Top 8 Foods for Preppers
Food prep skills are
necessary for packing a great lunch as you head out the door for work, but also
in preparation for worst-case scenarios. Your pantry might be packed with all
sorts of your favorite canned goods, but will they be enough to hold you and
your family over with proper nourishment in case of an emergency?
Many folks think they
know best when it comes to foods with long shelf-life, but there are some nifty
hacks which can stretch your supply.
Many families are paying
more attention to maintaining a proper emergency pantry in light of various
scares and constant access to global news media. Finding the best foods to keep
as preppers is the key to maintaining a good emergency pantry.
Dry beans are arguably
the superfood of dried goods. Beans are cheap, yet power-packed food. You can
store them for a very long time, and while you may grow tired of eating them, they
can really help you stay full and healthy in times of hardship.
If you decide to stock up
on dry beans, be sure to keep a variety. There are many, many types of beans!
Dried lentils would also fall into this category-some varieties have 10-11
grams of protein per serving! They are also full of fiber, vitamins, and
minerals which are essential to bodily functions.
You can purchase the simplest
beans-no need to buy a fancy mix or soup-specialty variety. For each trip to
the grocery store, try to add a few small or medium-sized bags of beans. That
way, your stocking up will be discreet and you will slowly build a large,
varied stock of power food!
Make sure you store your
beans according to the temperatures indicated on the packaging.
Preserved rice comes in
airtight containers and is available in both white and brown varieties. These
types of rice are extremely water-absorbent, which you’ll notice when you read
the cooking directions as they require lots of water. You can also cook rice in
vegetable broth which will give it more flavor. Just be sure to stick to the
directions on the packaging.
There has been ongoing
debate over whether white or brown rice is the better choice. While both are
nutritious, choosing brown rice will satiate your hunger for longer than white
varieties, as it contains more fiber. Brown rice also contains protein, which
white rice lacks. The fiber and protein together will help to keep you full
while your blood sugar and cholesterol are also kept in check.
White rice is available
as an enriched food, which will also provide essential vitamins and minerals.
Still, brown rice will always contain more fiber and protein. It also has a
delightful, earthy taste. It also takes flavors from herbs and spices well, and
is a satisfying food by itself.
Protein-rich foods are
crucial in an emergency pantry. While beans, protein powders, power bars, and
complex grains are enough for some, there are those who simply need their meat.
Canned meats are often
met with skepticism, but given the chance, you may want to include it in your
pantry as a dense protein source. Not to mention, there is no guarantee that you
won’t have a meat craving from time to time.
Canned meat is prepared
like all canned foods, which means you may have to add some flavor to it on
your own. If you keep a good supply of spices, you’ll have no problem making
canned meat an enjoyable part of your diet. You can also mix canned meats with
the other foods on this list. It will help to make your meals more balanced,
and provide the nutrition you need in order to survive.
Many canned meats are
safe to eat for five years or more! With meats, be extra sure to pay attention
to the expiration dates for your safety, and also for quality of flavor.
Power Bars/Protein bars
Power bars are a great
food for preppers because there is minimal time and effort in order to get a
nutrient-dense meal. Just open the wrapper and you’ve got a meal in your hand.
The main function of
protein bars in your emergency time is to provide you with a large amount of
protein in one serving. To put it in perspective, most bars have 20-30 grams of
protein per serving, while the average adult male requires approximately 60
grams per day with a sedentary lifestyle.
Of course, when you’re
leading an active life you will require more than the requirement for sedentary
folks. Still, a protein bar will help you meet your daily requirement faster.
What’s great about power
bars is that they are usually inexpensive. However, they expire sooner than
many other prep foods.
They’re still listed here
because they are travel-size, lightweight, and do not require any effort to
prepare! They’re a great food to keep in your pocket in a survival situation
whether you’re hunkering down or on the run.
Another rich source of
protein is protein powder. These come in many varieties—from whey to
plant-based. Many flavored varieties are also available, such as chocolate,
vanilla, berry, and more.
Protein powders are a
better protein source than most freeze-dried meats and jerky because of their
low sodium content, and simply higher protein content. Dried meats can be chewy
and satisfying, but they will send your sodium levels through the roof and
increase your need for hydration. Protein powders provide you with hydration
and nutrition without causing your body to work harder.
Instead of toting around
a large container of protein powder, you can divide it up into individual
servings. Just take some cleaned and dried water bottles, and put one serving
of protein powder into each one. Then, just add water to the bottle!
If you’re on the trail,
this can be an effortless 1-minute power breakfast. You could also add protein
powder to other meals, especially if it is a mild flavor such as vanilla. For
instance, if you decide on oats or cereal for breakfast, you could add protein
powder instead of milk. That way, you’ll be able to get extra protein with each
Powdered milk is best as
a short-term solution for survival situation. It has tons of vitamin D, and it
has lots of protein, too.
The one caveat associated
with powdered milk is that you need to make sure you have lots of water in your
survival stash in order to use it. Also, once the package is opened, it is hard
to properly seal it again. Make sure you put it to best use if you open it up.
Individual pouches are
also available. Although perhaps more expensive, they’re worth the investment
in the long run. The individual packets will save you time and effort as you
won’t have to keep small containers with lids for preparing each serving, and
they will last longer.
Powdered milk is also a
minimal effort food, and only takes a minute to prepare. Keep it as a source of
nutrition and as an addition to your other survival foods.
Food buckets are
excellent emergency staples. Anyone with military background will be able to
imagine what these taste like, as they are similar to MRE’s. Just make sure you
research the many varieties to make sure you get the best mix of quality and
value. Some brands offer freeze-dried types which will last for 25+ years!
Some are truly
high-quality options for survival, and others are poor-quality. They have a bad
taste and will expire quickly.
These will be one of the
more expensive items on your survival grocery bill. Still, it’s worth the
investment, because they can be prepared indoors or outdoors, and provide you
with the nutrients you need for a long, long time.
Oats and Oatmeal
Oats and oatmeal are
excellent complex carbohydrates which are full of protein and fiber. They’re a
great meal option because they’re cheap and keep you full for a long time.
They also keep fresh
under many storage circumstances. Just be sure to seal it in an air-tight
container, and you’re good to go even under humid conditions.
Look out for whether
you’re buying classic or instant oats. The latter will expire sooner, as they
often have additives for flavoring. What makes the instant oats cook faster is
the powder you see in the bowl. While they make the oats cook super-fast, they
make them spoil quickly.
This is a great food for
kids if your family finds itself in a survival situation. It is a quick, easy
meal or snack to which other foods can be added and adjusted to personal
taste—a luxury not often enjoyed in times of crisis! Simply add some powdered
milk, dried fruits, and you’re good to go!
It’s tine for you to get
stocking! Stocking up is simple, and can be done over time. No need to get the
extra-large grocery cart and fill it to the brim with these foods, all in one
trip. Instead, simply add some of the foods listed here to your list. Each time
you shop, pick up a few of the items, and store them in your survival pantry.
You may find that you’ve
stocked up just in time the next time you lose electricity, a winter storm
comes, or if something goes awry on your next hiking trip.
Stocking up on these Top
8 items will help you stay calm under duress and keep your stomach full.