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America's food supply infrastructure is extremely fragile. Preppers
know that Americans are a mere "nine meals away from anarchy."
After around 3 or 4 days, the masses will do what it takes to get
food for their survival. Our grocery stores stock a just in time
delivery system, which is approximately, a three day supply of
groceries. Happy Preppers take personal responsibility to stock
their pantry, first with a six month supply in the pantry, and next
with a longer term plan: one year of food upwards of a two-year
food supply and plans for growing their own food.

Here's how to plan your food storage
New to food storage? In the beginning, it's certainly
overwhelming to plan for long term food storage. Rest assured
that a little bit here and little bit there eventually adds up to a
nice stockpile. Read the
37 foods to hoard before crisis, which we
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Here's a quick reference list below to get you quickly on track to
long term planning:

  • Before you buy foods, buy water! If you want to live more
    than three days, then start stockpiling water. Many preppers
    overlook this important detail and think they have enough
    water when they don't.

  • Start with a stockpile of meats. Concentrate your efforts
    first on canned meats that you and your family will actually
    eat. Canned meats are high on the list because they pack
    much needed protein and calories. You can eat all meats
    directly from the can without heating. Beef jerky packs well
    and requires no heating. Meats will be the mainstay of your
    dinners, but you can also eat them for lunch or breakfast. Be
    sure to pack adequate water as proteins take more water for
    absorption into the body!

  • Stock up on shelf-stable food extenders. Rice, beans,
    pastas and oats are relatively inexpensive and will extend
    your selection of meats and provide variety. Stick to what
    you already eat, as the last thing you want to do is to cause
    stomach upset.

  • Buy your favorite canned foods. Soups, chilly, stews and
    other 'meal in a can' varieties are an important part of your
    preps. You may not have time to cook! You may not be able
    to heat your food or have water, so canned foods are
    essential in your preppers pantry. You can eat canned foods
    right out of the can (no heating required). Since canned
    foods last only three years, you'll need to rotate your supply
    and this is why it's especially important to buy only foods
    that you will actually eat. Otherwise you waste your money.

  • Next, buy ready-made freeze dried meals. Order a freeze
    dried 72-hour kit (one for each member of the family). This
    will give you satisfaction of preparedness for the first three
    days of a catastrophe, provided you have stockpiled enough
    water and have an off the grid cooking method. While the
    calories often do not meet the caloric needs of adults under
    stress of uncertain times, they will certainly add a sense of

  • Add the condiments: Ketchup, steak sauce, gravies,
    tabasco and spices will enhance your reserves with flavor
    and nutrition. Don't stop there! You'll want to add soups and
    even dried fruit for your rice, sauces for your pastas,  and
    sugar and milk for your oats.

  • Go for variety: Now get fancy and plan 30 breakfasts, 30
    lunches and 30 dinners. (Try to replicate the meals that
    you're already eating.) You'll find that when you make a
    menu of shelf stable foods, and review your lists, you'll fall
    short of supplies. That's when preppers start making

  • Add the luxury items. Use the food in your preps as a
    morale booster! Chocolate will be immensely satisfying in
    uncertain times. Plan a birthday cake or pie. Be sure to stock
    coffee, cocoas or teas and other drink enhancers. Go for the
    canned butter or bacon! Powdered milk will also add calories
    and help fill bellies of the little ones.

Join the Happy Prepper movement and help mitigate the anarchy
that may happen if the unthinkable happens, and our grocery
stores are unable to supply America.

New to Prepping? Get started on preparing food for your family
in an emergency:
  1. Declutter. Clear some clutter to create shelving for storage
    of your food supplies.
  2. Hoard the essentials. Consider the 37 most essential food
    items you can buy from the grocery store. Get them now
    while they are still available!
  3. Prepare a three-month food plan. Make a list of what your
    family eats in a week, then create a realistic plan around
    storing the actual foods your family eats with the goal of
    creating a pantry that has a rotating three-month supply of
  4. Expand your larder! Create a long term food storage plan
    that can feed your family additional six months to a full
    year. Plan your food storage with #10 cans (freeze dried
    foods with a long shelf life to attain a proper supply of food
    an emergency.
  5. Stock your Prepper's kitchen with tools. Consider these
    Prepper's Kitchen tools.Purchase a solar cooker and look to
    other alternative cooking methods.
  6. Consider farming at home. Become a home agrarian and
    learn garden farming or small plot gardening. Discover the
    joy of sprouting seeds year round.
  7. Gain new skills. Consider enhancing your skills in rearing
    livestock (chicken couping) or in fishing, hunting or trapping.
    Get skilled at preserving foods, including the art of vacuum
    packing, canning, curing and smoking foods. Prepper skill
    building is essential!

Happy endings...
Second only to securing sources of potable water, preppers
thankfully spend much of their preparedness time stocking up on
foods with a long shelf life, learning to grow their own food,
learning how to forage for food in the wild.

The most important freeze dried food you can stock is meat,
since meat has all the protein and sustenance you need to
survive. Luxuries included freeze dried fruits, vegetables, such as
potatoes and breakfast essentials, such as eggs.

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