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Food Storage 101: What To Store

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WHAT FOOD SHOULD I STORE?

The first real tip here for ‘Food Storage 101’ is this: Store what you will eat! You can spend lots of time analyzing calories, nutritional content, and other factors, but I think the bottom line here is if you store what you eat on a daily basis, I think you’ll be just fine.

Here are more basic tips to get started with food storage:

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Note: When I said “you’ll be just fine” regarding simply storing more foods that you already eat, let me emphasize that this philosophy will get you through all short term emergency situations, most medium term disasters, but will probably come up short in the event of a complete long-term collapse (but that’s not ‘Food Storage 101’) ;)

 
Storing what you regularly eat will also help with adequate rotation of your food storage.
If you store foods you’re not eating, they will just sit there and not be rotated.

Start with a look at what you currently have in your pantry & cupboards and expand on that first. If you have the room, I recommend you keep a ‘working’ pantry that you will use on a daily basis for your meals. Your working pantry should be in or near your kitchen. It can simply be some well stocked cupboards, a closet or an actual pantry (small ancillary room to the kitchen).

In a separate place you should keep your ‘food storage’. This is where you will take from to restock your pantry. Again, depending on your space, this can be in a basement, garage, spare bedroom closet etc. (Be aware of the four things that affect food storage). There are several reasons for having a separate storage — Ever hear the saying “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”? After all, in a true SHTF scenario, better to have some of your food compromised, than all of your food!

 

CANNED FOODS

As a general rule, canned foods make an excellent food storage item. Typically, most canned foods have a shelf life of several years, some even longer. For more information on canned food shelf life and Use-by Sell-by dates, read this.

Canned foods come in many varieties such as vegetables, meats, soups, fruits – to name a few.

Most canned foods in an emergency situation will not require that you heat or cook them before eating them. This is (could be) important!! They may not taste as good cold, but they will sustain you. Canned foods are already processed adequately for safely such as heat treated – so they are perfectly safe to eat cold.

They often go on sale too, so take advantage of great sale opportunities and stock up quickly.

 

BULK FOODS

Another choice for food storage are bulk foods. Generally they are more cost effective because you are buying them in bulk quantities.

Many of the foods that you can buy in bulk are items such as rice, grains and beans. If you are not familiar with cooking these items from ‘scratch’, you will need to educate yourself now. Cooking-baking with whole grains (making your own bread, etc.) takes a little practice. Better to learn now. Besides, they are so much healthier for you.

Buying bulk food items is taking it to the next level (and beyond). Here is a food storage calculator based on recommendations from the LDS community who are very active in promoting food storage.

 

MREs (MEALS READY TO EAT)

While a good overall food storage plan involves variety and diversity, you might consider adding some MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat). One reason is you could have a nice hot meal without having to cook (some MRE’s come with a disposable ‘heater’ packet which provides a chemical reaction sufficient to heat the food).

Another plus is the portability of these meals. They are small and easy to store, perfect for an evacuation scenario and keeping some in your 72-hour emergency kit. They can also be surprisingly tasty (they’re better than they used to be years ago). One disadvantage is that they can be pricey and they are not meant for long-term consumption.

 

SEEDS

Many people forget this as a ‘food’ prep item. Heirloom seeds are a ‘must’ for every prepper in order to grow your own food. These should be stored properly and rotated every year or two. Check your packets for an expiration date. As seed packets are not expensive, it’s a very minimal expense to rotate these. More importantly though, you better know how to successfully grow a garden! Practice now, because mistakes WILL happen and you’ll need to learn.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ENOUGH?

I don’t know if you can ever really be sure if you have enough. ‘Enough’ is a personal opinion based on your own assessment of the risks that we face. Let me tell you that I have been a prepper for years, and still I occasionally find something to add to my food storage.

As an example, I remember years ago after beginning storing food and supplies that I realized one important item that we did not have in our storage…….COFFEE! That’s right, I had absolutely no extra coffee in my stock. You better believe that the next time it went on sale, I went out and picked up a number of vacuum sealed cans to start my stock of coffee. (A great barter item too!)

