Monday, October 1, 2012

10 Best Survival Foods At Your Local Supermarket

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As food prices continue to skyrocket, having a bulk supply of food is a great investment. But it also provides security and peace of mind against potential emergencies.

By now most people should be aware that grocery stores only have about 3 days of food in stock when crises strike. So if anything was to disrupt the food supply chain for an extended period of time, there would be untold chaos in most communities.

Any number of events could trigger mass disruption to a fragile food system, many of which are well documented and even predicted. Even NASA has warned its staff to prepare for potential disasters with survival foods and other precautions with their "Family Preparedness Program."

Prepping for disasters can seem overwhelming with so many aspects to be considered. However, for those just beginning to recognize how perilous these times are and are new to prepping, you can find many great survival foods at your local grocery store.

There are many freeze-dried food companies offering light-weight storable meals. These are cost effective and great for new preppers.  But if you don't have $1000 laying around to buy a large supply, it may be better to pick up a few key items each week at the supermarket to build up your food bank gradually. And by buying base foods at the store, you'll ultimately save money.

It's best to keep your survival food list simple, and concentrate on storing foods with the highest amount of calories and the longest shelf life. This list is geared toward foods that will help you survive a crisis that lasts for extended periods of time.

Here are the ten best and cheapest survival rations available at any store:


Rice: Every time you go to the store you should buy one 10-lb bag of rice. You can find them for around $5 at most supermarkets. Rice will stay in good condition for 10 years or more if stored properly. It offers high carbohydrates which is especially important if you are exerting a lot of physical energy during a crisis.

Beans: Beans are known to be one of the best all-round survival foods. They're high in protein, and if sealed in food-grade buckets with a small amount of dried ice, they'll stay for up to ten years. Make sure to store them in a cool, dry, dark location. Buy a 4-5 lb bags of dried beans every time you go to the store. All dry beans are good to store; black beans, red beans, pinto beans, lentils, etc.

Cornmeal:  All-purpose flours are good to store, but cornmeal may be the best overall. Cornmeal is packed with dense carbohydrates and contains oils that helps extend its shelf life. Additionally, if the power grid is down during a mega disaster, it is much easier to make good corn breads and tortillas with cornmeal in a simple skillet or solar oven, where refined flour will need yeast and oil to make decent bread or biscuits.  Get a 5-lb bag of cornmeal ($10-$15) at each grocery visit.  Seal and store the same way as beans (buckets, salt and dry ice), and it will safely keep 8 months to 2 years.

Lard: If you're a health-conscious reader, hydrogenated lard does not sound very appetizing, but in a survival situation you can't afford to be picky. Animal lard or vegetable shortening both offer much-needed calories during times of crisis, cooking oil for multiple uses, and it will keep longer than cooking oils because of the hydrogenation. Buy a 6-lb can ($12) and store in a cool, dry, and dark place and it will stay good for 2-3 years or longer.

Salt: Salt is one of the most useful survival food items. It's used for storing food, curing beef, and flavoring most meals. Salt will stay forever, so always buy extra when you're shopping.

Canned Fruit & Vegetables: These are another obvious survival food, but not as practical as many would think. They're heavy and somewhat costly for the calories they deliver. Additionally, acidic fruits and any cans with tomatoes will not keep as long as most people think.  But most canned food is good for 5+ years.  Buy green vegetables and fruits like peaches and pears for long-term storage, but more importantly, buy what you already eat in case you need to rotate them into your diet before they go bad.

Canned Meat: Canned meats like ham, tuna, and chicken are excellent to store.  They typically will keep for 6-10 years and they're an excellent source of protein. However, if the grid is down for a long time (apocalyptic), hunting and fishing will likely provide most meats.  Therefore, it may be sufficient to buy extra canned meats every other time you go shopping.

Sugar: Brown and white sugar will add much-needed flavor and calories to a survival diet and they'll keep for ten years or more if stored properly.  Honey is also excellent as it will store forever. Make sure to buy extra every other time you go grocery shopping. You won't need too much, but they'll be well worth having if a crisis strikes.

Pasta: Pasta is a good light-weight storable food that is also a great source of carbohydrates. Pasta will not keep as long as rice, but it can stay for around 5 years in good conditions. Pasta is also very inexpensive and extra should be bought at each trip to the store.  It will take up more space in your food bank than rice, beans and cornmeal, so plan your space the best you can.

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a terrific source of protein, fat, and calories.  Plus, it's just a great treat to have on hand. Peanut butter can last up to five years in root cellar conditions.  Stock up whenever there are good deals at your grocery store. You'll be happy you did if the SHTF.

Barter Coins: It's also a good idea to have some silver coins for barter in an economic crisis situation. To track the value of silver coins you can use the silver coins calculator at http://www.coinvalues.com/silver.

If you consistently buy these items 3-4 times per month, you'll quickly acquire a year's supply of survival rations for your whole family.

How to store it?

A really basic way to store the rice, beans, cornmeal, sugar and pastas is to buy several 5-gallon seal-able paint buckets or food-grade buckets from your local hardware store.  Put a cup or so of salt into a sandwich baggie (opened) at the bottom of the buckets. Then fill it with food stuffs and add a couple of ounces of dried ice (found at large grocery stores) which will remove the oxygen from the bucket after it's sealed. Finally, label each bucket with its contents and the date, and place it in your cellar.

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111 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great advice. Most people think the task is overwhelming, but you have made it simple and cost effective.

Anonymous said...

Pepole better do this now, our leaders have loss all common sense as per their actions to pass NDAA & support wars by producing false claims so the military complex & weapons makers reap huge profits off the blood of man kind!

