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Prepper's Food Storage
Prepper's Pantry
Foods to stock in a Prepper's kitchen

When it comes to prepping, planning for abundance in the kitchen is up to you. If
you want to stock your
Prepper's pantry filled with good foods with a long shelf life,
then you've come to the right place on the Internet.

How to Stock a Prepper's Pantry and Kitchen
Wondering how to cook Prepper style? Your diet will definitely change maybe even
for the better. Here's how to cook "prepper style":

  • Step One: Get enough water.
    Before you even start spending money on all sorts of gear for survival, be
    sure your family has enough water. You won't live more than three days
    without water and in a prepper's pantry water is essential. For example,
    you'll need a gallon of water just to boil pasta and clean up the mess
    afterwards. Plus, you'll need water for soaking dried beans, making rice,
    reconstituting dehydrated foods and mixing up your ready made freeze dried
    meals. Water is essential in the prepper's pantry!

  • How much water is enough? A family of four needs to store 270 gallons
    of water, according to Utah State University, which is a three-month
    supply (90 gallons of water PER PERSON). Here is a lesson on survival

  • Step Two: Buy shelf stable foods your family enjoys today.
    Before a crisis, take note of important foods to buy and stock up on them
    when they go on sale. Buy canned meats, beans, and soups, plus
    convenience foods, such as protein bars, cereals, crackers, nut butters, dried
    fruits, rice and pasta. Certainly you should try new canned foods and consider
    adding new shelf-stable foods to your pantry, but it's important to remember
    the prepper philosophy, which is "try before you buy" too much (or you'll have
    too much expired food on your hands).

  • What are the 37 foods you must hoard? What's the best prepper protein
    source? Here is the shopping list of  37 foods to store before crisis
    divulges all. This checklist includes all the shelf-stable foods you can
    buy at any grocery store or food warehouse.

  • Step Three: Clear a closet and set up a stock rotation system for your food.
    All the food you amass needs to go somewhere. That's why a prepper's
    pantry goes beyond the foods stocked in the kitchen cabinetry. Prepper's are
    an ingenious bunch and find space in just about every nook and cranny of
    their home. This means newbie preppers need to get busy! Clear closets to
    make an extra pantry or two for your foods. Next, rotate foods with the
    oldest to the front and the fresh shelf stable items get pushed to the back.
    When food goes on sale: one goes in your kitchen and one goes in your

    Buy what you eat. Rotate. Repeat. This simple family survival system will
    serve you well, and it all starts with organization of a closet pantry.

  • Need a little extra space? Take advantage of can racks and stackable
    kitchen shelves, pictured right, to make the most of the space you have.

  • Step Four: Set up your prepper's kitchen (manual tools).
    Make sure you have proper prepper kitchen tools and a cook stoves. In the
    event of a power grid failure, make sure you have enough fuel and equipment
    with which to cook. You may need to cook indoors, so don't rely on your
    barbecue to do all the cooking. Here are other kitchen tools to consider:

  • Grain Mill: Preppers who stock hard wheat in their pantry will require a
    grain mill. Currently, wheat is not a GMO product! Learn the six grains
    to hoard!

  • Step Five: Consider adding freeze dried foods to your pantry.
    Cans of food at the grocery store has an expiration date generally good for
    just one or two years. Mostly, this is to satisfy the manufacturers to ensure
    the quality meets their standards, but if you buy a whole year's supply of
    canned food, then you'll quickly see your money go down the drain because
    you'll have to start over again in a couple of years. A better solution is to buy
    freeze dried foods in buckets or #10 cans. Freeze dried foods last upwards of
    25 years or more, and there are several good brands to conisder for your
    preparedness planning:

  • Augason Farms: You'll feel happy having Augason farms potatoes in
    your pantry.
  • Future Essentials: Loaded with specialty items in smaller 2.5 cans. Try
    the delicious Sloppy Joe mix, which would be tasty on noodles as well.
  • Honeyville Farms: Try dehydrated elbow macaroni, immediate right.
  • Legacy foods. Legacy Foods are GMO-free freeze dried foods. They are
    wholesome, delicious and made in the U.S.A.
  • Provident Pantry. The variety of Provident Pantry includes an every
    day can size (2.5 can) and #10 cans of quality freeze dried foods. Try
    Provident Pantry Sausage crumbles.
  • Mountain House: Mountain House is the backpackers favorite, because
    it truly is the best tasting of the freeze dried foods! Stock up on the
    classic taste tested Mountain House Beef Stroganoff.

  • Step Six: Buy in bulk.
    Economies of scale happen when you buy in bulk: the more you buy, the
    more you save. Start with popular prepper foods, such as dried beans and
    rice. Purchase in bulk online or your local warehouse food store. Buy bulk
    foods, seal them in mylar bags with an oxygen absorber and storing them in
    food grade buckets.

  • Step Seven: Start canning, dehydrating

  • Canning foods: Canning isn't for everyone, and yet it's an essential skill
    should the unthinkable happen and the world as we know it goes off
    the grid. Learn the art of dry canning, too.

  • Dehydrating foods: Dehydrating a three-month supply of foods isn't
    easy, but it is rewarding and healthy.

Step Eight: Get gourmet foods to fight food fatigue!

Step Nine: Grow your own.
  • Grow potatoes! You can grow potatoes in small containers.
  • Grow mushrooms. Foraging mushrooms in the wild is a deadly game. Add
    flavor and variety to your meals with home grown mushrooms.
  • Sprouting. Sprouting is an easy way to grow at home. You need only sunlight
    that your home brings through the windowsill. Pictured right, you can start
    sprouting today.
  • Keep chickens, rabbits or goats.
  • Become a beekeeper!
  • Survival seeds. Plan on growing for the future with heirloom, non-GMO seeds.

Step Ten Hide your food!
  • Get some moving boxes and label them "grandma's fine china," but fill the box
    with your freeze dried foods. For a havy box of cans, mark it "books."
  • Find places to hide your food. Build a hidden compartment under your bed.

Cook "Prepper Style":
Fill your pantry with abundance! Read "The Prepper's Pantry: Building and Thriving
with Food Storage" by Anne Lang, immediate left. You'll go wild excitement when
you see recipes for: Shepherd's pie,  Mexican casserole, chili and fry bread, easy
cheeseburger pie, Tuna a la king, and more. The recipes are all made with shelf
stable ingredients, and will get you thinking about how to cook Prepper style.

  • Canned foods (commercial): Butter in can? Bacon in a can? Yes, these
    amazing canned foods are available! Here's how to survive with canned
    foods. Plus, get tips for stocking your Preppers kitchen in style! And be sure
    to check out our canned meats page, so you know where to get that bacon!

  • Considering long term storage of grains: Beans and grains combined form a
    perfect protein. Learn about long term grain storage of grains and seeds.
    Discover why it's important to stock up on grains preserved in #10 can, and
    so much more. Give us this day our daily bread, pasta, muffins, cereal and

  • Food foraging for the fun of it: Mother nature can provide you with a
    supplement to your freeze dried pantry canned food storage, and
    homegrown vegetation. Supplementing any Prepper's Pantry by foraging for
    foods in the wild.

  • Hoarding comfort foods: Did someone say chocolate? Stocking the Prepper's
    pantry with comfort foods not only boosts morale, it can benefit your health,
    and provide valuable bartering opportunities. Bacon comes in can!

  • Storing foods for years: Discover how Happy Preppers handle long term
    needs for food storage.

What's in your Prepper's pantry? What cool tools are in your Prepper's kitchen? How do
you plan to cook off the grid? We're happy to hear your prepping ideas and survival food
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