emergency prepper herbs and spices

Spices for Preppers
Prepper herbs, spices and seasonings to stockpile

Spice up the prepper's pantry with spices!
Preppers should take note of increasing their supply of herbs
and spices. Not only will spices make foods more appealing,
but many also may have medicinal qualities to benefit health
and well being. Equally important is that certain spices will
come in handy for keeping insects and other pests away.

Whole spices will last almost indefinitely, though it may lose a
bit of flavor. Black peppercorns are a good example of a spice
with a long shelf life. You won't get sick from old spices.

Spices, seasonings and herbs have incredible value to
preppers! This is your guide to what to stockpile...

Sixteen important spices for preppers
While any spice will be a welcome addition to your preps, some
are essential and basic to prepping. Here is a list of sixteen
essential spices to stock:

  1. Bay leaves. Preppers will appreciate the added flavor of
    bay leaves to soups and stews.
  2. Black pepper . Peppercorns will last indefinitely. They
    were found preserved by Egyptians for the afterlife. It
    comes from the pepper plant, the same as cayenne, listed
    below. Peppercorns are ground into black pepper. Highly
    sought after by our ancestors, wars were fought over
    pepper. It was the "black gold" for many reasons.
    Peppercorns in ancient Egypt were worth their weight in
    gold as they were used in the mummification process.
  3. Chili powder. Chili powder is the dried, pulverized fruit of
    the chili pepper. Chili will add much needed flavor to the
    beans you're storing.
  4. Cinnamon. Essential for oatmeal, cinnamon sugar toast,
    and baking, you'll find cinnamon also has medicinal uses
    -- the most notable being to help diabetics overcome their
    disease. Cinnamon is the second most popular spice, next
    to black pepper in America!
  5. Cayennne Red Pepper (and crushed red pepper). This
    fiery spice has numerous healing properties. Cayenne is
    the king of spice and extremely useful in prepping.
  6. Cumin. Beneficial for aiding in digestion, cumin also has
    applications for preventing diabetes. Rich in iron and
    calcium, cumin can be an important spice for women,
    especially those pregnant, lactating or in menses.
  7. Dill weed and Dill: Dill weed is an herb, but the seeds,
    Dill, are a spice! Add dill to your tuna salad, egg dishes or
  8. Garlic (freeze dried). Garlic is packed with antioxidants,
    making garlic powder or freeze dried garlic a good idea to
    stock in freeze dried form.
  9. Ginger. As a remedy for nauseas and stomach
  10. Onion (freeze dried or dehydrated). Onions comes in
    several convenient dried forms; flakes, granules, powder
    and slices to conveniently spice up your dishes.
  11. Oregano. A necessity in Italian cooking
  12. Mustard powder. For marinades, gravies, sauces, poultry
    and beef, mustard powder will add a bold flavor to your
  13. Rosemary.
  14. Tarragon. An exquisite herb, Tarragon also has medicinal
    value. Tarragon can prevent clot formation in the blood
    vessels to help protect against heart attack and stroke. It
    also helps lower sugar levels to help diabetics. Best of all,
    Tarragon packs a punch of minerals including calcium,
    copper, iron, potassium and zinc.
  15. Thyme. At no time should a prepper be without Thyme.
    Not only is Thyme rich in iron, but this fragrant herb will
    add a delicate flavor to poutlry and vegetable dishes.
    Thyme is an excellent spice to help combat cancer.
  16. Turmeric. Turmeric is a healing spice for preppers that,
    since biblical times, has been useful for making perfume,
    and coloring clothing.

Notably absent from the list of spices for preppers is curry
powder. Curry powder typically is a blend of chili peppers
coriander, cumin, fenugreek, and turmeric. While each may
have individual value in your stockpile, we suggest skipping the
strong spices, such as curry in extreme times of famine. While
curry is a spice that tastes wonderful, this spice may attract
human predators with the pungent and distinctive aroma which
signals food is nearby.

Other noteworthy spices to consider...
  • Boullion is a combination of dehydrated vegetables, meat
    or poultry stock with a small portion of fat, salt and
    seasonings. Stock Bouillon cubes!
  • Mexican spices: Chili powder and dried chilis, cilantro,
    cumin, coriander and Mexican oregano.
  • Italian spices: Oregano, basil
  • Celery seeds will add flavor to tuna salad. They are also
    helpful in pickling and preserving.
  • Cream of tartar will help you whip egg whites!
  • Nutmeg has several health benefits preppers should
  • Saffron is a luxury spice that surely will make rice more
  • Seasame seeds offer a nutty addition to rice or marinades.
    You'll want to store them in the freezer as they are high in
    oil content and can become quickly rancid otherwise.

