Survival Preparedness Food Preps, Ingredients versus Prepared Foods

August 22, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin


“When the emergency is upon us, the time of preparation has passed.”

As part of your survival plan, you need to start stocking food. You can do a lot if you start early. Unfortunately, “early” might have been yesterday. Now we’re way past early, and you need a reasonable plan to get food supplies that will store well and don’t cost too much.

Buy extra, use FIFO (first-in, first-out). Go ahead and buy more food than normal when you are out grocery shopping, and set it aside as your preparedness stock. Use the “first in, first out” rule to eat your older supplies first. Keep rotating your supplies so you never abandon food “way in the back.”


There are two basic techniques or philosophies as to how best go about building your preparedness food storage preps.

One, to buy pre-made foods (canned foods, packaged foods, food survival kits ready-to-eat, and typical grocery store items).

Two, to buy the raw ingredients that are used to make food meals (wheat, beans, etc…).

Three (there’s always a ‘three’), to buy a combination of both.


For me personally, I prefer method three, and have a variety of both pre-made foods and raw food ingredients.

Buying food pre-made (method one) or pre-packaged is simple, easy, fast, and doesn’t require particular skills during the disaster in order to eat. For someone who is behind in prepping, you can quickly catch up buy purchasing foods this way.

Buying food ingredients (method two) may be cost-friendly and perhaps easier to buy large quantities which will last a significant period of time, but the method will require a deeper commitment, food storage skills, cooking skills, cooking tools, and ‘know-how’ in order to prepare meals.


As most preppers have probably heard, the Latter Day Saints (LDS) who are big into preparedness, recommends buying ‘ingredients’, while knowing how to use them, and to have at least a one year supply of food per person.

From the LDS Preparedness manual, they say, “Buy ingredients, not prepared foods. Ingredients such as salt, honey, oatmeal and wheat will last a lot longer than prepared foods like TV dinners, cereals, and food mixes. Naturally, as you purchase food ingredients, you’ll want to practice actually using them! And remember the basics. For example, if you purchase a bag of wheat, how exactly do you plan to make flour out of it?”

List of Recommended Preparedness Food Ingredients

Beans and Legumes
Milk and Dairy products
Meats and Meat substitutes
Fats and Oils
Fruits and Vegetables
Auxiliary foods, flavors

I thought it would be insightful to post their recommended ingredients list, to give you something to consider. I am not discounting other food storage methods, and in fact, for many people, purchasing food kits and/or pre-made foods is the best thing to do (given their circumstances). How about a little of both methods…

LDS Preparedness Manual


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