How To Build A Prepper Food Supply
Prepper Food – An Official Guide
This article is intended to further educate people new to prepping and even those who are just looking for new ideas and refreshers on the subject of building up a prepper food supply list. Prepping is not just for those who fear doomsday, prepping is an essential skill that can help yourself and your children learn to be prepared for any disaster.
What Is Prepper Food?
Prepper food is food that would be used in the event of a major catastrophic event. For example, an EMP attack or a massive earthquake. Either of those two events could leave your surroundings in complete chaos. Should be prepared to eat during both short-term SHTF (read more about what an MRE Meal is) and long-term SHTF (this is the article you need)
There are three things that everyone should be prepped with: the best survival water filter you can find (they aren’t as costly as you would imagine); the best SHTF gun you can buy (you’d need training and roughly $400 and ammo storage); and a long-term food supply (which is what we intend to discuss today).
Food is important, that’s clear because you likely eat food every day. Beyond eating food for recreational purposes, you and your family need it in order to survive and thrive. If a catastrophe happens, don’t expect to government to man all the grocery stores for you. Don’t expect stipends. And don’t expect access to cash even if you can go into a store. Furthermore, if your neighbors do have food, don’t expect them to feed you and your family (at least for long).
Prepper food is food that stores for a long duration of time. It is food that if and when a disaster strikes, you can access and eat and replenish calories and nutrients with. There are some really good paid prepper food options and there are some easy ways to simply do it yourself (just depends on your level of comfort and what’s convenient for you).
Prepper Food Supply List
Water: I’m going to start with water but I’m not going to get too involved here. As mentioned prior, get a survival water filter. Beyond that, you should still hoard bottled water. Obviously, it takes up a lot of room, so store as much as you can. If you have both a water filter and bottled waters, you’re in good shape.
Canned Fluids: Evaporated milk and condensed milk are wonderful additions to any prepper food supply. Dairy can offer both calories and nutrition during an extended fallout. You can also store coconut milk. Canned coconut milk can last two to five years depending on how you store it.
Dehydrated Milk: Dehydrated milk is one of the most powerful additions to your prepper food supply. Clearly, milk can offer the human body nutrients and caloric value, two things we look for in a solid prepper food. Additionally, dehydrated milk can stay good for a long time. If you use an airtight container, you can get a decade’s worth of storage time out of it.
Here is some whole, non-GMO, organic dehydrated milk on Amazon that I like.
Whey Powder: Whey is often associated with fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders, but preppers can also use whey powder as a way to hedge their bets against a future dystopia. Whey is the foggy looking liquid portion that splits off from curds during the cheese production process. That sounds gross, of course, but this is all good stuff for survivalist food reasons. Whey protein concentrates are a natural way to get much needed healthy protein during a time when chicken breast and steak might not be readily available.
Here is organic and grass-fed whey protein concentrate on Amazon that’s pretty solid.
Powdered Eggs: They may not be sunnyside up, but powdered eggs could truly help you thrive during a bad run. You don’t have to refrigerate them, something a lot of people don’t know, and they can store a long while.
Protein Bars: At this point, you are probably thinking that most bodybuilders would be fine if the power grid went down. Some just may be. Protein bars store for a good amount of time, they are calorie-dense, fiber-dense, and have lots of nutrients and protein.
Bear Valley Pemmican Bars are a good choice here.
Dehydrated Meats: Preppers, jerky is your friend, in the event you didn’t already know it. Additionally, you can get healthy grass-fed canned meats as well as canned fish that will help you get your healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. You can do this a little at at time if you often go to the grocery store. I’d just recommend you get grass-fed for beef and look for the healthiest possible canned fish. Whole Foods has some great versions.
If you want to get it done in one single order, check out Yoders Canned Premium Variety Pack on Amazon. This is premium beef that stores for a very long time. That’s chicken, hamburger, turkey, and pork. If you do end up in a long-term food shortage crisis, variety will be your friend.
Prepper Coffee: I have taken flack for suggesting that preppers store coffee. Many people see this as me coddling modern society addictions during a time when we need to be focused on survival. However, focus, as things would have it, is exactly the point of having access to coffee. Coffee can help you keep your focus and concentration elevated, meaning you will be more alert and aware of your surroundings. There is no reason not to store coffee if you are already a consumer of it.