A few months later, I realized that I did not have many additional spices beyond my working inventory. Coffee and spices both would add to providing a degree of comfort and zest in a survival situation. Appetite Fatigue can set in quickly – so consider diversifying your food storage with comfort foods, etc.

‘Enough’ depends on how many people are in your family and how long you want your food storage to last. One thing I can suggest that works for me is to ask yourself every time you take an item from your pantry, “Do I have enough of these?” Many times that simple question will prompt me to add an item to my storage.

Another trick that helps me is really browsing through the supermarket when I have some extra time. I’ll walk up and down every aisle looking at everything that is on sale. Occasionally, I come across an item and decide to add it to my stock. The key is to simply think about it. That’s the first step that leads to action.

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  1. Great Topic, especially for new prepper’s

    What we have done is taken a spare bedroom and built shelves in it for our “store”. At first (3 years ago) we began by writing down everything we bought at the grocery store for 2 months. we used that as our Starter List for stocking up.

    I am a Firm believer in store what you eat and eat what you store. This way you will keep your stock rotating,and when TSHTF you will have food that you like and not something you have never eaten or don’t know how to prepare.

    For instance, if you research this topic on the net, you will find people saying stock up on rice and beans. We if you don’t like rice and don’t know how to prepare beans then why would you store that for a long term food storage.he best way I found to do this is, if you buy say 3 cans of green beans when you go shopping, Start buying 6 and and put some in your store. look for sales. You can get some really good deals with sales and coupons and bulk up quick.
    So definitely store what you eat, it will make things a lot easier in time time of stress.

    Something to remember is store “Comfort items” Coffee, Cocoa, Trail Mix, sugar, spices, creamer for coffees, tea, Jello etc
    Also once you get started I would learn how to store long term. There are some helpful articles here on the website. learn how to store items in mylar bags and put absorbers in them. Also, once you start doing this, I would take any Boxed items, remove them from the packaging and store in mylar. There are certain types of bugs that love to eat the glue in packaging and will get into your food.

    Garden seeds.
    we have a Garden every year and can what we grow. This is something people have lost touch with both gardening and canning. If you have never had a garden and the SHTF and you all of the sudden try it, well your garden will most likely fail the first year. Gardening is work, its not turning your ground and throwing some seed in it and waiting for the rewards.
    While I am a big gardener, I would suggest that if you have never done it before, start now and get familiar with it.
    Same with canning, this is a lost art. If you don’t know how to do it, Learn now. You don’t want to be caught off guard without this knowledge when it really counts.

    Salcor

  2. I do store what I eat and I’m not opposed to that simple advice. However I have two alternative ideas that just might get you past the weakness of storing what you eat.

    1. Change your habits. I store wheat, rice, oats, flour, sugar and other things which store well. Therefore I have increased my use of these staples so that I can continue to store those items that keep well without the bother/problems that come up with rotation.

    2. Store those foods that will keep safely for years/decades as stated above. In addition store the less stable items like oils and canned goods that will be needed to augment the staple long term storage items. But when their effective storage date draws near give them to the local food bank or use them yourself if you can do it without much disruption to your routine and just replace those items with new ones.

    This way I can store a years supply (or two years or five years) without constantly rotating stock and having to eat two year old macaroni when I would prefer to take advantage of the fresh salmon available at the supermarket that week. I am no longer a slave to my food storage I am it’s master.

  3. One thing to keep in mind. While you’re stockpiling your supplies, someone who isn’t, is watching you. I’ve talked with several people now who know of neighbors or family members who they believe wouldn’t hesitate to come and forceably take their supplies for their own use. Showing-off you vast supply of food stores or barterable items is a bad idea. Tell your children not to say a word to anyone. Live by 3-S, Security, Sustenance and Survival. Without the ability to secure your supplies, survival is not an option.

