The Place of Junk Food in Long-term Food Storage

This is a guest post By Bam Bam

I imagine that most of you are like my dh and I: we tend to stay away from junk food. But I have been reconsidering the role of junk food in our food storage. The primary reason we stay away from junk food is the empty calories—junk food tends to go to our waists (and other non-disclose-able locations). And in the interests of health, we have eliminated most junk foods from our diet.

But in a post collapse environment, we will be doing a lot more physical labor: gardening, gathering and splitting wood, hauling water, hunting wild game. Walking and biking will likely be our primary mode of transportation. So I think it is safe to say that post collapse, we will be burning extra calories. So a little junk food won’t hurt.

Junk food may actually serve an important role post collapse. We have all heard about food fatigue. During food shortages in the past, many have simply refused to eat. Especially at risk of food fatigue are children and the elderly. When people get sick of the “same old, same old,” they simply stop eating. When people are expected to eat foods to which they are not accustomed, they may choose not to eat at all. This has been borne out time and time again throughout history. An important role of junk food in one’s food storage, therefore, is to prevent food fatigue.

It is no coincidence that junk foods are also called “comfort” foods. Junk food can help to calm frazzled nerves during a time of great stress. For children, as well as for adults, junk food can provide a sense of normalcy. In America we celebrate events with junk food—Valentines Day, Easter, Christmas. And what would weddings and birthdays be without cake? A couple of instant cake mixes and brownie mixes will go a long way in helping your family adjust to the new normal—whatever that may be.

The aim of this article, therefore, is to think up various kinds of junk/comfort foods that are shelf stable and have a reasonable shelf life. Please have a look at the following list and add your thoughts below.

(Note: I do recommend that folks take care of the basics before investing in junk food—a three month supply of food your family eats regularly and a solid long-term food storage including rice, beans, wheat, oatmeal, sugar, honey, salt and powdered milk.)

Without further ado, the question of the day: what junk foods do you have stored for your family?

Junk Food/Comfort Food Items

Maple Syrup
Chocolate Chips
Hard Candy
Drink Mix
Beef Jerky
Pop Corn
Graham Crackers
Goldfish Crackers
Peanut M & M
Regular M & M
Pretzel M & M
Sunflower Seeds
Granola Bars
Cereal Bars
Pop Tarts
Cereal (Captain Crunch, Sugar Pops, etc.)

Knowing my dh’s sweet tooth, I asked for his input.

DH ponders the following question, “If I were stranded on a deserted island, what junk foods would I want to have in my mouth at death?” [spoken in his most inquisitive narrator voice]:

Little Debbie Devil Food Cake
Little Debbie Zebra Cakes
Hostess Twinkies
Hostess Cupcakes (Chocolate)
Hostess Raspberry Coconut Zingers
Nabisco Honey Graham Crackers (Cinnamon)
Moon Pies
Oreo Cookies (Double Filled)
Cracker Jacks
Keebler Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nilla Vanilla Wafers
Royal Instant Banana Pudding
Royal Instant Chocolate Pudding
Royal Instant Vanilla Pudding
Ginger Snaps
Kit Kats
Mr. Goodbar
Hershey’s Krackle Bar
Malted Milk Balls
Twizzlers (Strawberry)
Gummy Bears
Gummy Worms
Banana Bike Taffy
Banana Bubble Gum Cigars
Candy Cigarettes
Cactus Candy
Heath Bar
Peanut Brittle
Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Peanuts
Triple XXX Root Beer
Orange Crush
Dr. Pepper
Cherry Coke
NuGrape Soda

Okay. So now you have my list and my dh’s list. What do you plan on stocking as a treat for your family? Please share your ideas below.

Additional Reading




About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. I do keep a supply of canned peanuts and cashews, along with a container of raisins, sunflower seeds, and regular M&M to make my own version of GORP / trail mix, As I mix some up for hiking and camping use I simply resupply with fresh containers. The same with granola type bars, these are my typical trail food while hiking and training to provide quick easy energy to get me through in between meals.

  2. axelsteve says:

    I do not do much junk food but life would not be worth living without some chocolate every now and then especially dark chocolate.

  3. I have put up several kinds of “snacks” to help with those high stress times.

  4. Love the junk food article.
    Love junk food.
    The only thing that I would not consider junk food is the graham crackers. These are good for the bowel. Especially if for some reason your a little constipated.
    But I guess they have been given the junk food statis because of pie crusts, smores and snacks for kids. I would move them up a notch.
    I want all on both lists.

