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37 Foods to Hoard for Emergency Preparedness

37 Foods To Hoard Before Crisis

#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

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.

  • Powdered milk. Hoosier Hill Farms Whole Milk Powder is an excellent source of calcium.

  • 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. Millennium 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? The best prepper protein source is

meat. Go for the jerky! If you had to stockpile just one kind of

food you'd want to stockpile meat in cans. 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 too.

  • 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 gravies.

#8: Oils (butter, lard, olive oil, organic shortening).

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 Butter by Red Feather has a long shelf life. Look also into 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.

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.

  • Cornmeal. Pioneers packed cornmeal as part of their provision list, a half a bushel!

  • 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 flour!

  • 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.

buying genetically modified corn. Steer clear of GMO corn

products by purchasing organic (shockingly, 86% of the world's

corn is GMO).

#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


In uncertain times, you can also take comfort in having several

shelf-stable, ready to eat meals on hand, which require no

cooking. Go Picnic is one of them. They are the grocery store

version of Meals Ready to Eat.

#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

#18: Potato Flakes and au gratin potatoes.

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.

  • Use your noodle! Include more pasta in your food storage.

#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


#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


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.

#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 possible.

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

  • Soy Sauce. Look for non-GMO soy sauce for all that rice you're amassing.

  • 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.

  • Good news about chocolate! 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: 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


  • Here are 15 Amazing Uses Preppers Have for Apple Cider Vinegar

*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 Instant 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 we

believe the happiest people on the planet will be the ones who've

prepared when the unthinkable occurs.

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