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25 Must-Have Foods For An Emergency Stockpile

Stockpile foodMost preppers start out by building a stockpile of food and other supplies to use in case of emergency. That makes sense, as without the right supplies it’s hard to make it through any crisis situation. Of course, that raises the question of what to stockpile. While that may seem like an easy question to answer, it’s really not. Several books have been written about the subject, none of which offer exactly the same advice.

The biggest problem in deciding what to stockpile is that there is no way of knowing for sure what type of disaster is likely to strike; so there is no clear way of determining what to buy. Because of that, most preppers base their purchases on the assumption that nothing will be available, so they’d better have it on hand. If you think about it for a minute, that’s the only way to do it, which really makes sense.

This stockpile is based on you bugging-in, rather than bugging-out. Most people will end up bugging in during a crisis, so it makes sense to have the appropriate food stockpile in your home. If you have a secure, private bug-out location, you’ll want to duplicate your home stockpile at that location as well.

When selecting food for a survival situation, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration. This isn’t buying your regular week’s groceries multiplied by 10, but rather buying food that you will use instead of your regular groceries. That may require eating things that your family isn’t used to eating. Nevertheless, eating strange food is better than not eating anything at all.

As you are selecting foods for your emergency stockpile, you need to consider the following:

  • You may not have electrical power, so your refrigerator and freezer may not work.
  • Most foods aren’t packed for long-term storage, with the exception of canned foods.
  • You want foods that will give you the maximum nutrition for the minimum bulk.
  • Avoid all types of “snack foods” as there is no way to store them for long periods of time.

Most food you buy in the grocery is packaged with the idea of you buying it and using it within a relatively short period of time, let’s say a couple of months. Therefore, you’ll have to repackage most of what you buy, in order to prevent spoilage. However, even with repackaging, not all foods will keep well for long periods of time. Generally speaking, the more a food is processed, the worse it is for long-term storage.

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What you really need to store are staple foods. You can make a fairly nutritious diet out of grains, beans and canned goods. Properly packaged for storage, these foods will keep for years, and still be as tasty and nutritious when you take them out; as they were the day you bought them.

Here is my list of foods that you should stockpile to get your family through a crisis:

