How to Create a Prepper Food Pantry
Whether you’re the type to buy an extra can or two each grocery trip, or create an entire stockpile of nonperishable foods, it’s no secret that prepping has become a popular idea. Our world can be pretty unpredictable, but if there’s one thing we can always count on, it’s our stomachs growling and hanger emerging sooner than later. Let’s go over the best ways to keep our hunger and nutrition needs met in the case of an emergency survival situation.
Starting a Survival Pantry
So, what goes into converting your pantry into something that could sustain an emergency survival situation? When you’re starting out on a prepper journey, it’s always best to set aside some space for your new survival gear.
Whether you declutter a closet, put some shelves up in the garage, or empty out a corner of your basement, the amount of prepping you’re able to do may depend on your storage space. Luckily, the convenient thing about prepper food is, a lot of it comes in compact cans or bins that are easy to store away.
In other words, minimal storage doesn’t mean prepping is impossible.
But it is nice to have a designated spot for all those canned goods and packaged meals as your survival collection grows. Once your emergency food pantry is ready to go, it’s time to start hauling! While there are tons of long-lasting canned goods and nonperishables at grocery stores, they don’t exactly have emergency food starter kits on Target shelves.
Heading to a prepper foods website and purchasing a survival meal starter kit could be an excellent idea for devoted survivalists. Whether you’re looking to last 72 hours or several months, emergency food supplies from prepper food companies will have your back. Readywise prepper food kits have a 25-year shelf life.
Readywise isn’t the only brand out there striving to make survival prep easy and accessible. Nutrient is another emergency food supply with a 25-year shelf life. Including 14 vitamins and minerals, nine protein amino acids, and six grams of fiber per meal, Nutrient stands alone as the king of survival superfoods.
With delicious dishes like triple cheese mac, hearty apple cinnamon oatmeal, and a homestyle scramble, suddenly, a zombie apocalypse doesn’t sound so bad (just kidding).
Nutrient Survival is a company that strives to help preppers accommodate all their dietary needs, even in extreme situations. They have everything from family survival kits, a 72-hour pack, and various servings to choose from. All of their meals are made with clean ingredients, non-gmo, and high-quality calories – no nonsense or unhealthy fillers.
Perhaps you’re looking to start small on your stockpile; find a fave and buy it in bulk! This way, your inner survivalist is fulfilled, but you don’t have to worry about finding room for a huge bucket. Personally, I’d
never get sick of the white bean and lime chili.
Nutrient Survival has tons of prepper food buckets, with from soy free, dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian options.
Even consider getting a survival foods subscription to keep those prepper goods rolling in! The best part? Many of these products can be purchased straight through Amazon! If you’re sensing SHTF energy in the air, Prime that food to your door within just a couple days.
Not to mention, Amazon’s not just great for a prepper food list: it’s one of the best places to find gear and survival garden supplies!
Foods Every Prepper Pantry Needs
Bins full of pre-prepped pastas and balanced breakfasts are easy to prepare, but what if a boxed emergency food supply isn’t in your current budget? Or maybe, you’re just looking to go that extra mile; survivalist know “too prepared” doesn’t exist.
As you browse the grocery store for stockpile ingredients, what should you look out for? Let’s narrow down what foods will give you the most calories and nutrients while lasting on your shelf.
1. Grains for Preppers
Grains are an essential part of the human diet. While carbs might seem like your worst enemy during a diet, they’ll actually be your body’s best friend (especially during survival mode). They include the complex carbohydrates our body needs, as well as several B vitamins, and minerals.
High in nutrients and fiber, grains give you the energy needed to stay healthy under any circumstance.
While your favorite sourdough loaf might accumulate mold after just a few days, there are plenty of grains that’ll last in your survival pantry. For example, keeping flour good for years to come is simple: seal it in Mylar-like bags with oxygen absorbers. As long as it’s safe from light, moisture, and oxygen, your flour will be ready to use for years to come.
Rice is one thing that almost never goes bad, especially while chilling in the fridge or freezer. Stock up on a pack whenever it’s on sale and soon, you’ll have a stockpile of filling and nutritious rice for your emergency pantry. Speaking of grains that never go bad, every food prepper needs some pasta.
It’s no shocker we see so many pasta dishes in emergency food kits! It can never really go “bad”, just lose quality over a long period of time. It’s another one of those inexpensive ingredients you should always stock up on in stores. With a solid collection of grains, you’ll have the best prepper food.
