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How to set up the preppers pantry
Prepper's Guide to Food Storage

The food you store in your Prepper's Pantry will be the mainstay
of your family's survival system. Below is a guideline for
preppers on how to stock a pantry on just about any budget. Fill
your pantry with delicious and nutritious foods, along with a few
comfort foods which will help boost family morale.

Prepper's Guide to Food Storage
If you've read our popular guide 37 Foods to hoard before crisis,
then you will be familiar with our list of essentials to stockpile:

  1. Water
  2. Canned liquids and drinks.
  3. Milk and eggs (powdered)
  4. Cheese (waxed and powdered, Parmesean)
  5. Protein bars
  6. Canned, freeze dried and dehydrated meats
  7. Coffee, tea, Ovaltine, Tang and boullion and other survival
  8. Oils (coconut, ghee, butter in a can, lard and other oils)
  9. Whole Wheat flour
  10. Cereals, shredded wheat, cornflakes or rice cereal.
  11. Potato flour (rich in fiber and protein)
  12. Corn as a grain (dried, popcorn)
  13. Corn as a vegetable (freeze dried or canned)
  14. Oats
  15. Bread crumbs and stuffings
  16. Shelf-stable, ready to eat meals
  17. Crackers
  18. Potatoes (dehydrated potatoes, potato flakes and au gratin
    potatoes, etc.)
  19. Rice
  20. Pastas
  21. Raisins, dried fruits and fruit strips, freeze dried fruits
  22. Jams and jellies
  23. Canned fruits
  24. Canned vegetables
  25. Beans and legumes
  26. Nuts seeds, nut butters, SunButter - sunflower seed butter
  27. Honey
  28. Iodized salt
  29. Sugar and Molasses
  30. Spices and herbs
  31. Condiments
  32. Chocolates
  33. Vitamins
  34. Vodka
  35. Pemmican and protein food bars
  36. Dry yeast
  37. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and baking powder

Here are more ideas for your pantry

Prepper Food! How to Stock a Prepper's Pantry and Kitchen:

  • 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 for a three-month supply (90 gallons of
    water PER PERSON). Here's a lesson on survival water.

  • Step Two: Buy shelf stable foods your family enjoys
    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
Make sure you have proper prepper kitchen tools and a cook
stoves. In the event of a power grid failure,  make sure you
have fuel and equipment with which to cook. Preppers who stock
hard wheat in their pantry will require a grain mill for example.
You may need to cook indoors, so don't rely on your barbecue to
do the cooking.

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

  • 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
  • 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.

Step Seven: Canning and dehydrating.
  • Canning: 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.
  • 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.
  • Get a diversion safe!

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