buckets of emergency food

Stock up on food for long-term storage with buckets

Supersize your prepper's pantry with food buckets.
If you're new to prepping, there are buckets of emergency food to
stockpile to quickly get up to speed in prepping. Advanced
preppers will especially want to stock up on buckets of staples,
like cereals and grains, and ready-to-eat freeze dried meals for a
well stocked
prepper's pantry?.

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:

Variety is key to a well planned long-term food storage system.
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:
  1. Buckets of rice (brown rice and long grain white rice)
  2. Buckets of Beans and Legumes (Pinto, black turtle beans and
  3. Buckets of Oats (rolled oats and quick oats)
  4. Bucket of cornmeal
  5. Buckets of Pasta (pictured right is a bucket of elbow
    macaroni that lasts 25 years)
  6. Buckets of Milk and Buckets of Whey Milk
  7. Buckets of Sugar
  8. Buckets of hard red wheat (and a grinder)
  9. Bucket of vegetables (vegetable stew, split peas, green
    beans, etc.)
  10. Buckets of fruit (freeze dried strawberries, or a variety pack
    to enhance breakfast cereals)
  11. Entree' Food Buckets

#1: Long Grain White Rice Bucket.
Rice is a great way to kick start your food storage with the caveat
that you eat rice! Buy what you eat, then eat what you buy,
rotate and repeat.

Storing rice is very easy. You need only protect the rice from
water and pests by using a food grade bucket with a lid. If stored
properly, it's a food that will last virtually forever.

Augason Farms Long Grain White Rice bucket, pictured right,
is under $50 and offers you 28 -lbs. of rice conveniently stored in
a food grade bucket with the proper oxygen absorber to last 30
years. The bucket once opened is good for up to one-year, which
you will easily eat well before the suggested expiration if you're a
family of four. There's a nice pull tab to open the bucket easily
without a bucket opener and there's a space to mark the month
day and year opened.

Granted, white rice isn't everyone's favorite. Get yourself a
of flavorful and nutty brown rice, if long-grain white rice isn't your
thing, but recognize that brown rice has a shorter shelf life
because it's a more oily grain.

  • What to store with your long grain white rice:
  • Butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Freeze dried vegetables
  • Freeze dried meats

#2: Pinto Beans Bucket.
Another way to kick start your food storage is to add pinto beans
to your larder. Beans, no matter what kind you pick, are an
inexpensive source of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates.
What's more, beans are low in fat and high in antioxidants and
vitamins, making them a clear choice for long-term food storage.

  • What to store with your pinto beans bucket. In addition to
    the rice that together with your beans will make the perfect
    protein source, store:

  • Chili seasonings. Chili seasoning and canned hamburger
    or freeze dried ground beef are excellent
    accompaniments to pinto beans.

  • Canned ham. A wonderful complement to pinto beans
    and your Fiesta pinto bean seasoning is ham. In an
    emergency it's good to have canned ham in your
    preppers pantry for casseroles, sandwiches and as a
    savory accompaniment to beans. Add diced onions with
    your ham, beans and Fiesta pinto bean seasoning, and
    serve cornbread on the side.

Augason Farms has instructions for soaking your pinto beans
overnight or preparing them quickly by boiling and soaking for a
few hours. Either way, you’ll enjoy pinto beans in salads, chili’s,
casseroles and much more. The label also includes recipes for
pinto beans and pinto wheat bread. What’s great about  pinto
beans is that you can dress them up in recipes or simply enjoy
their natural flavor with a pinch of salt and pepper...

#3: Rolled Oats bucket.
The cheapest way to kick start your food storage plan is with a
big bucket of oats from Augason Farms. Oats are recognized for
helping reduce your cholesterol, and this superfood also packs
vitamins and minerals. Add oats to pancakes, breads, cookies or
muffins for a nutty taste and chewier texture.

Adding oats to the
prepper's pantry will add a variety of meal
ideas for your family or group. You can toast oats, grind them
into flour, bake them, sprout them, boil them, and also make oat
milk or use them as a meat extender. There are so many reasons
to love oats. Here's
why oats should be part of your food storage.

Of all the reasons to store oats, one thing to remember is that
it's cheap eats! You can get a bucket of
Augason Farms Oats are
instant oats for under $20 (and that includes the free Prime
delivery). Quick Rolled oats are around $18, both buckets are
pictured right and include shipping if you're a Prime member.

