Buckets of Emergency Food
Supersize your food storage with buckets of emergency foods
What's in a prepper's pantry? Variety! Indeed variety is key. Once preppers have
stored enough canned foods, it's time to supersize to emergency buckets of food and
#10 cans of freeze dried foods! Most shelf-stable foods have a three-year shelf life, so
eventually preppers realize that it's time to start rotating food supplies and to invest in
long term bulk food in buckets and pails. The prepper food supply, includes rice and
other grains, beans and legumes, dehydrated vegetables, sugar, powdered milk and
even ready made meals.
Your emergency food storage plan should eventually include 11 kinds of buckets:
- Buckets of rice (brown rice and long grain white rice)
- Buckets of Beans and Legumes (Pinto, black turtle beans and Lentils)
- Buckets of Oats (rolled oats and quick oats)
- Bucket of cornmeal
- Buckets of Pasta (pictured right is a bucket of elbow macaroni that lasts 25
- Buckets of Milk and Buckets of Whey Milk
- Buckets of Sugar
- Buckets of hard red wheat (and a grinder)
- Bucket of vegetables (vegetable stew, split peas, green beans, etc.)
- Bucket of fruit (freeze dried strawberries, or a variety pack to enhance breakfast
- Ready Made Entree Buckets
Buckets of Emergency Food
We've gathered our favorite emergency food pails and buckets, a variety of selections
from Augason Farms, Thrive, Food Supply and Wise Foods:
- Auguson Farms: A leading supplier of emergency food buckets, Augason Farms
has an amazing selection of dehydrated potatoes in buckets. Pictured above
center, the Augason Farms dehydrated potato bucket is a welcome addition to
the traditional staple of rice and beans. Imagine being able to serve scalloped
potatoes as comfort food when others are suffering on rice or nothing at all!
Other favorites include the pancake mix, pictured above right, or cornmeal
pictured top left, and vegetable stew bucket. And for breakfast and muffin
making the Augason Farms quick rolled oats emergency bulk food bucket will
come in might handy.
- Augason Farms Buttermilk pancakes bucket: Imagine the comfort of
being able to make pancake by the batches and without eggs! Yummy
Augason Farms pancake batter requires only water.
- Food Supply. Food Supply Emergency buckets are an easy way to store a
variety of meals and snacks for survival. The 275 Servings bucket, pictured right
includes 55 pouches per kit (5 servings in each product): Tuscan butter noodles,
25 servings; Cheesy Broccoli Rice, 25 servings; Creamy Vegetable Rice, 30
servings; Creamy Potato Soup, 35 servings; Italian Tomato Pasta, 25 servings;
Vegetable Barley, 35 servings' Brown Sugar Oatmeal 50 servings; and Whey
Milk, 50 servings.
- Legacy Foods Emergency Buckets of Coffee. Looking for non-GMO emergency
food? Legacy Foods emergency preparedness meals are 100% certified GMO-
free and have a variety of emergency meals. An honest to goodness, made in
the USA food storage product, the highlight is their coffee bucket.
- Mountain House Buckets. The leader in freeze dried foods for backpackers and
outdoor enthusiasts, Mountain House emergency food buckets pack the
goodness of best selling backpacking foods into convenient buckets. The
Mountain House Just in Case emergency food pail includes 12 pouches per
bucket for a total of 29 gourmet meals. You get 2 Beef Stroganoff, 2 Chicken
Teriyaki, 2 Beef Stew, 2 Lasagna with meat, 2 Noodles and Chicken, and 2
Granola with Blueberries. The shelf life (if stored properly) is 25 years. Mind you,
these are hearty meals, not just survival food!
- Relief Foods Breakfast Bucket. Made in the U.S.A., Relief Foods buckets of
emergency foods are 100% Certified GMO Free with no preservatives or MSG.
Stock up with the most important meal of the day for up to 4 weeks with the
Relief Foods Breakfast bucket. This strong stackable bucket is packed full with six
individual Mylar pouches of Pancake Mix and six individual Mylar pouches of
Strawberry Creamy Wheat.
- Thrive Milk Bucket. The Happy Prepper favorite product from Thrive is their
bucket of milk, which includes 648 servings of milk. Got milk in your preps?
Having milk in emergency food buckets is an absolute necessity if you have
- Sunrise Skillet Bucket. Pictured at the bottom of the page, why not pair it with
other breakfast buckets, such as the Sunrise Skillet bucket, pictured immediate
- Wise Foods Company. A sponsor of Doomsday Preppers, the emergency food
buckets from Wise Foods often include textured vegetable proteins, which
Happy Preppers like to avoid. Variety is the spice of life, and they do offer
something good: freeze dried snacks and side dishes. The wisest choice of
buckets from Wise Foods include the freeze dried fruits or veggies pictured left.
Be aware, however, that freeze dried fruits and vegetables do get powdery and
may settle in transit. On a positive note, the foods are inexpensive. On the flip
side, they don't get good reviews on Amazon.
How to store your own Emergency food
Bag your own sugar, white rice, beans, legumes, and other dried goods into mylar with
oxygen absorbers, then seal them and secure them for long term storage into your
own food grade buckets and pails. Selecting food grade buckets is important as other
buckets leach toxic chemicals during storage. Never store foods in a used bucket as it
may have contained toxic substances as well.
Some foods do not store for the long run. Unfortunately, brown rice does not have a
good shelf life, for example, and either does flour or egg noodles. If you love brown
rice, then you can stock up, but beware that sealed it could last up to 7 years, and not
a full 20 or 25 years. Right is a long grain brown rice packed by Auguson Farms, a
trusted provider of emergency food buckets and pails. Instead of buying flour, you'll
want to buy hard white wheat and a grain mill, pictured below. Also, some foods do
not do well with oxygen absorbers: brown sugar for example, will get hard with an
Remember your Gamma seal lid (for most bucket types - excludes Wise Foods and
Mountain House) and bucket opener! Without a bucket opener you'll find it extremely
difficult to open your stored goods.
So what's in your emergency food bucket?
Whatever emergency food pail you choose, let us know! We'd love to connect with
other preppers and survivalists on social media sites.
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Twitter or Facebook at HappyPreppers. What are your favorite freeze-dried and dehydrated
fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy products?
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