Anonymous said...

What if you don't have a cellar?

Anonymous said...

This is not enough!
You Must know the source of your foods - i.e., Do Not stock up at MalWart who will sell you any cheap stuff they can get away with
Stocking up pesticide- and gmo-laden foods would have you deathly ill within the week
Buy from local sources you know and trust, or from organic suppliers on the Internet.

Anonymous said...

Think of your bad habits, and plan accordingly. Are you a smoker, a joker, a midnight toker?

Anonymous said...

You will lose out on some people stocking up, if you restrict them to Organic and non GMO. I don't buy GMO, and I agree with you. BUT the common person out there struggling to put food on the table for their children, may not be able to afford it. I think even better would be to say, do what you can. Some food is better than no food. Suggestion to people starting to set up their food supply. Try places like Cosco, or restaurant supply stores, as they will have bulk for wholesale like prices.

Child of the Trillion dollar wasteland. said...

Recently discovered 50 lb. bags of white rice at GFS for $20. Sealed some in quart cans and some in vaccuum sealed bags. O2 absorbers into each one and good to go.
It's always good to buy quality items, but if you don't have the resources, Wal-mart food will keep your family alive just as well as farm fresh or co-op foods. =) As much as i'd love to say I could survive off wheat grass for years, I would probably be suiting up to raid for peanut butter after 2 weeks.

Anonymous said...

I live in central ky and can tell you not to count on wild meat or fish as they will very quickly be gone when things get tight.
Deer had to be reintroduced here years ago as a result of over hunting.

Anonymous said...

Not good advice. Most likely products to be GMO, on many of them. Need more protein, like jerky and stuff like that. Read up more on Paleo/Primal.

Anonymous said...

DO NOT COUNT ON WILD GAME!!!! With some of the diseases that are showing up in mutated form, it can & will kill you. Wasting Disease in lots of deer & elk in PacWest. Brucellosis in Buffalo. Bear if not FULLY cooked, Trichinosis. That's not counting parasites in fish. Getting sick durng a incident can mean death.

Load up on the above & double on the meats.

Anonymous said...

some of these items are based on the assumption
that you will be able to cook

Anonymous said...

Do you seriously think you'll care about "organic" or "GMO" if the grid goes down in December when millions of people are dying?

Yeah, in a perfect world, no one should eat anything but organic and non-GMO food, but when there is literally NO FOOD in stores and no fresh vegetables to be found, I'll guarantee you'll beg for GMO soy/corn products.

Anonymous said...

Two things: #1 You didn't mention all of the water it will take to re-hydrate these types of food items. #2 These foods may be calorie dense but they are basically dead foods. Of course, all preppers will have to eat some foods like these, so I believe a list like this should always mention stocking up on whole food supplements with food enzymes to help compensate for the life supporting elements they lack. Eating dead and adulterated food is one of the many factors that got us into the mess we are in. You are what you eat.

Anonymous said...

I live in TX and we don't have cellars. I guess I could build one, but would it stay cool? It's dry & hot, and I don't think storing food here is the same as storing it further north, and there will not be any electricity for air conditioning, refrigeration, and deep freezers. Any suggestion for storing would be appreciated.

Anonymous said...

For quick, fresh greens, if you don't have a garden, buy beans which can be sprouted in a few days....Mung, Soy, Alfalfa.
A simple solar oven made of cardboard and aluminum foil can make bread, pizza and 1 pot meals.

Oats are filling, nutrious and versatile.

Catch evening dew in a bowl under a large, elevated cone-shaped plastic cover.

badweather said...

You said: "Beans: Beans are known to be one of the best all-round survival foods. They're high in protein, and if sealed in food-grade buckets with a small amount of dried ice, they'll stay for up to ten years. "

Number one it is "dry" ice not "dried" ice. It is not dry, and you can not seal it inside a container without it becoming explosive as the frozen carbon dioxide warms it expands... what ever bucket you put the dry ice in will explode if there is enough frozen carbon dioxide and enough expansion.

see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_ice_bomb

Beans all by themselves stored properly will last quite a while. But having anything more than a 3 month supply is pointless. If it gets worse than that, we're all pretty much screwed anyway...

Anonymous said...

- whole grains will keep longer than meal or pasta, you can sprout them or grind them and they can be planted to produce more when feasible

- store vegetable seed even if you don't garden now, you will when SHTF

- potatoes are easy to grow in a small space, a barrel or stack of old tires will produce a surprising quantity but be sure they are not supermarket potatoes which are treated to prevent sprouting

Anonymous said...

Hydrogenated oils, including lard and margarine, are loaded with trans-fats and are not simply unhealthy - they are the poison which is the proximate cause of heart disease, Type II diabetes, and cancer. A much better alternative is virgin coconut oil, which not only promotes good health but also has excellent long-term storage properties.

Anonymous said...

The cornmeal will be GMO; lard will spoil; canned food is yucky.

I recommend you avoid the doomsday survival foods, which are full of chemicals, and keep a little stock of organic foods.

If you are so paranoid, you are assembling your doomsday supplies, perhaps you should move to a safer environment, where food literally grows on trees. I won't say where, as I may be going there and you folks scare me.

A better solution good not for a few weeks of hoarded food but for a lifetime is to simplify your diet: organic, vegan, rice beans squash makes a perfect protein meal. Native Amerians were praised (before they were starved and infected with disease) for their beauty and perfect health. The basis of their diet was often the 3 sisters of beans/corn/squash, which grow well together (the corn supports the beans, the squash shield the earth from drying out.

