Preparedness Food List

Food preparedness list begins here

Food preparedness list begins here

I am working on my preparedness food list right now. I go to a lot of websites on homesteading, preparedness, prepping, self-sufficiency and self-reliance and I am usually disappointed. A good many are covered in ads and have that annoying pop up trying to catch my email address. Just trying to read an article on it is nearly impossible. I usually can’t make it though the whole article due to the ads. With my internet connection, a video or anything like that slows my computer down considerably and I end up leaving without reading their article. So I thought I’d write my own list and not concern myself with what someone else thinks. They usually aren’t accurate, considering I am not really a “prepper” but live this way all the time, regardless of power outages or storms. This is a way of life for me. Each individual family must have some idea of what they need without reading a huge of list of what others think you need or what they are trying to steer you to buy so you click on their affiliate links. 

This is my food list and how I prepare to have food stored in my kitchen, pantry and root cellar. Make changes where you see fit. Every family is different and you may have a family member who eats a special diet. In our house, we eat low carbs as much as possible. 

katlupe’s Preparedness Food List:

1. Food Needed – Figure out what you fix for meals. How much and how often.  I do this on a monthly basis and multiply it by 12 for the year.

2. List the ingredients you need to make each recipe. Be sure to include all seasonings, oils and condiments needed. Figure out how much of each needed.

3. Include some foods for quick meals that can be prepared without cooking or heating. For emergencies.

4. Don’t forget water storage! Go to Ready Water Storage, a government site to read their recommendations. Whatever you do, DO NOT store it in used milk containers. 

5. Snacks for everyone makes a bad situation bearable. Stock up ingredients to make those snacks your family enjoys. Be sure to include some ready made ones for when you are short on time.

6. Include desserts! Yes, everyone loves their desserts. Once again, I recommend some ready made ones that take no cooking or heating. Ingredients for your homemade desserts will a pleasant ending to meal on a bad day or for a special occasion. 

7. I mentioned having condiments stored, but if times get really tough and worse than they are right now (which I believe is happening presently), you may not be able to replenish your condiments stash. Be sure to include ingredients to make them yourself. Homemade ones are much better anyway, I do this all the time. 

8. Beverages – This is the hard one. It is best to get your family used to drinking water mainly. But what if water is in short supply? Even tea and coffee take water. Maybe some canned fruit juices, evaporated milk and dehydrated milk would be good to store. These milk products can be used for cooking too. Tea can be made from wild medicinal and/or edible plants around your home. Just be careful where you forage for them. Many homeowners use chemicals on their lawns and you don’t want to pick any from those areas. 

9. Storage of all. How or where do I store it all? This one I have problems with myself. As we work on our house, we keep adding more storage areas. making more room in your home by getting rid of all your excess stuff is essential. This is one area that I am presently working on, so I will be writing future posts and sharing how I overcome this obstacle.

10. A garden is essential to providing a large share of your food supply. I grow, can dehydrate and store a large amount of produce yearly. What I don’t grow, I buy locally. Do not rely on a freezer for storing your food. Even with my own power system something can go wrong with it and I would be without power for a period while we repair it. Same with your freezer. Many people have lost food due to a malfunction of their freezer. This is the reason why I can so much food. Can all the food you harvest in case the next year’s harvest fails. 

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“Prepping” Or Independence? Which Do You Do?

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Is  “prepping” or ” independence” in your plans? Today everyone is trying to “prep” or prepare in case something happens in the world. Or our country. Whatever happens that makes it so you cannot shop or get supplies. Some people believe it means you won’t be able to leave your home because there will be nothing to go to. Books about this situation are a hot topic on Amazon right now. I have read a few. They are interesting, but as for me, whatever happens, happens. I cannot change the outcome of anything. 

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Am I going to get stressed over it and worry about it? Not really. For me, it’d be a waste of time. My husband and I discuss this often after reading what is posted on Facebook that day. We just keep taking our life one step at a time and making headway in our own plans. At our age, we aren’t going to make any drastic changes in how we live or what we do. That is  how we do everything, in moderation. Don’t worry about something till it happens. In fact, if something like that did happen and you had to live independently for the rest of your life, wouldn’t you run out of the “prepping” supplies?  So I am back to “prepping” or “independence,” which means if you chose independence, the prepping supplies would not matter.

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It is true that we live off-the-grid, but we didn’t do that as a form of “prepping.” We wanted to do it as a form of independence. Even if we bought another property that had power lines going right by it, we would not hook up to the utility company. We have learned how to operate our own power system and I think we’d stick with that form of living. Now I am not sure if when you build a new house if you have to hook up if it is available in the area you are building in or not. The thing to strive for is knowing you can take care of yourself and your family if something did happen. Don’t worry about the supplies, instead learn how to do things. Skills and knowledge will be the best preparations you can do right now! 

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Our Horses


Our future may include moving to a larger piece of land that is more secluded if possible. I am always browsing the local real estate listings to see if any catch my eye. In many ways, we’d like that even better than our little homestead here. Having a larger piece of land where we could graze our horses would be better for them and for us. Here we spend a lot of money buying hay. That is not a form of independence at all. Pasture would be. I’d rather they were out on a pasture. So would they! 

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Prepare Now! Don’t Let Fear Stop You!

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As you listen to the evening news, read the daily newspapers or study Facebook posts, you are bound to start feeling fear. Fearing a civil war due to the political differences of your fellow citizens is a very realistic feeling. The predictions you hear from others can start anxiety or panic attacks in people. Sometimes other people want to cause you that fear. Sometimes they are just repeating something and don’t even check it out to see if it is real or not. I see a lot of that on Facebook myself. 

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The best advice I can give you is to not to worry until you have to worry. Most of the time, those predictions do not come true. Or if they do, it is not actually as a big a catastrophe  as everyone led me to believe. You can listen to them to be polite, but don’t take what they say to heart. Instead of sitting around worrying, like people were when they thought the world was going to end in December of last year, live your life as if nothing was going to happen. As we know, the world did not end!

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Our Storage Shed


Start stockpiling supplies, just in case you need them. You know things like food, cleaning supplies, household items, pet supplies, etc. Then if something did happen you’d be able to fall back on the stocked supplies. 

Put together BOBs (Bug Out Bags) for each family member and your pets. Even your infant babies need their own BOBs!

Learn how to make a first aid kit. Include a first aid kit of holistic remedies. A medicinal plants field guide 
is a must! Know about everything you have growing near you. This is very important in case of not being able to go to a health care provider (holistic or Allopathic). 

Remember the top 5 things you will need in case of any emergency is: Shelter, Water, Food, Fuel and stove for heating and cooking, and Clothing (including shoes or boots). Plan NOW! Before you need it!

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