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Food Prepper List: What Should I Be Stockpiling?
One of the most important tasks necessary to improving your emergency preparedness is building a food stockpile.
If you are bunkering down to survive a long-term emergency situation, it is critical to have a large food stockpile already prepared.
Local grocery stores will empty out within a matter of hours and will they become potentially dangerous locations where armed looters may be present.
Don’t expect to be able to pop-in to the local store for a few extra items in an emergency situation!
The difficult part of building an emergency stockpile is ensuring you have the right types of food that will keep well for long periods and satisfy your needs.
This guide will help you decide which foods and staples to stockpile, increasing your chances of surviving a long-term emergency situation.
This food prepper list is about people who are bugging-in rather than bugging-out during an emergency crisis.
Considerations When Building a Food Stockpile
When adding items to your food prepper list keep these important considerations in mind:
Assume that nothing will be available in the stores
Every basic need must be met by your stockpile for at least 6-months. Plan to be self-sufficient.
Focus on Longevity
All foods should be packaged or prepared so they have great longevity. Aim for foods that keep for a minimum of 6-months.
You need comfort food also!
Realize that food has both a nutritional role and a close relationship with our happiness — try to bring items you enjoy eating and are familiar with. Also bring some comfort foods.
Choose nutritionally dense foods
Try to find foods that have a great deal of nutrition in a small size, because they are easier to store.
Choose food that doesn’t require a great deal of preparation
You may not have electrical power or you may run out of fuel, so having foods that need to be cooked can backfire.
You may need to re-package
Most food bought at a grocery has not been packaged well and is not designed to store for long periods. It will have to be repackaged. Use sturdy plastic containers that are airtight and pest-proof.
Some foods just don’t store well
Even if you repackage them, don’t expect those corn chips to store well! Highly processed foods usually don’t do well when stored for long periods.
Here are some of the foods that will store well over long periods and offer significant nutritional value.
High-quality canned soups have an outstanding shelf life and are a real comfort food
Dried pasta and white rice
Dried pasta and rice have a very long shelf life so bring a lot of it. Dry pasta can easily last 3 years and rice can last for decades if stored appropriately. Keep both in sealed containers, in a cool and dry location. Avoid brown rice because it does not have the longevity of white rice, due to its higher oil content.
Also take pasta sauce, because it allows you to very quickly make a meal.
Store white flour, self-rising flour and cornmeal for adding to meals. Keep in mind the fact that flour has a short shelf-life — flour only tends to last 3-6 months in the pantry
Whole grains (wheat, barley, corn, quinoa, corn and rye)
Unlike flour, whole grains do store well and all you need to process them into flour is a food processor or flour mill. Popped corn is also a fantastic comfort food.
Look for vegetables that are particularly high in nutrients. Green beans, sweet potato, cabbage, beetroot, carrots, peas and olives are all great survivalist foods.
Canned meat and fish
Meat is a great source of protein and provides most of the nutritional elements that you need to survive. Fish also offer Omega-3 fatty acids, which are very useful for maintaining good health.
Jerky and other dehydrated meats are the perfect prepper foods — they keep for long periods and are very nutritious.
Canned Fruit and Fruit Juices
Some fruits are an excellent source of vitamins and energy. Avoid fruit juices that have sugar added to them. In a survival-situation, high doses of sugar can very detrimental.
Stockpile the favorite cereals that your family enjoys, but avoid sugar-laden cereals. Shredded wheat is particularly rich in nutrients and stores relatively well. You may have to repackage cereals because the carload boxes and plastic are often flimsy and vulnerable to pests.
Canned or dried legumes
Legumes including kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans, adzuki beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, black eye beans, peas, soya beans and pinto beans are all great sources of carbohydrates and protein.
They are very flexible and can be added to soups, casseroles, pies, curries or eaten raw. The fluid in a can of legumes is also excellent for thickening a soup. Baked beans are the ultimate comfort food that most people love to eat.
Powdered Milk, Eggs and Whey
Powdered milk and eggs are essential for if you will be drinking tea/coffee or baking. Whey is a by-product of the cheese making process and an excellent source of protein.
MREs and other ready-to-eat meals
You should store some meals that require no work to consume. If your family becomes incapacitated because of illness, having food on hand that does not require any work to prepare is useful.
Dried fruits retain much of their nutritional value and can store for long periods. Take raisins, apples, bananas, mango, pineapple and many more varieties. Avoid buying “fruit rollup” products because they have had sugar added. Look for natural dried fruit products.
Hard candy and dark chocolate
A comfort food that can provide you with bursts of energy when you need it. Take some high quality dark chocolate to use in cooking and as a morale booster.
While nuts can go rancid quickly if stored inappropriately, they are delicious and nutritious snack foods that can be added to many meals. Almonds, pecans, hazelnuts and pistachios are particularly healthy nuts.
Nutrient rich, delicious and long-lasting. Avoid peanut butters with high levels of salt and sugar.
Jams and preserves
Blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, grape and apple jams are delicious comfort foods you should store.
These staples will help you prepare meals and stay healthy in a survival-situation.
Fantastic for enhancing the flavor of meals, salt is one staple that you must store plenty of. Salt is also useful in survival situations, helping to preserve food. Include some pink Himalayan salt, because it is particularly high in trace elements which are essential for your health.
Dried herbs and spices
Include a variety of dried herbs and spices for you meals. Make sure you take the basic spices including oregano, basil, thyme, coriander and chili.
All types of sugar last for extremely long periods and do not support bacterial growth. Sugar can be a very valuable commodity for trading. Store in a dark and dry location, preferably sealed in plastic to prevent hardening.
Yeast and baking powder
Being able to bake will make life a lot easier — fresh bread and toast is nutritious and filling
Honey will remain edible indefinitely. It does crystallize, but simply place the honey container into warm water to dissolve them. A fantastic comfort food, raw honey also has medicinal properties and can help heal cuts.
Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are not just luxuries — they help sustain your health and keep you alert in survival situations.
Store a variety of good quality cooking oils. Opt for virgin oils, which have only been pressed once and have the most nutritional value. Coconut oil is a particularly good form of oil to store because it has a very long shelf life (2 years or more).
Pure vanilla extract
Useful for cooking, relieving pain from burns and repelling insects.
Distilled spirits that have a high percentage of alcohol content will keep for extremely long periods. Vodka, whiskey, gin and rum are all worth adding to your stockpile for a number of reasons. They can be used to relieve pain, disinfect cuts and are highly valuable barter items.
Distilled White Vinegar
Useful for salad dressings and cooking, it will last for very long periods. It can also be used as a disinfectant. You should also consider bringing apple cider vinegar because it has a wide variety of medicinal and cooking uses
A variety of condiments should be brought along to make meals more flavorsome. Take mustard, tomato sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tobacco sauce and mayonnaise.
Bring a variety of vitamins to maintain your health