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13 Must Have Items For Every Survival Pantry

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Are you happy with your survival pantry? Do you feel you’ve got a pretty good store of food and supplies should a disaster come about? You’ve got a good stock of sugar and salt, cans of vegetables and bags of rice and dried beans. But are you sure you have enough to get you through an emergency situation that might last from a few days to several weeks?

1.     Water:  We tend to underestimate how much water we actually use in a given day. And this consideration doesn’t even include the water used in washing dishes, personal hygiene, toilet usage, etc.

The minimum daily requirement for water per person is two quarts per day. In a hot environment or if you have ill people, nursing mothers, or pregnant women in the household, their water requirements will be more. It’s recommended that you have one gallon of water per day per person for emergency situations.

Remember to save all the juices and water in the canned vegetables or fruits you have on hand to use in other applications or just to drink. Never throw away one drop of liquid. It’s too valuable.

2.     Water purification supplies:  A week has gone by and now your water stores are beginning to look a little skimpy. How do you overcome that? There are several sources of water in your home that you can take advantage of. If you were aware that a potential disaster was about to strike, you could prepare by filling the tubs in the house with water. You can also use the water out of the toilet tank (NOT the bowl), if you haven’t treated it with one of those drop in cleansers or something. There is also the water contained in the water heater in your house.

You can also acquire water from nearby streams, rivers, or other moving bodies of water. Water from ponds or natural springs is also an option. Ponds or lakes can provide you with water, but in any of these instances, you’ll need water purification abilities. If you don’t have a million dollar filter, then lay in a supply of unscented bleach or water purification tablets. If you use bleach, use at a rate of 16 drops (1/8 tsp) per gallon of water. Let it stand for 30 minutes. The water should have a slight bleach odor. If it doesn’t, treat it again and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. If there is no bleach odor after 30 minutes, discard the water and look for another source. Remember, always boil any water you obtain from a questionable source first, then treat it.

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3.     Disposable plates:  Preserving those stores of precious water is a must, and the last thing you want to spend your water stores on is washing dishes. You don’t know exactly how long the given emergency is going to last. Paper plates can be used and then burned or discarded with little environmental impact (after all, paper will decompose).

4.     Grain mill:  You have those stores of wheat berries, or bags and bags of rice or dried beans. But have you considered that you need a grain mill to grind them up? There are so many things you can do with a mill to make other pantry staples more versatile. For instance, even if you don’t have buckets of wheat berries, you can grind rice or beans for a makeshift flour to use for cooking. If you’re on a gluten-free diet, a grain mill is a wonderful tool to use to grind foods like rice, corn, or oats in place of storing expensive gluten-free flours.

5.     Canned meats:  Let’s face it… if the electricity is out, so is the freezer. You might be able to eat the contents of your freezer down in the first few days, but after that, you’re going to need an alternate source of protein. Stock up on cans of meat or learn to can your own meat. Canning is a wonderful skill that can save you money and allow you to build up your stores.

6.     Bouillons:  You can either buy processed bouillons from the grocery store, or you can learn to make your own. Dehydrated bone broth and soup bases are a wonderful addition to the survival pantry, and are a compact source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

7.     Kitchen staples:  These include salt, pepper, sugar, baking power, baking soda, vinegar, yeast, herbs and spices, powdered milk, etc.  Most of these supplies can be used in cooking or alternative health remedies, giving them a dual-purpose use.

8.     Coffees, Teas, Drink Mixes:  I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine my life without coffee or tea. I’d rather drink a bad cup of instant coffee than do without. If you’re as addicted to the stuff as I am, keep plenty of stores on hand!

9.     Seeds for sprouting:  There is more nutrition packed in a jar of sprouted seeds than in a mature plant. In addition, you don’t have to have a container of dirt or a garden tiller to plant them. A couple of Mason jars and a perforated lid to fit, and you’re good to go. You can use these seeds to provide fresh greens to your family during a time when nothing is available at the grocery stores.

