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For when SHTF, we all have our food storage. Without outside interference, some of us can survive on our supply for years. What happens, though, when our supply is threatened by an outside interruption? Hungry neighbors can try to force their way in to steal your surplus food in a desperate scenario.

We, as preppers, are ready for anything. It is nice for storage to have a dedicated space in your basement or root cellar, but it can have easy access to intruders. You would have to start building your surplus from the ground up, again, if a burglar discovers all your food in one place. If people have already resorted to stealing food in this case, that is an expensive hassle.

Instead of having all of your long-term non-perishables in one place, I personally prefer to spread out my food in various hiding locations. I keep a thorough list of my hiding places and what is stored there, in order not to lose track of my inventory. It is also beneficial to have expiration dates clearly marked on the list as well. Keep this list easily available but secured, such as on your tablet or computer, or inside a safe with a physical list.

Not to state the obvious, but when storing, please bear in mind obvious fire hazards. In addition to electrical wires, etc., cardboard or wood boxes of food would not fit well. They should be 100 percent critter-free whether your hiding spots are under floorboards or behind walls. Just make sure that you search your hiding places long before you store them.

Here are some of my favorite unspeakable secret places for non-perishable food.

A Hidden Room

Like me, maybe you know your way around a project at home. If the space is completely shielded, home invaders will never be able to locate a cache, and most homes do not come with secret rooms upon purchase (unless you’re lucky).

Tons of homes have “dead space” between the walls, leaving a few rows of vacant square footage here and there. It is possible to excavate, reframe, and add shelves to these rooms. A bookshelf or cabinet will mask the entry to your new secret food storage to conceal the space entirely.

Emergency Shelter

You may already have an underground storm shelter if you are living in a tornado area. In these areas, surplus food can easily be stored. Since they are underground, the humidity levels for food storage should be sufficient.

It should be stored under benches or on shelves. It is also a smart idea in your climate to have sustenance during increasingly dangerous conditions.

Related: 59 Long-Term Survival Foods and Supplies from the Grocery Store

Under Stairwells

There’s always a lot of empty space beneath your basement’s stairwell, or from the first floor to the second floor.

This is a great opportunity to store food, as this room is normally dry and regulated by temperature. At the very back of the stairwell, I like to store food and store household furniture and other stuff to hide the food behind it.

Survival Caches

You can dig some proper storage caches all over your property in the case of SHTF. Moisture, critters, elements, and temperature are immune to all cache containers. Remembering where you buried them is the hardest part!


Sure, it might be obvious to store food in a closet. But it’s the place you need to pay attention to inside the closet.

In your coat closet, boxes of non-perishables can be kept under hanging coats. On top of most closets, the high shelves often go unused, making them the ideal place to store lighter items, such as lighter bags or vacuum-sealed foods.


Rental Storage Unit

Just in case your home is destroyed or stolen, you can never store all of your food in one location at home. If your house is under pressure, getting some food surplus in a storage unit is a smart idea.

Rentals that are temperature regulated and reputable can be found. Some are even elevated in the off-chance the unit has a critter or two. The unit should also be well-shaded and facing away from direct sunlight.

Bug Out Location

If you are lucky enough to have a place to which your family retreats in a global emergency, make sure that you have a non-perishable rotation hidden in that location. This way, packing food is one less thing on their mind if family members have to run.

It is helpful to share this room with trusted family members and friends if anyone is in trouble. Both participants can consent to continue to add to the stock as they take it.

Galvanized Steel Garbage Cans

These garbage cans store some items very well, such as dried beans or grains. They can be stored in a garage, basement, or barn and will retain optimum temperature and moisture. This is also a perfect place to store extra pet food if you are a pet owner. Using brand new bins, with food containing oxygen absorbers in mylar packets.


In The Ground

How do you store food in a garden of your own? In cold weather regions, root vegetables can be stored immediately in the soil after harvest during the winter months.

Vegetables that can be stored in this way range from beets, to potatoes, to carrots. To ensure the veggies are free from rot or critters, check regularly.


A perfect place to hide food is the guest bedroom/home office. N on-perishables can go inside a desk or be stacked inside the closet. Without being in plain sight, storage shelves may also conceal additional food.

Some Places You Should NEVER Store Food Are:

  • The attic – hot temperatures fluctuate during the summer, spoiling all of your food.
  • A crawl space – critters can easily penetrate these and crawl spaces typically get warm in the summer.
  • The shed or barn – again, temperature and rodent control is too difficult here.
  • Near chemicals or excess fuel. Just don’t do it.