    • axelsteve says:

      Maybe graham crackers dipped in chocolate would be junk food.

      • Homeinsteader says:

        Graham crackers are a good teether food for babies and toddlers; therefore, it is a good prepping item. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

        The chocolate dip? Well, that would be, “lagniappe”. That’s “lan-yap, a little something extra” for you non-Cajun speakers.

      • Encourager says:

        Why not just buy chocolate graham crackers???? Awesome with peanut butter!

  5. Bam-Bam, the cat is out of the bag, now you know what your DH is eating when he is out of your sight!

  6. I store jolly ranchers. They are also a great source of quick calories in my homemade mre’s

  7. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Most “junk food” is simply a personal bias. An exact definition is elusive and if you create a comprehensive list of all the “junkfood” it will include almost everything. The problem with all food fads and food biases is everyone has a different opinion. Is McDonalds junkfood but your Saturday home barbecue good food cooked on the grill? Is sugar bad for you but fruit (which is full of sugar) good for you? Are Graham crackers junk food, I believe they were invented to provide a more complete food (ironic).
    If you believe sugar is bad for you how do you relate this to the fact that your body runs on sugar (glucose).

    • GoneWithTheWind,

      Junk food (def.): Any food item high in calories but low in nutrients, and which tastes really good. LOL

  8. Aahhhhhhh!!!! Now there’s a shopping list! Ok, some of those things are already in the stores but there is always room for expansion.

  9. You didn’t mention “Twinkies” which have the added benefit of indefinate shelf life if the wraper is intact. At least thats what they said in Zombieland. LOL.

    • Ethan P.,

      My dh put twinkies on the list–God forbid we should have a fan event without any twinkies. I was in a chocolate shop a few months back and saw the coolest thing: chocolate covered twinkies. They were hand dipped–milk chocolate or dark chocolate. I thought long and hard about getting one for my dh. But he is on an eternal diet.

    • The Texas State Fair has had deep-fried twinkies. 🙂

      • Now I need to get my dh a turkey fryer. LOL Deep fried twinkies.

      • axelsteve says:

        we have a deep fryer,I have never gotten around to frying some though

        • Homeinsteader says:

          Oh, man! You’ve missed a treat! Recommend Tony Cachere’s injection seasonings….don’t overdo, they’re strong in flavor, and, unless you’ve come to appreciate Cajun influence in food, for most people, a little goes a long way.

          Be careful….if using a frozen bird (we prefer fresh, but not always available) your bird must be COMPLETELY thawed, or you will have a dangerous explosion of hot oil; but this is now our “Thanksgiving Tradition”. DH is the Turkey Master, with DS quickly coming alongside.

        • They do refried donuts here. You take a glazed donut and fry it in a pan with butter, then take all the glazing goo that slides off it and serve it on top of the hot donut. I might like it better with cinnamon, to me it just seems like a hot boring glazed donut. Some people like them though.

  10. Gary in Bama says:

    I agree with we all need junkfood in times of stress but most of what is listed has verry short shelf lifes.Preppers should allow for storing baking chocolate hersheys in a can,nuts and cocco.The web has lots of easy and tasty reciepes on a lot of items that are prepackaged.WE all know a female without sweets is a___________ .And thats from a husband thats got low blood sugar .You can make more than smores with a few staples in your prepps.

    • Tootsie Rolls are a tasty compromise. They don’t get ruined in slightly higher temps like regular chocolate, and they occupy a person for a few pleasant moments. Get a humongous bag or two at the warehouse store.

    • You know, I was thinking even before this article that cocoa powder has a natural shelf liffe long enough to be a decent prepper item. Some of the darker bars and baking chocolate also seem to do fine for a few years when stored horribly. Even normal chocolate will become appealing again if you know how to re-temper it.

    • Encourager says:

      I vacuumed-sealed 25# of dark chocolate chips and 15# of dark chocolate mini chips. Figure they will last for a looooong, loooooong time…if I can leave ’em alone…. They have their own bucket, #14, on the middle metal shelf…I am hungry……..

  11. Agreed, You need to keep some “happy time” food to keep the spirits up. All grains and no sweets makes jack a dull boy :). Keeping God first we need to prepare. I keep sugar, chocloate and other baking supplies. The freeze dried food is delicious and is also happy time food. I like the articles posted at and the free pocket constitution they offer. If we restore God & Constitution maybe we can avoid the crash. I love the food and water stuffs they offer. I like freeze dried food for my storage but also like the hard grains in buckets. They are healty and last like 20 years. I hope we see that expiraton date come true! Remeber the rule of threes! Air, Water and food. Great Blog! If you have a cance check out for pretty much everything needed for emergency preparedness.

