Best Foods to hoard when the Power is Out

Prepper's Will - Best foods to hoard when the power goes out  If you live off-the grid the loss of power might not seem catastrophic to you, but for the rest of the people out there having no electricity will drastically lower their life’s quality or even worse. Regardless of one’s condition we have to consider that the majority of our needs require power and we are lost without it. You should at least be able to hoard the right foods to increase your chances of survival when the world will plunge into darkness.

And if you know a thing or two about preparedness and about the dangers we face today, you should acknowledge the fact that a power grid failure is the most realistic threat that we could ever face. The fact that a power grid is due to happen is not the scariest thing, what worries me the most is the fact that many people are laughing at the thought of power grid failure and they prefer to keep living in their soap bubble. When the bubble will burst people will get desperate and the rush for hoarding supplies will begin.

These are the events that can cause a power grid failure:

  • A terrorist attack is the highest threat right now and it’s the most certain one
  • A cybernetic attack can shut down the power grid and knowing that China and Russia have some of the best hackers (the attacks on the NYSE were just a small example)
  • Natural disaster (in 2013, the Haiyan typhoon left cities from Philippines without power for 2-3 months, labeling Tacloban as a dead city and making the area look like a war zone, despite the relief efforts)
  • Solar eruption (NASA keeps warning us that the sun is registering an increase in solar eruption, but no one seems to be listening)

What will happen when the grid goes down?

People will start to hoard food and medication a day or two after the outage and other unaffected locations may try to assist the people affected by the power outage, but there may not be enough to go around.

The first wave will the ones that will be in denial, the ones that think they can ride it off with what they got and with what the government will provide. They will be the first wave of casualties and this because by the time they wake up and realize what is happening, all the supplies will be gone and it will be too late for them to grab something. In a last minute of desperation they will turn to looting and violence in order to survive.

The second wave will be the last minute hoarders and these are the people that are smarter than the first ones, they have increased chances of survival, but without additional supplies and knowledge, it’s just a matter of time until their luck runs out. You’ve probably seen this type of people every time there was a local disaster or any other event happening in your area, they are the late time “shoppers”. Even during the last minutes, they will stockpile on everything they can get their hands on. I know that it’s improper calling them shoppers, because nothing will work without power and they won’t be able to buy supplies, but it wouldn’t be fair calling all of them “looters”.

By this point, most emergency services, medical facilities and government agencies will feel unable to cope up with the demand for food, shelter, medicine and other basic needs.

The third wave will be the preppers and based on their knowledge and supplies they have the best chance to outlast a power grid failure. It won’t be easy for them either because without a proper method of self-sustainability, they will turn on each other. Supplies will run out eventually and most of the preppers will turn to scavenging. Guns and ammo are common topics and most of them are hoarding ammo like there’s no tomorrow, hoping to use it for protection or other business.

And we have the last wave, the elite, all-powerful people that think money will save them. These are the ones that have their personal bunker, a 2-3 year food supply and everything that you might think of. The problem with these so called preppers is that most of them don’t even know how to make the best use of their supplies, they don’t even understand what a life of restrictions is and they already think they got it all figured out. They are the biggest threat from themselves and they don’t need exterior factors to decrease their chances of survival.

When selecting foods to hoard for a power grid failure keep in mind the following:

  • Food that needs refrigeration should be out of the question, no power means your freezer will not work
  • Most foods are not packed for long-term storage, exception being canned foods
  • One should chose foods that provide maximum nutritional value for the minimum size
  • Don’t store snack foods for long periods of time, they have no value for your pantry

Here are the best foods to hoard:

Distilled and sparkling water

Yes, water is not a food, but it’s an important item that should be on top of your list. You should consider storing club soda in your pantry because it lasts for an indefinite period, it helps relieve constipation and it will make the kids happy (you can add various ingredients to it and give it a nice flavor, it will successfully replace the soda that kids like). How much water you should stockpile is up to you and depends on the storage space you have. You should have at least enough water to last you and your family for not less than three days. If your household has four people you should have 20 gallons of water (4X5) for a day and 60 gallons for three days. Besides stockpiling on water, preppers should have a good plan to get more, either by filtering the water they can scavenge/gather or by producing water on their own.

Related reading: Harvesting rainwater.

Tea, Coffee and Bouillon

Drinking tea is a healthy habit that has been around for more than 6,000 years and for good reason. Besides having to boil water to make it, hence getting rid of bacteria, tea is also one of the quickest way to help one dehydrate in an emergency situation. Coffee and caffeinated tea provide an additional boost of energy and help keeping you alert, while other types of tea have a calming and smoothing effect. Not to mention that there are many other teas that have healing effects and their proprieties will prove useful during a time of need. Bouillon cubes are also a good choice because they are made up of compressed stock and combined with hardtack, it can become a good meal when nothing’s around.