Beans and rice can store for years and hard winter squash will last for many months.

Simplify and survive. And don't forget to share, for in a real crisis, hoarding food will get you killed whereas the key to survival is cooperation. Co-operation is the most effective survival tool, not the fantasy of holing up in a locked basement with tainted food and your gun.

In a crisis, we all need to pull together, not lock each other out.
Dale

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this article. This is great for non-Americans such as myself (I live in Australia) as we don't have survival stores here. We buy our survival stuff through the supermarket so this is a great simple list that anyone can use. Good Work!

Anonymous said...

Rice is not $5 for a 10 lb bag it's more like $8 or $10. But yes it's a great buy.

Anonymous said...

Buy mung beans to sprout:

How to sprout:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-This-Sprouter-It-Works-Great/?ALLSTEPS

Last Gasp said...

Good article! You might have mentioned something about vitamin and mineral supplements. All that canned food and the basic grains are okay, but need supplementation for a balanced diet. If you're stuck with 6 months worth of MRE's or just plain beans and rice, you'll appreciate some spices like chile, vanilla, turmeric, oregano, rosemary, and sage for starters. These not only help food to taste (and smell) better, they also help preserve it by being germicidal. Rosemary will solve a lot of food poisoning problems and garlic is antibiotic.

Anonymous said...

Great article. There really is NO excuse Not to get at least some preps stored away. I would recommend to order some powdered egg powder (for baking) and scrambled egg powder from www.srmarketplace.com. With these 2 items you can expand your meal selection dramatically. You'll be able to make pancakes, muffins, waffles, cake, omletts, scrambled eggs and so many other things. Food fatigue and the kids won't eat oatmeal every day will NOT be a problem. Imagine the stress relieve if you can feed your kids the foods they like.

Anonymous said...

seriously, I just want to say first of all I live in Maine. Around here anyone over the age of 40 who can remember what a "real" Maine winter was like learned to stock up every winter season and to expect prolonged power outages with heavy snow and freezing temps. We just kept our wood stoves burning and warmed up cans of B&M baked beans while listening to our battery op radios. It's what I called "winter camping at home". Just saying a little prep ie; firewood-heat & cooking, canned & dried foods, water etc can make the difference between surviving or not.

Anonymous said...

For those who own land, I would recommend planting a vegetable garden and raising your own live stock. Also suplement your food by hunting and fishing and get a book on wild herbs and plants that grow in your area. It is going to come down to survival of the fitess. Root hog or die. When in a famine and food shortages, gold and silver is of no use. You can't eat gold and silver. What is going to be valuable is food and commodities, mainly food and energy. Invest your money in renewable resourse, such as wind and solar power and a fuel efficient wood stove for a back-up. During hyper-inflation you may not be able to afford the utility bills. During the last depression during the 30's in the big cities, peoples utilities were shut off when they didn't pay their bills. My grandmother used karosine lamps and wood for heat. This next depression is going to be nothing like what was experienced in the last depression. At present the U.S. is experiencing double dip, double digit inflationary recession that is developing into a full depression. I hope I gave you some good advice. The spoon fed circust news media and the propaganda machine in Washington keep you in the dark and feed you bull shit like a mushroom. I give you the truth.

Anonymous said...

I checked the ingredients in lard. It contains BHA and BHT. That made me back away from getting it.

Anonymous said...

hand warmers put into the food buckets will extract oxygen and make your food last a lot longer.

Anonymous said...

Be careful not to buy too much rice and pasta.. both need water to cook and in a survival situation water may not be easy to find...
Tins of tune in spring water or brine (salt water) give you meat and fluid. Tinned fruit include fluid, so think about having little water and what would suit best.. rice and pasta are great if water is not a problem but consider the what if..

Anonymous said...

i'm living in london england. thanks for the tips. will be straight down to my local tescos to stock up on rice

Mrs. Clark said...

Your list sucks for several reasons. They are dead foods without nutrition. They don't make a complete meal. It's a pathetic ploy that I have seen far too often on this site.

MY LIST.

Beans, because of protein and long life.

You can sprout them before cooking to bring out more nutrition.

Whole grains and yes organic, it only costs a few bucks more if you buy in bulk. These can be sprouted also for fresh greens in the house. That means LIVING nutrition.

Powdered milk and ghee. Ghee is clarified butter that lasts forever and is better for you then lard, by a pinch. Powdered milk lasts a long time and has much of the nutrition jug milk does. Or just get a goat, like I plan to do.

Canned meat, sure get the canned meat. Also get the ducks, the turkeys, the geese, the chickens, and the pigs to go with that canned meat. Canned meat runs out, animals replace themselves. Don't count on wild food. If you can't get animals, get some dried meat.

Pasta sucks.

White rice is ok.

Cornmeal sucks.

Canned veggies and fruits? Why not a root cellar and a garden to go with that? Sure sure learn to can food and what not, but how about growing food? That way if things do go to pot and you only have 3 months of stored food, you would survive any way?

I would rather suggest people stock up on alfalfa seeds and learn to sprout them, than to say get some canned stuff only. SO instead of just canned fruit and veg, how about alfalfa seeds, broccoli seeds, mustard seeds, mung beans, etc... Oh yes and a mushroom counter kit to grow mushrooms indoors.







Cardea Hinges said...

It would be great if you could make this and other lists into downloadable documents.

Anonymous said...

