13 Staples You Need in Your Emergency Food Pantry

file0001706313190When you are shopping around for things to put on your shelves for a rainy day or after a major collapse, it can all seem a little—messy. You add a little of this, a little of that and look around the grocery store to find a few other odds and ends to fill the shelves. If you are stockpiling food without a plan in place, you need to stop. You have to have an idea of the meals you will make after SHTF. It may seem trivial, but it is important.

When you have some basic staples, you can prepare a variety of meals. You won’t have to worry about getting bored with the same food every single day. Eating canned foods for a month will get old and can make you ill. Adding freeze-dried foods to the mix is a good idea. There is no rule that says you can’t have a variety of quick meals, like freeze-dried and a variety of staples that allow you make some good old fashioned home-cooked meals.240serving-cat

The following 13 staples should be included in your pantry. This way you always have options.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Cornmeal
  • Coconut oil (vegetable oil goes rancid)
  • Raw honey
  • Pasta (variety of noodles)
  • Seasonings
  • Cocoa powder
  • Instant milk
  • Rice
  • Dried beans (pinto, kidney, navy)
  • Coffee

With these basic ingredients, you can make filling meals that taste great and offer the family a lot of variety. It is amazing what you can create with just a few ingredients. You will have the ability to mix things up and create some new recipes that are sure to please your family. Adding a can of corn to a pot of rice or adding some canned fruit to a homemade biscuit can help change things up.

Each of the items on this list can be safely stored for decades without spoiling. You will want to make sure you seal the food in Mylar bags and store within a sealed bucket. Between your freeze-dried foods, canned foods and these basic staples, you will be set.

What Will You Eat After the Apocalypse?

empty shelvesAfter an apocalypse on either a minor or major scale, food is going to be scarce. As humans, we tend to automatically jump to thinking about where our next meal is coming from. While we may be able to technically live several days without eating, nobody is really excited about that idea. Food is comforting. It gives you strength and it keeps your body healthy. You need food so it is pretty normal to think about what you will eat after some calamity befalls us and people have looted the store shelves.

You have several options.

Stockpile Food

This is probably the most obvious option. It ensures you are set up and don’t have to go out hunting for food right away. Storing nonperishable foods that include a variety of freeze-dried, dried and canned goods will ensure your food supply will last for months or longer. If you are dealing with a serious apocalypse, you will eventually run out of food, which leads us to the next options.120-serving-emergency-food-supply (1)

Grow a Garden

A garden will feed you somewhat and that is assuming it is the right season. Many preppers have greenhouses so they have a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables all year round. It is something you should definitely consider.

Raise Livestock

Another thing preppers like to do is raise their own food. Things like rabbits, pigs, chickens and even goats do not require a great deal of space and are fairly easy to raise. Learning animal husbandry that ensures you have a steady supply of food is a very wise idea.

Hunting

This is what many people assume they will be doing a lot of. Hunting will get food on the table, but how often you hunt and how often you actually get something will make a huge difference. You will want to brush up on your hunting skills so you know how to do it when your very life depends on it.

Foraging

This is probably one of the last things anybody thinks about when they think about eating after a collapse. Believe it or not, foraging will be one of the easiest and best shots at eating if you don’t have a stockpile of food. Learn about edible plants now so you have something to eat immediately after a collapse.

11 Reasons You Need Loads of Baking Soda in Your Emergency Stash

baking-soda-768950_960_720As you are stocking food, water and first aid supplies on your shelves to use after SHTF, you need to do what you can to add loads of baking soda to your shelves as well. Baking soda is an extremely versatile and inexpensive product you can use for cleaning the house, cooking and even cleaning yourself. Baking soda is one of the most important things you can put into your emergency storage. Prepping is about stockpiling items you can use to make life a little easier, cleaner and safer for your family after SHTF. You want to fill your shelves with things that can be used for a number of different purposes. Baking soda is one of those things.

Not convinced? Check out some of the ways you can use baking soda.

1-Baking soda and a couple drops of water make an awesome toothpaste. The soda whitens your teeth while killing harmful bacteria in your mouth. You can make a big batch and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for that minty fresh feeling.

2-A little baking soda and water can remove stains from clothing, furniture and even carpets.

3-Bee stings and bug bites will feel much butter with a baking soda paste applied. It stops the stinging almost immediately.

4-Sprinkle a little baking soda in the bottom of your trash can or clothes hamper to eliminate odors.drain-1060909_960_720

5-Mix about a quarter cup of baking soda, a teaspoon of dish detergent and a little vinegar to create a foaming bathroom cleaner that is completely safe and non-abrasive.

6-Clean your kitchen or bathroom floor with a mixture of half cup of baking soda and a bucket of warm water.

7-Clean your bbq grill by sprinkling some baking soda onto a wire brush and scrubbing the grate.

8-Remove stains and freshen carpets by sprinkling baking soda over the area and allow to sit for about 15 minutes. Vacuum and the carpet will look and smell cleaner.

9-Cure rashes and soothe skin irritations by adding half a cup of baking soda to the bathtub.

10-Pour a cup of baking soda down a clogged drain and follow with a cup of vinegar. Removes the clog and cleans the pipe all the way down.

11-Add a half teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of water to relieve heartburn.

This is just a small sampling of what you can do with baking soda. It is such a versatile tool and the fact that it is a natural remedy means you won’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals. Buying baking soda in bulk bags or scooping up boxes each time you go to the store is something you will want to commit to.

Why Duct Tape is a Necessity for Preppers

tape-589079_960_720Preppers all have that one thing that they absolutely do not want to be without when it hits the fan. If you have ever played out those what-if scenarios in your head, you probably have one thing that you must have should you find yourself stranded on a deserted island or the equivalent. Maybe you have watched those survival shows where the person was dropped off in the middle of nowhere with just a couple pieces of gear. What is your dream gear?

For many preppers, it is duct tape. Duct tape is the dream gear that many preppers want to have in their bug out bag or emergency survival kit. Why? There are many reasons. We will cover a handful. You can probably come up with another 50 right now and in a true survival situation, you could double that number when you are forced to improvise.

1-Duct tape can be used to fashion a sling. Fold it in on itself to keep it from sticking to your neck.

2-Use it to hang plastic over windows and doors. If you don’t have plastic, garbage bags will do.hiking-566087_960_720

3-Duct tape can hold branches together to make a shelter in the wild.

4-Cover your shoes with duct tape to make them a little more waterproof.

5-Use it as a fly/mosquito catcher in your tent.

6-Cover a wound with a cloth and then wrap it with duct tape to keep it dry.

7-Make butterfly stitches with a couple strips of duct tape.

8-Use it to hold your pants up.

9-Fold it in on itself to make a rope for hanging your food from trees or dragging gear.

10-Fix a hole in water bottle, tarp or your sleeping bag.

11-Tape your knife to a long branch to make a spear for hunting.

You get the idea. There are so many different ways you could make duct tape work for you in a survival situation. This is true of things like a hunting knife, garbage bags and paracord. You truly only need a few versatile pieces of equipment to help you survive in the wilderness. Check your bug out bag again. Do you really need everything in there or can you lighten your load a bit by choosing gear that can be used in many different ways.