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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
    potatoes.
  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
    dishes.
  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 consider.
  • Saffron is a luxury spice that surely will make rice more
    tasty. Saffron can also help in surviving Breast Cancer.
  • Sesame 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 chicken.
  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
    onion.

  • 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 flavor.

Any spice will be a welcome addition to your preps, but a favorite
spice in prepping is Pinto Bean seasoning, pictured at the bottom
of the page. 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.

  • Emergency Spice Blend. The emergency spice blend,
    pictured right includes an Italian spice blend of dried basil,
    oregano, rosemary, cilantro, red pepper flakes, thyme, and
    marjoram. Italian seasoning & spices are great for adding to
    sauces, dressing, mixes, pasta, lasagna, Italian recipes that
    need flavor.

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 Greek.

  • Ancient Greek enjoyed dill, fennel, and marjoram

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