A couple points:
Don't store food in paint buckets. Get food grade buckets for free from grocery bakery shop. They're glad to get rid of them instead of hauling them out back to the dumpster.
Sprouts are living foods. Don't sprout kidney beans though, they are toxic.
Get Summer Savory herb to add to cooked beans to prevent gas. If you're not used to eating lots of fiber it can be painful when the gas builds, and really bad when you're locked in your survival bunker!

Anonymous said...

Better make it portable.
When I lost my job and was homeless for three years before getting my Congressman to reopen my original denial of SSI, the tactic is to keep you moving or face arrest and possibly a beating.
I suspect they will attempt to mop us up and confiscate any food and weapons they may find.
So it is important to hide your caches and be ready to take it with you at a moment's notice.
Jerkey worked for me as did powdered milk but there seems to be a shortage of both now.
Also, canned nuts and nuts in a jar are good.
Matzo crackers,MREs,and a dehumidifier that creates water from the air are indispensable.
You will need a horse or bicycle as well as mosquito nets and insect repellant because those mosquitoes will bite you.
Also matches, a good pocket knife or even a survival knife like a K-Bar.
I suggest a roller bag or shopping cart (the homeless people I met were on to something)
You will also need to protect yourself. I recommend 2-5,000 rounds for every weapon you have.
It might help to pray too.

Anonymous said...

Been prepping since y2k. stocking up for 2-4 people for 6 months. if you start sharing with other you run therisk of running out of food for yourself. hungry people will kill for their children. you cant be too carefull telling neighbors about your food storage. everytime my stepkids talk about my store i shutter! hopefully who they told will forget.

I'm always looking for bargins at oulet stores for dehydrated foods. remember the exp date is freshness date. most times it lasts for years after.

I live in the rural area and have wild game here. But others will be hunting too. Stock up on caned meat. Spam, Chicken, Tuna are cheap now but will be going up.

Pasta is cheap, tomatoe sauces will last long too. Check exp dates.

Have horses and cart for transportion. gas will hard to get. a small diesel car would be great. can use heating oil. people wont be able to use it if electric is off.

Have a gas grill with extra tanks. Also have a large tank for indoor fireplace. wont last long for heating. Wood stove is better if you have wood local.

Stock up on small tools. wont be available if TSHTF happens.

Good Luck and God Bless.

m said...

Most of the foods you mention are GMOs. They're better than nothing, I suppose.

Prophet said...

I agree on that last statement. If we can't learn to work together inside a 90 day emergency window, and begin some sort of "agricultural food sharing program", then yes we are totally screwed and probably don't deserve to "inherit the earth"... or whatever is left of it.

Anonymous said...

October 1, 2012 8:32 PM
Dale
I am interested in your idea that we should all pull together - how does that work when one family in a community raises and stores food while dozens do not.

How much is it realistic to share at the risk of starving your own family?

Anonymous said...

LENTILS are easy to sprout and cheap.

Anonymous said...

thanks

Anonymous said...

Hello, this may be a silly question, but when you say, "A really basic way to store the rice, beans, cornmeal, sugar and pastas is to buy several 5-gallon seal-able paint buckets or food-grade buckets from your local hardware store. Put a cup or so of salt into a sandwich baggie (opened) at the bottom of the buckets. Then fill it with food stuffs and add a couple of ounces of dried ice (found at large grocery stores) which will remove the oxygen from the bucket after it's sealed. Finally, label each bucket with its contents and the date, and place it in your cellar."

Do you open the original bag the foodstuffs come in and dump it into the bucket? i.e. rice, pasta, etc., or do you store them in the bucket inside their original bag?

Mack said...

Forget about the sugar, use honey instead, it will never spoil.

White rice has little nutrition, buy "brown" rice instead.

I agree, paint buckets are not a good idea, use food grade containers. Plastic in general is NOT a good idea, as it will release chemicals under temperature fluctuation. But it is better than a lot of alternatives.

Canned goods, are not all good due to the melamine coating in the cans.

Many flour products have moth eggs or larvae, especially in a country where I live (Costa Rica). I have been microwaving flour products (flour, corn meal etc) in glass bowls in the microwave to kill whatever is in there. Than repackage and vacuum seal. PET (pop) bottles work well. I get the square ones whenever possible.

Further I agree that living in an area (or moving there) where fruits grow abundantly (often along the side of the road), and growing (start today, buy some tomato and carrot seeds, they will get you excited to do more varieties)your own, is a better prep than all the packaged food I the world.

Learn about "whole foods".

Also make a water still. It is EASY to build one. You can use them with a Fresnel lens, a parabolic mirror (use that old satellite dish), reflectors or just a plain old wood fire). Also handy to make a nice tot of rum, of course..oops, I guess we are not allowed to do that :-).

Stay well, Stay safe!

Mack

Anonymous said...

UP IN YA MRS. CLARK!

beat the end said...

Some other things you didn't mention were beef jerky as well as honey. They both last a long time. I had some opened beef jerky in my packpack from last years elk hunt. I tried it a couple weeks ago and it tasted just fine. lol

Anonymous said...

1) corn will keep better if not ground but whole kernels
2) Save old telephone books to use as toilet paper. When dried it can be used a fuel. Indians used dried buffalo chips for fuel on the planes.
3)Get a good water filter. Sawyer.com has one for about $190. that has a backwash filter, so you dont have to buy new ones.
4) Check out if there are any LDS facilities near you where you can buy canned beans, rice, oatmeal, pasta, dried milk, dried fruits, etc at a very good price. LDS is Latter Day Saints
5) Dont forget to pray and ask Jesus for guidance and protection.

Anonymous said...

