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37 Foods to Hoard
Food storage list: What to stock in your Prepper's pantry

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Prepper's list of 37 Foods To Hoard Before Crisis
This is the best of prepper food lists (survival stockpiling of shelf-stable foods):  

#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 the 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.

  • 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 right, 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

#7: Coffee, tea, Ovaltine, Tang and bouillon.
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!  Tang is a prepper classic to enhance the water supply. Bouillon cubes
are compressed stock. This salty essential will help you flavor soups, rices, ramen
style noodles and gravies. Even if you don't use coffee, tea or bouillon in your regular
diet, consider securing them for your Prepper's pantry for bartering!

#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.  

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.
In the category of flour, you could tock 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.
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!

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.

#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. Potato flour is wonderful,
gluten-free addition to your Prepper's Pantry to make breads, pancakes and waffles,
and potato soups. It's also wonderful as a thickening agent, so you can avoid GMO
cornstarch. Don't confuse it with potato starch, because potato flour is the entire
potato (skin and all) dehydrated.  

  • Consider also sweet potato flour, whic 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.

  • 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
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. In the
beginning of a food crises situation, you will find yourself feeling full from this
nutritious bread. So pack some pate and store Pumpernickel regularly. (You'll feel
regular too.)

#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. In uncertain times, you can take comfort in having several shelf-stable, ready
to eat meals on hand, which require no cooking.
Go Picnic is one of them.

#17: Crackers.
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.
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.
Most people stock up on canned veggies, but really it's the fruit they should
concentrate on because 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 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

  • 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.
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: 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.

#37: Baking soda and baking powder (leavening agents).
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.

While we're still on the topic of essential foods to stock, consider this: if you're lucky
enough to have a root cellar, then you can stock fresh apples, potatoes, onions and
garlic to last you several months, but remember, never store them in plastic bags or in
the refrigerator. They must be stored in a cool dark, and well ventilated space, and
away from pests, which is not easy to do.

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?

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.

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.

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