Food Storage and Cooking Tools

Cooking prepper beef freeze dried steak

This article covers choices for long-term storage foods and what you’ll need to prepare them during a disaster. It also covers the tools and other items you’ll need to preserve food at home.

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Long-Term Storage Foods

Mountain House: If taste is your main consideration, entrees and other foods by Mountain House are some of the best. You can get them in pouches, #10 cans, or multi-meal kits, most of which have a shelf life of 25 years.

Nutrient Survival: While most freeze-dried meals have high sodium and lack other essential nutrients, Nutrient Survival solves this problem. Everything they offer, including drink mixes, is formulated to give you the greatest amount of nutrients possible. You can get their food in small individual pouches, #10 cans, and larger kits.

Prepper Beef: Most long-term food storage items, like canned goods and freeze-dried meals, may not have the best quality meat. They may also contain allergens like wheat and eggs. Prepper Beef is the only company I know that sells freeze-dried steak with no additional ingredients. They offer Original Steak, New York Strip, Ribeye, and Filet Mignon.

Home Base Cooking Methods

Coleman Triton Propane Camp Stove: A propane camp stove is one of the most convenient ways to cook off-grid. You can connect the Coleman Triton to small 1-lb propane bottles or full-size cylinders if you have an adapter hose.

Dual Fuel Butane and Propane Stove: A dual fuel butane and propane stove will give you the best features of both. Butane is safer indoors, while propane is easier to find and works better in cold temperatures.

Ecozoom Rocket Stove: If you’re concerned about long-term survival situations you need a rocket stove. The Ecozoom Versa is large enough to cook anything you may want to or boil a stockpot full of water. It also relies on natural materials rather than man-made fuel. This makes it a viable long-term cooking solution.

All-American Sun Oven: A good solar cooker will allow you to use sunlight to prepare your meals, and the All-American Sun Oven is probably the best. In addition to giving you a way to bake, it also features heavy-duty construction and will reduce your reliance on consumable fuel sources.

Solar Generator: A large solar generator, like the Ecoflow Delta 2 Max, will allow you to use any countertop kitchen appliance you own. That includes microwaves, crock pots, electric griddles, and coffee makers. Cooking in this way is good for security since people won’t be able to smell you cooking outside, and it will also eliminate the chances of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Portable Cooking Methods

Pathfinder Bottle Cook Set

Pathfinder Bottle Cook Set: This is the best all-in-one kit I’ve found. It comes with a stainless steel bottle that you boil water in, a stainless steel camp cup, a stove, and a case to hold everything. It also includes a few extra items, like a ferro rod, cutlery set, fish mouth spreaders, and emergency fire starters.

Jetboil Flash: This is the fastest way that I’ve seen to boil water, at around a minute and a half. It’s a perfect choice if you keep freeze-dried meals in your bug out bag and want to keep moving as much as possible.

Food Storage and Preservation

Cansolidator Can Rotator: This is the can rotation system we use in our pantry. It holds and dispenses cans on a first-in-first-out basis, ensuring that you’re using your oldest cans first. The Cansolidator is fully-customizable. It can can be stacked and you can even buy additional pieces to expand your system.

Mylar Food Storage Bags: These are what you need if you’re storing dry goods long-term. This can include beans, rice, dry pasta, and even things like powdered milk and instant mashed potatoes. Wallaby sells mylar bags, along with oxygen absorbers and desiccant packets to remove air and moisture after the bags are sealed. You can see my video on how to use mylar for long-term food storage on YouTube by clicking here.

All-American Pressure Canner: A good pressure canner will allow you to preserve vegetables and meat and make fruit preserves. The All-American Pressure Canner is an excellent design that should last for many years.

Harvest Right Freeze Dryer: While you won’t be using this during the middle of a disaster, a freeze dryer is the best way to prepare large amounts of food for long-term storage. You can use it to preserve home-cooked meals, meat, fruit, and vegetables.

Food Preparation

Manual Can Opener: If you don’t have a manual can opener yet and you’re a prepper, then bless your heart. A good crank-style can opener will make opening cans a breeze, while smaller ones like these P51 can openers can fit in survival kits and even your wallet.

Cast Iron Cookware: Cast iron is one of the most versatile types of cookware and is something that every prepper should have. I get the most use out of my grandmother’s old 10-inch skillet, but a Dutch oven and griddle are nice to have as well. You can get a set of cast iron by clicking here.

Related: What Every Prepper Needs to Know About Cast-Iron

Victorinox Field Dressing Kit: While Victorinox is known for its Swiss Army Knives, they also produce excellent kitchen cutlery. This field dressing kit includes paring, boning, filleting, slaughter, and steak knives, along with a sharpening steel and storage roll. It’s an excellent choice if you need to process animals you’ve raised or animals harvested in the wild.

Country Living Grain Mill: Wheat berries will store much longer than flour, however, you need a way to grind it. The Country Living Grain Mill will allow you to grind wheat, corn, and other grains into flour and cornmeal. Its heavy-duty construction will allow it to serve your family for years.

Stainless Steel Stock Pot: If you have a large family, you may need to boil large quantities of water. A large stock pot and a rocket stove will allow you to do this. This will give you a way to remove biological contaminants from water before you drink it or use it for medical tasks.

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