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#2: Lentils.
Do you know the great thing about lentils? They don't require pre-
soaking! You can boil lentils for 15-20 minutes and they're ready
to eat. This is an important distinction from beans and why they're
historically a shelf-stable food that our ancestors ate.

Lentils have a long shelf life, cook quickly, and are packed with
protein making them an excellent substitute for meat. You'll need
protein in an emergency to build muscles, satiate your appetite
and more. Hearty lentils provide the answer and give you a much
need break from beans. What's more, lentils are high in dietary
fiber and iron.

You may think of lentils only for lentil soup, but they are terrific
thrown in with rice or to help you beef up hamburger on a budget.
The kids will hardly notice your chili, meatloaf or spaghetti beefed
up with lentils. With heaps of protein and fiber, you'll learn to love
lentils. Get creative with lentils and use them for salads, and
more. You can
soak lentils for sprouting or use them as a tasty
texture to salads. There are so many reasons why lentils are good
in the prepper's pantry.

Lentils are nutty, nutritious and delicious:

#3: Masa Harina.
Every Mexican pantry has Masa Harina and so should yours. What's
Masa Harina?  Masa harina  means "dough flour." It's a traditional
flour of Mexico and used to make tortillas, tamales, and other
Mexican dishes.

Masa is the traditional dough used to make corn tortillas. It's so
easy to make corn tortillas and so delicious.Mix this amazing
cornmeal with hot water and you'll make dough that you can roll
into a ball and flatten it into yummy tortillas for frying.

Mix salt into the masa harina corn flour. Slowly pour the water into
the dough to get a good consistency. The dough should be firm
and springy when touched, not dry or sticky. Let rest for about an
hour, covered with a damp towel.

Preheat a griddle or flat surface. Divide the dough into 2 inch
balls. Press dough between two pieces of waxed paper, or flatten
according to a tortilla press directions, into 6-inch circles. Place
flattened dough on a hot griddle or flat surface and cook until the
top of the tortilla starts to look cooked, about 1 minute. Flip to
the other side and heat for another minute.

Masa Harina from Bob's Redmill, available in a 25-lbs. bag, is
made with hominy, or dried corn kernels that have been cooked
and soaked in lime water, which is ground into masa.

Masa harina is flour made from dried masa. The nixtamalization
process (soaking in lime water) was developed in Mesoamerica
thousands of years ago. It loosens the hulls from the kernel and
softens the corn for grinding by breaking down the glue-like
component called hemicellulose. This process also changes the
structure of the corn, freeing the nutritionally rich niacin so that it
can be easily absorbed into the digestive track.

#4: Oatmeal.
Traditionally for breakfast, oatmeal isn't just for breakfast
anymore. During the
Great Depression families learned to add
oatmeal to meatloaf to extend the meat. Today it's just as
versatie ~ you can add oatmeal to casseroles and vegetarian bean
patties as well as breads and muffins.

Learn more
why preppers store oats and grow them!

#5: Pasta.
Beyond beans, you can use your noodle! Dried pasta is one of the
original foods with a long shelf life, and what's not to love about

pasta in the prepper's pantry
? Not only is pasta a comfort food,
but it's high in carbohydrates, filling and cheap.

With pasta you can make casseroles, side dishes and entrees for
endless possiblities. The different shapes of pasta add to the
texture and flavor of your meals. Elbow macaroni and rotini are
just as delicious for cold pasta salads as they are for creamy and
saucy Italian dishes. For elbow macaroni you can make a chili mac
or mac and cheese. With rotini noodles you can create
sophisticated dinners or add freeze dried meats and spaghetti or
Alfredo sauces.

Spaghetti and fettuccini noodles are very compact and easy to
store. You need only watch for egg noodles as they will expire
faster than the other varieties.

#6: Popcorn.
Popcorn isn't immediately what comes to mind as emergency food,
but it's got all the hallmarks of a good food to stockpile. Popcorn
is shelf stable, inexpensive, hearty and comforting, making it a
very worthwhile food storage item.

Popcorn became popular with Americans during the Great
Depression when sugar was at a premium and movie goers wanted
to indulge a little. Popcorn was a savory treat that almost anyone
could afford and America has had a love affair with the fluffy stuff
ever since.

Popcorn is not only cheap, it's a food that stores extremely well.
Nature provides the perfect little shell. And while popcorn taste
better with oil and a little butter or salt, you can enjoy popcorn air
popped on it's own. You may not have considered popcorn in your
emergency food storage, but another thing it's good for is grinding
into cornmeal! Here's more on why every prepper should

#7: Potatoes.
Your ancestors likely stored potatoes in root cellar. To keep the
potatoes from sprouting, it was necessary to store potatoes in a
cool dry place. Today it's so easy to pick up a bag of potatoes and
since they're relatively inexpensive it's okay if you don't eat them
up. You won't have that luxury in an emergency, which is why it's
handy to have dried potato products in your pantry.

Likely you already have instant mashed potatoes in your pantry.
Potato gems are great to have on hand, but the kind at the
grocery store eventually expire. That's when it's good to potatoes
in #10 cans, such as the
Augason Farms potato gems, pictured
lower right. From the gems you can make a shepherd's pie or
create your favorite side dish. Use them to make casseroles,
soups and more.

