How to stock a Prepper's Pantry and stock it well
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.
How to Stock a Prepper 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
- 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
- Augason Farms: You'll feel happy having Augason farms potatoes in your
- 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.
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: Start canning and 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.
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
- 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.
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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