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9/3/14

Food Storage Win: Giant bucket o' Fruit Loops!



A 6 gallon bucket of generic Fruit Loops? Now that's survivin' the apocalypse in style. Thrown down some of that powdered milk and bro, you got yourself a mean bowl of cereal.

Emergency Essentials recently added these and they are honesty fairly tempting. Normal food can be a big psychological deal when dealing with tough times...especially for kiddos.


There's 100+ servings in one of these buckets, which is the equivalent to about 5 big boxes of cereal. We'd get a month of breakfasts for the family out of one of these pretty easily, but we have little kids. If you had a couple teenagers roaming the pantry, expect to get a long weekend out of one of these.

Not sure on shelf life - none is specified. 5-ish years plus would be my guess. They are mylar'd up with oxygen absorbers, and normal cereal shelf life is around a year to a year and a half, and that's in cardboard with crappy packaging.

For those who prefer slightly less dye and sugar in their breakfast cereals, they've got generic Cheerios and Frosted Flakes as well.

You could certainly DIY these up for less, especially with sales and buying generic. Add your own bucket, mylar bags and oxygen absorbers and you'd be good to go. Figure $15 in cereal, $5 bucket, $2 bag/oxygen absorbers (1 gallon sizes are appealing for a variety of reasons) and you could DIY up one of these cereal buckets for under $25. But, there's also something to be said about letting someone else do the work and do it right the first time, especially if you only want a bucket or two to put back.

Next question: When will they be getting generic Captain Crunch?

14 comments :

  1. Oh Captain Crunch... the supreme nutritionaless full of sugar cereal. sigh.... It would not last long enough around here to DO a DIY bucket of that!! ;)

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    1. Hey, pretty much all sugar cereals (and many perceived to be healthy, too) are pretty much equally without nutrition. Don't single out the Captain!

      And, I'm pretty sure this would get raided fairly quickly around here. We go through cereal like crazy.

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  2. Hey, for that price it could be an awesome gag gift for other preppers! Joking aside, I guess it would help those of us that have kids, since cereal could help make things more "normal" if bugging in.

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  3. When we ate a lot of cereal, we would always load up during sales. Sitting in the box alone, in the basement, it would last for about 2 years before it started to get a stale taste. I think your guess of 5 years is probably fairly accurate.
    Worst case you have a buckets of stale "wheat/corn substance and high fructose corn syrup".

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  4. That would last maybe a day with me and my college roommates! Especially on a weekend with beer and football a plenty.

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  6. Ok what is up with them not list any self life for any of their products. That is a big red flag for me. Their prices seem reasonable, but it may because there is no shelf life given for the products carrying their name.

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    1. Emergency essentials has been around a long while and do deliver well packed food storage stuff. Prices are about average, good deals can be had on sale.

      Part of why they may not post shelf life is because it can vary dramatically based on storage conditions. And also because really, they don't know on some of this stuff - I doubt they have done testing for something like the fruit loops.

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  7. Captain Crunch is pretty awesome but it might introduce unique survival hazards--like all those tiny cuts you get on the roof of your mouth after eating it. You'll need to stock up on dental gauze--maybe stash some in each of your FAKs.

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  8. On the plus side, that would be a pretty light 6 gallon bucket to move about.

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  9. We eat a fair bit of cereal. I will have to pick up a half dozen of these and extra milk to go with it.

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  10. Modern cereals are fortified with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

    For powdered milk, look on the hispanic aisle (walmart locally) for Nestle Nido. Powdered whole milk.

    (You want "Fortificada" and not "Kinder." Kinder is a "milk drink" and tastes sweetened. Fortificada is powdered whole milk.)

    Mix it up and put it in the fridge. I promise you can't tell the difference over real milk.

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    1. UHT (boxed, shelf stable) milk is another option. 1 to 2 year shelf life. Had some on a bowl of cereal yesterday, couldn't tell the difference.

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