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Before crisis stock up on the 37 most shelf stable foods. What
are the 37 foods to hoard? What's the best protein source? Here's
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Ultimate survival food shopping list for the grocery stores:

#1: Distilled water and seltzer water.
Water isn't a food to hoard, but you certainly can't live without it,
which is why water is #1 on this prepping list. Distilled water is
the most pure form of water. Get water now and make plans to
get more water. Consider adding canned seltzer water to your
pantry as well. Canned seltzer water lasts indefinitely, adds a
fizzy pep to your water supply and even helps relieve
constipation! Avoid seltzer if you have acid reflux.  

  • Want to know the #1 food to hoard? Get canned and dried
    meat into your pantry while it's still available. Meat is the
    best prepper protein and with so many options available
    from dried and dehydrated, freeze dried canned meats, you
    have no excuses (other than if you are a vegetarian).

#2: Canned liquids.
It's important to stock up on canned foods with high liquid
content. Two excellent (and often overlooked) examples are
canned pineapples or canned pineapple juice and vegetable juice
available on the bottom shelves of your grocery store. These
foods will provide nutrition and hydration simultaneously.  Look
also for evaporated milk, condensed milk, and canned coconut
milk. Coconut milk will help you cook rice faster! Stewed
tomatoes, and vegetable, beef or chicken stock can also help you
cook rice without depleting your drinking water. It's also a great
excuse to stock up on canned beer, which you can use to cook!  

#3: Dehydrated powdered milk, whey and eggs.
Milk does a body good (or so say the commercials) and we have a
list for preppers on the
12 reasons to stock powdered milk in your
pantry. Indeed milk is a versatile food well worth stockpiling if
you don't have a cow or a goat. Whole Milk Powder will last up to
two years, and is an excellent natural creamer for coffee. Skip the
non-dairy creamers made of hydrogenated oils and use powdered
milk instead.

  • Peak powdered milk. Peak Instant Dry Whole Milk Powder is
    made from high quality fresh milk in Holland. It dissolves
    instantly in cold or hot water. Use Peak Whole Milk various
    purposes – drinking, cooking, baking, and, in its powder
    form, as a coffee / tea creamer for a delicious rich taste.
    Take a peak at the stellar ratings from more than 2700
    online customers.

  • Whey powder. You know that Little Miss Muffet ate her
    curds and whey, and so should you. In cheese making, curds
    are the thick part of the milk that's separated from the liquid
    when the milk turns sour. Whey is the watery part that's
    cloudy and yellowish. Whey is highly nutritious! You can buy
    whey powder at Whole Foods. Whey contains a high quality
    complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids
    required by the body for strength and muscle development.
    It is a great way of increasing protein intake without adding
    excessive carbohydrates and fat. It dissolves instantly so it
    's great for making high protein shakes and smoothies. In
    survival times, mix it with dehydrated milk for an extra frothy
    and satisfying nutrient! So while this isn't the first thing that
    will fly off the shelves in the event of a crisis, it's one Happy
    Preppers should have on their list.

  • Eggs and Powdered eggs. Eggs generally last a long time
    and don't need to be refrigerated, however having egg
    powders on hand is peace of mind. Augason Farms Egg Mix
    products were sold out during Coronavirus, but you can order
    and get delivery in 1-2 months.

#4: Hard cheeses encased in wax,  plastic
Waxed hard cheeses are not so easy to find, but they are
available. You'll easily find Kraft
Parmesan, swiss, sharp cheddar
or Gouda encased in wax is a very "Gouda" thing to find! Wax
prevents cheese from growing mold and bacteria, and it also
keeps moisture in your cheese, so it can store for a very long
time without refrigeration. Parmesan is a hard cheese, and in the
powder form has a four month expiration date, but encased in
wax it can last up to 25 years! Consider buying cheese wax and
even a basic hard cheese kit to make your own delicious cheeses.
Wax will keep hard cheeses moist during the aging process, and
also prevent unwanted mold growth on your aging cheeses. Here's
more about prepper cheese.

