not have a kitchen to store them in if things are bad. SO I would guess in most cases without getting new cans you should only count on those cans lasting a year or two. If they last longer great, but then by then most people probably would have ate their contents by then.

And I already pointed out that the life of the can depends on it leaking or not.
 

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Not very many people keep cans in climate controlled storage's. Most people keep cans in their kitchen which if you cook in there is far from climate controlled. The heat changes in a kitchen are going to cause condensation on the can.

Of course you may not have a kitchen to store them in if things are bad. SO I would guess in most cases without getting new cans you should only count on those cans lasting a year or two. If they last longer great, but then by then most people probably would have ate their contents by then.

And I already pointed out that the life of the can depends on it leaking or not.

We keep canned goods in a pantry (closet?) and/or cabinets about 10' away from the stove and sink. Few are over two years old but I have yet to have any rust.
 

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Thats some poor quality canned goods youre getting. Ive seen documentaries that have people testing hundred year old canned food from the UK and they were judged to be still edible.

Greetings, PoS. :2wave:

I would find it very difficult to believe that comment! :yes: "One-hundred-year old food" would have been canned long before the invention of stainless steel pressure canners that made food as safe to eat as possible! Prior to that, food to be canned was cooked for hours and hours in a large kettle on the stove, and then put in jars with a short prayer that it had cooked long enough to kill all pathogens! Not a great way to live! :eek:

I have taught many women over the years how to safely pressure can food to feed their families, mainly at the local community kitchens where I am a volunteer, but even with that, I make a point to advise that any meats that will be nearing a 3-year jar life are to be carefully inspected, by smell first, then a little longer cooking, to determine safe usability.

I find that it's much easier these days to dry foods with a food dehydrator, then put the dried foods in jars, and process later. There's still work involved to rehydrate veggies and fruits for dinner that you've dried, but dried berries of all kinds sure make delicious jams and jellies! Oh yeah! :lamo
 

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We keep canned goods in a pantry (closet?) and/or cabinets about 10' away from the stove and sink. Few are over two years old but I have yet to have any rust.

Thats great, I am glad that you have good conditions for your canned foods. But not everyone has such luxuries and especially in most situations where one needs those cans. Being that you have 10' of room between pantry and heat and water sources tells me that your bigger concern should be securing those cans.
 

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Thats great, I am glad that you have good conditions for your canned foods. But not everyone has such luxuries and especially in most situations where one needs those cans. Being that you have 10' of room between pantry and heat and water sources tells me that your bigger concern should be securing those cans.

Living in a 12' (exterior) wide mobile home, that simply means storing food on the other side (opposite exterior wall) of the kitchen area. In our case, keeping housing costs (rent) down helps us to secure (funds for) many more cans of food.
 

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Dry foods last longer than canned goods. And you should rotate your food supplies. Rice stores well and does not have to be processed like wheat, just add water and boil, season as desired. I like rice and beans, easy to store and prepare. Try making bread from whole wheat, don't be surprised if you get sick. There are lots of dehydrated foods in the grocery stores in small packages, we get them and seal them inside a #10 can. Your nearest LDS neighbor can tell you where to get them sealed for free....
 

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Living in a 12' (exterior) wide mobile home, that simply means storing food on the other side (opposite exterior wall) of the kitchen area. In our case, keeping housing costs (rent) down helps us to secure (funds for) many more cans of food.

I suppose though it depends what kind of "doomsday" that we are talking about. One where its safe to be in a trailer and you would still be cooking inside IMO isnt a a doomsday type of situation to begin with, its sounds more like just daily living to me. If thats the case then canned foods and dry goods are best if the power goes out for extended periods.
 

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Something relatively new, foil pouches and impulse sealers and then store the pouches in a plastic tub. Rodents can chew through foil lined plastic pouches, so the 5 gallon buckets are a good idea.
Is the CostCo bucket pre-mixed? If it is dry pasta and powdered cheese, it should last forever.

Local civil defense cleaned out a shelter a few years ago, they had small barrels of hard sugar candy that were stored forty years and were still edible.
 

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Something relatively new, foil pouches and impulse sealers and then store the pouches in a plastic tub. Rodents can chew through foil lined plastic pouches, so the 5 gallon buckets are a good idea.
Is the CostCo bucket pre-mixed? If it is dry pasta and powdered cheese, it should last forever.

Local civil defense cleaned out a shelter a few years ago, they had small barrels of hard sugar candy that were stored forty years and were still edible.

TBH, I haven’t read the thread from the beginning; if we are talking “doomsday,” I am going outside and present myself to the second sunrise of the day and get the inevitable over with. If we in the “1st world” ever lose the electrical grid for an extended period, the result would be the same as the second sunrise, imo.........
 
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