  1. Pasta – High carbohydrates and stores extremely well. You can make a lot of different dishes with pasta, from Italian food to casseroles.
  2. Whole grains – Flour doesn’t store well, but whole grains do. If you have a grain mill and whole grains, you can make your own bread, pancakes, cakes, cookies and other baked goods.
  3. Rice – Rice is a great source of carbohydrates, which will store well. Buy the whole grain rice, not the quick rice. Quick rice has a very limited shelf life. Like pasta, there are a lot of things you can do with rice.
  4. Breakfast cereal – This falls into the category of comfort food, especially for kids. Don’t buy the sugary children’s cereals, but the more basic ones, like Cheerios. Properly packaged, this will keep well for a long time.
  5. Beans – Dried beans of all types store incredibly well for long periods of time, are easy to cook, nutritious and one of the few non-meat sources of protein around.
  6. Canned meat – You can buy chicken, tuna, salmon and other meat products which are canned. Spam, while being something that many people make fun of, is a nutritious meat product. Meat will be the hardest type of food to find during a crisis, so stock up well.
  7. Beef (or turkey) jerky – Dried meat, whether jerky or dehydrated meat, is great for long-term storage. If you make your own jerky, be sure to trim off all fat and salt it heavily for preservation. When it’s time to use it, you can reconstitute the jerky in soups. It will absorb the water, flavoring it at the same time.
  8. Summer sausage – Summer sausage, like many “cured meat products” (what we call lunchmeat) is created to keep for a long time. Typically it is vacuum packed as well, making it ideal for long-term storage. During survival time, it can be eaten plain, or cut up to be put in soups and casseroles.
  9. Cheese – Another great source of protein. To store cheese, it needs to be triple dipped in wax, making an airtight seal around the cheese. In this form, it can be kept, without refrigeration, for years. Even if cheese forms mold, it will only be on the surface. Simply cut that part off and the rest of the cheese is still good.
  10. Canned vegetables and fruit – Provides essential vitamins and keeps for a long time. Don’t throw the packing water away, as it will contain vitamins as well. Instead, use it for making soup stock.
  11. Powdered milk – While most people don’t particularly like the flavor of powdered milk, when you don’t have any access to other milk, it’s wonderful. It’s also necessary for baking and provides needed calcium for proper bone growth.
  12. Spaghetti sauce – With pasta and spaghetti sauce, you’ve got the start of a meal. Add what you want to finish it out.
  13. Soups – The nice thing about making soup in a survival situation is that you can make soup out of almost anything. I’m not talking about stocking up on Chicken Noodle soup here, but rather soups like cream of mushroom, which can be used for making casseroles.
  14. Bullion – This is another necessity for making soups. Dry bullion powder stores well, takes minimal space and can add a lot to your homemade soups.
  15. Sugar – While most mothers try and keep their kids from eating too much sugar, it is an essential ingredient in making jams and jellies, and preserving fruit. You will also need it for baking. Sugar will keep pretty much indefinitely if stored properly.
  16. Honey – Whereas sugar will keep pretty much indefinitely, honey will really keep forever. You can’t beat nature’s methods for making things that are both good and good for you.
  17. Salt – Salt is an essential for survival. It’s also the main needed ingredient for many types of food preservation, especially for preserving meats. With a good stockpile of salt, you can make cured meats, salt fish and smoke meats as well.
  18. Spices – Your family may have to get used to eating different things than what they are used to. Spices allow you to mask flavors or add flavor to things that are too bland. Be sure to stock up on the types of spices that your family likes, so that you can make food that they’ll like.
  19. Baking essentials – Since you won’t be able to run down to the corner for a loaf of bread, you’ll probably be baking your own. Make sure you have a stock of baking powder, baking soda and yeast on hand.
  20. Peanut butter – Okay, this is pure comfort food. However, it is also quite nutritious.
  21. Dried fruit – A great way to keep fruit on hand. Properly dried and packaged, it can store for several years.
  22. Nuts – Another good source of protein, as well as fats. Nuts store amazingly well and add a lot to baked goods, vegetables and even meat dishes.
  23. Cooking oil and vegetable shortening – Necessary ingredients for cooking and baking.
  24. Coffee and Tea – Once again, comfort food, but this time for the adults. Many of us don’t function well before our second cup of coffee in the morning.
  25. Hard candies – Great as a reward for kids and also for energy when you need it. Hard candies keep for years as long as they are protected from moisture.

I realize that this list seems rather extensive, but I’m assuming that you’re going to be stockpiling enough food to last you several months, if not a year. While you can get by for short periods of time with much less, for a prolonged period of time you’ll need to have a well-balanced diet. You’ll also need variety in your family’s diet, as that is important to keep everyone’s morale up.

Before buying anything, take the time to figure out about how much of each food type you’ll need. In other words, if your family uses a loaf of bread every two days, and your survival plan includes that much bread, then how much of each of the ingredients do you need to make that much bread?

One system that works out very well for determining how much to buy is to develop a two-week menu for your family. With that in hand, you can easily total up how much of each type of food you’ll need to prepare everything for two weeks. Multiplying that out will give you an idea of how much food you need to last your family for any period of time.

Whatever you do, don’t try to run out and buy a year’s worth of food in one week. Take your time. Start by building a two-week stockpile; then increase it to a month. Keep adding, a month at a time, until you reach the point that you feel you need. Keep your eye open for sales as well, as that will provide you with needed opportunities to save money.

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92 comments

  1. Did not hear mention of mountain house or freeze dried #10 cans, not a bad idea..

    • Or Provident Pantry, or MRE’s. I use Provident Pantry daily to cook with, and both dehydrated and MRE’s with the power out. Also did not hear about Yoder’s meats. Yoder’s is an Amish company, and produces meats cooked in the can, like bacon, hamburger, and so on. There is also Red Feather (New Zealand) canned butter, and Bego (Australia) canned cheese. Hard to melt, but delicious as a snack. All are expensive, but the peace of mind is WORTH IT.

  2. When buying honey make sure you buy local so you know where it’s coming from. Raw honey is the best because it’s not heated and forced filtered (that removes the good stuff). A lot of store bought honey contains fillers and sweeteners – not pure. Pure honey has many practical uses. Thanks for the list. Helpful as always.

    • Relevant Information

      Exactly.
      Several manufactures sell a sugary substance under the name and impression of honey.
      Not so long ago, where I live, some brands have been exposed and banned by the national food authorities because of misleading customers.
      Seems like it’s big business in china to mix honey with other sugary ingredients, and export it as pure honey.

