25 Basic Pantry Items for Emergencies 2016-10-16T18:37:10+00:00

25 Basic Pantry Items for Emergencies

Ideally, you want to store shelf stable foods that your family normally consumes.

A few other points to consider when starting an emergency food pantry are:

  • To store emergency foods that will not require refrigeration, and should require little electricity or fuel to prepare.
  •  The food should have a long shelf life.
  • It should provide ample nutrition and contain little salt.

Use the following essential food staples as the basis for recipes. The following foods are all popular food staples that should be considered as “must haves” for your emergency pantries. These items are very affordable and versatile.

Keep in mind, that water is your most important prep. You need water for consumption, food preparation, and for sanitary needs. Ensure that you have a large quantity of water stored away for emergency use.

Stock up on the following basic items to get your pantry ready for the next extended emergency:

  1. Canned fruits, vegetables, meats, and soups
  2. Dried legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
  3. Crackers
  4. Nuts
  5. Pasta sauce
  6. Peanut butter
  7. Pasta
  8. Flour (white, whole wheat)
  9. Seasonings (vanilla, salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, pepper, taco seasoning, etc.)
  10. Sugar
  11. Bouillon cubes or granules (chicken, vegetable, beef)
  12. Kitchen staples (baking soda, baking powder, yeast, vinegar)
  13. Honey
  14. Unsweetened cocoa powder
  15. Jell-O or pudding mixes
  16. Whole grains (barley, bulgur, cornmeal, couscous, oats, quinoa, rice, wheat berries)
  17. Nonfat dried milk
  18. Plant-based oil (corn oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, olive oil)
  19. Cereals
  20. Seeds for eating and sprouting
  21. Popcorn (not the microwavable kind)
  22. Instant potato flakes
  23. Packaged meals (macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, Ramen noodles, etc.)
  24. Purified drinking water
  25. Fruit juices, teas, coffee, drink mixes

Use this list as a starting point on beginning or extending your preparedness pantry- and don’t feel handcuffed to only stocking up on these items. Always keep your family’s food preferences and dietary needs in mind when investing in your food supply. It would be advantageous to have a two week supply (at a minimum) of these shelf stable food items on hand to care for your family. Click here to see how much your family would need.


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