Building up your food storage can be expensive. But it doesn’t always have to be. Besides what I recommend buying for $20 a week, these 10 items you can get for $10 or less each, or about $100. They will last you for 30+ years and will give you peace of mind.
If you haven’t started a preppers pantry, gathering food storage or have any extra food in your home for your family, now is the time.
These would be my go-to items to start with. They are shelf stable items that will last you 30 years.
Keep in mind when it comes to storing food: light, moisture, temperature and oxygen can affect shelf life of food.
10 food items for your preppers pantry
Honey – It’s shelf stable, so it doesn’t go bad. You can buy this locally, which is better for you and great for seasonal allergies. It lasts forever and it’s something you can rotate. If it crystalizes, just slowly warm it up til it reaches the consistency you want.
Wheat berries – These you can grind up to make your own flour and it tastes so great! It will last longer than ground flour. You can soak the berries overnight and then cook them as you would oatmeal. Or after soaking them overnight, throw them into soups.
Powdered eggs – You can usually buy this at any grocery store. It’s a protein source that you can use for cooking or even making scrambled eggs.
Salt – There are many different salts. I like to keep sea salt on hand for daily use. You will also want to look for canning salt if you can food. Remember to look at coarse salt for meat curing.
Instant dry potato flakes – You can use them to thicken soups, make bread or to just make mashed potatoes to go with your meals which is my preference for them.
Coffee or drink mixes – If you’re a coffee drinker, make sure you have some on your shelf. I’m a Dr. Pepper drinker myself, and while that’s not shelf stable, I like to have other things on hand like some drink mixes to add to my water.
Canned butter – You can look at things like Ghee, or lard, coconut oil, or canning your own butter. You can also make your own ghee yourself, which is super easy to do, and it tastes delicious!
Dry Beans – They are an excellent source of protein, they are cheap and they can last a very long time if stored correctly (cool, dry and dark). I like to vacuum seal them in mason jars or store them in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.
Baking Soda – It’s good for cooking, cleaning and for hygiene. In a pinch, you can brush your teeth with it. I love it for cleaning.
Vinegar – You can cook with it, use it for canning/pickling foods and cleaning. I use it all the time with my laundry, dishes, cleaning fruit and basic cleaning.
I hope this helped you and your desire to help your family be prepared for any emergency.