37 foods to hoard

37 Foods to Hoard
Survival food storage list: How stock in your Prepper's pantry

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#1: Distilled water and seltzer water.
Water isn't a food to hoard, but you certainly can't live without
it, which is why water is #1 on this prepping list. Distilled water
is the most pure form of water. Get water now and make plans to
get more water. Consider adding canned seltzer water to your
pantry as well. Canned seltzer water lasts indefinitely, adds a
fizzy pep to your water supply and even helps relieve
constipation! Avoid seltzer if you have acid reflux.  

  • Want to know the #1 food to hoard? Skip to #6. Canned
    and dried meats. Set aside your rice and beans for now,
    because the best food to stock for crisis is meat (canned
    and dried). Meat is the best prepper protein and with so
    many options available from dried and dehydrated, freeze
    dried and canned, you have no excuses (other than if you
    are a vegetarian).  

#2: Canned liquids.
It's important to stock up on canned foods with high liquid
content. Two excellent (and often overlooked) examples are
canned pineapple juice and vegetable juice available on the
bottom shelves of your grocery store. These foods will provide
nutrition and hydration simultaneously.  Look also for evaporated
milk, condensed milk, and canned coconut milk. Coconut milk will
help you cook rice faster! Stewed tomatoes, and vegetable, beef
or chicken stock can also help you cook rice without depleting
your drinking water. It's also a great excuse to stock up on
canned beer, which you can use to cook!  

#3: Dehydrated powdered milk, whey and eggs.
Milk does a body good (or so say the commercials) and we've
come up with a list for preppers on the 12 reasons to stock
powdered milk in your pantry. Indeed milk is a versatile food well
worth stockpiling if you don't have a cow or a goat. Bob's Red Mill
dehydrated milk lasts, pictured right, up to two years, and is an
excellent natural creamer for coffee. Skip the non-dairy creamers
made of hydrogenated oils and use powdered milk instead.

  • Powdered Milk. The best milk to buy at the grocery stores
    if it's available is Bob's RedMill Dry Milk powder, pictured
    right. However for economical value, buy dehydrated
    powdered milk by the bucket and in #10 cans as it will have
    the longest shelf life.

  • Whey powder. You know that Little Miss Muffet ate her
    curds and whey, and so should you. In cheese making, curds
    are the thick part of the milk that's separated from the
    liquid when the milk turns sour. Whey is the watery part
    that's cloudy and yellowish. Whey is highly nutritious! Bob's
    Red Mill offers an all natural whey protein concentrate.
    Whey contains a high quality complete protein containing all
    of the essential amino acids required by the body for
    strength and muscle development. It is a great way of
    increasing protein intake without adding excessive
    carbohydrates and fat. It dissolves instantly so it 's great for
    making high protein shakes and smoothies. In survival
    times, mix it with dehydrated milk for an extra frothy and
    satisfying nutrient! So while this isn't the first thing that will
    fly off the shelves in the event of a crisis, it's one Happy
    Preppers should have on their list.


#4: Hard cheeses encased in wax.
Waxed hard cheeses are not so easy to find, but they are
available. Parmesan, swiss, sharp cheddar or Gouda encased in
wax is a very "Gouda" thing to find! Wax prevents cheese from
growing mold and bacteria, and it also keeps moisture in your
cheese, so it can store for a very long time without refrigeration.
Parmesan is a hard cheese, and in the powder form has a four
month expiration date, but encased in wax it can last up to 25
years! Consider buying cheese wax and even a basic hard cheese
kit to make your own delicious cheeses. Wax will keep hard
cheeses moist during the aging process, and also prevent
unwanted mold growth on your aging cheeses. Here's more about
prepper cheese.


#5: Protein bars and protein drinks.
Ideal for a bug out bag, food bars are compact nutrition and
should be part of your everyday food storage. Sure, some food
bars are a sort of cross between chocolate candy bars and
vitamins, others more of a granola, but they are often high in
protein. Food bars can provide a satisfaction for a morning meal
or an addition to your other rations. Look for coconut bars too!
Another food bar that often goes under the radar with Prepper's
(but shouldn't) is Pemmican, pictured below, which contains
complete protein and gives energy. Free of isolates, fructose,
sugar and cholesterol, Pemmican is a concentrated food bar that
offers quick energy.














