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Prepper's Pantry
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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
    water.

  • 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 closet.

    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
    more!


  • 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.

List of Manual Kitchen Tools for Preppers
Here is a list of off-grid alternatives and hand-powered kitchen tools to buy while
they are still available:

Off-grid kitchen tool #1: Big Berkey Water Filter.
Clean drinking water is always at the top of the list for survival. To replace the
running water in your kitchen, you'll need a water source and a filtration method. A
Big Berkey water filter can provide as much as 6,000 gallons of water filtration
before it requires cleaning.


Off-grid kitchen tool: Can opener (manual, wall mounted).
Instead of your electric can opener, you'll need a manual can opener. It's number
high on the list of hand-powered kitchen tools for preppers for good reason! You'll
have plenty of cans to open after crisis.

  • Wall-mounted can opener: A sturdy can opener is good, but a heavy duty,
    wall mounted can opener is better and will prove immensely useful in the days
    immediately following a disaster. The benefit of a wall-mounted unit is that
    you always know where it is.

  • Manual can openers. Preppers should own several sturdy manual can
    openers. Redundancy is key following a disaster, and there is not an excuse
    to have only one can opener. An inexpensive dollar store item, you can't
    afford not to have several on hand.

  • P-51 Military can openers. A military style can opener is ideal not only for the
    buogout bag, purse or car, but also for taping onto every other freeze dried
    can in your food storage. They are inexpensive and provide peace of mind
    that you'll be able to open cans in an emergency.

  • Bucket opener. The red bucket opener, pictured immediate left, is necessary
    to open a five- or six-gallon bucket. Tape them directly to every other bucket
    of food. They come with a hole for a string so you can secure one someplace
    convenient.

Off-grid kitchen tool #2: Coffee French press or percolator.
To some, coffee isn't just a luxury, it's a survival necessity!

  • French press coffee. When the instant coffee runs out, those who've
    prepared can enjoy the "perks" of a cup of fresh brewed coffee if they have a
    percolator or French Press, coffee grinder and some coffee beans stashed
    away in #10 cans or mylar bags.
  • The Bruntmor French Press, pictured left, Brews 1 liter (8 coffee cups), 34oz.
    of the best rich tasting coffee. Carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant
    borosilicate glass up to 200°F. All parts are BPA free.
  • Legacy Foods offers ground coffee, plus the manual French press.

  • Percolator coffee pot. Pictured top left in classic red, is an enamelware
    percolator coffee pot, which you can place directly on a heated surface,
    making it ideal for camping. (It comes also in blue.)  You get old-fashioned
    charm and campsite convenience in one sturdy package..

  • Replace your electric coffee grinder, too.  Grind your coffee manually with
    the easy hand-crank grinder pictured right. While you can purchase ground
    coffee, everyone knows that it tastes better fresh. When all the beans are
    gone from your stash, you can buy green coffee from Future Essentials.

    If you buy coffee that's green and roast it, or if you buy coffee beans in bulk,
    you'll need a way to grind your coffee without electricity. Certainly a grain mill
    can perform this task; however, coffee beans are very oily and you'll likely
    want to have a tool for the specific purpose of grinding your coffee so you
    don't have to clean the utensil with your daily cup of java.


Off-grid kitchen tool #3: Manual egg beater.
Got eggs? If your "girls" are producing eggs, then surely you'll need a manual egg
beater to replace your electric mixer. Sure, a whisk will do, but a manual egg beater
is an essential for gourmet cooks who want really fluffy eggs or egg whites. Now
beat it and get that egg beater!

Off-grid kitchen tool #4: Wheat Grinder (grain mill).
Think of a wheat grinder as a grain mill, also for barley, popcorn, oats, coffee and
more. High on the list of prepper kitchen items for the self-reliant homesteader is a
grain mill. Those who take emergency preparedness to the advanced level will
appreciate the affordable Victorio manual grain mill, pictured at the top left hand of
the page. The precision stainless steel milling cone is durable and makes fine bread
quality flour. (Makes about one half cup of fine flour per minute and more than twice
that amount on the coarse setting.) The compact design makes it easy to store.

This durable all-purpose manual grinder is ideal for wheat, corn, rice, and other
grains, like barley and oats. Use it to grind coffee beans, peppercorns, non-oily
seeds as well as spices. If you want a luxury manual grain mill, choose the
Wondermill Junior Grain mill for coffee or grinding flour, right.

Off-grid kitchen tool #5: Meat Grinder.
A meat grinder is necessary for advanced preppers who hunt or raise livestock. It's
ideal for sausage making, making meatballs and hamburgers, even for making dog
food. Can you use one grinder to do both jobs? The answer in short is that you
won't want to mix the grain grinder with meat to cross contaminate and cause
illness. The long story is that wheat grinders are intended for low moisture grinding.

Off-grid kitchen tool #6: Sifter.
Didn't we just mention the grinder? If you're a prepper worth your weigh in salt,
you're grinding your own wheat into flour with your grain mill, and not purchasing a
sack of flour. With a sifter, you'll get fluffier breads and cakes. Left are two sifters.
One is hand crank model  -- just turn the crank handle to deploy the sifter inside.
The other has a lever to grip and pump the flour or sugar through the sifter. It holds
around 2-3/4 cups.

