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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.

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, Parmesan)
  5. Protein bars
  6. Canned, freeze dried and dehydrated meats
  7. Coffee, tea, Ovaltine, Tang and boullion and other survival
    drinks
  8. Cooking oils (butter, coconut oil, lard)
  9. Whole Wheat flour
  10. Cereals, shredded wheat, cornflakes or rice cereal.
  11. Potato flakes and 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. Fruits ~ raisins and other dried fruits and fruit strips,
    dehydrated fruits, and freeze dried fruits
  22. Jams and jellies
  23. Canned fruits
  24. Canned vegetables, freeze dried vegetables (spinach flakes)
  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
    (leavening)

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 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!

Learn what foods to stock in your prepper's pantry with the
37
foods to Hoard for survival.

Happy endings...
Fill your pantry with delicious and nutritious foods, along with a
few comfort foods which will help boost family morale.

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