Fruit in the prepper's pantry

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Have you put up enough fruit in your prepper's pantry?
Gardening, foraging, canning and dehydrating your own is a great
way to add to your food stores if you're an advanced prepper, but
not everyone is so inclined. It's a good idea to stock fruit in the
prepper's pantry, especially if you live in an urban area.

For those just starting out prepping or for preppers who want to
add a variety to stockpiles, below are some ideas on how to add
more fruit into your prepper's pantry.

Fruit in the Prepper's Pantry
Here's a rundown of fruits you can store:
  1. Canned fruits. Oregon brand canned fruit.
  2. Crystallized and powdered fruit: True Lemon
  3. Dried and dehydrated fruits. Raisins, dried apricots, dried
    blueberries, dried cranberries, figs, dates and prunes.
  4. Freeze dried fruits: Augason Farms, Harmony House, Crispy
    Fruit freeze dried fruit storage packs.
  5. Fruit rollups. Make your own or buy them, fruit rollups are
    best without high fructose corn syrups. Be a label reader!
  6. Frozen fruit. Store frozen fruit bags in the freezer.
  7. Jams and jellies. Always have jams, jelly and curds
    available for pancakes and waffles in addition to sandwiches
    and toast.
  8. Juice. Think Martinelli, cranberry cocktail, or add bottled
    lemon juice to your stockpile.
  9. Sauces. Applesauce is just the start. There are many other
    kinds of fruit sauces you can store.

Why add fruit to your food storage?
You may know that lots of fruit has Vitamin C, but did you know
that freeze dried bananas have 10% of calcium and 6% of their
daily potassium per serving? Here's more about sourcing fruit in

Sourcing Fruit in your Food Storage
Enhance your supply with dried apricots, dates, cranberries,
mangos and whatever your family enjoys. You can make your own
trail mix with dried fruits.

#1: Canned fruits.
Fruit it light syrup will add variety to your food storage. Canned
blueberries are ideal in breakfast cereal, in muffins and in
pancakes. Oregon Blueberries for example, are loaded with
antioxidants, they are delicious also right out of the can.

Open your mind to other kinds of canned fruits:

  • Cranberry sauce and Jelly. Jellied cranberries will go with
    your freeze dried turkey and you can also enhance your
    chicken dishes.

  • Mandarin oranges. Mandarin oranges are a nice addition to
    salads or fruit salads like Ambrosia. Serve it with diced
    chicken.

  • Maraschino cherries. It's a classic to top a hot fudge
    sundae, banana split or a Shirley temple, but you can eat
    these preserved cherries as a snack or make your brandied
    fruit.

  • Pineapple. Think Dole pineapple slices. Pineapple's in
    pineapple juice offer hydration, they are rich in vitamin C and
    have no added sugars.

#2: Crystallized, candied and powdered fruit.
Crystallized fruit is candied fruit. Most Americans today reject
candied fruit (the dreaded ingredient in fruit cakes), but it has
roots in our ancestral cooking.

  • True Lemon. True Lemon is made  from a patented process
    that cold-presses and crystallizes the lemon oils and juices
    into a powdered formant. True Lemon delivers consistent
    fresh-squeezed lemon taste in a convenient packet. Add True
    Lemon to your water and you’ll swear you just squeezed a
    lemon wedge into your water. But don’t stop there! True
    Lemon is great in hot/iced teas, drinks and beverages. You
    can also use True Lemon for your cooking, baking and
    seasoning applications. Sprinkle True Lemon on food instead
    of salt. Because of True Lemon’s great taste and
    convenience, you’ll find you’re reaching for True Lemon all
    the time!

  • True Lime. True Lime is a great substitute for a wedge of
    lime the way True Lemon is for a wedge of lemon.


#3: Commercially dried and dehydrated fruits.
Of the dried fruits, raisins are what comes to mind, but there are
many others -- dried apricots, dried blueberries, dried cranberries,
figs, dates and prunes. All can provide a healthy dose of
potassium and dietary fiber when fresh fruits are not available.

Dehydrated fruits are not the same as freeze dried fruits.

  • Banana chips. Banana chips are coated in honey or coconut
    to help preserve the appearance of bananas which would
    otherwise turn brown and unappealing.

  • Raisins. Just a handful of raisins will provide a full serving of
    fruit. Raisins have protein, fiber, iron, and Vitamin C. Raisins
    are loaded with antioxidants and potassium, too. Use them
    in your Prepper's pantry to enhance the flavor of rice for
    dinner and cereals for breakfasts. Remember, raisins are a
    dried fruit and not a dehydrated food. There is a difference in
    how you store each. Organic raisins are the best choice so
    you can avoid toxic pesticides of commercial farming.

  • Dehydrated apples are a bit chewy yet crisp. Dehydrated
    apples are less expensive than freeze dried. Augason farms
    dehydrated apple slices are economical and highly rated.

  • Freeze dried apples are crisp. They are also more
    expensive because of the process. Saratoga Farms also uses
    Granny Smith apples.