  3. Water,water,water! How to get it,store it,and make potable. “some water might hurt you, NO Water will KILL you”. Other edibles to consider: smoked Alaskan salmon, B & M canned brown bread,grade B maple syrup,black strap molasses, smoked hams (require no refridge), all the small/medium/large game in your area, the means to get it & and protect yourself.

  4. P.S.: All the wild growing plants, many consider “weeds” in your area, many are more nutritious than you think ,see book “Of the Field”, fishing tackle and other means to get fish and other aquatic type eats.

    • You are completely right! Most people on here seem to think that stockpiling is the only means of survival…but no matter how much you stockpile…you WILL RUN OUT. Native peoples didnt have modern means of food…I suggest books on how to do it, and learning the skills of how to survive off of the land with nothing BUT THE LAND. Think about sustainability – what is actually going to last your life time, and your childs? grandchild’s? Not guns- bows and arrows. Think people- actually think. No power, no gas, no propane, no knives, no modern anything. naked in the land- what would ACTUALLY be useful. “Give a man a fish, feed them for a day. Teach the man how to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

      • Human flesh will be the main source of fresh food. Now you know what they mean by Zombie Apocalypse.

      • The biggest problem with the “living off the land” theory is is that there are millions of other peiplebthat will be attempting to live so as well. A whooole lot more than native americans had to deal with. The wuldlife wont even be able to sustain itself, let alone us. 🙁

        • Sorry for the horrid typos. On my phone and we all know how that goes.

          • Agreed. I read a study that estimates if TSHTF the woods would be completely devoid of animals within 6 months. You could try to stockpile fresh meat as soon as something happened. But then so will everyone else.

  5. Here is a partial list of complete mixes and foods which you can open up and right now: Complete buttermilk baking mix, such as Bisquick or Pioneer Brand; Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix; Aunt Jemima Complete Pancake and Waffle Mix, Augason Farms Dinner Mix (Contains 6 complete meals); Banquet Homestyles Chicken and Dumplings; Bear Creek Dry Soup Mixes; Sweet Sue Chicken and Dumplings; Large package of gravy mix; Hormel Compleats; Canned and dry soups, stews and chilies.
    Vacuum pack these and place in your buckets for your three-month to one-year supply.

    • Thanks for the suggestions, some of them are in my inventory, hadn`t heard of some , most of my freeze dried is from efoodsdirect.com ,which is also a good source. Another is mypatriotsupply.com ,they also have a lot of supplies. Dont know if you have heard,dont know if it will occur, but if you have not you might want to search the term-GRID X II- it is this week.

    • do you NOT know ANYTHING about GMO foods????

    • I have found that prepackaged flour mixes with :hydrogenated oil”, goes rancid fairly fast. While whole grains to be ground and canned lard/oil, etc. will keep for years and then can be used to make bisquits, muffins, pancakes, etc. years after storing these items.

    • Is it me or others agree. I found those Bear Creek mixes to be awful or for those that can’t cook??

      • I found one Bear Creek I love.. Cheddar/Broccoli Soup.
        I add frozen broccoli and it makes it restaurant grade–delicious.
        It’s my favorite lunch now.

      • Really? We love them, sometimes as a base or a side dish. Love the tortilla and broccoli chedder. I know budget101.com I think it is tells you how to make your own dry soup mixes as well.

  6. Sprouting seeds store well and provide a great source of vitamins and enzymes.

    • I’m working on something now I call “Ultimate Food Systems.” This is an adjunct to Permaculture. Here’s part of it-Organic Heirloom Sprouting Seeds→Sprouts→Microgreens→Plants→Aquaponics/Outdoor Garden→Sprouting Seeds.

      And yes, the stuff you get from the grocery stores if far less than ideal, but I suspect you won’t be thinking of these things when your bellybutton is touching your backbone. Buy a year’s worth, mostly for trade, because the real dimwits will be roaming the streets, just itching to kill you over your stash if they discover it. Keep it out in the open, and use it for trade if you can hang onto it. and hide the good stuff elsewhere.

      • Great idea! Hide the healthy foods, heirloom seeds, and beans for sprouting. Let them steal the canned soup packed with sodium!

        Another fairly healthy idea: Fill quart canning jars with homemade quick bread mixes. I got the idea from a book called Gifts in a Jar. You leave out the wet ingredients and attach the baking instructions to each jar. Make a cheap solar oven and a bunch of soda can stoves. They really work!

