prepper's kitchen (how to stock)

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Prepper's Kitchen
Foods to stock in the Prepper's pantry

What's in the prepper's kitchen.
The prepper's kitchen is unlike the ordinary American's kitchen
because it's prepared for cooking without electricity. An off-grid
cookstove that's fueled by

A mainstay of the prepper's kitchen is a
Big Berkey Water filter
because cooking requires clean drinking water. In short, the
prepper's kitchen has in it everything from an
All American
pressure canner cooker to Wise Foods emergency food storage.

When push comes to squeeze, you'll find the prepper's kitchen
has a variety of
hand-crank kitchen tools from a potato ricer and
peeler to a manual food grinder and juicer.

Prepper's Pantry and Kitchen
Cooking is a survival skill. Wondering how to cook Prepper style?
Your diet will definitely change maybe even for the better. Here's
how to cook "prepper style":

Wondering how to stock the prepper's pantry and what to put in
your off-grid kitchen? This guide will get you going...

  • Step One: Get enough water.
    Before you even start spending money on all sorts of gear
    for survival, be sure your family has enough water. You
    won't live more than three days without water and in a
    prepper's pantry water is essential. For example, you'll need
    a gallon of water just to boil pasta and clean up the mess
    afterwards. Plus, you'll need water for soaking dried beans,
    making rice, reconstituting dehydrated foods and mixing up
    your ready made freeze dried meals. Water is essential in
    the prepper's pantry!

  • How much water is enough? A family of four needs to
    store 270 gallons of water, according to Utah State
    University, which is a three-month supply (90 gallons of
    water PER PERSON). Here is a lesson on survival

  • Step Two: Buy shelf stable foods your family enjoys
    Before a crisis, take note of important foods to buy and
    stock up on them when they go on sale. Buy canned meats,
    beans, and soups, plus convenience foods, such as protein
    bars, cereals, crackers, nut butters, dried fruits, rice and
    pasta. Certainly you should try new canned foods and
    consider adding new shelf-stable foods to your pantry, but
    it's important to remember the prepper philosophy, which is
    "try before you buy" too much (or you'll have too much
    expired food on your hands).

  • What are the 37 foods you must hoard? What's the
    best prepper protein source? Here is the shopping list
    of  37 foods to store before crisis divulges all. This
    checklist includes all the shelf-stable foods you can buy
    at any grocery store or food warehouse.

  • Step Three: Clear a closet and set up a stock rotation
    system for your food.
    All the food you amass needs to go somewhere. That's why
    a prepper's pantry goes beyond the foods stocked in the
    kitchen cabinetry. Prepper's are an ingenious bunch and find
    space in just about every nook and cranny of their home.
    This means newbie preppers need to get busy! Clear closets
    to make an extra pantry or two for your foods. Next, rotate
    foods with the oldest to the front and the fresh shelf stable
    items get pushed to the back. When food goes on sale: one
    goes in your kitchen and one goes in your closet.

    Buy what you eat. Rotate. Repeat. This simple family
    survival system will serve you well, and it all starts with
    organization of a closet pantry.

  • Need a little extra space? Take advantage of can racks
    and stackable kitchen shelves, pictured right, to make
    the most of the space you have.

  • Step Four: Set up your prepper's kitchen (manual tools).
    Make sure you have proper prepper kitchen tools and a
    cook stoves. In the event of a power grid failure, make sure
    you have enough fuel and equipment with which to cook.
    You may need to cook indoors, so don't rely on your
    barbecue to do all the cooking. Here are other kitchen tools
    to consider:

  • Grain Mill: Preppers who stock hard wheat in their
    pantry will require a grain mill. Currently, wheat is not
    a GMO product! Learn the six grains to hoard!

  • Step Five: Consider adding freeze dried foods to your
    Cans of food at the grocery store has an expiration date
    generally good for just one or two years. Mostly, this is to
    satisfy the manufacturers to ensure the quality meets their
    standards, but if you buy a whole year's supply of canned
    food, then you'll quickly see your money go down the drain
    because you'll have to start over again in a couple of years.
    A better solution is to buy freeze dried foods in buckets or
    #10 cans. Freeze dried foods last upwards of 25 years or
    more, and there are several good brands to conisder for your
    preparedness planning:

  • Augason Farms: You'll feel happy having Augason farms
    potatoes in your pantry.
  • Honeyville Farms: Try dehydrated elbow macaroni,
    immediate right.
  • Legacy foods. Legacy Foods are GMO-free freeze dried
    foods. They are wholesome, delicious and made in the
  • Provident Pantry. The variety of Provident Pantry
    includes an every day can size (2.5 can) and #10 cans
    of quality freeze dried foods. Try Provident Pantry
    Sausage crumbles.
  • Mountain House: Mountain House is the backpackers
    favorite, because it truly is the best tasting of the
    freeze dried foods! Stock up on the classic taste tested
    Mountain House Beef Stroganoff.