These people talking about being neighborly and sharing sound like the gov we already have that is bring this once God fearing,hard working country to destruction. You are the same take from the people who have prepared and giving to the ones who want someone else to GIVE to them. When it comes to the point of starvation people will kill for the food someone else has put away for emergency.
Pray, pray, pray for God to save this country

Anonymous said...

What about water? water is always no. 1, your body uses up alot of water while digesting food!

WATER!

Anonymous said...

"Indians used dried buffalo chips for fuel on the planes."

-Anyone else get the same picture in their head?

Anonymous said...

Good tips here thank you. To those saying "you only need seeds and such" what if the SHTF (long term) at the start of winter and you are on the wrong side of the Mason Dixon? What are you going to grow with 2' of snow on the ground? Imho YOU and YOURS need to survive the first winter PLUS several months of chaos hunkered down, low profile, as the unprepared die off (harsh but true) or join the starving masses. My family WILL survive even if we are forced to eat dog food!

Anonymous said...

watch the jim bakker show on christian tv. shows lots of survial stuff.

Anonymous said...

I believe in being prepared. I live in Alaska and several things could happen that could cut off our food supplies for days, weeks etc. I was raised to hunt and fish so I am luckier than some but there are some things I've stocked up on. Sea salt, seasonings, canned and powdered milk, whole wheat flour, pasta, rice, beans, sugars, canned meats, peanut butter, oatmeal, Malto meal, etc., I also have a large selection of heritage seeds for short growing seasons. I filled my freezer with butter, heavy cream, bacon, salt pork, etc. Aspirins, alcohol, peroxide, waterproof matches. I could go on and on. I also have a few chickens for fresh eggs. I buy as much organic and unprocessed foods as I can.Its not hoarding, its being smart. My husband and I are thinking of buying a small milk goat. Be prepared people not stupid.

Anonymous said...

face it, we are all screwed. unless you have a huge huge list of resources and lots of land no one knows about none of this will do any good. once the power is off and water is not running 95% off us are going to die or just give up and go to the camps. oh your a hunter and have a farm huh ? good for you. do you have enough land to farm to last you a year? how about to water it plant it work it ? doubtful, but some say yes thats good your now a target of hungry and desperate fools. animals like pigs chickens and goats huh ? guess what they eat and drink also.... face it. we are no longer the upstanding god fearing honest folks some of our ancestors were. we are a brain washed sick twisted demoralized liberal socialist dieing society. period. face it. but keep stocking up, the govt ss will enjoy your supplies, food, guns,daughters. the time for preps is over. many of you voted and begged for this. you turned against god and what you knew deep deep down was right. you wanted to be hip and new age and allow all sorts of things that are not right and not natural. well here ya are. getting to sleep in the bed you make is not much fun. wanna really prep? pray for god to have mercy and the govt we have now to be erased and put back on track with the constitution.

Anonymous said...

Yeah yeah yeah, this is a post about food preparation not a pulpit for your perspective on religion and society. And Allah will not be so forgiving of your Christian bullshit, or Vishnu, or the flying Spaghetti Monster.

Chris Johnson said...

Mushrooms are good food source also grown in an ice chest. Feed them shit and keep them in the dark.

Chris Johnson said...

Anybody got a buffalo

Chris Johnson said...

Allah was invented by the Vatican putting

Anonymous said...

I am in Australia and am just starting to prep. I read all the statements here and I wonder do I want to survive at all. It's a bit confusing. If I had enough food, water etc to last a year. What about after that. None of us can store enough food to last forever or our medicine which I need daily.And what would the land be like for the seeds, we would have eaten all the animals so they're gone. Seems maybe we don't stand a chance anyway. Not normally so pessimistic but this is sad reading what we would need to do. Thanks for all the suggestions and the info though. I'm still going to try.

Anonymous said...

Plastic 2 leter pop bottels are good food storage conatiners. Fill with beans or rice, put a moister packet in the top of the bottel and seal up tight.

Bobby said...

I've read that it's recommended to pack your rice, beans, etc. in 1 gallon mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, then storing them in sealed 5 gallon buckets.
Thought I'd mention it since no one else had.
Happy prepping! =)

Anonymous said...

Arhh the Internet - always good for a free for all rant. Read the OP and all the comments and learnt a little with my own discretion

Anonymous said...

Well the 12~21-12 was a fake bummer however the end is near China is comming

Anonymous said...

Add to list:
Gallons of olive oil (you can get them fairly cheap at middle eastern or Greek/Turkish grocery stores
Whole oats
Quinoa
Canned tomatoes
Garlic powder
Grow herbs (thyme, parsley, oregano, marjoram, etc)

Mike the Gardener said...

Excellent advice. Exactly what I was searching for.

Anonymous said...

This is depressing...I'm going back to my ignorant bliss.

Anonymous said...

Remember to keep a supply of needed medications as well. You also will need at least 15 days of water per person (1 gallon a day per person, so 2 people is 30 gallons), but your water heater can supply some of that.

I live in earthquake country, so assume that I will not be able to cook. Most of my food is canned, with some freeze dried and MREs, all of which require no cooking.

Brian said...

Well, taking the best (IMO) from the comments, "keep it mobile"; being able to be mobile and self sufficient is an exceptional method, because no matter where you go or where you are-you're sufficient. A home base is nice but can easily be compromised, as thats where you have everything (it's a target). I can see after a month and maybe less, people starving will flock to the farms, rural areas, and those with gardens for 'help' (we all know it's really for handouts for nothing).

I've prepped with mobility & health in mind. Hammock tent (requires 2 points to lash on to, no ground), dried foods to reconstitute, berkey water bottle (looking to get more), recurve bow (silent to kill with, practice w/what you can make), and more...