2. Survival Legumes
When you’re prepping for anything, you’ve got to be stocked up on the most versatile and nutritious foods available. That’s why you need beans and legumes! They contain no cholesterol and are high in folate, potassium, iron, and magnesium.
Additionally, legumes contain beneficial fats and insoluble fiber. Hence, all the southwestern meals and chili mac in prepper food kids.
When storing dry beans, keep them in polyethylene bags for about a year of shelf life. Like most stored foods, a colder temperature will increase shelf life.
If you want to go the extra mile, keep them in Mylar-type bags or #10 cans with the oxygen removed; they’ll last up to 10 years. They’ll never really go bad or expire if kept in proper prepper food storage.
Another ideal option for certain beans is to purchase them by can. This can make food prep uber easy, and shelf life is usually still fairly long. Canned goods can last in a cool, dry place for years; just look out for signs of damage on the can.
If it’s rusty, dented, or swelling, throw those beans in the garbage. Their high nutrients and long-lasting shelf
life in the can and out, make beans a prepper pantry must-have.
3. Prepper Fats
Consuming fats is essential to any healthy and balanced diet. Fat is a source of essential fatty acids, which the body can’t make on its own. It also helps the body absorb vitamin A, D, and E. These vitamins are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be absorbed with the help of fats.
Additionally, fats help to give your body energy, protect your organs, and supports cell growth. When you focus too much on cutting fat out of your diet, you can actually deprive your body of what it needs most.
Here at Crow Survival, we’re not dieting or restricting, especially in our prepper food supply.
This might come as a shocker, but olive oil is an excellent source of fat in your survival pantry. It’s incredible for cooking, making yummy dressings, and herbal remedy preparations.
Plus, it’ll last a couple years on your shelf. Another solid option is Crisco, which is a form of hydrogenated vegetable oil. It has a shelf life of 8-10 years. With just one tablespoon, you’ll consume 12 grams of fat.
You can use it to bake bread or stir fry meat and veggies from your survival garden.
Another solid source of fat in a survival diet is powdered milk. While it seems like your grocery store milk is sour within days, its powdery counterpart lasts much longer. It works well as a coffee creamer, added to cereal, oatmeal, and grits, or in baked goods like muffins.
Most whole powdered milk has a shelf life of a year or so. However, some prepper brans offer powdered milk that lasts up to 20 years.
Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got tasty peanut butter. It’s a high fat food (19 grams per 2 tablespoons) and can store in the pantry for up to two years. Whether you’re cooking up something sweet or salty, add some peanut butter for your daily dose of fat.
4. Meat and Protein for Survivalists
It’s no secret that protein is a vital part of any person’s diet, especially in emergency survival situations. Proteins are made up of chemical building blocks called amino acids, which your body uses to build up and repair muscles and bones, making hormones and enzymes. Additionally, they’re a great energy source.
You need protein to build and maintain strong bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin.
Canned fish is one of the best protein options for a survivalist pantry. Fish offers heart-health Omega-3 fatty acids. Canned light tuna is one of the best protein sources thanks to its low mercury content and high level of protein.
Plus, with its relatively long shelf life and simple serving process, it’s an uber convenient prepper food. Canned salmon is another survivalist favorite.
Eggs are another excellent source of protein. If you’ve been considering living off the land and starting a farm of your own, now might be the time to do it. While farm fresh eggs each morning is a luxury anyone would love, it’s not totally feasible for everybody.
So instead, pickle your eggs and keep them in the fridge; they’ll last up to a few months. There’s no better way to add delicious flavor and plenty of protein to your survival
5. Survival Spices
Everyone deserves to be eating mouthwatering and flavorful meals, even in emergency survival situations. That’s why it’s important to have spices on-hand for seasoning your dishes and elevating your cuisine. Just a bit of spice will transform basic ingredients into an appetizing and aromatic meal.
Cinnamon, for example, contains antioxidants. We need this healthy component of the diet to help neutralize free radicals, preventing them from damaging cells in the body. Sprinkle some on your oatmeal or in a baked good, and voila! You’ve got a delicious and nutritious dish.
Some other incredible spices to add in your survival pantry are ginger, turmeric, and cumin. Each of these seasonings can work to improve health from the inside out.
Now that you know what prepper sites to browse, canned goods to stock up on, and ways to expand your foods’ shelf life, becoming a survivalist has never been easier. With a few Amazon orders and trips to the local grocery store, you’ll have a stockpile growing in no time.
For more info and tips on how to prep for a SHTF situation, check out Crow Survival’s articles. Sending you all the positive prepper pantry vibes!