If you’re creating or stocking your Prepper Pantry before the weather turns cold and disagreeable, here are the 10 Prepper Pantry items you need to buy now at Costco. I show you 10 categories of items along with some bonus ones that will help make your kitchen life easier.
These items won’t bust your grocery budget, and if you are not a Costco member, don’t worry. You can use the advice I share in this video to shop at Walmart, Aldi, Sam’s Club, or even your local grocery store.
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What is a Prepper Pantry?
The Prepper Pantry is part of your Four Corners Pantry System, which represents the main areas where home cooks store food. These include your:
- Working Pantry – where you store non-perishable food and what you access every day
- Extended or Prepper Pantry – where you store non-perishable foods to restock your working pantry
You want to make sure that you have a Prepper Pantry because you never want to run out of food. What we have been through over the last few years should be a warning to everyone as to how important it is to keep some extra food on hand. So whether it’s an illness, bad weather, job loss when money is tight, or you can’t get to the grocery store, you know that your Prepper Pantry will see you through.
But don’t worry! You don’t need to stock your Prepper Pantry in one shopping trip. Instead, you can get the products you need over time as your budget allows. In today’s video, I show you a budget-friendly way to get the 10 basic foods you need to get started. And if you already have a Prepper Pantry, you’ll find some great prices and helpful products you may not have thought about.
How to Stock a Prepper Pantry
When you first decide that you want to stock a Prepper Pantry, the process can feel overwhelming. You’ll have lots of questions, including:
- What food should you stock?
- How much food should you stock?
- Where do you store all the food?
- How do you keep your food fresh?
These are all common questions as you begin the Prepper Pantry process. The good news is that I am here to help you on your journey by answering these questions and more.
I have a comprehensive playlist of Prepper Pantry videos that talk more about the process of getting started, along with a way to accelerate building your Prepper Pantry if you need to create one at a much faster pace. (The How to Accelerate Stocking Your Prepper Pantry video includes a free printable inventory list.)
You can watch my comprehensive Prepper Pantry playlist for additional videos that cover:
- The best storage containers for keeping food the freshest
- The difference between an Oxygen Absorber and a Silica Gel Pack
- What is a Mylar Bag and how to use it
- How to stock a Survival Pantry
- What are Forever Foods?
- And more!
Shopping at Costco to Stock Your Prepper Pantry
You just need 10 basic foods to get started stocking your Prepper Pantry. These foods will carry you through any situation where you may not be able to go grocery shopping. If your everyday Working Pantry begins to run low on food, you don’t need to worry. You can shop at home in your Prepper Pantry, where you store your backup food.
The following list gives you the 10 items or categories you want to focus on stocking first before you buy anything else. And in today’s video, I go into more detail about each category and how to use these foods:
- Canned Good
- Dried Beans
- Coffee Beans
- Honey or Maple Syrup
- Nut Butters
- Olive Oil or Ghee
- Rice, Oats, and All-Purpose Flour
- Spices, Vinegars, and related items
- Sweets and Treats (We all need at least one of these!)
Using Foods in the Video to Make Recipes
Costco offers a wide variety of canned goods you can store for the long term in your Prepper Pantry. You’ll find good buys on canned chicken and sardines. But no matter where you get these high-protein canned foods, I show you how to use them to make delicious recipes in the following videos.
Dried Bean Recipes
I found dried black beans during my shopping trip at Costco, but I didn’t find pinto beans, which I thought was odd since it’s commonly used in central Texas. So they may temporarily be out of them. But if you stock up on the black beans or get other beans, like pintos, from other stores, I’ll show you the best way to cook them up for maximum nutrition.
Multiple Streams of Food – Buying and Making Jams
After you get a chance to stock up on foods from Costco or your local grocery store, think about what other ways you can add food to your pantry, especially your Prepper Pantry. It’s like having multiple income streams, but in this case, you have food.
In my multiple streams of food video, I talk about different ways you can ensure you have enough food for yourself and your family.
For example, I show you some good buys on blackberry and strawberry jams and spreads at Costco, but you can also make these jams as another stream of food. Many store-bought jams have sugar high in the ingredient list, but if you make them homemade, you can control the amount of sugar that goes into them. I show you how to make low-sugar or no-sugar strawberry jams with step-by-step water bath canning instructions.
How to Store and Cook Whole Grains
I love how friendly Costco and Texas shoppers are. As I was filming a segment about flour, a lady chatted with me about her experience storing flour for the long term in her Prepper Pantry. I share those helpful tips that she discussed with me in today’s video.
Although you can store flour in your pantry, whole grains are the best for long-term storage in your Prepper Pantry. In the following videos, I show you how to store whole grain and make flour from the grain in three different ways. And if you have a selection of whole grains already stored, I show you how to cook them the right way too.
Previous Prepper Pantry Hauls
In the videos below, I share with you the foods that I like to buy to stock my Prepper Pantry.
Previous Aldi Videos
Are you a fan of Aldi? Then be sure to check out these videos where I share all the traditional foods that I buy whenever I get a chance to shop there. And best of all, I share all my favorite foods for under $1 each!
Download Your Free 36-Page Pantry List
For an extensive list of the traditional foods you can make and purchase to stock your pantry, be sure to download my free 36-page Traditional Foods Pantry List. This comprehensive eBook is full of links to recipe videos, helpful articles, and more!
Kitchen Academy Videos
Are you looking for more traditional foods videos? If so, I invite you to join the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy. Members of this optional paid YouTube community get access to exclusive videos, live streams, and other members-only perks. Plus, your YouTube comments include a special members-only badge.
The following members-only video is a replay of our September 2022 live stream. (Be sure to join each month’s live stream and bring your traditional foods questions.)
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Favorite Prepper Pantry Supplies
- Wireless Fridge and Freezer Exterior Thermometer
- Life Straw
- Water Disinfection Tablets
- Water BOB Tub Liner
- Cast Iron Trivet
- Tea Lights
- Glass Kettle
- Manual Can Opener
- Battery Powered Can Opener
- Long Lasting Ice Packs
- Igloo Cooler
- YETI Cooler
- Electric Cooler
- Jackery Solar Power Station
- Jackery Portable Solar Panels
- 10 Gauge Power Cord
- Kill A Watt EZ
- Hand Crank Flashlight
- High Powered Flashlight
- Hand Crank Emergency Radio
Favorite Kitchen Supplies
- Favorite Aprons
- Spice Grinder
- Countertop Burner (On my kitchen island in many recipe videos.)
- Handheld Vacuum Sealing System
- Vacuum Lids
- Silica Gel Packets (Helps keep moisture from building up in your mix)
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- 8-Quart Slow-Cooker
- Fat Separator (Clever kitchen device to help you decant bone broth)
- Flour Sack Towels
- pH Strips (Helps you check on the acidity of your vinegar)
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- Mockmill Grain Mill (for making homemade flour)
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