    1. That is why if you are going to store food you better also store guns and ammo. You must be ready to defend what is yours and your loved ones. Believe me the ones who do not prepare are going to expect you to share. Be ready to share with a gun pointed at them. Protect you and yours.

  4. What would be the best alternative medicines to have, for illness’ like Virus’,etc.? I personally put fresh garlic, in Apple Cider Vinegar. And, drink Parsley Tea to help with the odor. I’ll be checking back from time to time. To see if anyone has other suggestions. Plus, what would be the shelf life of Garlic & Vinegar? Thanks,Susan

    1. Black tea is a natural antibiotic. Get the spice the Cajuns use call Fila to use on spider bites (or any bite) make a paste and cover until well. Change daily.

    2. If you look at pet supply stores you can find antibiotics such as penicillin used for fish tanks and such. These antibiotics are identical to those you get with a prescription. Studies show that these antibiotics can be stored for years without compromising effectiveness.

      1. You can also get penicillin at farm stores that are used for livestock. These also are the same as a script.

    3. Essential oils. They never expire or lose their potency if they are stored in dark bottles.
      There are several options for high quality essential oils. Do your homework.

    4. Garlic and vinegar are a good start. Check into essential oils. They can be used for a variety of health issues and store very well. Make sure you are getting a quality oil that can be trusted. I use doTERRA but do your own research. The important thing is getting them in your home and learning how to use them now. That way, if you are ever in a crisis situation, you won’t have to learn at the same time.

  5. Chiller, good advise. We try to keep our supplies secret too.

    I think the problem for me, will come from inside. We are all used (more or less) to seeing starving people in Africa. But what if those people are not from another continent but from you own town? People you know and respect.

    Seeing pictures of staving children during the last winter of WWII here in Holland, I realized how hard it will be to turn hungry people away.

    We live in a remote part of the country (as far as that is possible in the Netherlands). Our village has about 300 souls. This means that a years supply for one person will last just one day if it were to feed our village!

    This is where personal survival collides with Humanistic (or Christian if you like) values. In that I believe it is our duty to relief suffering where we can.

    The best we came up with is to store lots of extra cheap food for sharing. In our case that means about 300 kg’s of extra wheat. Also dried rice, beans etc. This is on top of our personal supply.

    In the mean time it is important not to stand out. Especially when supermarket supplies finally run out. If everybody is getting thin, you should also appear thin. If everybody is searching for old potatoes in the fields, joint them.

    Another thing we have done, is locate wild foods in our neighborhood. In our case that means cattails, chestnuts, trapping wild animals, etc. Now we can instruct people where and how they can search for their own. This combined with the wheat we store, should be enough for at least the first few months. After that, well, nobody knows…

    Maybe someone else has thought about this and came to some new insights. Please share, because a lot of us will face this dilemma in due time.

    1. Here’s another thought. If you have stores of canned goods and eat from them, you cannot be throwing the empty cans away where others can find them, lest they know you have food. Also, you cannot be cooking aromatic food (many are storing canned bacon, for instance) and not have people smell it. If you live in the middle of nowhere, it’s not as big an issue, but if you live in the city… you’re going to have to sit on your own trash for a while or risk your neighbors knowing you have cans of food, and lots of it!

      1. Lol or you could smelt down your cans and make spears lol or swords or just make bricks of aluminum

      2. In response to items in cans and throwing them in garbage and possibly having neighbors see them. I would suggest washing them out and add to a seperate storage. Tuna cans can be used for storing small items like buttons from a ruin shirt. Larger cans in a pinch can be used as a eating container or seedling planter. We save all our containers that food comes in for these reasons.

