Starting your Survival Pantry

One of the best places to start your prepping is in your pantry. Experts will tell you to get yourself a 30 day supply of food you regularly eat in place and then start expanding your storage food from there.

I tend to agree with this idea. I feel you should begin prepping with foods you already know you like and just add to that supply over time.

So how do we go about it?

Start Small

If you are on a budget like most people you can’t afford to buy an extra 30 days of food all at once.

Use the one for me and one for a friend approach. When you are shopping buy your normal groceries and then add one or two extra of something like tuna or veggies for your “friend”. After a couple months you will notice you are getting quite a stash of food put away.

Don’t be tempted to put off normal shopping because you have extra on your shelf. You will only defeat the whole purpose of stocking up.


A potable water supply is an important thing to prep for. If you are a person who buys bottled water you will need to stock up for an emergency. Tainted water is a huge problem in disasters; you will want to prepare for it.

Avoid storing water in the milk jug type containers since they begin to break down and will start leaking within a few months.

Canned Food

Canned fruit and veggies can get you your basic nutrition in an emergency. I know they are far from perfect and probably have too much salt, sugar, GMO’s, etc but they are basic food that a lot of people eat and they store well.

When you get extra to put in your pantry make sure and write the date on top of the can with a marker and then rotate out and use the oldest whenever you cook with them.

Canned food can also provide an emergency source of water. In an emergency don’t drain the veggies, save the water in a pot to make a soup or even drink it later.

Dry Goods

Beans and rice, rice and beans, beans and rice, and rice and beans. You can live a long time on eating beans and rice since it supplies a complete protein. It may get boring but it is food that will keep you going.

Make sure and do some research on how to properly store dry goods so it remains fresh and bug free.

Many will store wheat. You can do a lot of things with wheat, and it is relatively cheap from the feed store. It is even cheaper right from the farmer if you live in wheat country. The same can be said for any whole grain.


I am an odd duck in that I like MRE’s for the most part. Storing MRE’s for emergency food is an expensive option. Sure it is nice to have everything all in one nice bag but with a little research you can put together your own for a fraction of the price.

Dehydrated Food

Most commercial dehydrated food is covered in sulfides. They don’t even last all that long. I have a ziplock bag of home dried apples that taste just fine, and they are about five years old.

Like MRE’s commercially dehydrated food is an expensive way to stock up on your survival food.

Freeze-dried Food

This is where many new preppers start, while I put it at the end for a reason. Freeze-dried food is a good long term storage item and should only be stocked once you have your basics taken care of.

This is not to say you can’t get some here and there, or even use some of it on a regular basis like we do. I am just saying buying a years supply of freeze-dried food does not give you a good rounded survival food pantry.

With a little time and effort you can easily put up your first 30 day food supply and then start working on your longer term storage plans. Make a plan with a budget and stick to it and you will come through most emergencies just fine.

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