  7. Something you cannot have too much of, salt. Stock pile it in multiple forms. When kept dry, can keep for years.

    Chief hazard to many will be insects, like ants. Stock-up on items like borax and diatomaceous earth. Feed stores have the edible type, and pool supply stores also stock it but don’t use with food for humans or animals.

  8. I try to stock pile foods that I eat on a regular basis, so I can consume the oldest and replenish with fresh and still have enough to last for six months.

  9. I would like to comment on point #3 – the storage of rice. Brown rice does not store well – and only short or long grain, regular white rice is safe for long term storage.

  10. GMO’s are bad and should be avoided, but if you are starving, you will find that eating GMO is better than starving. The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead and think. Which leads to the most important part of food storage. “EAT WHAT YOU STORE AND STORE WHAT YOU EAT” If you run out and buy 20 cases of canned beans, you will find in a crisis that you hate eating and resent the time spent trying to stuff canned beans in your mouth somewhere around day 11 (or earlier in a lot of cases) Food storage should have a long term component, like grain buckets and freeze dried #10 cans and such. It should also contain your continual use, well rotated foods, and if you can find any way to do it, your own source of growing food that you are responsible for. Then make sure you practice making stuff from your stored food. In a crisis, one tomato plant and one cucumber plant in a sunny room will be a God send. A basil plant in a window sill will be productive for a couple of years until the plant gets really tired. Give your food storage many different layers. Oh, and make sure the honey you buy is from the US. If it comes from Canada or Mexico, it probably started out in China and you really don’t want to know what is in the honey from China. Eat well and remember to plan some extra for all the ‘grass hoppers’ in your family and friends because they will come calling when things get bad.

    • Canadian honey comes from China? Canada produces over 70 million pounds of honey annually and over 80% of it is exported to the US. Having lived my life in Canada, I have never seen honey from China. I’m talking pure honey, not the stuff that’s made out of GMO crap. That stuff is probably from China. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with buying local!

  11. I have kept long grain brown rice for almost 5 years (4 yrs after experation date) in a cool (less than 60 deg.) dark, dry storage area and it has been just fine. By “does not store well”, do you mean for long periods of time? If so, perhaps it obsorbed moisture and began to oxidize, I don’t know. But give it a try again under these conditions and see how it goes.

  12. After years of buying 5 gallon buckets, oxygen absorbers and packing our buckets with flour, sugar, pasta, etc., I’ve just gone to mostly #10 cans of beans, rice, pasta, powdered milk, powdered butter, powdered eggs and other things because I KNOW it is packed to last. Yes, we pay a bit more for rice than if we buy it in a bag at WM, but it’s just the way we buy anymore. We do have some 5 gallon buckets of wheat & beans because 3 of our 4 kids and their families (10 grand-{feral}-kids) live within 20 miles of us, and they’re too pre-occupied with *stuff* to be prepared.

    • boy, i ve got that!!!!!! (ferals) lol/preoccupation. its a shame they are soooo wrapped up in social media. not gonna know what hit them im afraid….. will be L O S T lost……

    • I hear you Randy. We have our food storage but my husband’s family will probably try to grab our food in an emergency. It is not like I have not been trying to tell them to prepare. I have already told them to start learning how to cook from scratch and to start storing food. So, I will have to store more food because we are not going to turn them away. I also agree on the freeze dried food cans.

    • The GhostofBelleStarr

      These prepackaged #10 canned items can be bought cheap at a local LDS food storage/cannery. They sell to the public.

  13. Parboiled brown rice stores just as long as white rice and retains 80% of its original nutrition. Brown rice is much more nutritious than white rice.

    PARBOILED is the key to storing brown rice.

    http://practical-parsimony.blogspot.com/2012/09/whole-grain-brown-rice-for-longterm.html

  14. I’m under 40 and feel I’m the only person my age in our area who has any idea of what the world is coming to. My mum laughs at me because I have 3 days worth of survival stuff in the boot of my car, my husband ‘tolerates’ my ‘obsessive’ pantry habits, and feels I read too much stuff on the internet. I’m sure WTSHTF they will both be obliged to eat their words. Until then I feel good knowing I am not living with my head in the sand, and will be somewhat more prepared than most ‘tuned in’ youngsters with fancy mobile phones. Our stock is mainly canned and dry items we eat everyday – kept in Qty, and things we will only eat in times of need that I am happy to experiment with in the mean time. I try to live simply so there is less to miss.