Off-grid kitchen tool #7. Kitchen timer (egg timer)!
Grandma didn't have a digital timer! She twisted something she called an "egg
timer" to the desired minutes and then waited for the buzzer. A kitchen timer is an
overlooked accessory for the prepper in an off grid world and makes a wonderful
gift. Right is a retro cool kitchen timer made of heavy duty steel, just like grandma
had.

Off-grid kitchen tool #8: Butter Churn.
Imagine the luxury of making fresh butter in an off grid world! If you have milk, you
can churn your own butter. Don't have a cow or goat? Then here's some happy
news for you: it is entirely possible to
make butter from powdered milk! While the
author uses a food processor, you can use a butter churn. Pictured left, is the
ultimate butter churn made of glass.

Off-gride kitchen tool #9: Juice Press, citrus press and zester.
If you grow lemons, limes or other citrus fruits, then you'll need a citrus press to
take full advantage of the juice. A zester will help you extract the vitamins and flavor
from the skin, which is another worthwhile and inexpensive addition to a prepper
kitchen. When push comes to squeeze, preppers want a juice press! If you own
citrus fruit trees, then the Breville Juice Press, pictured right, is the one to own as it
gets unusually high ratings.

Off-grid kitchen tool #10: Mortar and pestle set.
Crush, grind and powder natures healthiest eats with a mortar and pestle set.
Mortars and pestles have been around for thousands of years -- long before
kitchens existed they were already a classic utensil. They do the job of crushing,
grinding and powdering herbs, grains, spices, nuts, roots, teas for all kinds of
healthy eats. This style of grinding releases flavor best in seeds, herbs, spices and
garlic. Mortars and pestles are handy for crushing pills and supplements, too. This
set of 3 mortars and pestles have contoured bottoms & pestle head to hold the
grindables in place. Porcelain is easy to clean and won't absorb food odors or stain.

Off-grid kitchen tool #11: Peelers.  Apple peeler / Potato peeler.
Peel apples or pears, but you can also peel plenty of potatoes with hand crank
apple peeler just like Grandma used to have. A potato ricer is also handy for making
mashed potatoes or applesauce!

Off-grid kitchen tool #12. Slicers (Mandolin), Spiral Veggie Slicer.
Enhance your off grid garden food by making interesting vegetables dishes. Get a
spiral mandolin slicer! Make zucchini spaghetti and spiral carrots into interesting
salads and pastas! A mandolin is an ideal accompaniment to a dehydrator, and if
you have a garden owning a mandolin is a must.
  • Shredder: creates long, spaghetti-like spiral strands
  • Chipper: creates long, thick spiral strands
  • Straight: creates long, ribbon-like strands

Off-grid kitchen tool #13. Food Dehydrator.
The process of dehydrating removes water from the food and with the drying heat
you in turn minimize the enzyme and bacteria production to preserve food. It's well
and good to get an
electric food dehydrator if you have a backup energy source, but
a non-electric dehydrator will serve you well in an off grid life.

Off-grid kitchen tool #14. Solar Refrigeration.
Prices of solar powered products have come down quite a bit. It seems almost
ridiculous to say "solar" and "refrigerator" in the same sentence, but someone
invented it. The technology is here that you can make your food cold with the power
of the sun. It's not as expensive as you might think either. Check out the solar
refrigerator, pictured right.

Off grid kitchen tool #15: Breadmaking tools.
Instead of a breadmaker and an electric oven, invest in bread making equipment,
including:

  • A camp oven. Ensure that you can bake when the lights go out.

  • Biscuit cutters. Your prepper kitchen wouldn't be complete without a biscuit
    cutter or two. The trio of biscuit cutters, pictured left, cuts biscuits, cookies,
    cakes, and pastries. Biscuits are a simple and essential prepper food made
    from simple ingredients. A basic Southern biscuit recipe calls for flour, sugar,
    baking powder, salt, butter and milk -- all things that should be in a prepper's
    pantry.  Baking from scratch is something to try now, before the need arises.
    If you don't already know how to bake biscuits, get cracking on it!

  • Tortilla press. It's easy to make corn tortilla from masa harina flour and warm
    water, but you need a tortilla press

Off-grid kitchen tool #16: Cast iron cookware.
Replace your microwave with the healthier way to re-heat your food: cast iron
cookware. Cast iron provides fast, even heating, which is why it's a favorite with
preppers. It's healthy cooking because it enables a healthy portion of iron to release
into your food. Cast iron is inexpensive, and easy to clean. Just boil with hot water
or scrape. Then add a coat of grease or oil before you store it for the next meal.
Look also for footed varieties of
Lodge cookware made for camping.

Off grid Kitchen tools #17: Butchering tools:
Knives are an important part of prepping, and preppers who plan to hunt or survive
off their livestock, should acquire a butchering kit.  butchering knives will be
essential after the hunt, eating the chickens who don't produce eggs, and
butchering the rabbits.Other tools for meat handling would include:
  1. Butcher kit (pictured left)
  2. Meat hammer / tenderizer
  3. Meat thermometer
  4. Trussing needle
  5. Meat cuber
  6. Game sheer
  7. Butcher saw
  8. Slash resistent gloves
  9. Smokehouse: Note of warning on smoking meats: The smells of a meat smoke
    can linger for many miles. In extreme conditions, you won't want neighboring
    intruders. Avoid smoking meats in severe scenarios.

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