Augason Farms potato products are ready for your long term
storage needs, including potatoes that are sliced, diced, shredded
and gems, plus creamy potato soup:

  • Dehydrated shredded potatoes. The great thing about
    potatoes is that they are gluten free. Shredded potatoes are
    ideal for hash browns, but use them also to make cheesy
    potato casseroles. The shredded potatoes from Augason
    Farms have a 25-year shelf life.

#8: Powdered milk.
Powdered milk isn't what it used to be. You'll find today's
powdered milk is rich and creamy ~ and perfectly delicious to drink
or use for your recipes. Add powdered milk directly to your instant
coffee for a creamy treat. Even if you don't drink milk, you'll need
powdered milk for your cereals, baking needs, and for making
mashed potatoes from potato flakes, and gravies too.

A gallon of
powdered milk adds 2500 calories to your family's diet,
and is actually much cheaper when purchased in powdered form
than in buying the stuff by the half gallon. You may be able to
make milk and barter with it.

#9: Raisins.
Now you have more reason than ever to stockpile raisins in the
prepper's pantry. An
ancient prepper food, raisins are an
underrated shelf-stable item that's loaded with nutrition. Just a
handful of raisins will provide a full serving of fruit. Many preppers
overlook the
importance of storing fruit in the pantry.

Raisins are an easy fruit to stockpile and they have protein, fiber,
iron, and Vitamin C. Raisins are loaded with antioxidants and
potassium, too! What's more, raisins are a natural source of
calcium. One small pack of raisins provides 100 calories, which is
more than an entire can of green beans. Plus, raisins have an
extremely long shelf life. Add raisins to rice or oatmeal or eat
raisins on their own. While you can stockpile ordinary dried raisins,
you may be able to find them in a #10 can.

Have a toothache? We heard it through the grapevine that raisins
can help you control dental caries naturally! According to Web MD,
raisins may help fight cavities. Thanks to the oleanolic acid
content of raisins, which is a phyto-chemical, eating raisins can
inhibit bacteria growth in your mouth.

What's more, Dr. Josh Axe, doctor of natural medicine, is a
proponent of
eating raisins to decrease cavities and gum disease.
He says raisins can also help lower blood pressure naturally and
reduce stroke risk, manage diabetes and more.

Raisins are an unlikely remedy for a specific toothache, but give it
a try as part of your personal plan for better oral health.

How to use raisins to help your body cure a tooth infection:
Eat organic raisins and don't brush your teeth right way. Instead,
let the oleanic acid content in the raisins work the natural miracle
on your tteeth. The reason why organic is important is because
grapes have the most harmful pesticides. says to buy
organic grapes [and raisins] from the United States only, because
imported grapes have higher pesticide residues."

#10: Spices and condiments.
Variety is the spice of life. Whether you stock pinto bean
seasoning, pictured right,
boullion cubes, cayenne pepper or
Tabasco sauce, Ketchup or mustard, you'll need to
stock spices to
flavor your food.

Happy endings...
Bullets, beans and bandaids ~ those are the basics of prepping
staples. Once you have your bullets, beans and bandaids it's time
to take the next step. Beyond beans, you can use your noodle!
Variety is the spice of life.

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Beyond beans
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Go beyond the beans in your food storage.
Bullets, beans and bandages are prepper staples, but it's good to
go beyond the basics. While beans and rice together make a
complete protein and are worthy of cupboard space in the
prepper's pantry, things would get pretty bland if you had to eat
rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'd surely
survive the boredom, but why plan for it?

You're a prepper, so you may as well prepare to go beyond beans
and rice in your food storage to not only survive, but thrive!
Below are ten key foods to store besides the rice and beans...

Beyond Beans in your Food Storage
Beans and rice are the staple of any prepper's pantry because it's
cheap and heart food that has a long shelf life. Once you've
stockpiled the rice and beans and you're ready to expand your
food storage, give these ideas a go!

Here are the top ten foods to include beyond rice and beans:

#1: Freeze dried meat.
Every prepper needs protein and while rice and beans provide the
ideal protein, nothing beats meat! With meat you get texture and
flavor. Meat satisfies! Beans are nutritious because they contain
all essential amino acids your body needs, except methionine.
You will only find Methionine in
corn, rice, or meat.

Beef up your pantry beyond the rice and beans with canned meat,
including freeze dried meats and poultry. Food storage containing
any kind of
canned meat is an important part of the prepper's
pantry, but canned meat has a shelf life. Canned food you get at
the grocery store has a shelf life of around two years, but Yoder's
canned hamburger, pictured right, can last 10 years.

Freeze dried meats can last 25 or more years. NutriStore has a
four-pack of freeze dried meats in #10 cans, including diced beef,
diced chicken, hamburger and sausage crumbles

Most preppers don't realize that virtually all your nutrition could
come from
canned meats. Well, at least 90% of your needs in a
survival situation can be accommodated with meat. Better to
have some SPAM around instead of having to resort to eating
crickets, which incidentally are a wonderful source of protein. Of
course, but you already knew to stock the tuna, didn't you? But
do you have Yoder's canned bacon in your preps?

While we're on the topic of canned meat, consider also beef
jerky! You'll get around 10-15 grams of fat per serving of beef
jerky. Essential for bug-out gear, only issue is jerky contains salt,
so if you pack jerky in your bug out bag, be sure to pack extra
Beef jerky is a versatile food: try cooking with it!
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