  6. I agree Vogetje. I am working on my food store (feels like a big thing to do while I feel there is not much time to do it). I am planning on storing extras that are good for barter or to help. I am stocking up on some essential OTC medications like benadryl, aspirin and other analgesics(pain killers) and vitamins. Buying the generic at the bulk stores is not bad as far as pricing. My biggest problem is my husband has a gluten intolerance and trying to find items to add just for him will be an issue, I am sure food fatigue will set in if he has to eat rice 3 times a day for forever….I like the advice on here as it has given me more to think about. Also I have read on other sites that it may be good to package storage foods into smaller mylar bags and then take those and put them into the 5 gallon buckets for more individual day to day usage instead of opening multiple buckets and single larger mylar bags…

    1. Elish2, You are way ahead of the curve by doing what you are doing. Anything else, and further thought into the process is a bonus. Nice job! Be aware of first-in / first-out and eat what you store while you store what you eat. This will avoid expiration dates and spoiled food. Beware of expiration dates on medicines too…

    2. I had an idea about using tea in rice the other day. I looked it up online and found that others do that. I haven’t tried it yet, but you might want to think about some flavored herbal teas that might give a different flavor to rice. Just a thought. And remember, you can add cinnamon sugar to rice to make it a sweet treat. I know, that only goes so far, too, but just trying to add a little more variety, :)

      1. Think out of the box when it comes to rice. Taco rice comes to mind. Its a common dish eaten in Okinawa, Japan. Make all the fixings for tacos, but put it over rice and don’t use corn chips, taco shells, tortillas, etc. Get a good recipe for rice pudding. Make glorified rice for dessert. (Combine jello, whipped cream/cool whip, fruit, cooked rice and let the mixture set up in the fridge). Any stew or curry over rice is awesome. Dump a can of tuna packed in oil over hot rice, or take some of that tuna and form a ball of rice around it. Its a quick & easy meal. Those are just ideas off the top of my head. You can totally have a lot of variety with rice.

  7. Vogetje you are sooooo freakin SMART!!! i am new to this, like, brand new, and i had never thought about blending in and acting like everyone else!!!! i was always like well, stay locked up and secure, but if you happen to be in a populated area, you have to blend in!!!! DUUUH ME!!!! thanks a bunch. you just gave me a jewel of commen sense that i was lacking <3 :) ( oh im 24 and i have 2 children and a large family ( mom sisters dad inlaws ect) so i am really worried about us having what we need, even if they dont seem to realize what could happen ( my husband and step dad are on the train with me though ) i have read in other posts, birth control, vitamins medications ( like asthma, diabetes ectet) I have asthma, but i get 2 inhalers a month and i dont even use a whole one, so i just set them(extras) aside. idk there "shelf lives" but i figure instead of one pump maybe you take 4 if theyre stale? but medications are a MUST and birthcontrol!!!…. both of my children were emergency c sections…that is the LAST thing you want to worry about in survival mode!!! ….but a couple of cloth diapers added to the list wouldnt hurt, because you can use them for other things. powdered milk and infant formula i think is a must, because you never know when things will happen, and if you have an infant who is not of age to wean, or is newly weaned, weeeeeeell, there you go!!! if you were breastfeeding, you feasibly shouldnt, because you would eat more than everyone else and blablabla ( you have to) so that would eliminate any problems as far as your and the baby's nutrition…..

    1. Baby formula is one you don’t hear about much. Both my kids are older but I still stock up on it. I get it for free and keep it. So if I see a mother with a hungry baby I can help her out.

    2. We have learned to use up our earliest prescription first – completely use up the oldest inhaler before going to the next oldest, etc. That way, if something happens the inhalers you have in stock will be the newest ones and should keep longer. It’s the same principle as food storage.

      1. For Asthma and allergies look into herbal remedies and make your own tinctures…lobelia , mullien, ginger, garlic , are just a few that help asthma … tinctures when made with alcohol will last a long time… and you can grow your own herbs…. inhalers might run out and then what…… omega 3’s , vit. c and d , can all help asthma naturally.

