Pantry Haul: How to Build up Your Prepper Pantry

I'll be sharing my September prepper pantry grocery haul.

Easy canning, fermentation, and dehydration allow you to stockpile your pantry beyond the basics of rice and beans.

Instead, you can opt for healthier versions like fresh vegetables and produce that will last for months, if not years to come.


1. Pineapple

We're going to go ahead and start with pineapple, and out of season, pineapples not only don't taste as good, but they can shoot up in price considerably even in the can.

One pineapple will make a little bit over two pints for me. Now, compared to the canned prices in stores, I'm already saving about an average of 35 % or more off of the canned prices.


2. Blueberries

These are extremely high in antioxidants even before you ferment them, but they're another seasonal item that is abundant, best tasting, and will be at their lowest price over the next few weeks.

This year, I'm going to ferment them. They take on a deliciously tart flavor balanced by the honey's sweetness with a slight effervescence from the ferment, which is just the delight you didn't even know you were missing.

Now, you can ferment blueberries in various ways, with whey, white sugar, or salt.

Still, I will use raw honey this time because: A) it's so quick to make your blueberry shell stable using that method and B) I like having the option to scoop out only what I need at a time.

This will be great in my smoothies to mask an overly veggie taste.

Fire cider

3. Fire cider

Fresh jalapeno peppers, the organic apple cider with the mother, fresh peeled garlic, horseradish, onions, ginger, and onions will be used to create my fall fire cider recipe.

As we slide into the cooler temperatures and what is traditionally known as cold and flu season, I wanted to start brewing staggered batches of fire cider, an apple cider vinegar tonic that's infused with the superfoods that I have here and a few more herbs and spices that I already have in stock.

I'll also probably add turmeric and cinnamon sticks for their antiviral properties.

Take one teaspoon daily, which packs an energizing punch of concentrated ingredients to support your health and vitality.

Mashed carrots

4. Sweetcorn

I love the taste of fresh, canned sweetcorn, and when you can it yourself, you pick up on the discernible difference between your own corn and commercial corn.

I dehydrate the silks to make corn silk tea, which is excellent at fighting inflammation and treating kidney stones and contains lots of potassium and vitamin K. I'll save the husks for fall decor.

5. Mashed carrots

I picked up some mashed carrots because I wanted to enjoy them the most as an addition to sandwiches or a condiment.

They have the taste of a traditional carrot with a tinge of tanginess and a slightly sour kick, but you can also give them a more classic flavor profile by adding pickling spices, garlic, and onion or dill.


6. Tilapia

I love canning my fish. It's super easy and makes a great alternative to the rising prices and lower quality of canned meats in stores. It's also an excellent way for me to have a quick option for fish cakes and tuna salad.

Ground turkey

7. Ground turkey

I also picked up some ground turkey, and this is entirely dehydrated. It is easy to dehydrate and rehydrate ground beef because the process is virtually the same.

I love how well it reconstitutes, and I like to keep both options, ground beef and turkey, on hand for shelf-stable needs.


8. Butter

I also picked up 16 sticks of butter. This is headed straight for the freezer.

Butter freezes excellently, and I always get unsalted butter because it gives you complete control over the flavor of your recipe, and it's the butter you need for baked goods like cookies and cakes.


9. Eggplant

I plan to dehydrate it, and while it will lack color, this stuff rehydrates so well. You can easily bake or slightly sauté it, and it will restore to its fresh, full glory. Search for smaller eggplants, as large ones must be cut into smaller slices.

Chicken drumsticks and thighs

10. Chicken drumsticks and thighs

I found these for 99 cents a pound, which is a great sale. I'm going to freeze the drumsticks for frying. I will be baking the thighs.

Cream of chicken soup

11. Cream of chicken soup

An unopened canned cream of chicken soup will generally stay best at best quality for three to five years. It is excellent to have on hand because this stuff is so versatile. This stuff jazzes up anything, whether grains, meats, or vegetables.

Exotic chip blend

12. Exotic chip blend

This is made with sweet potato, taro, batata, and parsnips. It's the Aldi version of the Tara brand, which I do enjoy as a snack

I also picked up some dog treats for Thor, my French bulldog.

Organic maple syrup

13. Organic maple syrup

Consider getting maple syrup over sugar syrups because organic maple syrup contains manganese and zinc in fairly large amounts, in addition to calcium and potassium.

We use this on our pancakes and waffles. It's often alongside fried apple toppings or other fresh fruit, so you don't need to use it as much.

I still picked up regular syrup because I prefer to have a budget-friendly option that could accommodate larger crowds.


14. Coffee and tea

I wanted to stock up. One thing that I have paid attention to as a garden and farm enthusiast is what crops experienced volatility this year due to the reduced number of workers available to harvest.

So I went ahead and purchased some coffee, which I do about every haul.


I also picked up two boxes of Teeccino Herbal Tea Blend. While a cup of coffee is an almost daily routine, I enjoy herbal teas the rest of the day.

Masa flour

15. Masa flour

This is perfect for making authentic Mexican tortillas, tamales, and traditional Central American recipes, and I found that making my tortillas for breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes and then freezing a small batch at a time is a great option for me.

Masa flour is also gluten-free, is an excellent source of calcium and B vitamins, and is easier to digest than white flour.


16. Sugar

My stockpile of sugar is doing great. I just always grab one because, again, the holiday season is going to quickly approach, and I want to make sure that I have enough.


17. Cheeses

Next up, we have shredded end-block cheese. I allocate some permanent space in my fridge for freezing cheese, and it's a great option, especially for dishes where I'm not eating the cheese raw but adding it to cooked dishes.

You will want to use your cheese within six to nine months, which is still an excellent time frame to keep fresh, and then thaw it out in the refrigerator first.

Sliced pimientos

18. Sliced pimientos

I love having these on hand for making my cheese, which I'll do after the canning season. They're also great in hot sauce and sandwiches.

Frying oil

19. Frying oil and vinegar

I got this to add to my mix of oils, including avocado, canola, olive, coconut, etc.


Next to the oil is a gallon of distilled white vinegar, a workhorse in my kitchen.

I use this as the base for my homemade cleaning solutions. It's perfect as a window cleaner substitute. It keeps my cut flowers fresh.

I use it in our homemade toothpaste as a gentle teeth whitener. It reduces odor, heartburn, and the list goes on.

Quick rolled oats

20. Quick rolled oats

When stored in the original packaging, these have a shelf life of 18 to 24 months.

However, the best long-term storage for oat groats is your steel-cut oats; regular oats are a number 10 can with an oxygen absorber to protect against critters and extend the storage life.

Prepper pantry

What does your prepper pantry hold? Do you can or dehydrate often? Share your stockpiling advice in the comments below.

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