1.Wheat Once ground, its the building block for varieties of bread, tortillas, flat bread, pizza crust and more. Ive stocked up on hard red wheat for hearty breads, general purpose hard white wheat, and soft white wheat for pastries.
2.Rice. On its own, its a side dish. Mixed with herbs and a vegetable or two, its a simple main dish. Its a great meal-stretcher when topped with, or served alongside, main dishes such as a stir fry. Note: brown rice contains oils which will become rancid after six months or so.
3.Dried milk. Without electricity, fresh milk will go bad in hours. In an emergency situation, fresh will be difficult to come by unless you own a cow or a goat. Dried milk provides not only milk to drink, but milk to use as an ingredient in other dishes.
4.Salt. Stock up on table salt at your local Costco. Its inexpensive and has multiple uses.
5.Beans. Buy canned beans and dry beans in different varieties. Versatile, economical and a good source of fiber.
6.Tomatoes. Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, tomato puree, etc. Watch for them on sale and then grab a few dozen cans. Theyre the basis for salsas, soups, stews, and sauces.
7.Other canned veggies and fruit. These will help provide important nutrients, variety to your recipes, and have a very long shelf life. If you cant stomach canned veggies, try dehydrating your own or purchasing freeze-dried.
8.Peanut butter. High in protein, yummy on warm, freshly made bread! Add some honey and you have a winner!
9.Oil. Without oil, youre pretty much stuck with boiling your meat and veggies.
10.Dried pasta. Another meal stretcher and a kid-pleasing dish any day of the week. My own kids have been known to dip bow-tie pasta in ranch dressing.
11.Sugar and honey. Okay, that makes eleven, but Ive known women who were ready to kill when deprived of sugar for too long!
Dollar Tree has a milk--Gossner's, family business for 50 years--and it has a shelf life of about 8/9 months. It's in a container like the peach/mango nectars are in. I have 13 and use them for emergencies, and the milk is awesome.
I just bought it because of the family owned thing..and I was on a prepper site and someone posted a comment about Gossner's at Dollar Tree---I thought, whoa, I've got that...chilled it and used it and it was great---I have buckets of powdered, but this is STS and nice for those times you didn't know you were out?? hmmm..someone drank the milk I use for my cereal!! Great stuff and one Dollar Tree has soy milk. Have a good one---nice blog..I love reading and learning--store info in brain for later.
Is it true that SPAM has no known expiration date?
LOL...Spam and Twinkies will survive a nuclear fall out.
Actually, expiration dates are only a guideline for freshness. If canned items are kept in cool, dry, and out of direct light, they are good past the expiration. They may loose their color and nutritional value, but should be safe to consume. I have purposely allowed canned milk to go 6 months past the expiration. It was just fine. :)
My test: Check for bugles, the can or jar opens well, color and consistency looks good, and most of all smells good...go for it. However, when in doubt, throw it out!
Yep--at least one is awake--the one that bought all the milk..and I did the same when I went.
I discovered someone on the prepper site today that lives in my old county in Tn(within 25 0r 30 miles)...I emailed her to see if we can start communicating ---which would be great---I have looked for 2 years for someone close and no luck yet in Tn, or KY. I'm close to the Ky/Tn. line. I'm very excited...am I afraid of OPSEC being exposed??? At this point, we're screwed either way--we have noone for security and it's just the two of us.
Olive oil and regular Criso (aka lard)last the longest. They have several years of shelf life...just follow the cool, dark, and dry rules of storage. (They've found olive oil in tombs in Egypt that was still edible.)
Vegetable, canola, and other typical oils will last a few years. The biggest problem is that they go rancid. They're actually still safe, just horrible on the palette.
I have gallons of olive oil and regular Crisco in my long term storage and I rotate my vegetable and canola oils on the short term shelves.
I would have to add coffee to the list maybe not in the top 10 but up there for sure it has many uses small storage space required and lasts forever I know it has no nutritional value really so there fore not a food but it is a pantry item .... Also I would remove all pastas minus the angel hair pastas due to the amount of storage space required but that's just me and that's due to limited storage space in a suburban area .... And as far as keeping kid friendly meals since most of us with kids know that kids will starve themselves before eating something that tastes bad to them is powdered gravy packets .... They have a long shelf life very small packages but make sure to get the ones that require only water and I get em from Walmart for 15 c a piece sometimes nuts and raisins excellent as well but expensive