#6: Canned & dehydrated meats, poultry (and seafood).
What's the #1 food to hoard? Well, the
best prepper protein
source is meat. Go for the jerky! If you had to stockpile just one
kind of food you'd want to stockpile meat in cans. Go ahead and
Tune-in to the tuna. Stack up on the Dak! Why? Because meats
provide humans with around 90% of sustenance needed to
survive; and 90% of plants are deadly to humans. Man must eat
meat! When possible, look for grass-fed meats, like Yoder's
brand. Canned salmon, canned sardines, canned mackerel and
canned tuna are rich in necessary Omega 3 oils. Stock your
refrigerator with meats too. Smoked salmon, sausages and hot
dogs can last a long time in your refrigerator. Store organic hot
dogs and sausages, such as Applegate Farms Uncured Beef Hot
Dogs, which are made from organic, grass-fed beef. Consume
them first in a power failure.























#7: Dried drink mixes: Coffee, bouillon, tea, Ovaltine, Tang

  • Coffee for survival purposes provides the primary benefit of
    increased mental alertness, but as a morale boost it's good
    too.

  • Tea for survival is important too, and has been around for
    5,000+ years for a reason! Water quality of our ancestors
    wasn't very good, so tea helped it taste better and boiling
    water killed bacteria. In an emergency situation, tea can
    help you hydrate quickly when you can't wait for the boiled
    water to cool. Caffeinated teas provide a burst of additional
    energy; while other teas can provide a calming and soothing
    effect, which you may need. Additionally, many kinds of tea
    have anti-cancer properties (polyphenols), and reduce the
    risk of blood clotting and even lowers cholesterol levels.
    Consider adding echinacea, peppermint and chamomile teas
    to help combat the common cold, naturally, too!  

  • Powdered drink mixes:

  • Tang is a prepper classic to enhance the water supply.
    Nasa flew astronauts to the moon and back with Tang.
    It has Calcium and Vitamin C to help avoid scurvy!

  • Gatorade powder has a boost of electrolytes.

  • Wylers, Koolaid or whatever tickles your sweet tooth.

  • Bouillon cubes are compressed stock. This salty essential
    will help you flavor soups, rices, ramen style noodles and
    gravies.

#8: Oils (butter, lard, olive oil, organic shortening, etc.).
You can't cook much without oil! Buy oil small containers and
look for the word "virgin" which means that they are the first
press and have the most nutritive value.  

  • Butter. Pure Creamery Butter by Red Feather has a long
    shelf life. Pair it with B& Brown bread in a can!

  • Coconut oil. Shortening usually has trans fats, so consider
    coconut oil as cooking lard to replace Crisco or other
    vegetable shortening, which is made of dangerous trans
    fats. Coconut oil is very heat stable, and because it's low to
    oxidize, it means that it won't go rancid as quickly as other
    oils. It can last up to two years, and it provides fast energy.
    Read more about storing coconut in your preps!

  • Ghee. Gee, here's something to consider, Ghee! What's
    that? Ghee is butter that's been melted and simmered down
    until all the water has evaporated and the milk solids have
    settled at the bottom. It has a long shelf life.

  • Lard. Surprisingly, new studies show lard is a healthful
    cooking fat! It's versatile too.

  • Olive oil. Olive oil is an ideal oil, but can quickly go rancid,
    thought it may have a shelf life up to two years.

  • Organic shortening. Many preppers stock Crisco, which is
    definitely not organic,but really it's better to make a candle
    from Crisco than it is to eat the heart clogging stuff. Organic
    shortening is a good alternative to hydrogenated Crisco,
    because it's made healthier and it lasts indefinitely. Try
    Nutiva or Spectrum brands of organic shortening.