Adding my own bits, I'll say to everyone:
-Knowledge: Get it, someone mentioned wild plants in the area, I've done it already and highly recommend you learn them. Learn to make tools and weapons (recurve bow, longbow, arrows, spear, etc..) and learn to use them. Learn to fix motorcycles (I guarantee you people wont be driving 23-35mpg*-at best-cars with gasoline being precious. Learn the true secrets of health: like you should be looking for NUTRITION at all times, then concern yourself with calories (fat has both, white rice & wheat has calories but little nutrition, dandelion greens/kale/lambs quarters/pine needles/etc.. has no calories but high nutrition). Get all the knowledge you can

-Chia Seed, Manuka Honey, .9999 (Four Nines Fine) Silver Wire to make coloidal silver with (4 9v batteries to do it with too). Manuka can cure about anything you throw at it, coloidal silver (high parts per million*) cures a lot of ailments as well.

-PHYSICAL FITNESS. Be able to run more than 3 miles at a time (chia seeds help dramatically with this). Running/walking is the most basic form of transportation. A bicycle to have is also a huge plus as it makes no noise, can go about anywhere you can, and can carry stuff on it & your back.

I have more input but I feel this has been lengthy already. I hope I've provided some valuable insight.

Brian said...

Well, taking the best (IMO) from the comments, "keep it mobile"; being able to be mobile and self sufficient is an exceptional method, because no matter where you go or where you are-you're sufficient. A home base is nice but can easily be compromised, as thats where you have everything (it's a target). I can see after a month and maybe less, people starving will flock to the farms, rural areas, and those with gardens for 'help' (we all know it's really for handouts for nothing).

I've prepped with mobility & health in mind. Hammock tent (requires 2 points to lash on to, no ground), dried foods to reconstitute, berkey water bottle (looking to get more), recurve bow (silent to kill with, practice w/what you can make), and more...

Adding my own bits, I'll say to everyone:
-Knowledge: Get it, someone mentioned wild plants in the area, I've done it already and highly recommend you learn them. Learn to make tools and weapons (recurve bow, longbow, arrows, spear, etc..) and learn to use them. Learn to fix motorcycles (I guarantee you people wont be driving 23-35mpg*-at best-cars with gasoline being precious. Learn the true secrets of health: like you should be looking for NUTRITION at all times, then concern yourself with calories (fat has both, white rice & wheat has calories but little nutrition, dandelion greens/kale/lambs quarters/pine needles/etc.. has no calories but high nutrition). Get all the knowledge you can

-Chia Seed, Manuka Honey, .9999 (Four Nines Fine) Silver Wire to make coloidal silver with (4 9v batteries to do it with too). Manuka can cure about anything you throw at it, coloidal silver (high parts per million*) cures a lot of ailments as well.

-PHYSICAL FITNESS. Be able to run more than 3 miles at a time (chia seeds help dramatically with this). Running/walking is the most basic form of transportation. A bicycle to have is also a huge plus as it makes no noise, can go about anywhere you can, and can carry stuff on it & your back.

I have more input but I feel this has been lengthy already. I hope I've provided some valuable insight.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the good ideas for food. If the water stops, don't flush the toilets! you can use the water in the tanks. Stock up on small trash bags, you can pee and poop in them. Also get a lot of toilet tissue, it is better than the phone books I heard mentioned earlier. Put together an extensive first aid kit, if things are this bad, no one is going to cart you off to a hospital for treatment. Learn first aid, or better yet become a paramedic or EMT. This could save the lives of friends and family. I would also like to mention self defense skills, take any martial arts classes they will help you. Also I utilize all forms of weapons...even blow guns and sling shots. The ammo can be reused and you will never run out of small rocks for use in sling shots. Be sure to buy several extra pairs of rubber bands. They are very cheap and are quite lethal for defense and hunting. Goliath was killed with a rock from a type of sling shot. Air rifles... BB guns are also fairly cheap and very useful. either single shot or pump up, not the gas cylinder type unless you stock up on CO2. Swords are better than no weapon at all. Learn to be VERY proficient with whatever you have.
Prayer is a powerful resource...only if you believe in God, ( the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Get baptized if you are not already, this life is only the beginning of eternity. As people we have eternal souls. While you are in this life you have a choice for your eternal home...either the smoking section(hell), or the non-smoking section(heaven), your choice! I pray daily for God to save our nation, but with the progressive, socialist, anti gun, anti God government and society...it appears we are doomed for destruction. One good point, liberals generally don't have guns but the conservatives are generally well armed, do the math. Be prepared. In Christ, Allen Jones

Anonymous said...

Buying rice, beans, cornmeal, salt, sugar, etc. in bulk is the way to go (for the best price). From there, I take and measure out individual amounts that would be used for a single meal (for the wife and I) which is usually a cup size. I then vacuum seal them. That way the whole supply stays fresh until needed. I've been using a FOODSAVER vacuum and found it a very handy machine. Not only for "prepping" but to protect regular food from freezer "burns".

Anonymous said...

Dont forget, there are some easey way to get vitamins in woodlands..pine needles if boiled supply vit. C!!!

Anonymous said...