  • Step Six: Buy in bulk.
    Economies of scale happen when you buy in bulk: the more
    you buy, the more you save. Start with popular prepper
    foods, such as dried beans and rice. Purchase in bulk online
    or your local warehouse food store. Buy bulk foods, seal
    them in mylar bags with an oxygen absorber and storing
    them in food grade buckets.

  • Step Seven: Start canning, dehydrating

  • Canning foods: Canning isn't for everyone, and yet it's
    an essential skill should the unthinkable happen and
    the world as we know it goes off the grid. Learn the art
    of dry canning, too.

  • Dehydrating foods: Dehydrating a three-month supply
    of foods isn't easy, but it is rewarding and healthy.

Step Eight: Get gourmet foods to fight food fatigue!

Step Nine: Grow your own.
  • Grow potatoes! You can grow potatoes in small containers.
  • Grow mushrooms. Foraging mushrooms in the wild is a
    deadly game. Add flavor and variety to your meals with
    home grown mushrooms.
  • Sprouting. Sprouting is an easy way to grow at home. You
    need only sunlight that your home brings through the
    windowsill. Pictured right, you can start sprouting today.
  • Keep chickens, rabbits or goats.
  • Become a beekeeper!
  • Survival seeds. Plan on growing for the future with heirloom,
    non-GMO seeds.

Step Ten: Hide your food!
  • Get some moving boxes and label them "grandma's fine
    china," but fill the box with your freeze dried foods. For a
    havy box of cans, mark it "books."
  • Find places to hide your food. Build a hidden compartment
    under your bed.

Cook "Prepper Style":
Fill your pantry with abundance! Read "The Prepper's Pantry:
Building and Thriving with Food Storage" by Anne Lang,
immediate left. You'll go wild excitement when you see recipes
for: Shepherd's pie,  Mexican casserole, chili and fry bread, easy
cheeseburger pie, Tuna a la king, and more. The recipes are all
made with shelf stable ingredients, and will get you thinking
about how to cook Prepper style.

  • Canned foods (commercial): Butter in can? Bacon in a
    can? Yes, these amazing canned foods are available! Here's
    how to survive with canned foods. Plus, get tips for
    stocking your Preppers kitchen in style! And be sure to check
    out our canned meats page, so you know where to get that

  • Considering long term storage of grains: Beans and grains
    combined form a perfect protein. Learn about long term
    grain storage of grains and seeds. Discover why it's
    important to stock up on grains preserved in #10 can, and
    so much more. Give us this day our daily bread, pasta,
    muffins, cereal and more!

  • Food foraging for the fun of it: Mother nature can provide
    you with a supplement to your freeze dried pantry canned
    food storage, and homegrown vegetation. Supplementing
    any Prepper's Pantry by foraging for foods in the wild.

  • Hoarding comfort foods: Did someone say chocolate?
    Stocking the Prepper's pantry with comfort foods not only
    boosts morale, it can benefit your health, and provide
    valuable bartering opportunities. Bacon comes in can!

  • Storing foods for years: Discover how Happy Preppers
    handle long term needs for food storage.

List of Manual Kitchen Tools for Preppers
Here is a list of off-grid alternatives and hand-powered kitchen
tools to buy while they are still available:

Off-grid kitchen tool #1: Big Berkey Water Filter.
Clean drinking water is always at the top of the list for survival.
To replace the running water in your kitchen, you'll need a water
source and a filtration method. A Big Berkey water filter can
provide as much as 6,000 gallons of water filtration before it
requires cleaning.

Off-grid kitchen tool: Can opener (manual, wall mounted).
Instead of your electric can opener, you'll need a manual can
opener. It's number high on the list of hand-powered kitchen
tools for preppers for good reason! You'll have plenty of cans to
open after crisis.

  • Wall-mounted can opener: A sturdy can opener is good,
    but a heavy duty, wall mounted can opener is better and will
    prove immensely useful in the days immediately following a
    disaster. The benefit of a wall-mounted unit is that you
    always know where it is.

  • Manual can openers. Preppers should own several sturdy
    manual can openers. Redundancy is key following a disaster,
    and there is not an excuse to have only one can opener. An
    inexpensive dollar store item, you can't afford not to have
    several on hand.

  • P-51 Military can openers. A military style can opener is
    ideal not only for the buogout bag, purse or car, but also for
    taping onto every other freeze dried can in your food
    storage. They are inexpensive and provide peace of mind
    that you'll be able to open cans in an emergency.