#5: Protein bars and protein drinks.
Ideal for a bug out bag, food bars are compact nutrition and
should be part of your everyday food storage. High in protein,
serve them for breakfast, snack, dessert or as an on-the-go meal
replacement. Skip the granola and Kind Bars, which will crack your
teeth. Popular brands of food bars to look for include:

  • Clif bars. With 9-11g of protein in each bar, this variety pack
    contains 16 energy bars, two each of the following flavors:
    Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie, Sierra Trail Mix, Crunchy
    Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Flavor, Cool
    Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter Banana with Dark Chocolate,
    and Blueberry Crisp.

  • Luna bars , pictured immediate right, are a popular food bar
    you can find easily at the grocery stores. Peppermint Stick is
    sold out online during crisis.

  • Millennium food bars. MMillennium Food bars are a cross
    between an energy food bar and a ration bar. Highly rated on
    Amazon, these are not like ordinary ration bars ~ they're
    better! Like ration bars, Millennium emergency food bars
    have a five-year shelf life and are U.S. Coast Guard approved
    to hold up to hot and cold temperatures, but Millennium bars
    provide a quick, nutritious source of energy in an emergency
    thanks to the protein. Ration bars just fill you up with
    calories. Simply put, the 400-calorie Millennium food bars
    could be the most important source of energy you'll have in
    an emergency.

  • Pemmican. Another food bar that often goes under the radar
    with Prepper's (but shouldn't) is Pemmican, which contains
    complete protein and gives energy. Free of isolates, fructose,
    sugar and cholesterol, Pemmican is a concentrated food bar
    that offers quick energy.

#6: Canned & dehydrated meats, poultry, seafood.
What's the #1 food to hoard? If you had to stockpile just one
kind of food you'd want to stockpile meat.

best protein source is meat. Stock up on canned meats! Go
for the jerky! If you had to stockpile just one kind of food you'd
want to stockpile meat. Go ahead and Tune-in to the tuna. Stack
up on the Dak! Why? Because meats provide humans with around
90% of sustenance needed to survive; and 90% of plants are
deadly to humans. Man must eat meat!

When possible, look for grass-fed meats, like Yoder's brand.
Canned salmon, canned sardines, canned mackerel and canned
tuna are rich in necessary Omega 3 oils. Stock your refrigerator
with meats too. Smoked salmon, sausages and hot dogs can last
a long time in your refrigerator. Store organic hot dogs and
sausages, such as Applegate Farms Uncured Beef Hot Dogs,
which are made from organic, grass-fed beef. Consume them first
in a power failure.

#7: Drink mixes: Coffee, bouillon, tea, Ovaltine, Tang
Stock your prepper's pantry with drink mixes:

  • Coffee for survival purposes provides the primary benefit of
    increased mental alertness, but as a morale boost it's good

  • Tea for survival is important too, and has been around for
    5,000+ years for a reason! Water quality of our ancestors
    wasn't very good, so tea helped it taste better and boiling
    water killed bacteria. In an emergency situation, tea can
    help you hydrate quickly when you can't wait for the boiled
    water to cool. Caffeinated teas provide a burst of additional
    energy; while other teas can provide a calming and soothing
    effect, which you may need. Additionally, many kinds of tea
    have anti-cancer properties (polyphenols), and reduce the
    risk of blood clotting and even lowers cholesterol levels.
    Consider adding echinacea, peppermint and chamomile teas
    to help combat the common cold, naturally, too!  

  • Powdered drink mixes:

  • Tang is a prepper classic to enhance the water supply.
    Nasa flew astronauts to the moon and back with Tang.
    It has Calcium and Vitamin C to help avoid scurvy!

  • Gatorade powder has a boost of electrolytes.

  • Wylers, Koolaid or whatever tickles your sweet tooth.

  • Bouillon cubes are compressed stock. This salty essential
    will help you flavor soups, rices, ramen style noodles and

#8: Oils (butter, lard, olive oil, organic shortening).
Cooking oil is extremely important to stockpile. You can't cook
much without an oil or fat! Buy oil small containers and look for
the word "virgin" which means that they are the first press and
have the most nutritive value. Cooking oil won't last long, but
even if your oil becomes rancid, you can use it as fuel!

