Much has been made of the fact that I store enough spaghetti noodles to feed 1,000 people or more. People ridicule me for this: "How could you ever possibly need that much spaghetti?" To answer that question, let's do some basic, fundamental Armageddon arithmetic:

If I am ever called upon to care for all of the members of my family, plus all of the members of my husband's family, including parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and an ever-expanding crowd of grand-nieces and grand-nephews, I'm going to be feeding 40 people, in addition to feeding my husband and myself. 42 people times three meals a day equals 126 meals a day. 126 meals a day times seven days a week equals 882 meals a week...times 52 weeks in a year equals 45,990 meals. If I have enough spaghetti to feed 1,000 people, now I only have to come up with 44,990 meals if I want to feed my family for a year.

Doesn't seem like so much now, does it?

When speaking of "enough spaghetti to feed 1,000 people" a person tends to visualize a truck-load of spaghetti. However, bear in mind that a pound of spaghetti feeds 8 people, so it takes only 125 pounds of spaghetti to make 1,000 meals. Size-wise, 125 pounds of spaghetti fits inside one or two picnic coolers, or a Rubbermaid tub about the size of the one that holds the Christmas decorations in the attic.  Because spaghetti routinely goes on sale for 50 cents a pound, that represents a financial investment of $62.50.

You probably spent more than that filling up your gas tank this week. How long did THAT expenditure last you? 

Spaghetti is one of the least expensive, longest lasting, and most compact survival foods you can buy. It's easy to prepare, and everybody loves it. What else can you buy that stores for decades, cooks in minutes, and costs six cents a serving?

After a disaster, can you see yourself saying, "Thank goodness I have this Rubbermaid tub full of Christmas decorations in my closet" ? Or would you rather be able to say, "Thank goodness I have a Rubbermaid tub with a thousand plates of spaghetti in my closet" ?

I challenge you to come up with a list of the people you would want to take in and care for after it all hits the fan. How many people are on that list? Sit down with a calculator and do the Armageddon Arithmetic. Work out the math for however long you think a disaster might last.

THEN tell me I'm stupid for having a thousand servings of spaghetti in my house.

L. archer
9/20/2016 02:46:53 pm

I lived with a hoarder of food. One object of the hoard was spaghetti. It doesn't matter if it's 5 pounds or 125 pounds, after 3 years that spaghetti went foul, and later years, the flour beetles had a meal out of it, even through the plastic bags. I'd recommend not to buy more than what you could consume in a year. Grain does go stale.


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