In the event of an emergency, we all have excess food storage to support ourselves, so having some secret food somewhere will ensure that you have enough in a crisis.

It’s never fun to think about what if it was, like what if I was robbed? What if my stock of food is compromised? If that is the case, it will secure our safety by being prepared on all fronts.

For when SHTF, we all have our food storage. Without outside interference, some of us can survive on our supply for years. What happens, though, when our supply is threatened

For farmers around the world, growing food and raising meat is becoming even more difficult. We are seeing more crop loss and livestock losses than ever between radical shifting weather conditions and disease. Since we have large populations to feed, the numbers are big. Such populations are only rising.

For many preppers and homesteaders, it is just part of daily life to grow and make our own food. It is extremely liberating and brings a new kind of liberty into your life. It is the secret to having a good life.

Cooking at home can be about survival and prepping, as much as it can be about dinner tonight. Since they have such a long shelf life, some foods you can make and forget. I have compiled 6 survival food recipes to make and forget.

If you don’t believe you have what it takes to make delicious fresh bread at home, give them all a try, but especially the peasant bread.

Virginia Ham

One of those skills that any prepper should at least consider is the preservation of ham. Whether it isn’t something you’ve done before. It’s a very easy process, but the seasons need a lot of time and some timing.

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  • 1 Pork Picnic
  • 1 LB of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Whisky


  • In most climates, you are going to want to start this process around September at the earliest.
  • In a large container or a large unscented trash bag place your pork and cover it completely with your salt.
  • Keep this in the refrigerator for 30 days. You may need to add more salt to the pork as the month goes on to keep it covered.
  • After a month you are going to wipe the salt of the curing pork and then pour the whiskey over top. Now wrap it up in a few layers of cheesecloth, a large kitchen towel or a chef jacket. You are going to hang this for the next 6 months in an area that is covered from the sun and has some decent airflow.
  • Therefore, it’s important to time things just right. You do not wanna be hanging a ham through the summer.
  • Unwrap your ham after 3 months to check the ham out. You might need to cut some mold off the ham. Wrap it again and let hang for another 3 months.

Estimated Shelf Life: 5 years if left wrapped and uncut.


This spicy fermented mixture of cabbage is a sweet and spicy treat as well as an excellent probiotic food for the well-being of your stomach.

Kimchi will be preserved underground in covered earthenware pots in the Korean tradition and allowed to ferment for decades! While you may do things that are counterintuitive to traditional cooking techniques, Kim Chi is simple to make.

It’s all part of the method of fermentation.

What Foods Can You Bury Underground For Winter


  • 1 head of Napa Cabbage
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Heaping TBSP of Korean Ground Chili
  • 2 TBSP of Soy Sauce
  • 1 Large Thumb Sized Piece of Ginger


  • Start by mincing your garlic and ginger.
  • Next, you are going to cut the core out of your cabbage and slice it in half. Slice the halves, starting at the top, in quarter-inch slices.
  • Place the cabbage into a colander and salt it heavily. Toss the cabbage to incorporate the salt and then allow this to sit and drain overnight.
  • The next day you are going to rinse your cabbage and add it to a big bowl Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place this mix in mason jars with the lid just lightly screwed on. Allow this mix to ferment for 4 days in the dark pantry.
  • You can store it in the fridge after this and leave it to ferment for as long as you like.
  • If we experience an off-grid situation you would need only remove these from the fridge and bury them underground.

Estimated Shelf Life: Indefinitely.

Fruit Leather

For preppers, dehydration is a great part of food preservation. One of the most essential aspects of bacterial growth is eliminated by the ability to extract moisture from food. That is why it deals so well for dehydration. You will find 50 foods here which you can dehydrate at home.

Fruit leather is a perfect way to use lots of fruit and make wonderful food that will last until you need it most on the shelf. Fruit leather, including granola and fruit bars, is also a perfect addition to many other recipes.

Making fruit leather is a fairly easy process and you can get there if you have some fruit and sugar.

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I like ratios and I would rather people remember ratios than any recipe. If you understand ratios than you can recreate things easily. In this case, we are talking about the fruit to sugar ration.