Name brand seasonings for preppers to stockpile:
  1. Fiesta Pinto Bean seasoning. The perfect blend of garlic,
    onion, chili peppers salt and a proprietary combination of
    spices specifically for making pinto beans. With all those
    beans in your preps, you must give Fiesta a try!
  2. Lawry's Seasoned salt. Lawry's Seasoned Salt was
    created in 1938 to season prime ribs of beef served at the
    world-famous LAWRY'S® The Prime Rib restaurant in
    Beverly Hills, CA. It's an expert blend of salt, sugar,
    paprika, turmeric, onion, garlic and other spices. In
    addition to beef, sprinkle also on any potato side dish or
  3. Hidden valley ranch salad dressing mix.
  4. Tobasco. While hot sauce will do, Tobasco is the favored
    brand. Derived from cayenne peppers, Tobasco will make
    bland food more palatable whether it's an unfamiliar meat
    or another night of rice and beans.

Differences between herbs and spices
While herbs and spices are important to preppers, the terms
"herb" and "spice" are often used interchangeably. That's
probably because both herbs and spices come from plants and
yet there are subtle differences between the two:

  • What is a spice? Spices are dried seeds (mustard), fruit
    (juniper berries), root (ginger or turmeric - the yellow
    spice of curries), bark (cinnamon) or other matter of
    vegetation, such as stigma (saffron), dried flower buds
    (cloves) or the undeveloped fruit of an orchid (vanilla).
    They are more potent than herbs.

  • What is an herb? Herbs are the leaves of plants
    (specifically non-wooded plants). Generally, herbs are
    used in larger quantities than spices. Rosemary, choives,
    mint pasel orgeano and parsley ore examples of herbs.

Preppers Tips for Spices and Herbs
If you're serious about herbs and spices, get a mortar and
pestle set. Crush, grind and powder natures healthiest eats
with a mortar and pestle set. Mortars and pestles have been
around for thousands of years -- long before kitchens existed
they were already a classic utensil. They do the job of
crushing, grinding and powdering herbs, grains, spices, nuts,
roots, teas for all kinds of healthy eats. This style of grinding
releases flavor best in seeds, herbs, spices and garlic.

  • Whole spices. Ground spices loose their flavors quickly
    and go stale, so preppers should buy whole spices and
    grind them in a peppermill or use a mortar and pestle,
    pictured above. Another advantage of buying whole spices
    is that they retain their flavors for three or more years.

  • Get a mortar and pestle set. Crush, grind and powder
    natures healthiest eats with a mortar and pestle set. The
    same way they did in ancient times, you'll find your meals
    will have a gourmet flair with this addition to your
    prepper's kitchen.

  • Freeze dried herbs. Freeze dried herbs, such as the
    organically grown culinary herbs, pictured at the top left
    hand of the page, retain a high nutritional value. This 12
    pack of gourmet herb collection includes cilantro, basil,
    parsley, dill, marjoram, oregano, leek, chives, and green

  • Spices that help bugs skedaddle:
  • Catnip makes cockroaches cower.
  • Parsley will punch out those pesky red ants.
  • Cucumber peels will drive out ants and crickets.
  • Powdered cloves deter other pests.
  • Equal portions of ground cloves, nutmeg, and caraway
    seeds will make moths fly away. Hang the mixture in
    a sachet bag or tea strainer.

  • Weird facts about spices and herbs:

  • Garlic: Rubbing garlic on your body apparently will
    repel two kinds of blood suckers vampires and
    mosquitoes. Want to protect yourself from a herd of
    charging elephants? Chili peppers apparently will do
    the trick. Who knew?

  • Cilantro and Coriander. Love it or hate it: cilantro is
    coriander! Cilantro, the herb, and coriander, the spice,
    are from the same plant. Fresh coriander is called
    cilantro. You see, the plant itself is called coriander.
    After the coriander plant flowers, it develops seeds,
    which is the coriander seeded spice you are familiar.
    To many, cilantro or coriander have a "soapy" taste.
    It's just a matter of how your taste buds interpret the

Happy endings...
Spices will be the spice of an apocalyptic life! Whatever spices
you add to your collection will be a welcome addition to a life
off grid. Important spices of the past will likely be the spices
to consider stockpiling:

  • Cowboys on the chuckwagon routes accented foods with
    chili, garlic, onions and pepper.

  • The pilgrims enjoyed parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

  • Ancient Egyptians spiced their foods with cinnamon,
    coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, marjoram,
    mustard and thyme. Peppercorns came later from the

  • Ancient Greek enjoyed dill, fennel, and marjoram

Happy endings...
Any spice will be a welcome addition to your preps, but a
favorite spice in prepping is Pinto Bean seasoning, pictured
left. All you need is a couple of teaspoons in your pot of beans
and you'll have a flavorful start of a Mexican fiesta!

Thankfully, you probably already have a spice rack filled with
your favorite spices. Make sure you don't run out.

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