    • I understand completely Bren. I am in the same position, though older. My stock is very like yours except I have added much rice, dried beans, vinegar and honey (local of course). I am now ready to add canned foods I cannot make or purchase locally like powdered butter, eggs and cheese. I feel good knowing that I can provide for my family for some period of time, even if my overflowing buggy draws startled stares at the grocery store! My children refrain from rolling their eyes when I mention it…just barely. That’s okay, they won’t be hungry.

  15. Vac and seal bags are great for storing pasta, coffee , tea bags etc.
    II have dehydrated eggs and found that canning my own meats, chicken, sloppy joe mix, pulled pork as well as vegetables saves a lot of money when you purchase on sale or in season.
    I also buy my eggs on sale and oil them to keep out the air and they last for months.

  16. Where is the best place to buy #10 cans and powered foods etc??

    • My family loves Thrive Life and their freeze dried products! I became a consultant with them so that we can get even better deals on products. They even started a line of organic foods too, which is awesome for those concerned about GMOs. There are lots of great sources out there though with freeze dried products and MREs that you can google or find through discussions like this one, but a lot of it probably comes down to taste preference and what works best for you.
      Please feel free to check out my website.
      https://www.thrivelife.com/ready2go

    • The LDS storehouse has the best prices on goods in #10 cans. They offer it as a free service to the public, at cost, and they strive to get the best quality for the lowest price. I don’t like their rice, but I LOVE everything else, especially the chocolate milk powder. They don’t have powdered eggs or cheese, just more basic commodities, but you can’t beat the prices. Just look for a location near you here:

      https://providentliving.lds.org/self-reliance/food-storage/home-storage-center-locations-map?lang=eng

      They have:
      white wheat
      red wheat
      apples
      bananas
      3 kinds of dried beans
      refried beans
      rice (yuck)
      chocolate milk
      dry milk powder (best quality on the market)
      potato flakes and potato pearls
      sugar
      flour
      dry onions
      dry carrots
      pasta in #10 cans
      regular oats and quick oats
      etc.

  17. Some good info. Make water a PRIORITY! Getting it/collecting rain, keeping it useful( bleach helps keep it clean), and knowing how to reuse/repurpose it is essential.
    The Red Feather butter is awesome. I bought a case for long term storage, and recently opened a can to taste test. My family could not tell any difference from the store bought butter.
    Stock up on pasta, beans, powdered mik, bullets.
    God bless us all.

  18. Lots of good information in the above comments! For my family’s food storage, I started out by buying a few cases of long term rice and oats from the LDS site. Then I began really paying attention to the best by dates on regular foods in WalMart and other grocery stores. A person can easily store a year’s supply of normal grocery store food without using any #10 can products. (I do have many #10 cans, so I’m not saying they’re bad or not necessary.) This morning I saw a can of Alaska Salmon that had a best by date of September 2018! Canned Chunky Chicken at Sam’s Club has a best by date of June 2016! So, the regular food is out there for your extended food storage, without having to pay terribly high prices for it.

    With products from the local grocery store for your food storage, expiring best by dates may never become an issue. I created a M.S. Excel spreadsheet to track my food storage by best by date as well as the five main food groups. I’ve been using it for over a year an it’s spectacularly successful! I use mine as a shopping list for items I’ve used. If you can use Excel and would like a copy of the spreadsheet, just request it by an email to me with “Spreadsheet” as the subject. I’ve received help from so many people when it comes to my food storage and prepping, that I’m just trying to pay it forward at this point.

    P.S. Local honey is better than store bought honey because it helps reduce the allergic reaction to plants that grow in your area.

  19. I recommend coconut oil or butter in place of vegetable shortening.

    Coconut oil is antimicrobial and butter can be bottled (like canning) to preserve it for long periods of time.

  20. How about ghee? i.e. clarified butter.

  21. I have a small freezer that I store all my beans, pasta,grains, sprouting seeds,rice and flour products in. If the power goes off they will not spoil if nothing is in the freezer like meat or fruit to thaw or spoil, and in the frozen state they will not get buggy or rancid and are ready to use when I need them on a daily basis. Also grated cheese keeps very well in the freezer. and can be purchased when stores have sales. Dehydrated fruits and meats will also keep longer, and less likely to get buggy. these are things I have done for years. When you buy canned goods always date them with the date of purchase and use the oldest each time you cook.

