Prepping Positively

Pantry Items for Long-Term Storage

October 30, 2023 Ann Marie Season 2 Episode 21
Prepping Positively
Pantry Items for Long-Term Storage
Show Notes Transcript

Creating a pantry list for long-term storage is a valuable skill, and it can provide security and peace of mind. In today’s episode I am going to explain why you should be storing food for the long-term and what exactly you should be storing.  Includes a Free Long-Term Storage Checklist!

Link for Long-Term Food Storage Checklist can be found HERE.

Season 2 Episode 21 PP

Pantry Items for Long-Term Storage

Creating a pantry list for long-term storage is a valuable skill, and it can provide security and peace of mind. In today’s episode I am going to explain why you should be storing food for the long-term and what exactly you should be storing. 

Grab a notebook and a pen, because this one is a big one! Are you ready?

Hi and welcome back to Prepping Positively! I’m Annie and today I am going to explain the need for long-term storage and even give you a ton of items to start gathering for your long-term pantry.

So let’s first talk about why you need a long-term storage and the benefits of having one.

Before I get into today’s episode, I want to announce a complete new series here on the podcast starting November 6th. It is called Self Reliance Unleashed. It will empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to lead a more self-reliant and fulfilling life.

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So back to todays episode…

Emergency Preparedness:

One of the primary reasons for creating a long-term pantry is to be prepared for emergencies. Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, or even extended power outages can disrupt the regular supply chain and leave people without access to food for days or weeks.

A well-stocked pantry ensures that you and your family have access to essential nourishment during these times of crisis.

It also provides peace of mind, knowing that you're not solely reliant on immediate access to grocery stores, which may become inaccessible during emergencies.

Cost Savings:

Building a long-term pantry can be a cost-effective way to save money in the long run. By buying items in bulk or during sales, you can take advantage of lower prices.

Additionally, it can help reduce food waste. When you store items properly and rotate your stock, you're less likely to throw away expired or spoiled food.


Having a well-stocked pantry can make your day-to-day life more convenient. You don't have to run to the store every time you run out of an ingredient or when unexpected guests arrive.

It allows for more flexibility in meal planning, making it easier to prepare delicious and nutritious meals at any time.

Convenience extends to situations where you might not be able to make a trip to the store due to illness, busy schedules, or unexpected events.

Food Security:

In uncertain times, a long-term pantry provides a sense of food security. Economic instability, job loss, or other unforeseen circumstances can affect your ability to buy groceries.

Having a well-stocked pantry helps you weather these situations without compromising your family's nutritional needs.


Many individuals and families value self-reliance and independence. By maintaining a long-term pantry, you reduce your reliance on external systems for food procurement.

This self-sufficiency can empower you to take control of your nutrition and well-being, regardless of external circumstances.

Supporting a Healthy Diet:

A thoughtfully stocked pantry can support a healthier diet. You can choose nutritious, whole foods for long-term storage, rather than relying on processed, convenience foods during times of need.

It allows you to maintain dietary restrictions or preferences, even in emergency situations.

Community and Generosity:

A long-term pantry can also be a source of generosity. In times of need, you can help friends, family, or neighbors who may not have prepared as you have.

Being able to share from your pantry fosters a sense of community and strengthens social bonds.

OK that was a lot of benefits. So let’s talk list!

Grains and Staple Foods:

Rice (white, brown, and wild)

Pasta (various types)

Flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, etc.)

Oats (rolled or steel-cut)





Beans (black, pinto, kidney, etc.)

Dried corn



Canned Goods:

Canned milk (evaporated and condensed)

Canned fruits (peaches, pineapple, etc.)

Canned soups (chicken noodle, tomato, etc.)

Canned meats (tuna, chicken, spam)

Canned beans (black beans, chickpeas, etc.)

Canned tomatoes (diced, crushed, paste)

Canned sauces (pasta sauce, salsa, etc.)

Canned milk (evaporated and condensed)

Dried Fruits:






Long-Term Storage Vegetables:




Winter squash (butternut, acorn)



Nuts and Seeds:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds

Baking Supplies:

  • Baking Powder
  • Baking soda
  • Yeast
  • Sugar (granulated and brown)
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil (vegetable, olive, etc.)

Dried Herbs and Spices:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder


  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Hot sauce

Preserves and Jams:

  • Fruit Preserves Jams and Jellies
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup


  • Coffee, Whole Bean or ground
  • Tea (various types)
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Powdered drink mixes (lemonade, iced tea, etc.)
  • Powered Milk
  • Powdered eggs

Specialty and Comfort Foods:

  • Chocolate Bars
  • Candy
  • Peanut butter
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Instant noodles
  • Bouillon cubes or powder
  • Granola bars


  • Saltine
  • Bouillon cubes or powder
  • Jerky (beef, turkey, etc.)

This list covers a wide range of staple foods, essential for building a well-rounded long-term pantry. I encourage you to tailor your pantry to your family's specific dietary needs and preferences. Remember to regularly rotate your stock to maintain freshness. Also, be sure to use the proper storage containers to maximize shelf life.

If you want a printable checklist of the items I just gave you, you can find a link in the show notes!