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10 Food Staples Every Kiwi Prepper Should Have in Storage

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Hey there, fellow Kiwi preppers! Today, I want to talk about food staples. Whether it’s an unexpected natural disaster or simply wanting to be self-reliant, having a well-stocked food storage is a key component of any prepper’s plan. As a prepper myself, I’ve learned the importance of having the right food staples in storage. Let’s check it out, here are my top 10 food staples every Kiwi prepper should have on hand.

  1. Rice:

    Rice is the absolute number one staple and should be in every prepper pantry for its unmatched qualities that make it a vital survival food. Firstly, rice is a nutritional powerhouse, offering a rich source of carbohydrates, essential vitamins, and minerals. During emergencies rice provides the sustenance needed to endure challenging times.

    Secondly, rice has an impressively long shelf life when stored correctly (like in Mylar bags with oxygen absorber), making it a reliable choice for long-term food storage. Its lightweight and compact nature allow for easy storage and portability, perfect for both home pantries and bug-out bags.

    Moreover, rice is budget-friendly and readily available in every New Zealand supermarket. Plus it allows preppers to create an array of nutritious and comforting meals.

    Additionally, rice holds excellent bartering potential, which may prove valuable during extended crises. Its universal appeal makes it a sought-after commodity for trade.

  2. Dried Beans and Lentils: These protein-packed powerhouses are a must-have for any emergency situation. They’re not only nutritious but also budget-friendly, which is always a win for us Kiwis. They are cost-effective, easily stored, and have a shelf life of several years.
  3. Canned Goods: Whether it’s canned vegetables, fruits, or meats, having a variety of canned goods in your storage ensures you have a balanced diet during any crisis. Don’t forget to check the expiration dates and rotate your stock regularly. Make sure to watch out for rusty and dented cans.
  4. Pasta: A family favorite and a Kiwi classic, pasta is another fantastic addition to your food storage. It’s easy to cook and pairs well with various sauces, making it a reliable go-to meal and has an incredibly long shelf life.
  5. Oats: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, even in times of crisis. Oats are not only nutritious but also incredibly versatile. From porridge to granola bars, they have you covered.
  6. Canned Fish: Living on an island, we know the value of seafood. Canned fish, like tuna or salmon, provides a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and can be enjoyed as a standalone meal or incorporated into recipes. Although a little bit more expensive, but a great addition is canned cod liver. Packed with nutrients it is an amazing superfood for your stockpile.
  7. Nuts and Seeds: A handful of nuts or seeds can provide a quick and nutritious snack, giving you the energy you need to tackle any situation. They’re also excellent for adding texture and flavor to meals. However keep in mind that nuts and seeds, due to their high fat content have only a limited shelf life before they go rancid. So rotate them out regularly.
  8. Honey: Nature’s sweetener and natural antibiotic, honey is a vital addition to your food storage. Not only does it have an incredibly long shelf life, but it also has numerous health benefits.
  9. Powdered Milk: While fresh milk might not be easily accessible during emergencies, powdered milk can step in as an alternative. It’s a great source of calcium and can be used in various recipes.
  10. Freeze-Dried Fruits and Vegetables: These lightweight and nutrient-rich options are perfect for a well-rounded diet. They retain most of their original nutrients and flavor, making them a delicious and healthy addition.

Having these food staples in your pantry is a good start, but it’s also essential to remember proper storage and rotation. Keep your food storage area cool, dry, and away from direct sunlight to extend the shelf life of your supplies.

Additionally, periodically check the expiration dates of your stored items and incorporate them into your daily meals to ensure nothing goes to waste. A well-maintained food storage not only offers peace of mind but also ensures you and your loved ones are well-prepared for whatever comes our way.


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