  • Other oils. If possible, look for a NON-GMO corn oil, as 86%
    of corn has been genetically modified. Whatever oil you buy,
    be sure to buy them in small containers as the minute you
    open, they oxidate and begin deteriorating quickly. Avoid
    anything made with Soybean oil as 90% of soybean products
    are genetically modified or cross-contaminated. Here's how
    to make your own oils.

# 9: Whole wheat flour, bread and pancake mixes.
Many preppers grind their own wheat into flour, but if you're new
to prepping, ensure you have some flour on hand. In the category
of flour, you could stock bread mix, such as Krusteaz or Bisquick.
Wheat is a basic food product that's chock full of fiber, protein,
vitamins and even minerals, like selenium.  If you stock white
flour in your daily pantry, be sure to stock wheat flour in your
Prepper's pantry because it has more nutritive value when it has
the whole grain (bran, germ and endosperm). White flour has
only the endosperm.

You may also need flour for thickening gravies, or coat and fry,
such things as freshly caught fish. If you have whole wheat flour,
you won't have to stock genetically modified corn starch, which is
also used for thickening. Consider Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat
flour because it comes wrapped in plastic, rather than a paper
bag which is more susceptible to pest invasions. Ultimately, you
should store whole wheat flour in your every day pantry. Your
long term pantry should include whole grain wheat and you
should have a grain mill.

Thankfully, "There is not currently, nor has there ever been, any
genetically engineered wheat on the market," according to the
Non-GMO project, so stock up! Read more about grains for
survival.

#10: Cereals  Shredded Wheat, corn or rice.
Stockpile whatever cereals your family eats oat, corn, rice, or
wheat-based. We recommend Shredded wheat! The first edition
of the Boy Scout Manual in 1911 highlights the best food for Boy
Scouts is Shredded Wheat, "because it has all the muscle-
building material in the whole wheat grain prepared in a
digestible form, supplying all the strength needed for work or
play." If refrigeration isn't an issue, pack wheat germ, which has
high levels of fiber and vitamin E to boost your immune systems.
Wheat germ is the center of the seed. Packed with protein and
fiber, wheat germ also has folate, magnesium, zinc, manganese,
selenium and vitamin E. It's considered "nutrition in a crunch."
It's not really a meal, but one you can add to your hot cereal.

#11: Potato flour.
Consider adding potato flour to your Prepper's Pantry! (See #18
for potato flakes and au gratin potatoes). This is an odd addition
to the list, but potato flour is wonderful, gluten-free addition to
the pantry to make breads, pancakes and waffles, potato soups
and much more.

Why potato flour?

  • It's better way to eat your veggies!  Potato flour is the
    entire potato (skin and all) dehydrated.  

  • Thickener. You can use potato flour as a thickener to add
    body to broths stews and gravies. Using potato flour as a
    thickening agent, will help you avoid GMO cornstarch. It's
    the starch in the potato that holds water.

  • Natural dough conditioner. As a baking ingredient to mix
    with other flours, potato flour will add moisture. Potato flour
    really does make the yeast dough easier to handle!

  • Binder.  Potato flour will add creaminess to frozen desserts
    because it holds the moisture and the fat. It also helps bind
    meats, such as hamburger patties, meatloaf or fish patties,
    so they're more juicy and flavorful.

  • Breading.  a Potato flour is a gluten free breading for frying.
    It provides a golden crunchy crust

  • Extender - potato flour will add shelf life to foods you bake
    because it's a moist yeast bread with an excellent shelf life.

Consider also sweet potato flour, which is incredibly versatile and
can be used for baked goods such as breads, cookies, muffins,
pancakes, crepes, cakes and doughnuts. It can also be used in
soups, as a thickener for sauces and gravies, and in breading.

#12 Corn as a grain (dried).
Did you know corn is both a grain and a vegetable? As a grain,
corn is dried into flour to bake and make a variety of foods from
cornbread to cornflakes.
Corn as a grain is an essential prepper
food and there are many kinds of dried corn.


  • Corn starch. Corn starch is a basic ingredient in baking.

