Pantry Essentials

Like everything in life it is important to build a good foundation. your pantry is no exception to this rule.  Think of all the small items you need to cook your favorite family meals and add them to our pantry essentials list below.  When I stock my pantry I also like to think of items that I am always running out to the store to buy.  If I stock my pantry with those items I will save myself time and gas money!  The basics vary from household to household but certain items ring true for almost everyone.  Here are a few of my pantry essentials.

Pantry 101

  • Ensure This supplement drink has 6 grams of fat, which provides your body with 9 percent of the recommended daily intake. The powdered version of Ensure will last longer than the pre-made drink. Plan on a can of powdered Ensure to last the same as a can of infant formula, which is roughly about 12 months.
  • Oil – The plant based oils are best to store in your emergency supplies. A light colored oil, such as vegetable or olive oil can last up to a year, if stored properly. Once it’s opened, the oil could turn within a matter of weeks or months depending on how it was processed and the storage environment.
  • Peanut butter – Any type of butter made from nuts is a healthy source of fat and if stored properly can last up to 12 months.
  • Nuts and seeds – Because of the high oil content in nuts and seeds their shelf life is usually affected. Nuts and seeds typically last about 12 months.
  • Crisco – With a shelf life that ranges from 2-8 years, this fat source is the longest lasting. That being said, it is probably the most unhealthiest of the choices.
  • Mayonnaise – Mayonnaise has a relatively short shelf life of 6 months. Therefore, if you plan to stock up on this, ensure that it is frequently rotated in your food supply.
  • Salad dressing – Salad dressing lasts anywhere from 9-12 months.
  • Canned meats – Some canned meats, such as spam, fish and canned ham can also provide an adequate source of fat for your survival diet. Due to the high salt content of some of these canned meats, they have a relatively long shelf life of anywhere between 2-5 years.
  • Chocolate – Although chocolate is considered a high-calorie, high-fat food, it does provide some health benefits as well. Most of the studies done used no more than 100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces, of dark chocolate a day to get the benefits. Studies have shown that dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as provides more antioxidants than blueberries. A chocolate has a shelf life of 12 months, however, if the chocolate is repackaged in Mylar or stored in a plastic container, it could last much longer.

Stock Up On That Magical Fruit:

  • Lima Beans, Dry
  • Soy Beans, Dry
  • Split Peas, Dry
  • Lentils, Dry
  • Dry Soup Mix, Dry
  • Chickpeas, Dry
  • Black beans, Dry
  • Navy Beans, Dry

  • Suggested Projects

      1. Get smart about survival and research the importance of having certain food sources in your diet.
      2. Use the Ready Nutrition Food Storage Calculator to find out how much protein you need to add to your storage supply.
      3. Bear in mind, daily caloric intakes are different with each person, so research how many calories you need to stay at your optimum health.
      4. Those with special needs (such as pregnant women) are advised to get more protein sources, so keep this in mind when purchasing.
      5. Learn how to package and store your bulk foods for long-term storage.
      6. Store your purchased products in a suitable environment where it is not exposed to natural elements. Click here to learn about your food’s worst enemies.


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