  • What to store with your oats bucket:
  • Powdered milk
  • brown sugar and maple syrup
  • freeze dried fruits and dehydrated fruits
  • Ground flaxseed or chiaseeds
  • nuts to make granola

#4: Wheat Berries bucket.
Wheat berries are ideal for making flour for your pizza and
breads, but you can also use them in soups, stews, meatloaf and
side dishes! Use them as a pilaf or as crouton replacement in
salads. You can also
sprout hard white wheat berries that have
not been irradiated Wheat berries are known for being a good
source of magnesium and vitamins B1 and B3.

Hard white wheat is light color and high gluten content makes it
perfect for bread making, especially French bread and pizza crusts.

bucket of Augason Farms Hard White Wheat Berries, pictured
right, are very inexpensive. Around $26.99 on Prime with free
delivery works out to about $1 a pound. Once ground, these
wheat berries make flour that not only tastes delicious but also
maintains its whole grain goodness. It can also be sprouted for
adding a wonderful nutty flavor and nutrition to a variety of
dishes. Wheat naturally stores well, making it a staple in any
food storage program. The hard white wheat berries come sealed
in a pail that keeps moisture out and goodness in.

Wheat berries are extremely versatile, nutritious and are among
the longest lasting of shelf-stable foods for inclusion in the
prepper's pantry. The hearty wheat berries have the brand germ
and endosperm. This ensures all the vitamins are intact. Soaking
grains increases the nutritional value.

  • What to store with your wheat berries. Yeast for
    breadmaking, plus canned butter and jams, peanut butter or
    other nut butters to serve with your bread. Why not add
    canned cheese?

#5: Salt and sugar buckets.
Salt and sugar are the most basic condiments. Having a bucket of
each will go a long way towards making your prepper's pantry
more complete.

Sugar is a universal staple in baking. It's the most delicious
ingredient of cookies and cakes, and will give little kick of
sweetness to your fruit, coffee or tea. Sugar is an essential
ingredient to many recipes, making it an ingredient you can’t be

Sugar is a food that lasts indefinitely if stored properly in a food
grade bucket. The people at Augason Farms have done the work
for you. A bucket of
Augason Farms white granulated sugar,
pictured right, is reasonably priced, but you can put together
sugar for long-term storage in buckets yourself. It requires
nothing more than a food grade bucket and your sugar, although
adding some

  • What to store with your sugar bucket. Obviously you'll
    need flour. You can store oat flour, wheat berries.

Salt isn't really a food and it's not a spice either. If you're worth
your weight in salt, you'll have a
bucket of iodized salt handy for
the apocalypse. Salt is something the ancients traded for and
died getting. Salt is relatively cheap today, but will one day be
difficult or impossible to get.

Even if you're on a low-sodium diet, consider adding a bucket of  
salt. Storing salt for the long term is vital. Salt not only balances
electrolytes that regulates your heart rate and ensures proper cell
functions, but it can treat a variety of ailments. Salt can help
when there is no doctor to treat sore throats and ease dental
issues. As well, salt can help preppers make soap, clean up
around the homestead and preserve food. Most importantly, for
those not on a low-sodium diet, salt can make bland food taste

  • What to store with your salt bucket. Sugar and your
    favorite spices.

#6: Potato shreds bucket.
A bucket of potato shreds is welcome change to the mushy
breakfast foods you have in food storage. This bucket of potato
shreds will help you make hash browns just like you get in a
restaurant. The texture can be crispy as hash browns or as a
flavorful addition to soups and casseroles.

Augason Farms Dehydrated Potato Shreds maintain their
nutritional benefits during the dehydration process and are a good
source of Vitamin C. Since they are already washed, peeled and
shredded, it’s easy to add them to soups, casseroles, and even
salads. Bolster your emergency food storage with these versatile
potato shreds.

  • What to store with your bucket of potato shreds. Freeze
    dried eggs, freeze dried cheese, and canned bacon and ham.
    You'll also need oil and perhaps a little canned butter.

#7: Pancake mix bucket.
A bucket of pancake mix is good to have on hand not just for
breakfast. Use the flour as a coating for baked or fried chicken.
Consider also using the
Augason Farms Buttermilk Pancake Mix to
easily and quickly make waffles, biscuits, muffins, sweet banana
bread and scones.

