How to stock a Prepper's pantry and kitchen
The food you store in your Prepper's Pantry will be the mainstay of your family 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.
How to Stock a Prepper Pantry and Kitchen
Step One: Get enough water.
Before you 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. How much water is enough?
- A family of four needs 270 gallons of water, according to Utah State University,
for a three-month supply (90 gallons of water PER PERSON = three-month
supply). 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. What are the 37 things 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 is shelf-stable foods you can buy at the grocery store or warehouse.
Step Three: Clear a closet and set up a stock rotation system for food.
Clear closets to make an extra pantry or two for your foods. Rotate foods with the
oldest to the front and the fresh shelf stable items get pushed to the back. 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. This closet pantry goes beyond your kitchen
pantry. It's where you'll store the extra breakfast cereals, chips, tuna cans, soups,
pastas and nut butters when they go on sale. It's a place to put the 2 for 1 deals: one
goes in your kitchen and one goes in your closet.
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: Stock up on dehydrated foods and freeze dried cans.
- 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.
- 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 the Provident Pantry
- Mountain House: Backpackers favorite and best tasting freeze dried foods!
Stock up on the classic taste tested Mountain House Beef Stroganoff.
Step Six: Buy in bulk. Buy in bulk, including buckets of emergency foods and foods
with multiple uses.
Step Seven: Start canning, dehydrating, and buying bulk foods
- 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.
- Dehydrating foods: Dehydrating a three-month supply of foods isn't easy, but it is
rewarding and healthy
- Buying bulk foods: Buy bulk foods, seal them in mylar bags with an oxygen
absorber and storing them in food grade buckets.
Step Eight: Get gourmet foods to fight food fatigue!
- Bacon. Yoder's makes bacon in a can!
- Bakery foods are available in #10 emergency cans, including poppy seed
muffins, brownies, bread mixes and more.
- Breakfast pantry freeze dried foods.
- Canned butter, pictured right, can last 10 years! Don't try canning butter at
home or you may risk botulism.
- Coconut oil is healthy a cooking alternative to Crisco!
- Cheese and Cheesemaking
- Coffee in an off-grid world is possible. Buy it in #10 cans and roast the beans
when you open the cans.
- Rice Select offers a shelf stable array of rice for every day use.
- Yoders canned meats: canned bacon, canned hamburger, canned chunks of
beef, chicken and pork. You'll enjoy these grass-fed, Amish-style meats.
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
- 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 "grandmas fine china" But fill the box
with your freeze dried foods.
- Find places to hide your food. Build a hidden compartment under your bed.
We'd love to hear how you stock your Prepper's Pantry. Let's hear your everyday food
storage ideas. Get ready, get prep, go!
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