  • Popcorn. We wrote an entire article touting the benefits of
    storing Popcorn because it's a grain that can be ground into
    flour!

  • Masa harina. Spanish for "dough," masa is the flour of
    finely ground maize, hominy or corn. It's basically been
    dried, cooked, ground, soaked in lime and then dried again.
    It reconstitutes easily with warm water and salt to make
    corn tortillas. Masa harina is the dough flour for empanadas,
    papusas and tamales. Look for organic brands, which will
    ensure you're not getting a dangerous genetically modified
    food products. While Masa Harina is a finely ground meal,
    corn grits is more versatile, hearty and nutritious basic food.
    Nothing satisfies like the savory experience of Bob's Red Mill
    gluten-free corn grits (also called polenta). For breakfast,
    you will love it with milk and honey. Grits left in a pot to
    cool become polenta. In this way, you can serve it for dinner
    with butter, cheese, marinara or gravy.  You can also
    purchase alkali-treated corn (actually dried maize kernels)
    known as hominy, which is largely popular in Southern and
    Mexican cuisine. Popular in the South, you can also find this
    product out West if you look for it in cans in the Mexican
    food isles. Hominy is high in calcium content.

#13: Corn as a vegetable.
Corn as a vegetable is also an important pantry essential. (Corn
is both a grain and a vegetable: the only difference is that as a
grain it's dried before harvesting.) Buy organic corn in cans to
help ensure it's not genetically modified as most corn is GMO.

In stores,
look for the "Non-GMO project verified" label to avoid
buying genetically modified corn. Steer clear of GMO corn
products by purchasing organic (shockingly, 86% of the world's
corn is GMO).

#14: Oats and Oatmeal.
A favorite of American pioneers, oatmeal is a food low in
saturated fat, and it's also a good source of fiber, which is
especially important during survival times. You'll need to store
adequate water as making the porridge requires 4 cups of water
for every one cup of oatmeal. A tip for preparing is to soak the
oatmeal over night, so that it takes just 9-12 minutes to boil
(instead of a half an hour). Look for John McCann's steel cut
oatmeal in a can, which are 100% whole grain and natural Irish
oats.

Stock up on emergency
buckets of rolled oats and quick oats
today, and learn more about why oats are an important part of
your food storage.

#15:  Bread crumbs and stuffings.
Bread crumbs are a satisfying addition to casseroles, and can
also help you make salmon and crab cakes with the cans in your
Prepper's food storage. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find Bread
crumbs sealed in plastic for freshness. Usually, they are boxed in
waxed paper. Stuffing is a natural accompaniment to your
mashed potatoes and will mix nicely with spices and dehydrated
onions. Try also, bread in a can, and pumpernickel.

Learn to like Pumpernickel and make it part of your everyday
diet! This amazing whole grain rye bread (enjoyed by Germans
and Scandinavians with cheeses, pates and meats), packs a
mighty punch of fiber and has a three or four month shelf life!
You can make a satisfying meal with even one slice of bread.

#16: Shelf stable, ready to eat meals.
There are two kinds of shelf-stable, ready to eat meals to
include: the kind you eat, and the kind you don't.

Soup is good food and can provide a hearty meal with crackers.
For shelf-stable and ready to eat meals, think about how you can
add canned meat to boxed meals. Cheeseburger Macaroni for
example.

In uncertain times, you can also take comfort in having several
shelf-stable, ready to eat meals on hand, which require no
cooking.
Go Picnic is one of them. They are the grocery store
version of
Meals Ready to Eat.

#17: Crackers and cookies.
While crackers have little nutritive value, they do provide a sense
of normalcy to a survival situation and will be a worthy an
satisfying accompaniment to soups and tuna salad, and peanut
butter stashes in the Prepper's Pantry. You may find some
surprising nutritive benefits such as niacin and iron in flaky
flavorful crackers. In your long term food storage you'll need to
buy some pilot crackers in a #10 can.