  8. I have to say that I am starting to realize that we need to start storing up a bit of food and have a gun on hand for hunting. Honestly, if people around you are starving and desperate, I think it is impossible to “blend in.” People are not stupid. Even if you are getting a bit thinner, if the messas are emaciated and desperate, I don’t think you have a chance in securing your food, etc. I would think that the best thing is that people form cooperatives. We cannot survive on our own today, for the most part. Even if I store enough food for a year, then what??? What about medical care as my husband and I have health problems? I don’t know. I think that desperations brings out the worst in people, but I have a feeling that many people will need to pull together in order to survive. Having a “this is mine, and I’ll blow your head off to keep it” doesn’t seem that it would work in the long run.

    1. I have to agree to a point. However, there are 2 things that one cannot control. One is the other people’s motives and behavior, and the other is if there is little or nothing in the way of resources to be cooperative about. So, yes, as far as it is possible, be cooperative, but be realistic, too.

  9. i am building and using my survival foods at the moment , tomorrow im going shopping to build up my supplies , canned ready to eat foods are a wise thought , as they are filled with thier own juices ie; gravy ect , this will help you not using your water for preperation of a meal,plus you can also cook your rice with them , thus saving precious water , once in a while i live in survival mode ie; i shut off my hydro at my home and live for a few weeks without it ,, its ok to prep , but its even better to live like you will when TSHTF. that way you are better prepared for it also when the cash is there , im putting in a wood stove as live in canada and the winters get cold if you live in the country and have a well for your water it would be an asset to you to graft a hand pump into your existing water line ,, this way you will be able to pump water when you have no power i also have and use kerosene lamps , and solar lamps ( the ones you use in your gardens) will work well in your home ,, just charge them during the day for night use ,,, also i have a kerosene heater with back up fuel, that way i can keep my home warm without telling my neighbours that i am home ,, i hope this helps ,,, thanx

  10. Everything here is wonderful, and reading a few post, WOW I am blown away not thinking about garbage, as I just rolled mine out to the street curb, what would we do with our garbage, makes you stop and think that you need to have some kind of back up plan, some one who has land, well, and out of the way we are lucky and my family does. I just hope it does not get to horrible, but…..

    1. @Amy, Excellent point regarding the garbage. Although after TSHTF there won’t be nearly as much because the systems will be down. There will definitely be sanitary issues though – and onset of disease. Lots to think about…

      1. Really enjoyed reading the tips and ideas, as for the sanitary, thats simple, small bin bags, cat litter and a bucket. Line the bucket with the bin bag, pop some cat litter in the bottom, this absorbes waste and smell, when you have finished tie the bag up(best to release all the air to reduce end size). These can then be put into a larger bin bag and stored away from the home, bottom of the garden etc.

  11. I have a little different viewpoint on the head for the hills concept.Obviously more densely populated areas(cities) will have more serious problems in the event of a breakdown in the system. People who live in the country tend to be more prepared and naturally have more available resources to to live on. The city folks will run out of food first. Then they will head out to the suburbs and then the country to get what they need to survive. I think the safest place initially is in the city. You just need to secure your location and go underground. If you have even a small farm there is no way you can secure your resources from the masses coming from the cities. You would need an army to secure your farm and that would take even more resources. Stay in town until the dust settles then move out to a remote location for long term survival after the unprepared have died or killed each other. I am interested in hearing what others think

    1. Most people don’t know where to look for what I have. I am at least 10km from the nearest lightbulb, 45km to where I can purchase a loaf of bread, 125 km to the nearest bank or big box store. No electricity, phone of any sort, or internet. Yes, there is good hunting here but I am, as finances permit, buying animals. Eventually, 4 each, (one male and three females) of goats, pigs, rabbits (Possibly horses but they need a very expensive infrastructure) dogs, about 25 chickens and guinea hens, possibly Muskovi(sp) ducks, a couple of hives of bees, and a huge garden of perennials. Lots of fruit and nut trees. (Still young and not fruiting, but….)I also pay no rent or taxes, but have a so-so water supply, good land, no neighbours, and VERY limited visibility. Currently I am spending more on barns etc. than on animals. The week of TEOTWAWKI I am going to be spending lots on the animals. But, take care of your animals and they will take care of you.