Healthy Fat: Fat is the fuel for not only our bodies but our brains. HealthyFat not only provides nutrition and caloric density, but it also helps stave off Alzheimer’s and other neurological issues. As many modern dieters have found over the decades, a diet short on fat will result in fatigue. I’m not suggesting you drink crappy canola oil, I’m talking healthy fats like grass-fed butter, coconut oil, lard, and grass-fed ghee.
To me, the winner in it all is coconut oil. Coconut oil increases mental alertness and helps prevent Alzheimer’s. It is easy to purchase from almost any local store, or Amazon (Nutiva offers it in one-gallon containers on Amazon), perfect for a prepper food supply list). Another benefit of coconut oil is that it can be used on the skin and is antibacterial.
You can store butter, believe it or not, via freezing. But you’d be better off finding it in a can because if SHTF happens, your freezer isn’t likely to function.
Cereals: If you tend to go coo-coo for CoCo Puffs, this prepper suggestion should be right up your alley. Store whatever cereals the family tends to enjoy. If you don’t typically eat cereal, it isn’t a bad idea to have some around for variety’s sake.
Grains: Grains are an essential prepper food supply item. Here are two I’d suggest you consider for your prepper food supply list.
- Oatmeal: I love oatmeal. The good news is, it can last a very long time and it is easy to store. Bob’s Red Mill offers it in cups, which to a lot of new preppers appears super convenient. However, during a catastrophe, you are going to need to ration. You also want quick cooking oats. I suggest the Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats version instead. Remember, you may have a hard time cooking oats that aren’t as broken down.
- Corn: you can find dried corn via corn flour. Corn is one of the top prepper foods you can buy due to its ability to last over a longer period of time. It is a simple food but its also very calorie dense. Look into cornmeal at your local store or while on Amazon.
- Rice: Yep, good old rice. Rice is easy to store and it is a dense food that can provide calories for energy.
Bread: Ah, evil bread is not so evil when the power goes out. Bread is caloric dense, provides iron and other nutrients, and stores for a long time. Don’t pass on bread for your prepper food list.
Pasta: Your love for Olive Garden doesn’t have to end just because the world did. Pasta is a great prepper food that stores for a long time. Even if you aren’t a pasta eater, you need to prep with variety.
All Things Canned: Canned foods are essential prepper storage items. For the most part, that’s obvious, so I won’t overwhelm with information here. The good news is that you can slowly build your prepper food list over time by picking up a few of the following canned items each time you are at the grocery store.
Canned Fruit/Vegetables: Obviously, fruit and vegetables contain a ton of nutritional variety making them essential.
Canned Beans: Seriously, beans are essential. They offer protein and calories and fiber. They fill you up and give you energy and help keep your digestive tract healthy.
Nuts: Sunflower seeds can store for a long time. But if you want to store peanut butter, I suggest you be careful and make sure you consistently rotate. Peanuts go rancid often. Peanuts are a great food to have around, but I’m not too keen on them as a prepper food. In fact, be wary of most nuts unless you intend to truly manage that situation by rotating the oldest and newest and making sure you know the dates.
Salt: Iodized salt will be your friend in any long-term fallout. Without iodine, your body can be placed in a rather precarious health position. You may or may not get enough from canned foods so it is always good to have this electrolyte stored separately.
Emergency Food Rations That Are Premade
For some people, it is easier to simply purchase their survival food in from pre-packaged manufacturers. The benefit to doing so is that you end up typically using less storage space and you know exactly what you have. You don’t have to rotate any foods. Your cost is settled. The bad news is variety can be of concern, though many of the big prepper food manufacturers do a good job appeasing variety.
I prefer them due to storage space, however, a mix of both methods is a good happy medium, in my opinion.
Here are a few of the big prepper food manufacturers.
Wise Company Prepper Food Review
Wise Company is one of the best-known prepper food companies on earth. And that’s really for good reason. They aren’t terribly expensive, consumers love the variety (see their oatmeal/porridge below), and they are trusted.
Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Food Storage Review
Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Food Storage comes in a 30 day supply container and it is well-received by preppers. Although it comes in a big pale, the prepper foods are actually stored in more convenient pouches. This is good so you can use these for your bug out bag essentials just as well, or grab some in a pinch. They are a higher end prepper food producer, one container feeds one person for 30 days. At the very least, this stuff is great for those living in areas that have hurricane season or where you might want to stock up a tornado shelter.
Having a long-term prepper food storage plan is essential no matter where you leave or what your political beliefs are. History has proven that things can and will go bad. When they do, those who can feed themselves will have the absolute best chance at survival.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.