  • Butter. You can freeze butter and buy butter in a can. Pure
    Creamery canned butter by Red Feather has a long shelf life.
    Available on Amazon also is butter powder.

  • Coconut oil. Shortening usually has trans fats, so consider
    coconut oil as cooking lard to replace Crisco or other
    vegetable shortening, which is made of dangerous trans fats.
    Coconut oil is very heat stable, and because it's low to
    oxidize, it means that it won't go rancid as quickly as other
    oils. It can last up to two years, and it provides fast energy.
    Read more about storing coconut in your preps!

  • Ghee. Gee, here's something to consider, Ghee! What's
    that? Ghee is butter that's been melted and simmered down
    until all the water has evaporated and the milk solids have
    settled at the bottom. It has a long shelf life.

  • Lard. Surprisingly, new studies show lard is a healthful
    cooking fat! It's versatile too.

  • Olive oil. Olive oil is an ideal oil, but can quickly go rancid,
    thought it may have a shelf life up to two years.

  • Organic shortening. Many preppers stock Crisco, which is
    definitely not organic,but really it's better to make a candle
    from Crisco than it is to eat the heart clogging stuff. Organic
    shortening is a good alternative to hydrogenated Crisco,
    because it's made healthier and it lasts indefinitely. Try
    Nutiva or Spectrum brands of organic shortening.

  • Other oils. If possible, look for a NON-GMO corn oil, as 86%
    of corn has been genetically modified. Whatever oil you buy,
    be sure to buy them in small containers as the minute you
    open, they oxidate and begin deteriorating quickly. Avoid
    anything made with Soybean oil as 90% of soybean products
    are genetically modified or cross-contaminated. Here's how
    to make your own oils.

# 9: Whole wheat flour, bread and pancake mixes.
Many preppers grind their own wheat into flour, but if you're new
to prepping, ensure you have some flour on hand. In the category
of flour, you could stock bread mix, such as Krusteaz or Bisquick.
Wheat is a basic food product that's chock full of fiber, protein,
vitamins and even minerals, like selenium.  If you stock white
flour in your daily pantry, be sure to stock wheat flour in your
Prepper's pantry because it has more nutritive value when it has
the whole grain (bran, germ and endosperm). White flour has only
the endosperm.

You may also need flour for thickening gravies, or coat and fry,
such things as freshly caught fish. If you have whole wheat flour,
you won't have to stock genetically modified corn starch, which is
also used for thickening. Consider Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat
flour because it comes wrapped in plastic, rather than a paper
bag which is more susceptible to pest invasions. Ultimately, you
should store whole wheat flour in your every day pantry. Your
long term pantry should include whole grain wheat and you should
have a grain mill.

Thankfully, "There is not currently, nor has there ever been, any
genetically engineered wheat on the market," according to the
Non-GMO project, so stock up! Read more about grains for

#10: Cereals  Shredded Wheat, corn or rice.
Stockpile whatever cereals your family eats oat, corn, rice, or
wheat-based. We recommend Shredded wheat! The first edition of
the Boy Scout Manual in 1911 highlights the best food for Boy
Scouts is Shredded Wheat, "because it has all the muscle-building
material in the whole wheat grain prepared in a digestible form,
supplying all the strength needed for work or play." If
refrigeration isn't an issue, pack wheat germ, which has high
levels of fiber and vitamin E to boost your immune systems.
Wheat germ is the center of the seed. Packed with protein and
fiber, wheat germ also has folate, magnesium, zinc, manganese,
selenium and vitamin E. It's considered "nutrition in a crunch."
It's not really a meal, but one you can add to your hot cereal.

#11: Potato flour and Potato Flakes.
Potato flour might not be at the top of your list, but potato flour
is good to have. Consider adding
potato flakes and potato flour to
your Prepper's Pantry! Why potato flour? Potato flour is wonderful,
gluten-free addition to the pantry to make breads, pancakes and
waffles, potato soups and much more.

  • It's better way to eat your veggies!  Potato flour is the
    entire potato (skin and all) dehydrated.  

  • Thickener. You can use potato flour as a thickener to add
    body to broths stews and gravies. Using potato flour as a
    thickening agent, will help you avoid GMO cornstarch. It's the
    starch in the potato that holds water.

  • Natural dough conditioner. As a baking ingredient to mix
    with other flours, potato flour will add moisture. Potato flour
    really does make the yeast dough easier to handle!

  • Binder. Potato flour will add creaminess to frozen desserts
    because it holds the moisture and the fat. It also helps bind
    meats, such as hamburger patties, meatloaf or fish patties,
    so they're more juicy and flavorful.

  • Breading.  Potato flour is a gluten free breading for frying. It
    provides a golden crunchy crust

  • Extender. Ootato flour will add shelf life to foods you bake
    because it's a moist yeast bread with an excellent shelf life.

Consider also sweet potato flour, which is incredibly versatile and
can be used for baked goods such as breads, cookies, muffins,
pancakes, crepes, cakes and doughnuts. It can also be used in
soups, as a thickener for sauces and gravies, and in breading.

#12 Corn as a grain (dried).
Did you know corn is both a grain and a vegetable? As a grain,
corn is dried into flour to bake and make a variety of foods from
cornbread to cornflakes.
Corn as a grain is an essential prepper
food and there are many kinds of dried corn.

  • Corn starch. Corn starch is a basic ingredient in baking.

  • Grits. There are 101 things you can do with grits, America's
    most basic food!

  • Popcorn. We wrote an entire article touting the benefits of
    storing Popcorn because it's a grain that can be ground into

  • Masa harina. Spanish for "dough," masa is the flour of finely
    ground maize, hominy or corn. It's basically been dried,
    cooked, ground, soaked in lime and then dried again. It
    reconstitutes easily with warm water and salt to make corn
    tortillas. Masa harina is the dough flour for empanadas,
    papusas and tamales. Look for organic brands, which will
    ensure you're not getting a dangerous genetically modified
    food products. While Masa Harina is a finely ground meal,
    corn grits is more versatile, hearty and nutritious basic food.
    Nothing satisfies like the savory experience of Bob's Red Mill
    gluten-free corn grits (also called polenta). For breakfast,
    you will love it with milk and honey. Grits left in a pot to
    cool become polenta. In this way, you can serve it for dinner
    with butter, cheese, marinara or gravy.  You can also
    purchase alkali-treated corn (actually dried maize kernels)
    known as hominy, which is largely popular in Southern and
    Mexican cuisine. Popular in the South, you can also find this
    product out West if you look for it in cans in the Mexican
    food isles. Hominy is high in calcium content.

#13: Corn as a vegetable.
Corn as a vegetable is also an important pantry essential. (Corn
is both a grain and a vegetable: the only difference is that as a
grain it's dried before harvesting.) Buy organic corn in cans to
help ensure it's not genetically modified as most corn is GMO.

In stores,
look for the "Non-GMO project verified" label to avoid
buying genetically modified corn. Steer clear of GMO corn products
by purchasing organic (shockingly, 86% of the world's corn is

#14: Oats and Oatmeal.
A favorite of American pioneers, oatmeal is a prepper food that's
low in saturated fat, and it's also a good source of fiber, which is
especially important during survival times. You'll need to store
adequate water as making the porridge requires 4 cups of water
for every one cup of oatmeal. A tip for preparing is to soak the
oatmeal over night, so that it takes just 9-12 minutes to boil
(instead of a half an hour). Look for John McCann's steel cut
oatmeal in a can, which are 100% whole grain and natural Irish

Stock up on emergency
buckets of rolled oats and quick oats
today, and learn more about why oats are an important part of
your food storage.

#15:  Bread crumbs and stuffings.
Bread crumbs are a satisfying addition to casseroles, and can also
help you make salmon and crab cakes with the cans in your
Prepper's food storage. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find Bread
crumbs sealed in plastic for freshness. Usually, they are boxed in
waxed paper. Stuffing is a natural accompaniment to your mashed
potatoes and will mix nicely with spices and dehydrated onions.
Try also,
bread in a can, and pumpernickel.

Learn to like Pumpernickel and make it part of your everyday diet!
This amazing whole grain rye bread (enjoyed by Germans and
Scandinavians with cheeses, pates and meats), packs a mighty
punch of fiber and has a three or four month shelf life! You can
make a satisfying meal with even one slice of bread.

#16: Shelf stable, ready to eat meals.
There are two kinds of shelf-stable, ready to eat meals to
include: the kind you eat, and the kind you don't. Soup is good
food and can provide a hearty meal with crackers. For shelf-stable
and ready to eat meals, think about how you can add canned
meat to boxed meals. Cheeseburger Macaroni for example.

#17: Crackers and cookies.
While crackers have little nutritive value, they do provide a sense
of normalcy to a survival situation and will be a worthy an
satisfying accompaniment to soups and tuna salad, and peanut
butter stashes in the Prepper's Pantry.

You may find some surprising nutritive benefits such as niacin
and iron in flaky flavorful crackers. In your long term food storage
you'll need to buy some pilot crackers in a #10 can. There are
many reasons to stockpile crackers.

#18: Potato Flakes and au gratin potatoes.  
Add potato flakes to your prepper's pantry. If you can find a shelf-
stable variety of au gratin or scalloped potatoes that don't have
hydrogenated oils, then go for it.  Left is Edward and Sons.
Unfortunately, most au gratin potatoes have them (so skip
Wegmann's, Betty Crocker and Idahoan until they stop including
hydrogenated oils in their manufacture). Look for au gratin
potatoes at organic based food market, like Whole Foods. There
are plenty of more reasons why you should make potatoes part of
your long-term food storage plan.

#19: Rice (choose white rice).
Rice is a staple of the prepper diet (along with beans). Sure,
jasmine rice is cheap food, and worth storing but you can also
store a variety of rice to keep your family interested. Try basmati
rice, Italian arborio rice, short grain Asian rice, wild rice, and
brown rice too! Brown rice is a healthy option, but requires more
cooking time, which could deplete your cooking resources. It also
doesn't store as well. Consider instant rice for this reason alone,
though it's not as healthy as other rice options.

  • Rice Select has a nice variety of grain rice in nice containers.

#20 Pastas.
Dried pasta is an ideal prep because it has little to no fat or
moisture content, so it resists spoilage. Among the most filling
and inexpensive foods, store a variety of pastas in addition to
your spaghetti and macaroni noodles including: egg noodles,
gnocchi (made with potatoes), dried tortellini (filled with hard
cheese), orzo (rice shaped pasta), couscous (wheat-based pasta)
and the other variety of shaped Italian pasta such as lasagna,
linguine, rotelle, rotini, rigatoni, orecchiette, penne, mastoccilli
etc. Remember Asian pastas too! There are healthier options to
the inexpensive ramen style noodles. Try soba (made from
buckwheat), rice noodles, udon (wheat flour), bean curd noodles,
and chow main noodles (fried noodles made of egg and wheat).
Right, you can make a meal of Annie's cheeseburger macaroni
meal starter and Keystone Ground beef.

#21 Raisins, dried fruits and fruit strips.
Enhance your supply with dried apricots, dates, cranberries,
mangos and whatever your family enjoys. You can make your own
trail mix with dried fruits.

  • Raisins. Just a handful of raisins will provide a full serving of
    fruit. Raisins have protein, fiber, iron, and Vitamin C. Raisins
    are loaded with antioxidants and potassium, too. Use them
    in your Prepper's pantry to enhance the flavor of rice for
    dinner and cereals for breakfasts. Remember, raisins are a
    dried fruit and not a dehydrated food. There is a difference in
    how you store each. Organic raisins are the best choice so
    you can avoid toxic  pesticides of commercial farming.
    Newmans Own is an excellent choice. These raisins are
    packed with juicy flavor and a pleasing texture, and are
    available by the six pack in 15-oz cans for your prepper's
    pantry and delivered to your door.

  • Fruit leathers, fruit strips and fruit ropes. Skip the fruit
    rollups, which are ladened with unwanted high-fructose corn
    syrups. Instead, look for Simply Fruit twists and high fiber
    dried fruit strips available in a variety of flavors, such as
    cherry, grape, and apricot, and fruit ropes, pictured right.

The more variety, the better for your family to fight boredom in
diet and to get the essential nutrients they each provide

#22: Jams and jellies.
Preppers love to make their own jams and jellies, but if you're
new to prepping, you can stock up on ready-made.

Jams and jellies are a canning favorite from blackberry jams,
strawberry jams, raspberry jams, grape jellies and also apple
butters, your pantry can easily have a variety of fruit spreads to
sweeten life.

#23. Canned fruits.
Did you know fruits contain twice as much calories per pound as

  • A fruit cocktail will give you about 300-400 calories per
    pound. Peaches, packed in light syrup offer a tremendous
    calorie boost to the survival diet. The liquids also provide a
    valuable source of hydration, so don't can the juice in the
    cans! Look for citrus varieties, such as pineapple and
    mandarin oranges, to give the essential vitamin C.

  • Applesauce too can be a wonderful accompaniment to
    cereals, and can also serve as a dessert.

  • Canned pumpkin puree will also provide a heavy dose of
    Vitamin A and you can make a simple soup by adding
    bouillon cubes and spices, such as garlic.

#24: Canned veggies.
When it comes to veggies, preppers need to think beyond green
beans! Unfortunately, green beans do not pack many calories. If
you're looking for the ideal veggies to stash, then think about
canned root vegetables, like sweet potatoes and yams. Sweet
potatoes are high in Vitamin A, plus they're filling. Add a variety
with canned sauerkraut, cabbage and beets, too. If you eat them,
carrots, peas and potatoes provide the fixing for a nice stew.
Canned olives, asparagus and artichoke hearts will help you make
easy pasta dishes. Dried veggies, right are available online. Skip
the canned corn (it's likely GMO).

#25: Beans and legumes.
Stock up on beans ~ all kinds of dried beans and canned beans,
(including refried beans). The more variety of beans you store,
the better as it provides energy and fiber. Beans pack around
1250 calories per pound. Best of all, you can sprout beans -- it as
little as five days you can sprout crunchy, fresh phytonutrients for
your family from dried beans, peas, and lentils. (See the sprouter,
immediate right.) Peanuts aren't really nuts (they're beans, but
stock up on those too because they add protein).

#26: Nuts, seeds and nut-butters.
Many preppers stock peanut butter, but sunbutter, made from
sunflower seeds, is an excellent item to stock, as is almond

While it's true that nuts can go rancid quickly, nuts are an
excellent source of energy, so stock up on them in your Prepper's
pantry (provided there are no allergies in your family)! Just be
sure to rotate often if you stock any of the following:

  • Raw almonds, walnuts and cashews are excellent choices,
    pistachio's too.
  • Mixed roasted nuts will also provide varieties, such as
    hazelnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts.
  • Think sunflower seeds and alfalfa seeds too!
  • Try trail mixes and nut bars.

Nuts are obviously allergens, so avoid giving them to children
under 5. Think also canned chestnuts, which are a great source of
fiber and found in the Asian section of your supermarket. (They're
also an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, iron and
vitamin C.) The healthiest nuts and seeds are in bags, rather
than oil filled cans and jars.

Yes, you already knew to stock peanut butter, but did you know
that peanut butter is really a bean butter? Look for peanut
butters that are simply peanuts, oil and salt (yes, the kind with
oils at the top, which are the natural peanut butters). Skip the
peanut butters that have sugars in them or worse yet, those with
hydrogenated oils in them. Know that "trans fat free" doesn't
mean that they are free from trans fats, it could mean that there
is less than.05 grams of trans fat per serving.

#27: Honey.
Even if you don't use honey, buy some honey, honey! Not only
will honey last forever, but you'll use honey in survival times to
flavor boring oatmeals and other breakfast grains, as well as
teas. Honey eases sore throats, and more importantly, if you
don't have any topical antibiotics, you can use honey as a paste
to put on wounds. There are medicinal and other reasons to stock
honey in your preps: here are
nine reasons to stock honey, honey!
When you learn how to bake breads, you'll realize that many
329recipes call for honey. So, honey, what are you waiting for?

#28: Iodized salt (and other salts).
There are many reasons to stockpile salt. Look to history and
you'll find salt was an important commodity. Salt can kill bacteria!
Salt contains chloride and sodium ions, and all living things need
these components in small quantities. Not all salt is the same!
Humans need iodized salt to avoid thyroid gland problems and
goiter and to help regulate fluid balance in the body.

We also need salt to preserve food. How does salt help preserve
food? Salt inhibits growth of germs in a process of osmosis where
the salt pushes water out of the microbial cells. Best of all, salt
lasts for ever. You can salt everything from salad greens the way
the Roman's did to curing meats and preserving other kinds food.
Indeed, salt is very useful to Preppers.

Stock up also on these special salts:

  • Canning salt and pickling salt: Iodized salt is NOT for
    canning and pickling, so you'll need canning and pickling salt.
    Canning and pickling salts are a pure granulated salt, with
    no added preservatives or free-flowing agents.

  • Pink Himalayan salt. Himalayan sea salt contains important
    minerals for health! Rich in trace minerals, including calcium,
    magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.

  • Epsom salt. You may not know that Epsom salt has many
    health benefits for the skin and can cleanse the colon. It
    also has a nutritive value.

#29: Sugars and Molasses.
You'll need cane sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar for your
baking needs. We also suggest buying sugar in the raw. Skip the
beet sugar and go for the cane, baby! Skip also the sugars that
you can buy in boxes and paper bags unless you buy them in bulk
and get them into mylar containers and 5 gallon buckets. Buy
your sugars wrapped in plastic, because this helps protect  it from
insects. As a second step you can buy sugars in cans or place
your own sugar purchase into mylar bags and sealed food-grade
plastic buckets sealed with a gamma lid. Look also for sugar in
the raw packets.

Learn more
about sugar and what kind of sugars to stockpile.

#30: Spices and herbs.
Survival spices to consider might include saffron will sure make
that boring old rice more tasty, and chili peppers to add flavor to
all those beans you're storing. Buy more of the spices already in
your cupboard. Some good basics include dill, red pepper, cumin,
rosemary, oregano, dried mustard, and ginger in addition to the
saffron and chili. Skip the strong spices curry! While it tastes
wonderful, they may also attract human predators. If you're
stocking beans make sure to get pinto bean seasoning, right, to
enhance the flavor of your preps.

#31: Condiments.
Your favorite condiments will go a long way towards making foods
taste better in uncertain times. Here's a list of some of our

  • Pickle relish, mustard and mayo. Buy pickle relish and small
    cans of mayonnaise for your tuna salad on crackers (because
    once you open the mayo, it will quickly go bad). If possible
    look for a mayo that's not made with from deadly soybeans
    (90% of which are GMO).  A variety of mustards can also
    help spice up your foods. Buy ketchup without deadly high-
    fructose corn syrup, and keep it in a brown paper bag and
    store in a dark place so that it will preserve as long as

  • Tabasco sauce. Tabasco sauce, too can help add flavor to
    otherwise bland foods.

  • Worcestershire sauce. Worcestershire sauce will enhance
    your stews and soups and to help you make gravies.

#32: Chocolates.
Chocolate syrups and cocoa powders will serve you well in your
food storage. Store a little chocolate, but not too much.
Chocolate chips store relatively well (for about a year.) Remember
also, baking chocolate! Not only does chocolate pack loads of
antioxidants, but it's a morale booster that could prove essential.
What's more the fiber will fill you up.

Pack high quality dark chocolate, like Dove bars, in your Prepper's
Pantry. If you look closely at the ingredients, of other chocolates,
like Hershey's Kisses, you'll find an unwanted ingredient:
hydrogenated oils. Those do not belong in your chocolate, even
during survival times! Besides, chocolate has been known to
boost heart health.

#33: Vitamins.
Keeping at peek vitality is crucial during episodes of stress. While
multi-vitamins are a great idea, be sure to pack a Calcium with
Vitamin D fortified vitamin, as this combination may help your
body fight infections. Also, look for magnesium; As an essential
stress supplement, magnesium prevents the damage caused by
excess adrenaline. Vitamins and pills do not help a prepper pull
weight, but vitamins do help the body use food. Only after eating
actual food can a prepper pull more weight or work harder. So in
short, the answer is not pills, but good food in plenty of variety is
the key! The best option is to have the vitamins in the food. For
kids, stock Calcium gummy Bears, right, to help fight infections
and stay healthy.

#34: Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.
Stock a couple of bottles of vinegar, specifically apple cider
vinegar. Braggs organic apple cider vinegar, pictured left, is so
useful you'll want one for your pantry and one for your medicine

Why add apple cider vinegar to your pantry?
All you need is apple cider vinegar, oil and salt an pepper to
make a simple salad dressings and marinades. You can add apple
cider vinegar to your morning smoothie for a healthful boost.
While Apple Cider Vinegar is the king of vinegars, Stock vinegars
(balsamic, cider and rice wine).

Why use apple cider vinegar in prepping?
Apple cider vinegar has a multitude of healthful benefits, but
there are plenty of other reasons to stock it with your prepping

    *NOTE: Store open bottles in the refrigerator.

#35: Vodka.
Vodka is on the prepper list of morale boosting foods. Why? You
can cook with vodka, drink it or barter it. What's more, vodka has
a some medicinal value. Use vodka as a mouthwash or help numb
the pain of a tooth ache. Apply vodka dabs to cold sores to dry
them out, as an anesthetic for blisters, or to ease poison ivy and
as a skin repellent to shoo flies and mosquitoes. Have stinky
feet? Wipe the smell clean with vodka. Try vodka too for cleaning
the lenses of eyeglasses. Who knew vodka would be such a
versatile pantry item?

#36: Bourbon Vanilla extract.
Vanilla extract is a common ingredient in baking, some might
even say it's the most important of flavors. Whether from Tahiti
or Madagascar, it's the bourbon part that's most important thing
to look for in the flavor. Bourbon vanilla extract lasts indefinitely
thanks to the alcohol content.
Madagascar bourbon vanilla,
pictured right, is worthy of gift giving.

#37: Leavening Agents: Baking soda and baking
powder, dry yeast.
Both baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents, which
means they produce carbon dioxide to help food rise.

  • Baking soda. Pure sodium bicarbonate, when you combine
    baking soda with honey or an acidic ingredient like buttermilk
    or yogurt, you'll get a chemical reaction of carbon dioxide
    bubbles. This causes baked goods to rise. Look for aluminum
    free baking soda (a good choice is Bob's Red Mill, which is
    extracted in an all natural process without chemicals. Baking
    soda can last two years. Learn why you should store baking
    soda in your preps.

  • Baking powder. Baking powder has sodium bicarbonate as
    an ingredient, along with an acidifying agent (cream of tartar
    for example) and drying agent (such as starch). Baking
    powder lasts around a year and half.

  • Dry yeast. Unfortunately, yeast has a very short shelf life,
    but IInstant Dry Yeast is still well worth having on hand. Dry
    yeast is an essential leavening agent in baking bread, and
    has a longer shelf life than compressed yeast, but still after
    several months it loses potency. It's purpose is to convert
    the ferment able sugars of dough into carbon dioxide and
    ethanol. Look for Fleishmann's Active Dry Yeast, which is the
    original active dry yeast, relatively stable and valued for its
    consistent performance since 1945. It's one of the most
    essential ingredients to use in your pantry immediately
    following a survival situation.

So there you have it: the 37 essential food items to stock. Now
you are that much more prepared. At
HappyPreppers.om we
believe the happiest people on the planet will be the ones who've
prepared when the unthinkable occurs.

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