Preparing for the worst is hard work, but it doesn't have to be. We've compiled a list of the best prepper pantries and tips on stocking your own. From water storage to food preservation, we'll help you prepare for anything that might happen.
Read on for more about the best prepper pantries and how to stock your own.
What to Know About Prepper Pantries
Before diving into this list of some of the best posts I've seen on prepper pantries, I'd like to address some of the common questions we receive on these.
I'd also like to mention that keeping a well-stocked, long-term pantry is part of our regular life. If you're new to our site, I should explain that we homestead off the grid in a remote northern part of Canada.
Now we don't consider ourselves hardcore preppers. However, many of the things we do as part of our life out here align with what preppers do. And so every week, we get emails and Facebook messages asking for our advice.
What is a prepper pantry and how do you stock one?
A prepper pantry is a long-term food storage system that will keep you fed in the event of an emergency or SHTF (an acronym for s*it hits the fan - an expression commonly used to refer to the scenario that will be in place when society collapses).
The goal of prepper pantries is to keep you and yours fed and watered for three to 12 months. That way, if something goes wrong in the short term food supply chain, then you can still feed your household over the long term.
How much food do I need?
It really depends on how many family members you have and how much food you want to have on hand at any one time.
Personally, I would recommend that you start off with a three-month supply. However, in our own home, we're also experimenting with indoor gardening, and we raise chickens and turkeys as well as foraging, fishing, and hunting. That way we're better prepared for long-term food shortages.
Also consider your homestead garden goals and what you produce. For example, do you have an overabundance of tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkin or squash? If so get started pickling, finding ways to cook squash, and learn to preserve tomatoes.
How much space should I have for a prepper pantry?
The first thing that you need to do is start planning on what type of food you will want to store long-term, i.e., for more than just a few months at a time.
There are several factors that you need to consider when choosing the type and quantity of food to store. Firstly, size and space.
Obviously, with a large pantry, you can store more food and prepare for a longer period of time. You might be lucky enough to have a root cellar, bunker, or basement (we don't have any of these where we are.)
However, if you don't have the space, then there are some great compact options out there.
For example, you can purchase #10 cans (which means that there are 25 cans per pallet.) Get creative and store these around your house in places like a bookshelf or under your spare bed.
This is great because a lot of people have space that they can put to good use but just aren't sure what to do with it.
How long will my prepper pantry food last?
If you plan on storing food for just a few months at a time, then the shelf life of the food doesn't really matter that much. Canned food and dried goods are pretty good for a few months, but they do come with an expiration date. So be careful not to over-order.
And if you plan to store your food for years, consider mylar bags and vacuum sealing (watch for an upcoming post on how we're doing this.)
What non-food items should be a part of prepper pantries?
Your prepper pantry shouldn't just be about food storage. It should also include other essential non-food items that you can't live without.
This includes things like
- toilet paper
- sewing materials
- water filter system
- canning and preserving books
- off grid living books
- homeschool supplies
- fire starters
Depending on the situation, you might find you can't get these items. And even if you're currently on the grid, if it goes down, you could find yourself in a very different lifestyle.
Organizing your prepper pantry
Many preppers will split their pantry into different sections based on the type and amount of food they want on hand.
For example, many people will have a small section dedicated to dry goods, such as unopened pasta and rice.
Another section gets set aside for canned foods, such as sauces. And another section gets used for long-term food storage, for items like 200 servings of freeze-dried meals.
15 Best Prepper Pantries of 2022
Are you putting together a pantry that can withstand a snowstorm, a pandemic, or food shortages created by war?
No matter the case, here's a list of some great posts to help you get ready by creating and stocking your very own prepper pantry.
Regardless of what kind of space you live in, a prepper pantry can be possible. Here are 15 great ideas for building prepper pantries for your home.
There's no doubt that stocking up on food is one of the most fundamental aspects of prepping. However, this is just one aspect of getting started with prepping.
Remember to consider other essential items that you might not find in an emergency situation. It's important to learn how long different products last and how they need to be stored for the best longevity.
This is especially true if you're planning on storing them for years at a time. In addition, the best prepper pantries include a variety of foods that your family will actually eat.