#18: Potato Flakes and au gratin potatoes.  
If you can find a shelf-stable variety of au gratin or scalloped
potatoes that don't have hydrogenated oils, then go for it.  Left
is Edward and Sons. Unfortunately, most au gratin potatoes have
them (so skip Wegmann's, Betty Crocker and Idahoan until they
stop including hydrogenated oils in their manufacture). Look for
au gratin potatoes at organic based food market, like Whole
Foods. There are plenty of more reasons why you should make
potatoes part of your long-term food storage plan.

#19: Rice.
Sure, jasmine rice is cheap food, and worth storing but you can
also store a variety of rice to keep your family interested. Try
basmati rice, Italian arborio rice, short grain Asian rice, wild rice,
and brown rice too! Brown rice is a healthy option, but requires
more cooking time, which could deplete your cooking resources.
Consider instant rice for this reason alone, though it's not as
healthy as other rice options.

  • Rice Select has a nice variety of grain rice in nice containers.

#20 Pastas.
Dried pasta has little to no fat or moisture content, so it resists
spoilage. Among the most filling and inexpensive foods, store a
variety of pastas in addition to your spaghetti and macaroni
noodles including: egg noodles, gnocchi (made with potatoes),
dried tortellini (filled with hard cheese), orzo (rice shaped pasta),
couscous (wheat-based pasta) and the other variety of shaped
Italian pasta such as lasagna, linguine, rotelle, rotini, rigatoni,
orecchiette, penne, mastoccilli etc. Remember Asian pastas too!
There are healthier options to the inexpensive ramen style
noodles. Try soba (made from buckwheat), rice noodles, udon
(wheat flour), bean curd noodles, and chow main noodles (fried
noodles made of egg and wheat). Right, you can make a meal of
Annie's cheeseburger macaroni meal starter and Keystone Ground
beef.


#21 Raisins, dried fruits and fruit strips.
Enhance your supply with dried apricots, dates, cranberries,
mangos and whatever your family enjoys. You can make your own
trail mix with dried fruits.

  • Raisins. Just a handful of raisins will provide a full serving
    of fruit. Raisins have protein, fiber, iron, and Vitamin C.
    Raisins are loaded with antioxidants and potassium, too.
    Use them in your Prepper's pantry to enhance the flavor of
    rice for dinner and cereals for breakfasts. Remember, raisins
    are a dried fruit and not a dehydrated food. There is a
    difference in how you store each.  Organic raisins are the
    best choice so you can avoid toxic  pesticides of commercial
    farming. Newmans Own is an excellent choice. These raisins
    are packed with juicy flavor and a pleasing texture, and are
    available by the six pack in 15-oz cans for your prepper's
    pantry and delivered to your door.

  • Fruit leathers, fruit strips and fruit ropes. Skip the fruit
    rollups, which are ladened with unwanted high-fructose corn
    syrups. Instead, look for Simply Fruit twists and high fiber
    dried fruit strips available in a variety of flavors, such as
    cherry, grape, and apricot.

The more variety, the better for your family to fight boredom in
diet and to get the essential nutrients they each provide

#22: Jams and jellies.
Preppers love to make their own jams and jellies, but if you're
new to prepping, you can stock up on ready-made.

Jams and jellies are a canning favorite from blackberry jams,
strawberry jams, raspberry jams, grape jellies and also apple
butters, your pantry can easily have a variety of fruit spreads to
sweeten life.

#23. Canned fruits.
Did you know fruits contain twice as much calories per pound as
veggies? A fruit cocktail will give you about 300-400 calories per
pound. Peaches, packed in light syrup offer a tremendous calorie
boost to the survival diet. The liquids also provide a valuable
source of hydration, so don't can the juice in the cans! Look for
citrus varieties, such as pineapple and mandarin oranges, to give
the essential vitamin C. Applesauce too can be a wonderful
accompaniment to cereals, and can also serve as a dessert.
Canned pumpkin puree will also provide a heavy dose of Vitamin
A and you can make a simple soup by adding
bouillon cubes and
spices, such as garlic.