  22. I buy my freeze dried foods from thrive2live.thrivelife.com. We really like the taste if their foods. Freeze dried meat may be expensive but it taste great and good to have it on hand along with the meat I can. They also have a water purifier that will clean a million gallons of water for a decent price.
    Thanks for all your information. I’ve learned a lot today

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  25. hookedonprepping

    we began our prepping journey about 4 or 5 months ago. We are very new to this, and it is going to take some time in order to get a good supply flow going here. We initially bought 8 food grade buckets and lids from Lowe’s Hardware to begin storing non-perishables such as all condiments, jellies, jams, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and apple cider, etc. Buckets are filled with these, but you can’t store dry packaged foods such as boxes of cereal, pasta, cake mixes, etc. So, we turned to clear plastic tubs instead. We have purchased oxygen and moisture absorbents, but the best way to keep foods from going bad or having little critters is to take the dry packed foods and place them in gallon sized ziploc bags with a bay leaf inside – critters hate bay leaves. We oven canned our long grain white rice (yeah brown rice -not so good) and placed it in a cool dark closet and labeled the date on the jars. We are not Mormon, but use the LDS food storage list and tips on preparing and storing foods. We designated an empty bedroom with a closet as a pantry. One side of the room is for dry, packaged, non-perisahble foods and the other side is for paper products, cleaning, etc. We routinely buy lamp oil every time we go out somewhere and get lamp oil wicks – 3 in a pack for $1.50 at a local Rose’s Department Store. We have managed to make up (for two cars) first aid kits, bug out bags, tub for fluids, car stuff and a car emergency kit as well as a household first aid kit and two fire extinguishers for the cars and one for our kitchen. We have started buying our spices at Costco – large containers that will last 1-5 years – much cheaper than the small containers you find in the grocery store or Dollar Tree. Now, we purchase our Clorox at Dollar Tree – comes in one-gallon containers – Clorox is Clorox – it’s gonna take time, but we manage now to budget for necessities – and Lord – please don’t forget to stock up the toilet paper, trash bags (all sizes), paper towels and plastic ware and cups – we have started canning lessons and food preparation as well as purchasing a food dehydrator – and seed packets – I truly believe in a total financial collapse in 2014-15 – the family or person that prays and plans accordingly is the person/family that survives ahead of anyone else – just my two cents worth –

    • Good job. I am LDS. The Church has been counseling members for generations to have one years food a provisions supply. Sadly, too many Latter-day Saints are remiss in heeding this counsrl. Your own learning curve is showing how yrs of practicing this will create a level of expertise necessary for what’s coming. Stay strong.

    • Hi Bob, Please send me a copy of the spreadsheet. Thank you. I too have just started any other helpful ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you all for the kindness you show us newbies! God bless us all

  26. We are just beginning to research this… why… not the end of the world, but Ebola. If is spreads and we need to stay inside and away from everyone for 20 to 40 days, we want to be prepared. Thanks for all of the great suggestions!

  27. meat and food wont be scarce if you cannibalize!! there is over 7 billion head available -Hannibal

  28. I would love to find a practical site without the “other” agendas. If the world as we know it ceases to exist and large-scale societal chaos ensues, I wish to protect and feed my family until some sort of structured civilization returns. I like the suggestions in this article, but for Goodness’ sake, do I really care about all the GMO foods? I’m not saying that I think they’re great, but if I can afford them better and in greater quantity, then that tells me I can feed my family longer with them than without. We can address whatever problems come with GMO foods after everyone else has starved to death and we find ourselves among the living. Do you know what people will be eating to try to stay alive in this scenario? It makes GMO seem pretty tame. So please, respectfully, save the anti-GMO messages, and anti-capitalist, anti-global warming, anti-whatever stuff for those who survive the mess.

  29. Wow. I am am an 11 year old conservative Republican worried about a power outage. I have attempted to stockpile my food- my parents say it will rot. I make lots of hardtack, but, how on earth do I obtain fresh drinking water in large quantities. It simply isn’t done. Ohhhh- Wait- I now remember we might have a huge blue bottle. I claim it!

    • For water check out Atmospheric Water Generators. They pull humidity from the air and turn it into drinking water. I have an Ecoloblue brand from Molecule New Water Tech and they offer a solar kit if you want that to power it.