  • 2 Parts Fruit: 1 Part Sugar
  • 4 cups of strawberries
  • 2 cups of sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • In a large sauce pot place your ingredients. Simmer until you can smash the fruit and sugar into a smooth purée.
  • Using a tablespoon, smooth some purées out onto a sheet pan that is lined with good wax paper or a Silpat.
  • Cook that purée in the oven for about 6-7 hours until it is completely dry.
  • Let it cool and cut the fruit purée in the shape you would like to.

Estimated Shelf Life: 4 years.


This is a South African meat preservation method that focuses on the use of vinegar. The word Biltong is Greek and means bed bug!

That is because the coriander seeds, a necessary ingredient, resembled little bed bugs.

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  • 5 LBS of Lean Meat
  • 5 TBSP of Malt or Cider Vinegar
  • 3 TSP of Coarse Salt
  • 2 TSP of Black Pepper
  • 2 TBSP of Coriander Seeds


  • Start by toasting your coriander seeds to bring them back to life. In a spice grinder or mortar and pestle bash them up a bit. You can even add the vinegar to this.
  • Slice your meat against the grain into 1-inch pieces and place it in a non-reactive container.
  • Now dump the rest of the ingredients over top of the meat and allow that mix to sit in the fridge for at least 12 hours. 24 hours wouldn’t hurt.
  • Remove the meat from the container and gently pat it dry on a plate. Be careful not to remove all the pepper and coriander.
  • Next, you are going to hang this meat, most likely in your fridge with some twine between racks. If you get a few days of cool temperatures, you could hang it outside, but you are gonna want to cover it with cheesecloth to avoid bug infestation. Fridge works great.
  • Check it every few days. You want the entire piece of meat to be hard. If it has some give or feels mushy at the center than you are going to have raw meat inside. Let it cure for a few more days.

Estimated Shelf Life: Approximately 10 years.

Peasant Bread

You know that I put an intense emphasis on being able to cook from scratch if you’ve read my posts in the past.

It does not carry the weight of things such as military planning or communications in the prepper culture, but it is a burden that someone would need to inherit 3 times/365 days a year in a SHTF situation.

This is the best technique for making bread dough and should be part of the recipe book of any homesteader or prepper.

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  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 2 TSP of Salt
  • 2 TSP of Sugar
  • 2 Packets of Dry Yeast
  • 2 Cups of Warm Water


  • Start in a large metal bowl with all your dry ingredients. Mix them thoroughly before adding your warm water. Mix this all together to create a sticky ball of dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp towel and in about an hour your dough will have doubled in size.
  • Beat the dough down with the spatula and it will deflate.
  • Now transfer it to your baking vessel, most people use an oven-safe glass or ceramic bowl. Allow this mix to rise to the rim of the bowl before baking for about 20 minutes in a 375-degree oven. The top should be golden brown and delicious.

Estimated Shelf Life: Approximately 3 years.

Pilot Crackers

When you read about something called two pilot crackers you probably think two things:

1. They were made for pilots.

2. They are basically flavorless crackers.

The funny thing about pilot crackers is that they were actually created for seagoing by a man named John Pearson in 1792. The recipe is Nabisco’s oldest!

If you like crackers, you will find the pilot cracker to be a great vehicle for spreads and even preserved meats.

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  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • ¾ of a Cup of Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lard
  • ½ Teaspoon of Salt


  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly incorporated. This can be done in a mixer or by hand.
  • Rest the dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow the lard to harden up again.
  • Roll the dough out to about ¼ inch and use a circle mold or a small cup to punch crackers out at the desired size.
  • Bake them for 15 minutes in a 400-degree oven and allow them to cool completely before trying to remove them.

Estimated Shelf Life: Indefinitely.

TIP: For even more extended storage, you can store them in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.

There is no end on making many survival meals! For long term, these are 6 perfect foods to learn how to make and store.

These foods concentrate on many essential techniques of cooking, such as dough making, curing, dehydrating and baking.

You would certainly be prepared for the next disaster if you can load your pantry with food that you can make and forget. If you can master the techniques, however, then you will be able to eat for a long time.

Stuff like the biltong could be made with beef or with venison that you hunted.

Your stored wheat could be used to make these crackers or peasant bread.

Try your hand on the above recipes and let us know how things worked out in the comments below!

All storage methods are simple, but all foods can last forever if Oxygen absorbers & Mylar bags were used.

For farmers around the world, growing food and raising meat is becoming even more difficult. We are seeing more crop loss and livestock losses than ever between radical shifting weather