7 Kitchen Essentials That Deserve To Be On Your Preparedness Shelves

Our preps are our life line. The items we choose should be able to carry us, not only through difficult times, but perhaps through impossible times as well.

There is a reason why our ancestors relied so heavily upon essential kitchen items for their day-to-day survival, and it wasn’t because they wanted to make the best baked goods in the county. The “make due or do without” philosophy transferred into their food sources as well. The answer as to why our ancestors stocked these items is versatility.

The following are a list of essential items that are very deserving of a space on your emergency food shelves:

1. Baking Soda – This is my favorite item to stock up on because it has so many darn uses!

  • Because the active ingredient (sodium bicarbonate) is an alkaline, it is a natural antacid.
  • Dental care
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Emergency antiseptic
  • Natural cleaner
  • Cleans off rust
  • Can be used in treating scalding, to prevent blistering and scarring. Cover the scalded area with a liberal layer of sodium bicarbonate and water paste and seek medical assistance.
  • Can be applied to skin irritations that occur from poison oak, poison ivy and sumac.

Please note: Due to the salt content, anyone on a sodium-restricted diet or those with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or kidney disease should not take sodium bicarbonate in large quantities as it can elevate blood pressure, aggravate heart disease and lead to edema, or swelling of the legs and feet due to fluid retention.

2. Baking Powder – Baking soda is actually the primary component in baking powder, so it’s no surprise that pretty much anything you can do with baking soda, you can do with baking powder. Some additional uses include, but are not limited to:

  • Eliminates odors
  • Natural cleaning agent
  • Draws out insect stings and jelly fish venom.
  • Keeps ants away from the house.

3. Salt – Salt is another of my favorite kitchen essentials to stock up on. It is a multipurpose, low cost prep that will be highly desirable if a long term disaster were to come around. Salt will be a big bartering item! Stock up on different types of salt: sea salt, table salt, pickling salt, curing salt – they will all have their uses in a long term disaster. Sea salt is not only healthy for your body, but it also provides antiseptic and bactericidal qualities. Read more here.

4. Yeast

Where would we be without the discovery of yeast? Yeasts are naturally present and live symbiotically on food sources such as grains, vegetables and fruits. Click here to learn 3 ways to grow your own baking yeast.

Baking Yeast

Brewers Yeast
  • Making alcohol
  • Nutritional supplement
  • Assists diabetics in controlling their blood sugar level.
  • Helps control high cholesterol levels.
  • Is a natural flea control for pets.

5. Vinegar

Vinegar has been around for thousands of years and is so diverse that it would be worthwhile to have a good supply stocked up. The good news is the shelf life is long-term! To learn how to make your own apple cider vinegar, click here.

 6. Corn Starch

Did you know that corn starch offers some health benefits? Crazy, I know. Corn starch has 488 calories per cup and 117 grams of carbohydrates. I realize this is not an ideal main entree, but if added to dishes it could be a great way of providing additional calories and carbohydrates for added energy. There are also some additional uses to consider with this product:

  • Great for use as a dry shampoo
  • Burn treatment
  • Treatment for insect bites
  • Deodorant
  • Gets grease out of fabric
  • Cleans windows
  • Thickener for soups, sauces and gravies

7. Powdered Milk

Have you ever wondered how powdered milk is made? Basically, it is made by evaporating milk to dryness. One of the reasons that powdered milk is so popular amongst the preppers and survivalists is it can be stored for long term use. Further, due to it’s low moisture level, it does not need to be refrigerated, thus making it a perfect emergency pantry item!

  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Whipped topping
  • Substitute for milk
  • Facial wash




The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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Originally published March 15th, 2012
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5 Responses to 7 Kitchen Essentials That Deserve To Be On Your Preparedness Shelves

  1. EastTenn says:

    About salt, is the plain salt found in 50lb blocks for cattle the same as table salt? If so, they are around 5 dollars at most farm stores.  I usually give my cattle a mag block instead of a plain salt block.  The mag blocks are reddish in color while the plain ones are white.  The mag blocks contain magnesium and other minerals besides just salt and usually cost about a dollar more.  Are either of these salt blocks ok to use?  You can also by 50 pound bags of powdered salt for a couple dollars more than the blocks if you don’t want to crush the block.

    • Sunflower says:

      Tell me more about the 50#bag of powdered salt. Thank  you. I like the price of animal feed minerals.

      I also have some oyster shells to grind for calcium (for chicken eggs).

    • Doug A says:

      Table salt is largely rock salt that has been crushed and purified. There is little real chemical difference as both are largely sodium chloride.
      Table salt will occasionally have trace quantities of other things added such as iodine to prevent people getting goitres.

  2. Greg says:

    You can always make your own sea salt if you’re near the ocean too!

  3. Mary W. says:

    Even though you’ve listed many great uses for corn starch, I’d like to add one more.  When my son was a baby, he used to occasionally get terrible diaper rashes from diarrhea no matter how diligent I was in changing him.   An old lady that I knew suggested that I take a baby food jar, punch holes in the lid, fill it with corn starch, and use it like baby powder on his bottom.  What a miracle that turned out to be!!  It seems to take the fire out of the diaper rash and help heal the skin as well.  It could save a baby from needless pain if a doctor or pharmacy wasn’t available.

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