Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Number One Prep Item

Although this is just my opinion, I think that most preppers would agree with me on this one.  Our food
The number one item for preppers is........
You guessed it....
Our food storage can take many forms...

Store bought items including:
canned meat, vegies, etc
dry goods such as rice, pasta, beans etc

Home canned items including:
meat, veggies, sauces, soups, stews, etc

Home packed dry goods including:
Wheat berries, beans, lentils, herbs etc

Dehydrated bulk items including, well, almost everything under the sun from butter powder to freeze dried meats and everything in between.

If you think you have 3 or 4 months worth of meat packed into a deep freezer, think again.  Without electricity your fozen storage will be gone in just a couple of days.  I do actually have a good stock of frozen food, but also a generator and stored fuel to keep it going for about two weeks.  This of course won't be an issue in winter, given my northern climate.  But in any case, my frozen will be the first to be eaten.

Personally, my favorite food storage system is home canning for a number of reasons.
1) you can home can almost anything you would normally freeze.
2)every piece of equipment is reusable with the exception of very inexpensive lids
3)meals can be ready to heat or individual ingredients

Another good home system is dry pack.  Get yourself some food grade buckets, mylar bags as liners and some oxygen absorbers and you're set.  All sorts of dry foods can be stored this way.  From dried beans & lentils to grains like wheat beries & oats. 

One thing is for sure, you won't be able to do all your prepping from one system or the other.  You may home can your fruits & veggies, get store bought pasta & grains, and bulk #10 cans of milk & butter powder.  Just be sure you have a variety of foods so you don't get fed up with rice & beans every day and cover your 4 food groups for propper nutrition.

Suppliments may be a good idea too, in the form of vitamins to make up for shortcomings in your diet such as vitamin C as an example.

I will be covering the many food storage systems in detail in later posts, but for now, just try to buy a couple of extra items with each groccery order you make.  You would be surprised how fast it will add up to something substantial. Remember, even if you don't experience a disaster of some kind, food prices are going up every day.  Stocking up now is not only getting yourself preppared just in case, but actually an investment.


  1. I also think that food would be a great bartering item if it came down to a situation that you needed to do so. Lots of great info--enjoyed your post!

  2. I agree completely - food and water are going to be the most urgent things that we can store. Don't forget alternative ways to cook it - if your place is all-electric, like mine is, you will need some way to warm things up and boil water. I'm investing in a volcano cooker that I can use outdoors and a camp stove that can be used near a vented window.

  3. The native indians & some white men made pemican (a mix of dried berries & smoked meat like beef jerkey. It's supposed to have a very long shelf life. I heard a story where some archeaolisist found a bag of it that was 400 years old & it was still good. Not sure if it's true but still a good option.

  4. I would caution the thinking of food as barter or currency!! If unsavory characters discoverd a surplus, you could then be a target of these people! With so much to lose in that situation, be careful !

  5. i agree compleatly with kevin my food is my food and if i need somthing i will not barter a an item so vital to life. i beleave that bullets will be the currency of the day so stock them up as well(guns are good but you can only use one at a time so more amo than guns)

  6. I would be very hesitant to use ammo as a barter item .You might be getting your bullets back minus the case and powder.