All preppers know that they need a good supply of food and water. My family has been prepping for a long time and we are fairly confident that we have all the items we would need. However even the most seasoned professional can be wrong. A few weeks ago, I listened to my neighbors discussing their current stockpiles and I was surprised to find that there were several new foods I hadn’t considered adding to my preps before. Here is a run down of some important foods that you might want to add to your preps if you haven’t already included them.
When the SHTF we are going to be looking for ways to survive. One of the best parts in life is to sit back and enjoy the sweetness of a piece of candy. It stores for a long time and it is super cheap. Candy is a morale booster, but it could also be a life saving intervention if you or a loved one has hypoglycemia.
Just like Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, you too are going to want the sweet cake we call Twinkies even in the midst of an apocalypse. While Twinkies might seem like wasteful spending for preppers, they are full of sugar and carbs to give you an energy boost when you need it.
Raw honey is one of the best options for food that there is. It has a great shelf life and the vitamins and minerals are abundant. It can be added to other foods or it can be eaten by itself. Best of all, honey has major medicinal benefits so make sure you have several jars on hand!
Sugar is a food that will last forever. It does not lose its sweetness over time. Most people consume sugar in some form every single day and we take it for granted. Make sure that you have plenty of brown, white, and powdered sugar in your stocks. Not only will it make survival cooking a little sweeter, but you will also have extra bartering power.
Herbs and other seasonings like garlic powder are what add the flavor to our food. When we think about SHTF situations, we always think about a dark and dirty place where we all eat mush that is lukewarm at best. Even in a survival scenario, your food can taste good. Stock up on your favorite seasonings just in case.
Coffee and Tea
These are items that we all use at some point. Some use these more than others but there is no denying that caffeine withdrawal can be brutal. Make sure you have what you need in that department.
Oil and Shortening
This is a food that you will not eat solo, but it is responsible for the preparation of many other dishes. It adds flavor and it also makes it possible to cook. Make sure you have plenty of oil on hand.
You can enjoy applesauce cold, hot, or mixed with other foods. It is a wonderful addition to cakes and muffins and it also has the ability to be transformed into other edible treats. While apples don’t have very long shelf lives, applesauce will last for quite a while. You can even use it as a substitute for oil in some recipes!
Cereal is a breakfast meal for most people but it has the nutrients in it that can sustain you for a long time. It is smart to keep several boxes of cheerios or corn flakes on hand. If nothing else, you can throw some cereal in a Ziploc bag and take it with you when you are out hunting for a quick pick me up.
We love peanut butter in my house so this was not a surprise. It is a super food that has a ton of uses. It can be eaten alone or added to other foods. It saves for a long time and it stores very easily. Plus it is packed full of protein and fat to help you stay full for longer.
Salt is probably one of the most important food preps you can have, yet so many preppers completely overlook it. Salt can be used to season your food, preserve your meats, or even for bartering. Sodium is a requirement for humans to live so you simply cannot survive without it.
In the event that the SHTF you might be in need of vitamins that you simply cannot find in the foods you have stored. In this case a vitamin supplement would be a wonderful thing to have.
Breads are always going to be one of the best prepper foods you can imagine. They are dense, filling, and they have lots of nutrition. While you can’t realistically save bread for years on a shelf, you can insure you have all the ingredients necessary to bake up a fresh loaf whenever you need it.
The thing to remember about all of the foods mentioned in this list is that they can all be used to barter with. It might be hard to barter with a bag of macaroni but people are going to be much more inclined to barter for a bag of sugar or salt. Always be thinking about this aspect of survival as well. Just as food and water is the key to your survival, having bartering pieces is going to be key as well. What are some other foods that you think that all preppers should keep in hand?