If recent world events aren’t enough to get you to start a prepper pantry, perhaps nothing will! Being prepared ahead of time – yes, before disaster strikes – is the key to survival! How prepared are you to wait out another epidemic? How prepared are you to keep your family hunkered down for a few weeks? A few months? Let’s talk about the steps you can take right now to create a prepper pantry, and why you should start one.
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What Is A Prepper Pantry?
Prepper pantries are the backbone of the prepper life. It is essentially just like your normal pantry, but more well thought out and made to last. Your prepper pantry is the place where you store all the food you need in the event of a disaster that may keep you from being able to live normally.
The foods in your prepper pantry are shelf-stable and last for long periods of time. Foods like dry rice and beans, canned goods (including meats), and dehydrated or freeze-dried foods all serve well during emergency situations. Having these types of foods stored up can help you through several different types of emergencies, including natural disasters and long-term quarantine situations.
Who can benefit from building a prepper pantry?
Absolutely everyone can benefit from creating their very own prepper pantry. You never know what could happen; and if you live in a particularly high risk or turbulent area, you will definitely not regret stocking up.
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Prepper pantries are perfect for anyone that wants to be prepared for getting themselves and their family through a potential catastrophe. This is especially true if you have a large family with children or elderly family members. You will want to make sure any dietary restrictions are met, as well as having foods any picky little ones will eat enough of. It is always a good idea to stock up on non-perishable foods that are also enjoyed by you and your family. While this isn’t a time to be picky, stocking up on foods your family will enjoy is going to be much better all around.
It is not necessary to only prepare with MREs and bland calories. You can be creative with your shopping, as long as you make sure to have the supplies needing to prepare the things you get! Include your family in this process, and make it fun for the little ones! Have everyone rattle off their favorite meals or ingredients, as well as their favorite snacks. Having little surprise snacks on hand during emergency situations can truly boost morale!
When will you need a prepper pantry?
The actual answer to this is: who knows?! But the truth of the matter is, everyone should be prepared for disaster to strike. No need to be doom and gloom, just prepared!
Emergency situations of all kinds pop up from moment to moment. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and storms that cause power outages can send most families into a tailspin. If you’re prepared, with your prepper pantry and power sources, you can continue life as is – for the most part – until the situation returns to normal. Other emergencies can last longer. These are all good times to have a well-stocked prepper pantry.
Think about it, even if there isn’t a national emergency, you could lose your job. Wouldn’t having 3-6 months of food on hand really help out with the stress of getting everything financially taken care of? Food is one of the largest expenses for many families! Having that taken care of in this type of situation could definitely help ease some tension.
The more thought you put into designing and stocking your prepper pantry, the more supplies you’ll have on hand for virtually any situation that comes your way. Your prepper pantry is the lifeline your family may need in the event of a life-altering situation. Whether this situation impacts your lives or the entire town, state, or country, you’ll be prepared.
From an unexpected job loss, to a natural disaster, long-term power outage, or epidemic; your prepper pantry will be there to get you and your family through safely without starving.
Why should you start a prepper pantry?
If you decide a prepper pantry is the right step for you to take for yourself and your family, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep your food supply in a cool, dry place. The last thing you want to do is spend tons of time and money on stocking a pantry, only for the food to be taken over with mold.
Make sure it is pest proof. Use thick, food grade storage containers (plastic or glass). Food is too expensive to feed rodents!
Be aware of how much of each thing you will need for everyone for a certain amount of time. It’s recommended to stock up on at least 3 gallons of water, per day, for each person in the house. Map out food and snacks for each person, so you definitely have enough food on hand as well.
I hope this has been useful in helping you decide whether you need a prepper pantry for you and your family. Good luck, and happy stocking!