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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Copyright © 2016 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2016 Kathleen G. Lupole

Top Ten List For A Productive Garden

Seed Packets

 Plan What Seeds To Buy Before You Are In The Store!


 1. The first step in preserving your food is not at harvest time. It is when you first plan your garden and decide which seeds to buy. Buying the best quality seeds for your area is the most important step. Regardless of whether you can it, freeze it, dehydrate it or just store it, you must have a plan in mind when choosing seed varieties. Choose plant varieties that are known for storing. The seed companies know which seed is good for what.


Heirloom Seedlings

Heirloom Squash Seedlings

2. Build your seed supply of heirloom seeds that you can save. Those seeds will provide your future gardens. Save a few of your best plants, don’t harvest them. Let them dry up and save the seeds. If they are green beans I let them just about die then harvest the seeds inside of the pods. If they are plants like tomatoes, pumpkin, cucumbers or squash, I save the seeds as I prepared the vegetable for cooking or eating. Dry the seeds really good and then put them in a jar that has a tight top, like a canning jar. Put a label on the jar so you know what it is and when you harvested it.

Fresh Yellow Summer SquashFresh Yellow Summer Squash 

3. Plant foods that produce a lot. I know, some people will tell you that you don’t need that many zucchini, yellow squash or green beans. I have found that by canning a large amount of those foods, in the winter or even years later, that food as been essential in keeping us fed. If you have a time where money is tight or someone looses their job, this canned food will feed your family. I advise people to can as much as possible. A freezer can break down or a power outage for an extended amount of time can cause you to lose all that food.

 Salad Greens Bed

 Salad Beds

4. Set up a couple of nice beds that are waist high for your lettuce and salad greens garden. That makes them easy to harvest quickly for a nightly salad. Being up higher, they don’t get so dirty in a rainstorm. Most important little critters like rabbits or chipmunks don’t get into them so much. Mine are critter free.

Strawberry Plants Strawberry Plants

5. Plant a few beds of plants that are annuals. Meaning that once you get them going, they come up every year and you don’t have to plant them. Like asparagus, rhubarb or strawberries. Less work is always welcome at gardening season.

Butternut SquashButternut Squash

6. Plant vegetables that can be stored fresh in a root cellar or other cooler room. Cabbage, carrots, potatoes, winter squash and others can be stored to be eaten fresh. Even green tomatoes can be harvested late in fall just before your first frost. Wrapped in newspaper and stored in a cool room they will ripen slowly. Just be sure to check them at least once a week.

Almost Ripe BlackberriesAlmost Ripe Wild Blackberries

7. Plant some berry bushes instead of decorative hedges around your home. Berries can be canned as jam, jelly or juice. But they can also be dehydrated as well as frozen. Again though, I like to remind people, do not put your whole amount of berries or anything else for that matter, into a freezer. Just in case.

50 lb Bags of Potatoes


Potatoes In 50 lb. Bags 


 8. Potatoes can be grown very easily also. If you do not grow them, buy them from a local potato grower, produce market or even a local restaurant supply store (where they are available in fifty pound bags). I like to buy two bags if I haven’t grown any myself. If I grew some, I still buy one bag and can them, in slices and cubes. That way I have them for quick meals or to add to stews, soups or casseroles.


Tomato PlantsTomato Plants

9. Tomatoes are of course, an important food to grow and can. They can be used for so many recipes. If you have a lot of tomatoes coming, my method is to can them all as whole tomatoes. Make sauces, salsas, ketchup, stewed products later on when you aren’t so busy. I usually grow some and buy some, since we need a lot to get through the year.

Chives and Lemon BalmHerbal Bed with Chives and Lemon Balm

10. Herbs are expensive in the store. It is so easy to grow them at home in your garden. Bring some inside in pots for fresh herbs in the winter. I like to dry a good amount for cooking and for making teas and infusions. Wild herbs such as dandelion, burdock, plantain and various fruit leaves are good for teas or infusions as well. They can be found growing wild. Take a walk around and I am sure you will find many foods growing right near you.


Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole