Essential foods to stock in your Prepper's pantry


                  Essential foods to stock in your Prepper's pantry

#20 Pastas.
Dried pasta has little to no fat or moisture content, so it resists
spoilage. Among the ost 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.
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. Enhance your supply with dried apricots,
dates, cranberries, mangos and whatever your family enjoys. 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. The more variety, the better for your family to
fight boredom in diet and to get the essential nutrients they each

#22. Jams and jellies.
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.
Most people stock up on canned veggies, but really it's the fruit
they should concentrate on because fruits contain twice as much
calories per pound as veggies. 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 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.
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)! 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. 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. Think sunflower seeds and alfalfa
seeds too! 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.
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,
but more importantly we 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.

#29 Sugars and Molasses.
You'll need granulated sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar.
We also suggest buying sugar in the raw. Skip the beet and go for
the cane, baby! Skip also the sugars that you can buy in boxes and
paper bags. 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. One final note of caution with spices: if
you regularly eat curry or other spicy foods then it's fine to include
them in your Prepper's diet; however, you may well find yourself
with a "ring of fire" otherwise. We therefore suggest you
cautiously pack

#30: Spices and herbs.
Survival spices to consider might include saffron will sure make
that boring old rice more tasty, and chili 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. 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 possible. Tabasco sauce, too can help add
flavor to otherwise bland foods. Think also of canned gravy as a
condiment! Gravies will surely add some flavoring to your
potatoes and stuffing. Look for NON-GMO soy sauce for all that
rice. Stock vinegars (balsamic, cider and rice whine). Think also in
terms of Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and to enhance your
stews and soups and to help you make gravies. And on the sweet
side, consider stocking maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts,
plus cocoa powder and chocolate syrups.

#32: Chocolates.
Chocolate chips store relatively well. 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.

Chocolate may help fight urinary tract infections. So be sure to
keep chocolate chips to your food storage! Add chocolate chips to
pancakes, muffins, breads, and more to delight kids and help keep
the normalcy as best you can in a disaster situation. Read about
morale boosting foods.

#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: Food bars.
We already mentioned protein bars, but there are other kinds of
food bars, including nut bars, pictured left and pemmican bars,
pictured right. Ideal for a bug out bag, food bars are compact
nutrition and should be part of your everyday food storage. Sure,
some food bars are a sort of cross between chocolate candy bars
and vitamins, others more of a granola, but they are often high in
protein. Food bars can provide a satisfaction for a morning meal or
an addition to your other rations. Look for coconut bars too!
Another food bar that often goes under the radar with Prepper's
(but shouldn't) is Pemmican, pictured right, which contains
complete protein and gives energy. Free of isolates, fructose, sugar
and cholesterol, Pemmican is a concentrated food bar that offers
quick energy.

Another good choice of food bars is Oskri brand coconut bars.

#35: Vodka.
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 stinkyfeet?
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? It's also on the prepper list of morale boosting foods.

#36: Dry yeast.
Unfortunately, yeast has a very short shelf life, but it's 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 isto
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

#37: Baking soda and baking powder (leavening agents).
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.

Sure, we listed 37 essential food items for your Prepper's Pantry,
but the list could easily continue on non-food related essentials.
For example, extra can openers, firewood, charcoal, lighter fuel,
candles, paper plates, plastic utensils and disposable cups. Finally,
remember the tampons! Any real survival man will tell you that a
fluffed up unused tampon is a good emergency tinder source to
have around, so come on baby, light my fire!

But while we're still on the topic of essential foods to stock,
consider this: if you're lucky enough to have a root cellar, then you
can stock fresh apples, potatoes, onions and garlic to last you
several months, but remember, never store them in plastic bags or
in the refrigerator. They must be stored in a cool dark, and well
ventilated space, and away from pests, which is not easy to do.

Finally, know that it's okay to stock up on junk food. Did you
know that Cheetos and Pringles can get a fire going? The content
of much of the processed foods you buy has the perfect
combination of air and fats to make fire. Who knew that your
everyday food storage of junk foods would come in so handy in a

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

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