  • Bucket opener. The red bucket opener, pictured immediate
    left, is necessary to open a five- or six-gallon bucket. Tape
    them directly to every other bucket of food. They come with
    a hole for a string so you can secure one someplace

Off-grid kitchen tool #2: Coffee French press or
To some, coffee isn't just a luxury, it's a survival necessity!

  • French press coffee. When the instant coffee runs out,
    those who've prepared can enjoy the "perks" of a cup of
    fresh brewed coffee if they have a percolator or French
    Press, coffee grinder and some coffee beans stashed away
    in #10 cans or mylar bags.
  • The Bruntmor French Press, pictured left, Brews 1 liter (8
    coffee cups), 34oz. of the best rich tasting coffee. Carafe is
    made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass up to 200°
    F. All parts are BPA free.
  • Legacy Foods offers ground coffee, plus the manual French

  • Percolator coffee pot. Classic red, is an enamelware
    percolator coffee pot, which you can place directly on a
    heated surface, making it ideal for camping. (It comes also
    in blue.)  You get old-fashioned charm and campsite
    convenience in one sturdy package..

  • Replace your electric coffee grinder, too.  Grind your
    coffee manually with the easy hand-crank grinder pictured
    right. While you can purchase ground coffee, everyone
    knows that it tastes better fresh. When all the beans are
    gone from your stash, you can buy green coffee from Future

    If you buy coffee that's green and roast it, or if you buy
    coffee beans in bulk, you'll need a way to grind your coffee
    without electricity. Certainly a grain mill can perform this
    task; however, coffee beans are very oily and you'll likely
    want to have a tool for the specific purpose of grinding your
    coffee so you don't have to clean the utensil with your daily
    cup of java.

Off-grid kitchen tool #3: Manual egg beater.
Got eggs? If your "girls" are producing eggs, then surely you'll
need a manual egg beater to replace your electric mixer. Sure, a
whisk will do, but a manual egg beater is an essential for
gourmet cooks who want really fluffy eggs or egg whites. Now
beat it and get that egg beater!

Off-grid kitchen tool #4: Wheat Grinder (grain mill).
Think of a wheat grinder as a grain mill, also for barley, popcorn,
oats, coffee and more. High on the list of prepper kitchen items
for the self-reliant homesteader is a grain mill. Those who take
emergency preparedness to the advanced level will appreciate
the affordable Victorio manual grain mill, pictured at the top left
hand of the page. The precision stainless steel milling cone is
durable and makes fine bread quality flour. (Makes about one
half cup of fine flour per minute and more than twice that
amount on the coarse setting.) The compact design makes it
easy to store.

This durable all-purpose manual grinder is ideal for wheat, corn,
rice, and other grains, like barley and oats. Use it to grind coffee
beans, peppercorns, non-oily seeds as well as spices. If you want
a luxury manual grain mill, choose the Wondermill Junior Grain
mill for coffee or grinding flour, right.

Off-grid kitchen tool #5: Meat Grinder.
A meat grinder is necessary for advanced preppers who hunt or
raise livestock. It's ideal for sausage making, making meatballs
and hamburgers, even for making dog food. Can you use one
grinder to do both jobs? The answer in short is that you won't
want to mix the grain grinder with meat to cross contaminate
and cause illness. The long story is that wheat grinders are
intended for low moisture grinding.

Off-grid kitchen tool #6: Sifter.
Didn't we just mention the grinder? If you're a prepper worth your
weigh in salt, you're grinding your own wheat into flour with your
grain mill, and not purchasing a sack of flour. With a sifter, you'll
get fluffier breads and cakes. Left are two sifters. One is hand
crank model  -- just turn the crank handle to deploy the sifter
inside. The other has a lever to grip and pump the flour or sugar
through the sifter. It holds around 2-3/4 cups.

Off-grid kitchen tool #7: Kitchen timer (egg timer)!
Grandma didn't have a digital timer! She twisted something she
called an "egg timer" to the desired minutes and then waited for
the buzzer. A kitchen timer is an overlooked accessory for the
prepper in an off grid world and makes a wonderful gift. Right is
a retro cool kitchen timer made of heavy duty steel, just like
grandma had.

Off-grid kitchen tool #8: Butter Churn.
Imagine the luxury of making fresh butter in an off grid world! If
you have milk, you can churn your own butter. Don't have a cow
or goat? Then here's some happy news for you: it is entirely
possible to
make butter from powdered milk! While the author
uses a food processor, you can use a butter churn. Pictured left,
is the ultimate butter churn made of glass.