      If TEOTWAWKI comes, particularly the US is not likely to have any or good supplies of gasoline. If I get caught up in that I have to be pretty self sufficient because it is a long way to anywhere. I am a long way down that road.

      J’Bear

  12. LJ, I will argue the same point. A retreat? Self suffient? There isn’t anything out in the country, unless they prep like you and I. I don’t know any. All the farmers I know purchase everything just like everybody else. Farmers hadn’t eaten their own food stock for years, maybe a tomato plant or two. NO wells or cisterns anymore! They will be the first to be in line at the gov handout site (wal-mart) parking lot. No fuel supply, how they going to maintain thier livelyhood. When the gas pumps run out, they aren’t going to be running back & forth? If it wouldn’t be for municipal water & some rural sewage systems, there wouldn’t be any houses in the country. You can still see a few of the older homes, but they are scarse as hens teeth!

  13. One thing that people need to learn is canning, like stated before. Whenever skinless, boneless chicken breasts go on sale (around $1.19-$1.29/lb), I will buy a lot. Some to put in my freezer and can about 40 lbs at a time. I do rotate through it, just like everything else. I love the idea of keeping seeds in my storage. I do garden and hadn’t thought of that. But probably one of the bigger concerns is to teach your family to garden, hunt, and store.

    Everyone in my family hunts deer every year and when the kids are old enough, they take hunter’s safety and join the hunt. I think the experience of doing it all (skinning, butchering) keeps everyone prepared and knowing what to do when they are on their own. My in-laws have chickens and rabbits. When my kids are with them for a week during the summer, they take care of them and help with butchering and gather the eggs.

    A lot of people don’t realize that they need to store water as well. We have water stored in the basement with all of the food so no one knows what I have. I know it’s supposed to be rotated as well, but the barrels of water are planned to be used for cleaning and the bottled water for drinking and cooking. But even if I have the water in the storage barrels for longer than recommended, it can be boiled down to use for whatever purpose, as long as it was treated properly when it was first put into the barrels.

    I also agree with keeping stored ammunition and rifles. Once a month, I buy a new box of ammunition to store. We rotate through those as well. I live in the suburbs, but within five minutes of the canyon and mountains. Fortunately for us, we are close to a river as well so have means of hunting and fishing. But we also have a full basement as well as a partial basement. No one else in my neighborhood has that and very few people know that I have an extra basement where we store all of our food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, and ammunition. I hope to keep it that way for a long time!

    But worst case scenario, we would go to my in-laws. They are on an old farm with their own well system and are set up to live completely off the land. They practically already live that way now. They also have a large food storage under the house.

    1. And what makes you think they will let you in ? Perhaps you should help them fill up their stores .

  14. We have a working pantry in the kitchen & a storage pantry in another room of our house. I was reading the article you wrote and when I saw those two things mentioned about having working & storage pantries, I was like oh my! That’s what we do! :)

  15. Hello. One way I cheat at getting spices is any time we order out or go to a place that has “packet sauces” and pepper or anything, I take as much as I can get away with, panera bread has mustard, mayo, Tobasco among others, ill nab 15 to 20 of each and we keep them in plastic bags. They last a very very long time… Well, mayo won’t but everything else does. We use out house stock of soy for Chinese/Japanese and Korean and stock any packets.

    In regards to Mre foods, I can’t say how many times having tobasco made it edible.

    1. Brad H, I was wondering about that idea. There’s the places where you take what you want, and the places where you have to ask. Already, I have asked for “extra”, at KFC, just for immediate use, but am thinking some of these should be “put away”..

      also, most every fast food place lets you help yourself to salt/pepper packs. these little individual packs will (as you say) last forever, kept dry (could always vacuum pack a quantity in plastic).

      also, it occurred to me, these might be handy little items for “barter”….As you say, the tabasco made the MRE much more palatable….Just imagine how tasty they all would be after someone has gone six months after SHTF?…I bet these little packs would be quite useful as barter. I plan to follow your lead and collect up/store them.

