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What's in the Happy Prepper's survival pantry? Find out!

Second only to securing sources of potable water, Happy
Preppers spend much of the preparedness time stocking up on
foods with a long shelf life, learning to grow their own food,
learning how to forage for food in the wild. The most important
freeze dried food you can stock is meat, since meat has all the
protein and sustenance you need to survive. Luxuries included
freeze dried fruits, vegetables, such as potatoes and breakfast
essentials, such as eggs.

Happy Preppers know that America's food supply infrastructure
is extremely fragile. They've learned that Americans are "nine
meals away from anarchy." After around 3 or 4 days, the
masses will do what it takes to get food for their survival. Our
grocery stores stock a just in time delivery system, which is
approximately, a three day supply of groceries. Happy Preppers
take personal responsibility to stock their pantry, first with a
six month supply in the pantry, and next with a longer term
plan: one year of food upwards of a two-year food supply and
plans for growing their own food.

Here's how to plan your food storage
New to food storage? In the beginning, it's certainly
overwhelming to plan for long term food storage. Rest assured
that a little bit here and little bit there eventually adds up to a
nice stockpile. Read the
37 foods to hoard before crisis, which
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Here's a quick reference list below to get you quickly on track to
long term planning:

  • Before you buy foods, buy water! If you want to live
    more than three days, then start stockpiling water. Many
    preppers overlook this important detail and think they
    have enough water when they don't.

  • Start with a stockpile of meats. Concentrate your efforts
    first on canned meats that you and your family will
    actually eat. Canned meats are high on the list because
    they pack much needed protein and calories. You can eat
    all meats directly from the can without heating. Beef jerky
    packs well and requires no heating. Meats will be the
    mainstay of your dinners, but you can also eat them for
    lunch or breakfast. Be sure to pack adequate water as
    proteins take more water for absorption into the body!

  • Stock up on shelf-stable food extenders. Rice, beans,
    pastas and oats are relatively inexpensive and will extend
    your selection of meats and provide variety. Stick to what
    you already eat, as the last thing you want to do is to
    cause stomach upset.

  • Buy your favorite canned foods. Soups, chilly, stews and
    other 'meal in a can' varieties are an important part of your
    preps. You may not have time to cook! You may not be
    able to heat your food or have water, so canned foods are
    essential in your preppers pantry. You can eat canned
    foods right out of the can (no heating required). Since
    canned foods last only three years, you'll need to rotate
    your supply and this is why it's especially important to buy
    only foods that you will actually eat. Otherwise you waste
    your money.

  • Next, buy ready-made freeze dried meals. Order a
    freeze dried 72-hour kit (one for each member of the
    family). This will give you satisfaction of preparedness for
    the first three days of a catastrophe, provided you have
    stockpiled enough water and have an off the grid cooking
    method. While the calories often do not meet the caloric
    needs of adults under stress of uncertain times, they will
    certainly add a sense of comfort.

  • Add the condiments: Ketchup, steak sauce, gravies,
    tabasco and spices will enhance your reserves with flavor
    and nutrition. Don't stop there! You'll want to add soups
    and even dried fruit for your rice, sauces for your pastas,  
    and sugar and milk for your oats.

  • Go for variety: Now get fancy and plan 30 breakfasts, 30
    lunches and 30 dinners. (Try to replicate the meals that
    you're already eating.) You'll find that when you make a
    menu of shelf stable foods, and review your lists, you'll fall
    short of supplies. That's when preppers start making

  • Add the luxury items. Use the food in your preps as a
    morale booster! Chocolate will be immensely satisfying in
    uncertain times. Plan a birthday cake or pie. Be sure to
    stock coffee, cocoas or teas and other drink enhancers. Go
    for the canned butter or bacon! Powdered milk will also
    add calories and help fill bellies of the little ones.

Join the Happy Prepper movement and help mitigate the
anarchy that may happen if the unthinkable happens, and our
grocery stores are unable to supply America.

New to Prepping? Get started on preparing food for your
family in an emergency:
  1. Declutter. Clear some clutter to create shelving for
    storage of your food supplies.
  2. Hoard the essentials. Consider the 37 most essential food
    items you can buy from the grocery store. Get them now
    while they are still available!
  3. Prepare a three-month food plan. Make a list of what
    your family eats in a week, then create a realistic plan
    around storing the actual foods your family eats with the
    goal of creating a pantry that has a rotating three-month
    supply of food.
  4. Expand your larder! Create a long term food storage plan
    that can feed your family additional six months to a full
    year. Plan your food storage with #10 cans (freeze dried
    foods with a long shelf life to attain a proper supply of
    food an emergency.
  5. Stock your Prepper's kitchen with tools. Consider these
    Prepper's Kitchen tools.Purchase a solar cooker and look to
    other alternative cooking methods.
  6. Consider farming at home. Become a home agrarian and
    learn garden farming or small plot gardening. Discover the
    joy of sprouting seeds year round.
  7. Gain new skills. Consider enhancing your skills in rearing
    livestock (chicken couping) or in fishing, hunting or
    trapping. Get skilled at preserving foods, including the art
    of vacuum packing, canning, curing and smoking foods.
    Prepper skill building is essential!

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