37 foods to hoard

37 Foods to Hoard
Food storage list: What to 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

#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 felt it
    was important to send 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! 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

  • 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

  • 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

#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

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.
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. There are
plenty of reasons to have
crackers in your food storage.

#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

  • 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
  • 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

#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: 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 for the most 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.

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