  16. After reading all the posts on this site I see that many people are getting ready for when TSHTF. Being older much older then most, I have broken my stock down for each day for every member in my family (myself, hubby, daughter and grand-daughter)for 18 months. We have warned my other family members but they just laugh, and yes if they show up for help and don’t leave my family will get very small as they will loose their life. I have guns, ammo, bows & arrows. I will shoot to kill anyone trying to take what we have worked to save for us. Most of my storage containers can be reused such as my jars for canning, the rest can be burned. I also have my stock broke up into 3 places (Home, Camper, Woods) incase we need to flee from our home. Every one thinks that hunkering down in their homes will keep them safe, but how many people can you hold off once they know you have food and they don’t?
    On top of my grains and other dried foods I also have ……. Wax, candle string, good knife & stone, extra fuel for camper, solar panel for lights, lighters & matches, bleach for water ETC…
    In a SHTF life you have to have plan A-B-C-D and E.
    I would say the only thing I am not ready for is a flood (YET)

    1. Just a thought, If you maintain a good relationship with these family members why not make them their own stock pile? Instead of gifts on holidays and other special days buy some survival things and put them away for them. Even a small amount, you can hand them and say go away! If you don’t speak to them, well that’s a shame..

  17. @ Kimberly Thats why you don’t go telling folks that you have food or supplies. Try to store your supplies away and out of town/city (preferably underground in a hidden location as to make spotting the storage area harder). Make sure to clear away any tracks or tyre markings you make leading to your bug out location too as those neighbors with those sneaky prying eyes peeking over the fence will be watching where you go and what you do if you’re not careful (honestly the gossip in my town is atrocious and spreads quicker then diseases from blonde haired bimbos)

  18. It is also important to figure out a way to HIDE your storage in the event of martial law. They can come and take EVERYTHING in the name of redistribution for the benefit of the people. I have a small pantry closet that I keep some food in upstairs, but in another part of my house, hidden by a fake wall, is my larder supply. You need to trick them if it ever happens. Keep it well hidden.

  19. Ouch–the owners of that pantry need me for a day.
    Boxes people; label with sharpie and you have what you need by just reading the list.
    Those items will store easily in boxes.

    1. If they have dogs u need to make sure they can’t smell it…. idk how to do that yet as I’m completely new to this except for water and just got a gun but something to think about.

  20. I just prepared a boxed mac & cheese with best by date 5/2011.
    It was fine.

    ***What we have done is taken a spare bedroom and built shelves in it for our “store”.***

    Same here, salco!!
    It is so good now, I don’t bother going to the grocery–ever. I just go to the storage room. Saves gas!!

    I have a freezer full of meats…our Piggly-Wiggly sells us 13 pieces of ‘out of date’ meats for $20. We even have filet mignon–which I have never bought.
    Check with your grocer for these deals. 13 pieces of roast, steak, pork cutlets for $20 is NOT a bad deal!! Last week, I cooked a $13 roast I would not have bought for that price.

    Save space and dehydrate. I have a multitude of vegetables and fruits in mason jars.

    If you share your stored foods, just open the door to that room, put up a sign–TAKE WHAT YOU WANT, and explain to your family why they are starving.

    I have fish antibiotics from Thomas Labs. Turmeric, ginger, honey (yes, a healer and anti-oxidant),flaxseed, peppermint oil, and just planted spearmint plant. Ixquick these herbs and do your own study. Just print medicinal herbs in your search engine.

    Folks–stock up on beef and chicken bouillon cubes–rice will be better and dehydrate vegetables for that rice..a little chicken/rice stir fry–yes, I have a recipe for sweet and sour sauce.

    I read a good tip for bathroom needs–store two 5 gallon buckets –one for urine, and one for the ‘other’ stored away from traffic. I have taken that advice and so far have 12 bags of kitty litter stocked from Dollar General for $1. I remember the out houses as I grew up, so I’m NOT appalled.
    For disposal, you better be digging a deep hole when TSHTF.