  30. One thing I’m concerned about with your list is that most of the foods you list here require water for preparation. I assert any water stored should primarily for straight consumption. Water is tough to store, as it is heavy and takes up a LOT of space. Foods, like canned foods, contain water, thus serving two purposes (to an extent.) Peanut butter is excellent for proteins and carbs. Ranch Style beans last YEARS in the can. Anyways. Great piece.

  31. Hi, I was wondering if it is best to buy larger bags of rice or smaller ones?

  32. Don’t have to worry about preppin’. Govt’ gonna take care a ya. But if there be no govt??? Well, when I get hungry nuff, I’m comin’ t yo door! Gonna take yo food, and all stuff I need. So… how ya gonna stop me??? Better think on that! Ya all talk bout preppin like aint nutn gunna hapn- think realistic!

  33. Love this site. Everyone should have a well-stocked pantry to get you through a few months or a year (even to cover you in times of financial troubles or if you couldn’t get around for any reason) but what you will use depends on what crisis occurs. If you are facing a snow storm and the store shelves are empty for days but the power stays on, you’ll be O.K. as long as you can cook and eat what’s in the fridge, freezer, and the pantry. You’ll be able to make your casseroles, bread, cakes, etc. without a problem. No power is a different story so I’d say lots of canned goods and juices and water to get you through till everything is up and running again. Since we don’t know which disaster will strike or for how long, be prepared for anything and have lots of everything. If I had to choose only one kind, I would go for the canned goods. That will get you through any disaster (empty store shelves, no power, no water, etc.) whereas the practicality of the other stuff will be dependant on what goes wrong. Just be sure you have lots of water or juices (for hydration), toiletries (including lots of baby wipes in case you can’t take a shower), tissues, etc. Make sure you have your pets covered (canned for them as well) and all medications. Hopefully, the disasters will not last long. And don’t brag about it if you don’t want break-ins.

  34. All this is fine and dandy, but if you live in an urban area, and don’t have an army to protect you, you will lose it all. The only way to survive is to have a place to go that is rural, or preferably in a wilderness area. Remember an old military adage, “if they can see you, they can kill you”.

  35. A WEBER GRILL AND LOTS OF CHARCOAL FOR IT, SO WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF PROPANE YOU HAVE ANOTHER OPTION, LOTS OF PEANUT BUTTER IT KEEPS WELL AND FILLS YOU UP, IT HAS PROTEIN TOO.FILL YOUR BATH TUB WITH WATER.YOU CAN ALLWAYS USE IT TO FLUSH YOUR TOILET JUST FILL UP A BUCKET AND POUR IT FAST IN THE TOILET AND IT WILL FLUSH., YOU CAN BOIL THE BATH TUB WATER TO COOK OR DRINK. AND I LIKE ALL THE OTHER GREAT SUGGESTIONS THE OTHER PEOPLE SAID. AND HAVE ZIPLOCK BAGS TO HELP KEEP THINGS FRESHER. AND REMEMBER THEERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISASTERS. SO ALSO HAVE GREAT LOCKS ON YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS.

    • SORRY FOR THE CAPS AND TYPOS AND I FORGOT MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF YOUR MEDS. AND PET FOOD! AND FOR ALL YOU LAW ABIDING PEOPLE DONT FORGET YOUR 2ND AMMEDMENT RIGHTS.

  36. i think i found what i was looking for

  37. I had to evacuate it 2015 from my.home due to wildfire..having food is great but make sure you have a supply that is mobile and light..freezdried is great! Also high protein bars and water will get u through..i had a bag packed with clif bars and a hydration blatter..when ur scared, tired, and hungry the last thing u want to do is cook a meal that is complicated..

  38. Yeast and baking soda do not last very long. I have recently learned how to make sourdough bread and it is surprisingly easy, not to mention delicious! I make a loaf every weekend and it is usually gone by Tuesday or Wednesday. You can make sourdough starter in a few days with just flour and water. It ferments and this acts as the yeast for baking bread. Flour, water, and salt are the only ingredients needed to make a delicious and nutritious loaf of bread. The fermentation process also makes more of the nutrition available for you body to digest and use. Please don’t resort to storing bleached flour. There is no nutrition in it and it is very bad for you. Our great grand parents baked bread every day and you can too. Honest! Happy baking. Peace and love!

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