I hear a lot of bashing going on here... It seems to me there's a lot of great info here and individual needs are going to be different for different regions. Not to mention what type of disaster strikes and what time of year it hits. I'm not religious but one quote stands out "The meek shall inherit the earth". Have you ever asked yourselves how the poorest people in the poorest countries eek out sustenance from eating things that would make a billy goat puke? And you don't even have to go that far. Look at the street people in our own cities. Many eat out of garbage cans next to used diapers and other toxic waste yet they somehow survive??? Take note of these people!!! Its called conditioning. No different than introducing wild game into your diet when your not used to eating it. Its going to play hell with your digestive system for a while. The original list is pretty good and it should be rationed for at least a year. This doesn't mean you sit on you butts until the food is gone, you start hunting, fishing and gathering as soon as you realize its going to be more than a few days or weeks. Its going to take time to get used to the fact that you just took a 150 year step backwards. You've got to get used to your new environment and that's what these foodstores are for, to help you and your family get through that learning curve. Nearly any water can be made drinkable and nearly any animal can be eaten... In the military if your not sure... Burn it before you eat it!!! KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY

Anonymous said...

Super funny. Have green bud just in case!

Anonymous said...

Silver as a barter item in an economic crisis?
I don't know who you'll be trading with, but I'll take my chances with more practical items like ammunition, first aid supplies, and alcohol. People who have skills and supplies in pediatric survival nutrition and health will also have considerable bartering power. Silver and gold will be useless for survival in a true economic crisis. If you're serious about preparing for the worst, you need to stop thinking first world "solutions" and thinking real survival.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on this one. Anything over six months Regardless if its terrorist, natural or economic. If it encompasses most or all of this country, it will have a serious impact on the rest of the worlds economy. If that happens, I'd rather be walking around with a pocket full of lead than a pocket full of money...

Anonymous said...

One of the other ideas of "prepping" is to have something to barter with. If one can stock enough for their needs, think about some extra items to trade. Take for instance the toilet paper shortage in Venezuala. Now, in the event of a major event, how much silver (or gold) would someone exchange to get some of that. There will always be people who think of silver, gold, dollars, etc. are the most important value to have, until they need the "essentials".If one has "extras" to barter with, and things improve survival wise, they can come out better financially from their "prepping". Just another thought to consider. The number one thing though is: SURVIVING and able to thank God for making it another day!

Anonymous said...

Agreed, but take Katrina for instance. As horrible as it was, it was still a localized disaster. There were people stealing EVERYTHING. From food and essentials to designer clothes and flatscreen TVs. I'm thinking a pocket full of lead is still more valuable. If I have enough to barter, great. But I certainly don't want everyone to know what I have either. Desperate people do desperate things and that's how people get killed.

Anonymous said...

A 3 month supply of your meds at double strength, break them in half for a 6 month supply. Wool blankets like the ones from the Army/Navy Surplus Stores. Check out thrift shops for disposable clothing. A prayer book or Bible, notebook and pens and pray we don't need any of this. Good Luck everyone!

Anonymous said...

Beef jerky and a backpack. Also have a container to gather & carry water. Be armed.

Anonymous said...

The supplies originaly mentioned are great, but also...
Woodstove and plenty of fuel to heat and cook
Water well to supply H20
Generator and fuel to pump water from well, and hand pump for back up
Composting toilet
Bow or crossbow
Firearms
Lot's of ammunition
Simple tools and weapons that require no power...axe, sword, hammer...
Medical supplies
Seeds for gardening
Warm clothes, and sleeping bags...
Have fun with it, so it's all not just a tiring chore
And of course what Galndalf said.....keep it secret, keep it safe.

Kim said...

So obviously I have a lot to get done in a short amount of time. Wrong climate for a "cool, dry, place" and tiny studio condo. Traveling to AK at the end of spring, need to be able to make this long journey (again) and make it safely. I have to buy a firearm and learn how to use it. Someone suggested beef jerky and water and backpack, which scares me because I don't know how I can travel 5300 miles without my old truck. I occasionally have bouts with asthma and no one has mentioned it anywhere on this post but I think I should get a gas mask. I don't have a lot of money. I saw a NBC 40mm NATO SGE 400/3 Anti-Riot Gas Mask Made In The USA online. It is $125 which seems steep but does anyone have any input on the gas mask thing? Maybe this is not a necessity and I am being foolish but it just occurred to me I might need this. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Well its callled survival of the fittest. If you dont know how to cook then you better learn cause when the SHTF lazy people will be the first to go.

Anonymous said...

Its important to remember that in some SHTF scenarios, everything will be unusable. Including water and fish in the water. Or if theres radiation (either from a war or a disaster that effects radiation/nuclear plants) or if theres a volcanic eruption that contaminates and kills everything with ash. Im all about living off the land but there are multiple survival scenarios where the land wont provide much life. And I'm also not much for guns in everyday life but in a disaster, violence will abound. If you have what they want and you arent armed, you're probably screwed.

Anonymous said...

i thought this was some good information on this site reguardless of some of the bad comments cause in these days in times that are upon all of us any information that we can all use is very helpful when you have none, And sometimes just plain old common sense will tell you to keep extra food in your home at all times cause you never no when a act of god ( MEANING WEATHER ) will cause a long term emergency so it also pays to be prepared and there is always power outages with in anything these days in times ALL I CAN SAY IS KEEPING GOD IN YOUR LIFE AND ALWAYS PRAY it always gives us comfort ....... PEACE TO YOU ALL ....

Anonymous said...

thank u

Anonymous said...

What if you stocked up on all of these... and they expired? and you actually didn't know what to do with all of them? Seriously, if there was some sort of apocalypse, I wouldn't care. God decides when to live or die.

Anonymous said...