#24: Canned veggies.
When it comes to veggies, preppers need to think beyond green
beans! Unfortunately, green beans do not pack many calories. If
you're looking for the ideal veggies to stash, then think about
canned root vegetables, like sweet potatoes and yams. Sweet
potatoes are high in Vitamin A, plus they're filling. Add a variety
with canned sauerkraut, cabbage and beets, too. If you eat
them, carrots, peas and potatoes provide the fixing for a nice
stew. Canned olives, asparagus and artichoke hearts will help
you make easy pasta dishes. Dried veggies, right are available
online. Skip the canned corn (it's likely GMO).

#25: Beans and legumes.
Stock up on beans -- all kinds of dried beans and canned beans,
(including refried beans). The more variety of beans you store,
the better as it provides energy and fiber. Beans pack around
1250 calories per pound. Best of all, you can sprout beans -- it as
little as five days you can sprout crunchy, fresh phytonutrients for
your family from dried beans, peas, and lentils. (See the
sprouter, immediate right.) Peanuts aren't really nuts (they're
beans, but stock up on those too because they add protein).

#26: Nuts, seeds and nut-butters.
While it's true that nuts can go rancid quickly, nuts are an
excellent source of energy, so stock up on them in your Prepper's
pantry (provided there are no allergies in your family)!

  • Raw almonds, walnuts and cashews are excellent choices,
    pistachio's too.
  • Mixed roasted nuts will also provide varieties, such as
    hazelnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts.
  • Think sunflower seeds and alfalfa seeds too!
  • Try trail mixes and nut bars.

Nuts are obviously allergens, so avoid giving them to children
under 5. Think also canned chestnuts, which are a great source of
fiber and found in the Asian section of your supermarket. (They're
also an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, iron and
vitamin C.) The healthiest nuts and seeds are in bags, rather
than oil filled cans and jars.

Yes, you already knew to stock peanut butter, but did you know
that peanut butter is really a bean butter? Look for peanut
butters that are simply peanuts, oil and salt (yes, the kind with
oils at the top, which are the natural peanut butters). Skip the
peanut butters that have sugars in them or worse yet, those with
hydrogenated oils in them. Know that "trans fat free" doesn't
mean that they are free from trans fats, it could mean that there
is less than.05 grams of trans fat per serving.

#27: Honey.
Even if you don't use honey, buy some honey, honey! Not only
will honey last forever, but you'll use honey in survival times to
flavor boring oatmeals and other breakfast grains, as well as
teas. Honey eases sore throats, and more importantly, if you
don't have any topical antibiotics, you can use honey as a paste
to put on wounds. There are medicinal and other reasons to stock
honey in your preps: here are
nine reasons to stock honey,
honey! When you learn how to bake breads, you'll realize that
many 329recipes call for honey. So, honey, what are you waiting
for?

#28: Iodized salt (and other salts).
Look to history and you'll find salt was an important commodity.
Salt can kill bacteria! Salt contains chloride and sodium ions, and
all living things need these components in small quantities. Not
all salt is the same! Humans need iodized salt to avoid thyroid
gland problems and goiter and to help regulate fluid balance in
the body.

We also need salt to preserve food. How does salt help preserve
food? Salt inhibits growth of germs in a process of osmosis where
the salt pushes water out of the microbial cells. Best of all, salt
lasts for ever. You can salt everything from salad greens the way
the Roman's did to curing meats and preserving other kinds food.
Indeed, salt is very useful to Preppers.

Stock up also on these special salts:

  • Canning salt and pickling salt: Iodized salt is NOT for
    canning and pickling, so you'll need canning and pickling
    salt. Canning and pickling salts are a pure granulated salt,
    with no added preservatives or free-flowing agents.

  • Pink Himalayan salt. Himalayan sea salt contains important
    minerals for health! Rich in trace minerals, including calcium,
    magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.

  • Epsom salt. You may not know that Epsom salt has many
    health benefits for the skin and can cleanse the colon. It
    also has a nutritive value.

