$300 to provide a basic one year supply of food for a family 4!
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it!?
For some reason, this recipe, and variations of it, often called Bean Soup, seems to make the rounds of preparedness groups/forums/email lists every few years, and since I’ve now had it sent to me 3 times in the last 2 months, I decided to address it – again – on my blog. Quite often they link back to posts that are at least 12-13 years old, ignoring the impact that inflation will have made on the prices in the intervening years while also ignoring some very basic, but absolutely essential nutritional information.
The basic recipe includes a total of 65-80 pounds of assorted beans/legumes and 10-40 pounds of assorted grains, plus any seasonings your family likes, and maybe a few packages of instant oatmeal, spaghetti sauce mix, and pasta, or similar, to fill in the gaps.
Here’s the problem – although they are correct that grains and legumes are the basic foods sustaining life around the globe for centuries, they fail to look at even the most basic nutritional information for the AMOUNT of food being suggested.
Depending on the specific recipe being shared, the daily protein amount is usually adequate for all but a pregnant or nursing mother.
The calories, on the other hand, are generally in the neighborhood of 80-150 per person per day.
This is wholly inadequate and will result in rapid death by starvation.
If you truly want to provide a basic survival level amount of food for yourself or your family, you need to lay in an absolute minimum of 300 pounds of grains and 60 pounds of legumes PER PERSON for a year. And when I say this is basic, I mean it’s BASIC! This quantity of food will barely keep you alive, being even less than the pioneer handcart companies had and less than the prisoners in Auschwitz.
Just because someone has a huge following and glitzy presentation does not mean they know what they are talking about. Too many people follow because someone says what they WANT to hear rather than what they NEED to hear.
Never forget the basic principle that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably IS too good to be true.
Your family depends on you. Please don’t let them down when it’s most important.