Canned and dehydrated meats

The best and tastiest source of protein for a prepper is meat and most of us can’t even go a day without having a nice portion of it. Meat can provide up to 90% of the sustenance needed to survive and this makes it a perfect food to be stockpiled. While some prefer canned meat, there are some preppers that are making their own jerky or pemmican for a long time survival and maybe you too, should learn how to make it. When it comes to canned meats, tuna, salmon and mackerel should be on your list because they are rich in omega 3 oils. Meat is a must have for your pantry and you should make sure you have enough of it. However, if you are vegetarian, you can stockpile on canned or dehydrated mushrooms, as they are also an important source of protein.

Recommended reading: How to make Pemmican and How to make Jerky.

Oils

LostWaysWhen making the lists of foods to hoard when the power is out, you shouldn’t forget about oils. Oil can be used for cooking, but it also has many other uses during an emergency. Olive oil is a good choice because it doesn’t have the chemicals resulted after processing, like other oils. If olive oil is too expensive for you, canola and coconut oil are great replacement since are heat stable and doesn’t go rancid as fast as other oils.

Whole wheat flour and other food items

Wheat is a good item for your pantry because it’s rich in vitamins, fiber, protein and minerals. You should consider storing wheat flour due to its nutritional value and general usage. Corn meal flour and potato flour are also a good addition to the prepper’s pantry. In addition, one should also stockpile cereals such as rice, corn and oats. Other foods to hoard: Oatmeal and oats, ready to eat shelf-stable meals (MREs), protein bars, powdered milk, potato flakes, pastas, crackers, salt and spices, honey or sugar, peanut butter, canned veggies, legumes and beans, seeds and nuts, dry yeast, baking powder, honey

Related reading: Honey a perfect survival food and much more

Foods for the little ones

If you have kids, you should know how hard it is to please them and what picky eaters they can be. The last thing you want to deal with it during an emergency is a cranky kid. This is why it’s better to be prepared and have in your pantry something that will keep them happy. Of course that, if you have a baby, you shouldn’t forget about baby formula and ready to eat baby foods, but you should also consider about these foods for the bigger kids: chocolate, cereals, hard candy, tang, canned fruits, jellies and jams. A parent knows that a happy kid equals a happy life, so having foods in your pantry that can “spoil” them will be a good thing during a disaster.

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2 thoughts on “Best Foods to hoard when the Power is Out

  1. I do not agree with most of what this article posts.

    In a real SHTF situation, you want foods that will keep for years without regard to temperatures, humidity or other issues that spoil most foods.. INCLUDING those in cans. The kind of food you actually SHOULD be storing are freeze dried and dehydrated food stuffs needing only water to reconstitute.

    In addition, you need to ensure you get a variety that not only includes carbs like potatos, rice and others like vegetables but you also need to make sure you include fruits. ALL of these items can be found in vacuum sealed dehydrated and freeze dried forms and they will last for years and years without any issue compared to any other food stuffs.

    Second, storing water is NOT what you should be depending on. While you should have a small immediately supply available, water goes bad which means you have to continually remember to cycle it. What you really should do is have a small amount for immediate use but put all your effort and money into purification of water sources. That way you can use the dirtiest water to the cleanest regardless. AND it is much easier to carry purification tabs, straws or filters than it is to try and haul around or store gallons of water.

    While storing something like coffee and tea may sound like a good idea, they are NOT necessary. You should be focusing on those things that will keep you alive. Would you rather have another day of food or a day of coffee when things get low?

    Spend your money on tangible things.

    Finally, the one last point that so many people seem to ignore is long term food… How are you going to eat AFTER you run out of the stuff you stored?

    Some people think they will just run out into the woods and do a little hunting.. WRONG. When the SHTF, you will see MILLIONS of city slickers having the same thought… and in short order game and farm animals will become so rare and scarce many species may never recover. What will you do then?

    You see some of us have thought this through (or in some cases like mine, been trained for this stuff in real life). What you need to do is sit down and put a list together by yourself or with your spouse. On that list you should list the absolute needs you and your family MUST have day to day to survive. Once you have that absolute list, then you can make another one that is for really need to have and finally a third one for would be nice to have.

    People need to start thinking from a perspective of survival. Not convenience, not taste, not caffiene withdrawal. Survival first and foremost because in a real SHTF situation, there is no way to tell how long it will last nor when it will be before there is any other kind of options available to survive.

  2. I agree with almost everything that Malakie. The only exception is in reference to stored water. Water does not go bad, it can’t, what else would it turn into? Sealed water can get stale, easily fixed with a little aeration. Water in poorly sealed containers can get contaminated, fixed with boiling or filtration.
    One other thing to keep in mind is that no matter how much food you store, it will eventually run out or go bad. Store some seeds to start producing your own food again!

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