#29: Sugars and Molasses.
You'll need cane sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar for your
baking needs. We also suggest buying sugar in the raw. Skip the
beet sugar and go for the cane, baby! Skip also the sugars that
you can buy in boxes and paper bags unless you buy them in bulk
and get them into mylar containers and 5 gallon buckets. Buy
your sugars wrapped in plastic, because this helps protect  it
from insects. As a second step you can buy sugars in cans or
place your own sugar purchase into mylar bags and sealed food-
grade plastic buckets sealed with a gamma lid. Look also for
sugar in the raw packets. Learn more
about sugar and what kind
of sugars to stockpile.

#30: Spices and herbs.
Survival spices to consider might include saffron will sure make
that boring old rice more tasty, and chili peppers to add flavor to
all those beans you're storing. Buy more of the spices already in
your cupboard. Some good basics include dill, red pepper, cumin,
rosemary, oregano, dried mustard, and ginger in addition to the
saffron and chili. Skip the strong spices curry! While it tastes
wonderful, they may also attract human predators. If you're
stocking beans make sure to get pinto bean seasoning, right, to
enhance the flavor of your preps.

#31: Condiments.
Your favorite condiments will go a long way towards making
foods taste better in uncertain times.

  • Pickle relish, mustard and mayo. Buy pickle relish and
    small cans of mayonnaise for your tuna salad on crackers
    (because once you open the mayo, it will quickly go bad). If
    possible look for a mayo that's not made with from deadly
    soybeans (90% of which are GMO).  A variety of mustards
    can also help spice up your foods. Buy ketchup without
    deadly high-fructose corn syrup, and keep it in a brown
    paper bag and store in a dark place so that it will preserve
    as long as possible.

  • Tobasco sauce. Tabasco sauce, too can help add flavor to
    otherwise bland foods. Think also of canned gravy as a
    condiment! Gravies will surely add some flavoring to your
    potatoes and stuffing.


  • Soy Sauce. Look for NON-GMO soy sauce for all that rice
    you're amassing. (Certainly you can eat rice without beans.)

  • Worcestershire sauce. Think also in terms of
    Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and to enhance your
    stews and soups and to help you make gravies.

  • Maple Syrup and extracts. Consider stocking maple syrup,
    vanilla and almond extracts. Maple syrup will last
    indefinitely, if you do not reheat it!


#32: Chocolates.
Chocolate syrups and cocoa powders will serve you well in your
food storage. Store a little chocolate, but not too much.
Chocolate chips store relatively well (for about a year.)
Remember also, baking chocolate! Not only does chocolate pack
loads of antioxidants, but it's a morale booster that could prove
essential. What's more the fiber will fill you up. Pack high quality
dark chocolate, like Dove bars, in your Prepper's Pantry. If you
look closely at the ingredients, of other chocolates, like
Hershey's Kisses, you'll find an unwanted ingredient:
hydrogenated oils. Those do not belong in your chocolate, even
during survival times! Besides, chocolate has been known to
boost heart health.


#33: Vitamins.
Keeping at peek vitality is crucial during episodes of stress.
While multi-vitamins are a great idea, be sure to pack a Calcium
with Vitamin D fortified vitamin, as this combination may help
your body fight infections. Also, look for magnesium; As an
essential stress supplement, magnesium prevents the damage
caused by excess adrenaline. Vitamins and pills do not help a
prepper pull weight, but vitamins do help the body use food. Only
after eating actual food can a prepper pull more weight or work
harder. So in short, the answer is not pills, but good food in
plenty of variety is the key! The best option is to have the
vitamins in the food. For kids, stock Calcium gummy Bears, right,
to help fight infections and stay healthy.

#34: Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.
Stock a couple of bottles of vinegar, specifically apple cider
vinegar. Braggs organic apple cider vinegar, pictured left, is so
useful you'll want one for your pantry and one for your medicine
cabinet*.  

Why add apple cider vinegar to your pantry?
All you need is apple cider vinegar, oil and salt an pepper to
make a simple salad dressings and marinades. You can add apple
cider vinegar to your morning smoothie for a healthful boost.
While Apple Cider Vinegar is the king of vinegars, Stock vinegars
(balsamic, cider and rice wine).

Why use apple cider vinegar in prepping?
Apple cider vinegar has a multitude of healthful benefits, but
there are plenty of other reasons to stock it with your prepping
supplies.


    *NOTE: Store open bottles in the refrigerator.

#35: Vodka.
Vodka is on the prepper list of morale boosting foods.
You can cook with vodka, drink it or barter it. What's more, vodka
has a some medicinal value. Use vodka as a mouthwash or help
numb the pain of a tooth ache. Apply vodka dabs to cold sores to
dry them out, as an anesthetic for blisters, or to ease poison ivy
and as a skin repellent to shoo flies and mosquitoes. Have stinky
feet? Wipe the smell clean with vodka. Try vodka too for cleaning
the lenses of eyeglasses. Who knew vodka would be such a
versatile pantry item?

#36: Bourbon Vanilla extract.
Vanilla extract is a common ingredient in baking, some might
even say it's the most important of flavors. Whether from Tahiti
or Madagascar, it's the bourbon part that's most important thing
to look for in the flavor. Bourbon vanilla extract lasts indefinitely
thanks to the alcohol content.

#37: Leavening Agents: Baking soda and baking powder.
Both baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents, which
means they produce carbon dioxide to help food rise.

  • Baking soda. Pure sodium bicarbonate, when you combine
    baking soda with honey or an acidic ingredient like
    buttermilk or yogurt, you'll get a chemical reaction of carbon
    dioxide bubbles. This causes baked goods to rise. Look for
    aluminum free baking soda (a good choice is Bob's Red Mill,
    which is extracted in an all natural process without
    chemicals. Baking soda can last two years. Learn why you
    should store baking soda in your preps.

  • Baking powder. Baking powder has sodium bicarbonate as
    an ingredient, along with an acidifying agent (cream of
    tartar for example) and drying agent (such as starch).
    Baking powder lasts around a year and half.

  • Dry yeast. Unfortunately, yeast has a very short shelf life,
    but it's still well worth having on hand. Dry yeast is an
    essential leavening agent in baking bread, and has a longer
    shelf life than compressed yeast, but still after several
    months it loses potency. It's purpose is to convert the
    ferment able sugars of dough into carbon dioxide and
    ethanol. Look for Fleishmann's Active Dry Yeast, which is the
    original active dry yeast, relatively stable and valued for its
    consistent performance since 1945. It's one of the most
    essential ingredients to use in your pantry immediately
    following a survival situation.

So there you have it: the 37 essential food items to stock. Now
you are that much more prepared. At
HappyPreppers.com we
believe the happiest people on the planet will be the ones
who've prepared when the unthinkable occurs.

What's the best way to stock up on food? Bring this list of food
supplies with you shopping! Your list of foods may vary slightly,
but if you have our basic list handy, it's a good starting point as
a prepper. Always buy what your family eats and enjoys.

A Word on Junk Food...
Finally, know that it's okay to stock up on a little junk food. Did
you know that Cheetos and Pringles can get a fire going? The
content of much of the processed foods you buy has the perfect
combination of air and fats to make fire. Who knew that your
everyday food storage of junk foods would come in so handy in a
disaster?

Looking for a magic list of grocery store survival food?
Wondering what are the best canned foods for prepping? Take
stock of the 37 most important shelf-stable goods to buy from
the grocery store while they are still available. Plan your food
supplies for emergencies also with freeze dried foods.

Happy endings...
Now you know the best of the best food for storage. Being
prepared for a happy ending has other benefits. You'll save
money stocking up to take advantage of sales and bulk deals.
Saving money means you'll have enough for your other preps.

What's more, while food provides sustenance, it also can be a
morale booster to have the right kinds, like #32 chocolate! Be
thankful that you can provide your family with a good start to the
day and that they won't go to bed hungry, and happy that you
can give them a little extra as well.

















Happy endings...
What kinds of foods should you hoard?The answer is simple: the
foods you eat that can sit on the shelf for one to three years and
be edible.

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