10.Canned Vegetables and Fruits:  Not only do you need the vegetables and fruits for a healthy assortment of foods and nutrition, you can use the juice from the vegetables and fruits to supplement your liquid needs. Remember: throw nothing away. Figure out a way to make use of every component of your stores.

11.Dehydrated vegetables and fruits:  These take up less room in your pantry, but many will require water to rehydrate for use in various foods. It’s a trade off. You can successfully store things like jerky and dried fruits that you can eat right out of the panty with no cooking needed.

12.Cooking utensils:  No electricity means no cooking (unless you’re on gas utilities, and even they can be compromised in an emergency situation). Consider a cooker such as the Crisis Cooker that can use any fuel available—gas, charcoal, or wood.

13.Hygiene items:  These include soaps, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, dry shampoos, talcum powder, etc. Anything and everything you use that is not just a convenience item, but that makes you feel human. You also need these to keep from spreading disease. It doesn’t matter if you can only manage one spit bath a day… cleanliness in a disaster is a must. Health concerns and issues are magnified in a disaster situation.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will help you consider those items that you don’t normally think about.  You need to consider all the things that you eat or do in a given day, make a list of what items are required to successfully complete those tasks, and then set about stocking up on the things you need to have on hand to survive through any emergency life may throw your way.

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7 comments

  1. What most people dont know about Pasta and Rices, is that, like Flour it will draw in bugs. so you want to repackage them into either glass or food grade plastic containers and make sure that you add in Bay Leaves to keep the bugs away. Thanks for the video and list. I have been gathering up lists like this already for years. I have my own list of things that we use. Just always remember that you dont want to store anything that you wont eat. Also remember this rule from Food Service, FIFO, First In, First Out. Always date what you put in your pantry and rotate it every time you add something to it.

    Its really important to remember those things. You dont want to have bulging or leaking cans. Also make sure when you buy commerically canned food, that it has no dents either. Those will be deadly in the long run.

    Its really important to remember things like this. Not only do you want to make sure you have enough food for an emergency, but you want to make sure its safe for yourself and your family to eat.

    • I got this tip from an Amish man.
      He collected empty plastic gallon pop bottles. He would clean them, let them dry, put a small piece of dry ice in and then fill them with grain or flour. He would then cap every bottle VERY loosely (so gases can escape). As the dry ice (CO2) turns into a gas it settles to the bottom of the bottle as it is heavier and pushes the normal atmospheric gases out the top. After a little while he would tighten the cap and then store them. The CO2 kills any bugs or their eggs in the grain and it also helped to push out most of the moisture so molds won’t grow.

  2. Looks good….I call mine, my extended pantry. I go to it before I go to the store. Buy at the store to my extended pantry then to the kitchen. This helps keep it all moving and fresh. If I had a basement, it would be filled like a store. I have a room with 6 of those shelves filled. I use mylar bags filled with my pastas, coffees etc…no bugs will last a long time if I don’t use them. This saves me a ton of money. I use coupons, shop the sales and I am sure that I put everything up correctly to get the longest shelf life out of everything. My daughter loved mine and she now has a “extended pantry”. You never know when you will need this to live on for an extended time, job lost, riots etc… I also have 355 gallons of water stored the correct way….enjoyed seeing how someone does it.

    • @mema perk, how do you store water the correct way?

      • I have 8 55 gallon tanks. I filled them and put in 1/3 cup bleach in them. they will last for several years. I went online and found everything I could about them and came across someone selling Food grade tanks and bought them for $10 each. Love them.

        • Would LOVE to know where you purchased those tanks!!

          • Believe it or not, the guy was at the corner of a street. He worked at a coke factory and had gotten them there. Coke syrup was in them, labels still on them. I had him bring them to my home, paid him, then cleaned them out and filled them up. These are what I put my water in. I was also able to get 5 metal barrels with locking tops. They had port fat in them. I cleaned them out and let them sun dry. I have mylar bags filled with different items, one has rice, one has oats etc.. All safe and ready in case I need it. No bugs, mice anything can get into them. I don’t have a lot of money so I put up and save as I can. I feel blessed.

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