    Laundry–two tubs from Tractor Supply, years–yes years– of supply of cheap laundry detergent(it’s cheap) so it doesn’t make suds, a washboard, an industrial mop wringer and bucket. Clothesline close to the house(mine is on porch–retractable–and lines in the house for drying. Yes, ladies, it will get that bad.

  21. When you do store spices, try to buy and store the whole spices. They retain their flavor much longer. We just opened a jar of 5 year old black pepper and I noticed that I have to use twice as much to get the same kick that I would get from a fresh jar. A couple of years ago I switched to whole peppercorns so this is one of the oldest jars I have currently. That means you will also need a good spice grinder.

  22. Remember some fruits like raisans and strawberries can be sun dried a small but nutrionally healthy food.

  23. 2 is one, one is none. Remember that when your cooking. My husband try’s to catch me being out of an item, not too often does he catch me. He cooks too.
    When you “bag” and bucket your food. Repackage salt in small Mylar bags and put it in with the rice and or pasta. Also same goes for hard candy. Candy will quite the kids and empty stomachs. Put a bag is each of the buckets. Great item to buy after the holidays. We tape p-38 can openers to the inside lids of your 5 gallon buckets. You don’t need them for the buckets, but you may need one for a can down the line.
    Start canning! You must learn this before you have to. Keep your jars clean. buy, date, and rotate your lids. Every time we shopping.{year round}we buy 3 packs of reg lids and small lids. Its amazing how they add up.
    I am very lucky to have a spouse that is a prepper too. God Bless.

  24. I was on the border of Afghanistan/ Pakistan when the shtf. I’m an old man who’s been snake bitten, shot at, marooned on a tropical coast and ate maggots and green tree ants to survive. And that’s not the half of it. I speak from experience when I say that I’ve seen what happens when the shtf. Believe me if you haven’t got guns, knives, fire, water, antiseptic and friends you’ll die. If your not prepared to eat bugs, worms and maggots, your dead. Take a tip. Enrol your kids in Boy Scouts. Enrol them in self defence classes. Take some bush survival classes yourself and learn how to use a gun, safely. Read ‘The Art of War.’ Stock up on food and water by all means, but be prepared to defend it, and your loved ones. Be prepared to kill. So far no one has mentioned condoms, and plastic garbage bags. I don’t advise pregnancy if the shtf, and the pleasures of love should not, and cannot be denied. Plastic garbage bags will give you a solar still for water and can be a handy throw away/ bury toilet. Help people when you can, but trust them not. And forget God. He ain’t comin. Keep your own council and beware of fools. Blend in and stay sharp, and as the old Scout motto goes, BE PREPARED BE PREPARED BE PREPARED BE PREPARED.

    1. “Semper Fi ” my brother – The people posting have no idea of what is to come or is coming as we post ! We have to realize our situation and defend our lives in order to survive !

    2. “Semper Fi ” ( my brother ) – The people posting have no idea of what is to come or is coming as we post ! We have to realize our situation and defend our lives and those we love in order to survive !

  25. One thing I have thought about and never see mentioned is protein powder. I would think it could be invaluable if you are in need of some protein and can’t or don’t want to cook something. It can be made with water or juice or even water and powdered milk. And I think a can of it would last a long time. Any thoughts on that idea?

  26. My mom used to sneak wheat germ in all the foods she cooked, supposed to be very good for you. Also instant oatmeal (don’t leave in cardboard round box) some brown sugar and a couple cans of applesauce can be breakfast staple for quite a while. Empty cans from canned goods stores can be made into small rocket stove (takes a #10 can & 2smaller cans & tin snips) I would. Not throw away for any metal, could be Gerry useful! My main weakness is that I would rather store too much food than turn away. Hungry neighbors & I don’t even know my neighbors!

  27. This is all so interesting. I believe hard times are coming but I think it will trickle down first; gradually get worse and worse. I had to eat all my stores and now I don’t have the money to build it back up again.

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