Off-grid kitchen tool #9: Juice Press and zester.
If you grow lemons, limes or other citrus fruits, then you'll need
a citrus press to take full advantage of the juice. A zester will
help you extract the vitamins and flavor from the skin, which is
another worthwhile and inexpensive addition to a prepper
kitchen. When push comes to squeeze, preppers want a juice
press! If you own citrus fruit trees, then the Breville Juice Press,
pictured right, is the one to own as it gets unusually high ratings.

Off-grid kitchen tool #10: Mortar and pestle set.
Crush, grind and powder natures healthiest eats with a mortar
and pestle set. Mortars and pestles have been around for
thousands of years -- long before kitchens existed they were
already a classic utensil. They do the job of crushing, grinding
and powdering herbs, grains, spices, nuts, roots, teas for all
kinds of healthy eats. This style of grinding releases flavor best
in seeds, herbs, spices and garlic. Mortars and pestles are handy
for crushing pills and supplements, too. This set of 3 mortars and
pestles have contoured bottoms & pestle head to hold the
grindables in place. Porcelain is easy to clean and won't absorb
food odors or stain.

Off-grid kitchen tool #11: Peelers.  Apple peeler /
Potato peeler.
Peel apples or pears, but you can also peel plenty of potatoes
with hand crank apple peeler just like Grandma used to have. A
potato ricer is also handy for making mashed potatoes or

Off-grid kitchen tool #12. Mandolin, Spiral Veggie
Enhance your off grid garden food by making interesting
vegetables dishes. Get a spiral mandolin slicer! Make zucchini
spaghetti and spiral carrots into interesting salads and pastas! A
mandolin is an ideal accompaniment to a dehydrator, and if you
have a garden owning a mandolin is a must.
  • Shredder: creates long, spaghetti-like spiral strands
  • Chipper: creates long, thick spiral strands
  • Straight: creates long, ribbon-like strands

NOTE: If you're going to have this tool on-hand, be sure to wear
some kitchen gloves.

Off-grid kitchen tool #13: Food Dehydrator.
The process of dehydrating removes water from the food and
with the drying heat you in turn minimize the enzyme and
bacteria production to preserve food. It's well and good to get an
electric food dehydrator if you have a backup energy source, but
a non-electric dehydrator will serve you well in an off grid life.

Off-grid kitchen tool #14: Solar Refrigeration.
Prices of solar powered products have come down quite a bit. It
seems almost ridiculous to say "solar" and "refrigerator" in the
same sentence, but someone invented it. The technology is here
that you can make your food cold with the power of the sun. It's
not as expensive as you might think either. Check out the solar
refrigerator, pictured right.

Off grid kitchen tool #15: Breadmaking tools.
Instead of a breadmaker and an electric oven, invest in bread
making equipment, including:

  • A camp oven. Ensure that you can bake when the lights go

  • Biscuit cutters. Your prepper kitchen wouldn't be complete
    without a biscuit cutter or two. The trio of biscuit cutters,
    pictured left, cuts biscuits, cookies, cakes, and pastries.
    Biscuits are a simple and essential prepper food made from
    simple ingredients. A basic Southern biscuit recipe calls for
    flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter and milk -- all
    things that should be in a prepper's pantry.  Baking from
    scratch is something to try now, before the need arises. If
    you don't already know how to bake biscuits, get cracking on

  • Tortilla press. It's easy to make corn tortilla from masa
    harina flour and warm water, but you need a tortilla press

Off-grid kitchen tool #16: Cast iron cookware.
Replace your microwave with the healthier way to re-heat your
food: cast iron cookware. Cast iron provides fast, even heating,
which is why it's a favorite with preppers. It's healthy cooking
because it enables a healthy portion of iron to release into your
food. Cast iron is inexpensive, and easy to clean. Just boil with
hot water or scrape. Then add a coat of grease or oil before you
store it for the next meal. Look also for footed varieties of
cookware made for camping.

Off grid Kitchen tools #17: Butchering tools.
Knives are an important part of prepping, and preppers who plan
to hunt or survive off their livestock, should acquire a butchering
kit.  butchering knives will be essential after the hunt, eating the
chickens who don't produce eggs, and butchering the rabbits.
Other tools for meat handling would include:
  1. Butcher kit
  2. Meat hammer / tenderizer
  3. Meat thermometer
  4. Trussing needle
  5. Meat cuber
  6. Game sheer
  7. Butcher saw
  8. Slash resistent gloves
  9. Smokehouse: Note of warning on smoking meats: The
    smells of a meat smoke can linger for many miles. In
    extreme conditions, you won't want neighboring intruders.
    Avoid smoking meats in severe scenarios.

Happy endings...
The prepper's kitchen is a happy place filled with food! Make sure
your larder is full with long-lasting foods, and off-grid kitchen
tools to weather an emergency.

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