Please people. Stop worrying so much. I figured when my number's up, it's up. If I'm meant to fight, then I will. But seriously, you guys shouldn't take it this far. This is just absurd. All this stuff about apocalypses and all that stuff. It's just driving me nuts. Seriously guys, think straight. What's the worst that can happen? All the technology shuts down (how? and that was from tv)... I think books and films have put into our minds so much worry about all these crazy disaster things. How do zombies grow anyways? "Nuclear mutation": but has anyone proved it? EXACTLY. Just want to say, thank God for every day you live. It might be your last, so that's why you have to live life to its fullest. Stop worrying, stop being sad, stop being angry. Appreciate what we are now. And don't care about these things. When you die you die. And by the way, we're not Bear Gryllis okay?

Anonymous said...

Agreed! We just have appreciate what we are now. I'm not stocking up. I never did in the first place.

Anonymous said...

I never took any of this seriously until now Thanks for the website. It's time I start prepping

Anonymous said...

"Chance favors the prepared mind." Get all the guns, ammo, food, water, etc. you can but give your heart to Jesus first!

Anonymous said...

read fer fal's book
google him

Anonymous said...

Fuck you, asshole

Anonymous said...

for all the people worried about GMO products, look for Kosher foods. they are processed in a more careful manner(most non GMO). also there is a non-GMO project list you can look at, to see which companies can non-GMO foods. also there are always LDS(Mormon) food store houses, that will help you with food storage. most LDS people have a month of storage, but some have(as directed) 7 years. they publish some great food storage books. there is also a magazine being published called(I think)Survivalist. it gives all kinds of different disasters and how to prepare for them. the key to all this is," to keep our heads, when all around us are losing theirs"

Afton Carter said...

Unless you live in a desert Water is easy to find and easy to purify. From distilling to boiling to filtering with diat. Earth.
Everyone should know 4+ ways to make fire and 3+ ways to get hydrated. Less than 200 years ago few people in the world had electricity, and now 90%+ of people would literally die without it. Weak, soft, ignorant, if you trust your life or existence to things that YOU do not provide for yourself then you should never be surprised when someone elses actions or lack of actions cost the lives of you and your loved ones. You give them the right to end your life every single day you allow them to control the resources you need to live.

patriot games said...

Take this seriously.its done happened to me.i have been left penniless.illness has left me broke.ive been fighting social security for two years.it happened suddenly.all it takes is a personal tragedy.it doesnt take a collapse of society or a disaster to put families in a bad way.i thought i was prepared.so get what you can and cann what you get while you still can.

Anonymous said...

You americans are so funny, you have something to loose so are afraid. Stop being afraid, in a real survival situation you will loose your old and infirm family probably your young too and you given the will can survive off the land. Its either this or death.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure (some) canned meats such as tuna is good. I bought some good tuna that cost around $4+ per can and after about 6 months I opened one only to find it has turned to slush inside. I ended up throwing a lot of them out. It seems to me that a lot of prepped meals/foods need water, so I think it's important to stock up several months worth of (bottled) water to cook with in addt. to having enough to drink.

Anonymous said...

Get coconut oil instead of lard. It has a long shelf life and lasts a long time.

Anonymous said...

Gold and silver is a world currency and yes you can't eat it but you can sell for other currencies and get what you need that way.

Anonymous said...

I think you all should take heed and fallow the old ways of the Indians you will be better off and you will servie just stock up on what you will need like tools seeds and wepons meds and matches each person will think deffernt of what each will need also if you have to move to get to wear you can find what you need in nature you will like to travel lite so be careful of what you will stock yes also make sure you have things for trade

Elise said...

Peanut butter was a lifesaver when our electricity went out. Sure we wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if we didn't have bread in our fridge, but since we were well stocked up on the grains, that peanut butter came in handy for a quick no-cooking needed meal.

Baron Herron said...

Strongly agree! Most people can't. even boil water. People better prepare themselves

Anonymous said...

Here is what is going to happen: A disaster happens and all water, food, and medicines cease immediately. Small groups of people will go after people they "think" have assets or resources. That means targeting middle class/upper class homes. House to house "searches" will occur and everything you set aside will be seized. If you get in the way ' they will kill you. Period. If you plan on going to a rural retreat and "defend your supplies" they will kill you. They might just kill you anyway. They might do worse.

Should you store up supplies? Sure! Just assume that there is a probability that others will take it.

Anonymous said...

Hell ya

Anonymous said...

Most of you people are self-deluded and your
going to DIE when TSHTF ! Anonymous, that's why you have GUNS.....Dumbass !

Anonymous said...

You missed the number 1 food item: CLEAN WATER .. Have a water purifiers on hand and rotate them out as needed.

Anonymous said...

sadly,most of you are crazy.oh and talk shiiiit,

Anonymous said...

I agree with you a 100%. May God have mercy on US!

Anonymous said...

Wheat berries will keep at least 10 years.
Walmart has a great price on a 26 pound sealed bucket with oxygen absorber.

Anonymous said...

Food plants have been genetically modified for thousands of years. Those heritage tomato seeds you are saving may prove to be vulnerable to modern diseases. You can pretend to go GMO free, but you will end up begging for hand outs.

Anonymous said...

one piece of advice...lifestraws!! they provide 1round 1000l of clean water and are nine inches by one inch so good investment

Unknown said...

A portable water filter for clean water (the most important and emergent food). Powdered milk, Slim-Fast or some other powdered food, rice, beans, sugar, rice, multivitamins and mineral pills, instant coffee, flour, pasta, canned meats, canned chili, peanut butter, MRE's for immediate consumption, pasta, powdered potatoes, a rifle for food and protection, a fishing rod with hook, sinker, and float.

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