#4: Dehydrating your own fruits.
The best dehydrator to own is the Excalabur, but if you're just
starting off, there are several other less expensive brands
available that are decent, like Nesco.

#5: Freeze dried fruits.
Freeze dried fruits are a great snack right out of the container,
but they are also good in pies, jams, jellies and other creative
applications.

Freeze dried fruits are flash-frozen then dried in an efficient
commercial process and it's the easiest way to get fruit into your
food storage. Most has a 30-year shelf-life, so you won't have to
rotate it. There are home versions of freeze dried machines
available, but they are expensive and by the time you spend so
much money on these devices, you haven't spent any money on
the fruit, Mylar bags, and buckets you need for true long-term
food storage.

There are so many excellent freeze dried fruits on the market, but
what's going to last the longest is freeze dried in a #10 can.
Banana slices won't last as long as freeze dried strawberries,
though, so be sure to read the labels.

  • Banana slices. With a 10-year shelf life the tasty honey-
    coated banana slices by Augason Farms have 22 servings.
    You'll eat them well before expiration. Great for snacks or to
    enhance your granola, the kids will love these honey coated
    banana slices and you'll give them 10% of their calcium and
    6% of their daily potassium per serving.


  • Augason Farms Fruit 4-gallon bucket (2-lbs of fruit):
    The fruit variety bucket immediate right, square bucket of
    fruit, consists of 4 pouches of freeze-dried fruits including
    1 Pouch sliced strawberries, 1 Pouch diced apples, 1
    Pouch whole raspberries and 1 Pouch whole blueberries; 1
    Pouch of dehydrated Banana chips; 1 bonus Pouch of spiff-
    e-whip. Pouches are contained in a 4-gallon watertight
    pail and includes 199 servings, 5,545 calories and a shelf
    life up to 20 years.

  • Augason Farms Fruit Bucket (4-lbs of fruit). Six assorted
    freeze dried fruits in a 4-lbs bucket would be good to add to
    your food storage. Add freeze dried fruits to plain rice,
    cereals, baked goods or just snack on them. In this bucke
    you'll get freeze dried sliced strawberries (40 servings),
    freeze dried sliced peaches (52 servings), freeze dried whole
    raspberries (40 servings), freeze dried whole blueberries (44
    servings), freeze dried sliced bananas (40 servings), and
    freeze dried diced apples (40 servings). Also as a bonus, you
    get Apple Delight Drink Mix (16 servings).

#6: Frozen fruit.
Having frozen fruit in the freezer is great for smoothies, but if the
power is out, you can use frozen fruit in many other ways. Here
are
five things you can do when baking with frozen fruit.

If you have a solar oven or a camp stove you also can bake with
frozen fruit. The trick in baking with frozen fruit is to coat the
berries in flour. And
using a dehydrator you can make fruit
leathers.

#7: Fruit leathers, fruit strips and fruit ropes.
When buying commercially made fruit leathers, skip the fruit
rollups, which are ladened with unwanted high-fructose corn
syrups. Instead, look for Simply Fruit twists and high fiber dried
fruit strips available in a variety of flavors, such as cherry, grape,
and apricot.

Learn also to make your own fruit leathers!


#8: Jams and Jellies.
Commercially canned jams, jellies and curds all are readily
available at the grocery store, though making your own is an
excellent prepping skill to have and much more fun!

Learn how to can and make your own jams and jellies:


#9: Juices.
Your Pediatrician may tell you that apple juice is no different from
a soda in terms of sugar, but there's a huge difference if you
store  100% apple juice, cherry juice, pomegranate juice and the
like in their shelf-stable form. We recommend glass. Not only are  
these juices a valuable source of hydration, but they are valuable
sources of Vitamin C and other vitamins.

  • Look for Martinelli sparkling apple cider and apple juice in
    glass containers.

#10: Sauces.
Applesauce is a favorite, but many Scandinavian cultures have
other kinds of sauces they make with berries and rhubarbs from
the garden. If you're going to have some applesauce in your food
storage, stick to brands in glass containers. Santa Cruz Organic
Apple Sauce, right is a good brand.

Applesauce is a nice snack, but it's also good as a dessert or for
breakfast:

How to keep your fruit produce as fresh as possible


A final note of caution...
Most people tolerate dried fruits very well, though some people
may be allergic to dried fruit. This is called
Oral Allergy Syndrome
(OAS) or pollen-food allergy syndrome (PFAS). If you've ever
experienced tingling or itching of the mouth, throat or lips, or a
light swelling then you may have OAS. It's usually in response to
fresh fruits, but it can also happen with dried fruits. It's very
serious and can cause swelling of the throat or even anaphylaxis.

Thankfully, if you've never had a problem with fruit before, then
you won't have a problem with fruit in your food storage.

Happy endings...
Sourcing fruit in your food storage including ~ freeze dried fruit,
dehydrated fruit, canned fruit, fruit rollups and more.
Hhow to keep your produce as fresh as possible.

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