Building up a prepper pantry is not something that happens overnight. You need to have a plan in place for how to stock your pantry so it doesn’t have an excess of some items and not enough of others. Think about it as a long term investment in both money and time. By thinking ahead, you will have the right mix and be ready to take advantage of opportunities to add new foods economically.
How to stock your pantry: start with blueprints
The best way to begin planning the start of your prepper pantry, is to keep track of local sales, coupons, and even online deals. Buy one get one free sales, bulk buying, and strategic couponing can make creating your prepper pantry much easier and more efficient. This is the best way to economically stock up on those gluten free and diabetic foods. But, don’t fall into the trap of buying foods you never eat just because they are on sale. Start by building up a solid foundation, then add in some structure, and finally top it off with a ceiling goal.
What to buy first: The Foundation
Dry non-perishables are the perfect way to start growing your prepper pantry. Rice, beans, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and plain granola or oats are all examples of dry foods that will stay good as long as they are kept sealed and in a cool, dry, pest proof environment. These items are very shelf stable, and are high in calories, protein, and carbs—making them a great meal option in an emergency situation.
What to add in: The Structure
Once you have a good base of dry goods, you can begin to add in the canned goods, peanut butter, dehydrated meats, freeze dried fruits and veggies, and pickled items. Keeping these foods sealed is very important. They will only stay fresh as long as they remain unopened and stored in a cool, dry, pest proof area. These foods are great for a prepper pantry because they are shelf stable and highly nutritious since they have been preserved. They also will help you maintain a varied diet during emergency situations.
How to top it off: The Ceiling
Knowing when you have enough is just as important as every other part of growing a prepper pantry. If you overstock on one thing, you will not have space for other things. Make sure your space is well prepared and organized for the most efficient yet maximum amount of supplies for yourself and your family. Have a cap-off point and stick to it. This is very important! The line between prepping and hoarding starts here. Be sure to delegate and label specific spaces for what you want, and keep your items within those spaces. Think of your prepper pantry as a miniature grocery store. If it is messy and disorganized, you will not know what you need, where to find it, or how much you have.
Growing your prepper pantry over time is a process that requires patience. Take your time and think it through, and you will have a pantry you can count on when you and your family need it most, customized to your needs and dietary restrictions.