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How to Stock the Pantry - a 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 (coconut milk, pineapple juice)
  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 drinks
  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
  22. Jams and jellies
  23. Canned fruits
  24. Canned vegetables
  25. Beans and legumes
  26. Nuts seeds and nut butters
  27. Honey
  28. Iodized salt
  29. Sugars 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 (leavening)

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, 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 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 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.

  • 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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