Augason Farms Buttermilk pancake mix is so easy to mix up for a
delicious stack of pancakes. It requires only water and a little oil
to fry it up. See the video below...

  • What to store with your bucket of pancake mix. Maple syrup
    (because it lasts indefinitely), canned butter, canned bacon,
    dehydrated or freeze dried blueberries and raspberries.

#8: Freeze dried vegetables bucket.
Another buckets to kick start your food storage is a veggie
bucket. The Wise Company bucket of freeze dried vegerables,
picture right, includes Broccoli, peas, green beans and corn. Add
these vegetables to the buckets of ready made emergency food
you have in storage to enhance the meal. Freeze dried vegetables
are also an excellent side dish all on their own with butter.

  • What to include with the freeze dried vegetables bucket.
    Canned butter for tasty side-dishes. Bouillon cubes for
    soups. Gravy in a can.

#9: Freeze dried fruit bucket.
Ensure you have fruit year-round when there's no grocery store.
Augason Farms Fruit variety bucket is a great way to get fruit
into your food storage. These fruit pouches are like dessert, but
they work well to complement your breakfast menu. Add the fruit
to breads, cakes and muffins. Try also the Chef's Banquet Fruit
Bucket pictured right.

  • What to include with the freeze dried fruit bucket. The
    Oatmeal bucket above is ideal to store together. You may
    also like to add a milk or other cereals.

#10: Cornmeal bucket.
Another bucket to kick start your food storage is cornmeal.
magine the cornbread you'll make with a bucket of cornmeal
always handy. Of course, another recipe you can make is corn
tortillas or polenta.

  • What to store with your cornmeal bucket. Honey, canned

More buckets:
#1: Auguson Farms Emergency food Buckets
A leading supplier of emergency food buckets, Augason Farms has
an amazing selection of dehydrated potatoes in buckets.

  • Augason Farms Variety bucket, right includes cheesy broccoli
    rice and creamy chicken rice; macaroni and cheese, vegetable
    chicken, soup, chicken noodle soup and creamy potato soup;
    creamy stroganoff; fettucini alfreado and Italian marinara
    pasta; maple brown sugar oatmea and strawberry creamy
    wheat, as well as a milk alternative.

    Augason Farms Buttermilk pancakes bucket: Augason
    Farms pancake batter requires only water. A bucket of
    pancake mix is good to have on hand not just for breakfast.
    Use the pancake flour as a coating for baked or fried chicken.
    The Augason Farms Buttermilk Pancake Mix is ready to help
    you quickly make waffles, biscuits, muffins, sweet banana
    bread and scones.

#2: Chef's Banquet.
When it comes to Food Storage, Chef's Banquet, pictured right,
has set the standard for quality and taste. You won’t believe food
storage can taste this good. All of the meals have been
developed with the finest quality ingredients possible. The ARK
(All-purpose Readiness Kit) is great for long-term storage or for
daily meals. With a full 2100 calories per day for one adult for 30
days, the ARK can be your stand-alone food storage solution.
Each of the meals takes less than 20 minutes to prepare (just
add to hot water, stir and simmer). Shelf life is up to 20 years if
stored in a dry, cool environment.

#3: Easy Prep.
With Easy Prep you get one month emergency food including 109
servings of your favorite pasta dishes. Ready to eat in just
minutes, you get Lasagna (27 Servings); Pasta Parmesan (32
Servings); Chili Mac (32 Servings); and Macaroni and Cheese (18

#4: 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.

#5: Mountain House Buckets.
The leader in freeze dried foods for backpackers and outdoor
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!

#6: Saratoga Farms.
Saratoga Farms offers a wide array of foods, including meals,
cereals and staples.

#7: 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 oxygen absorber.

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. If you have more than a dozen food storage buckets, you
deserve the Champion Lid Lifter, pictured immediate right! The
Champion Lid Lifter is made of aluminum, so you can also use
this tool also to shut off the gas main of your house! It's
made in

So what's in your emergency food bucket?
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Happy endings...
A bucket of food that you never use is better than a bucket of
food you'd wish you had. Emergency food kits and buckets are as
convenient as they are practical.

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