  12. Homeinsteader says:

    Tootsie Pops! They keep “just about forever”! And as much dark chocolate as I can store…

    Hard candies…several varieties. Long-term storage treat.

    Twizzlers and cinnamon candies for the DH and DS.

    Love that High Fructose Corn Syrup! ; )

    I buy the dark chocolate chips and store them in glass jars (away from heat and light), sealing them with my “Pump and Seal” to remove the O2. You could, no doubt, store them in Mylar with an OA, just as well.

  13. Mel in FL says:

    I have purchased about 20 pounds each of M & M’s and Snack Size Snicker Bars for our storage. Unfortunately, none live long enough to make it into storage. I wish someone would come out with small sealed buckets of snacks that would be too difficult for our family to just open up and grab one…

    • Mel,

      That would be brilliant. My dh gets into the sweets. Then he puts the wrappers near the dog dish to “blame” it on the dog–Max opened the pantry, unpacked the candy and ate it all. LOL

      • Homeinsteader says:

        Poor Max….being blamed like that, and he can’t even defend himself! ; ) Bad DH! Bad!

        • Homeinsteader, you forgot the most tragic aspect of poor Max’s plight–he didn’t even get a bite!

    • Tomthetinker says:

      Hel… wonder what the shelf life of M&Ms is when packed in Mylar and oxy sorbs?

      • Just slightly more than a Twinkie.

        Twinkies have a half life not a shelf life. They still will be around after the big one.

        Just don’t store them with soap or something with a distinct odor. The Army packet bags of them in the “Sundry Pack”, along with shoe polish, pad and pens, shoe laces, lip balm, and all that sort of stuff. We (as REMF’s) got hold of some expired ones. The M&M’s tasted like soap.

  14. I haven’t gotten to the point where my preps are advanced enough to consider junk food, but just a few thoughts here.

    Peanuts alone in a food processor (or pestle and mortar) can make peanut butter using their own natural oils, no other ingredients needed.

    I don’t know the shelf-life of chocolate but an alternative might be found in using Nesquik powder. Typically, adding a teaspoon or more to a glass of milk makes chocolate milk, but when I was a kid I would add just a tiny bit of water to a half-cup of the powder to make a chocolate syrup substitute for ice cream. It’s not as good as Hershey’s, but it’s not bad either. I would think Nesquik might have a long shelf life given it’s mostly sugar, but I’ve never researched it.

    Lastly, I’ve seen a recipe for chewing gum which requires only four ingredients: Gum base, corn syrup, powdered flavoring, and powdered sugar. Since all ingredients would likely have a long shelf-life it’s possible these could become part of a food storage plan, although I’d hardly say they were necessary for survival. Even so, it’s a thought if one has kids or desires something that could be useful for personal comfort or trade.

    • Mr.,

      I imagine you could store baking chocolate, sugar, powdered milk and powdered butter and make your own chocolate bars–or chocolate just about anything.

      • Mary in GA says:

        You’re right about that Bam Bam, I have sugar, powdered milk and butter and cocoa, will probably learn to make some good “candy bars”.

        • Okay. Now I am going to find or invent a recipe for candy bars. I think I have figured out a way to make peanut M&Ms.


          Recipe: PEANUT M&M

          Buy regular salted peanuts. Make a chocolate sauce: heat unsweetened baking chocolate, sugar, a little butter and perhaps milk. Pour chocolate sauce over peanuts. When chocolate covered peanuts cool, cover with magic shell.

          • Hunker-Down says:

            Pant pant pant pant drool bark whine. Wagging tail vigorously.
            I have been cured of howling at the moon.
            I can beg, roll over and EAT-EM!

            Please send care package, or at least your recipe when your DH approves the final product.

          • Homeinsteader says:

            HD, do you train dogs? Do you do 2-fers?! : )

  15. Judy, another one says:

    I have to take exception to parts of your junk food list. Raisins/dried fruit are not junk food same with Peanuts/Cashews/Sunflower Seeds/nuts. Chocolate in its many forms is not junk food. (How can any woman call chocolate, junk food? LOL) Beef Jerky/dried meats, Maple Syrup/sugars, Popcorn none of these things are junk food.

    Drink mixes/coffee/teas? How long do you think you can drink boiled water before you can’t take it any more and stop staying hydrated or start risky behaviors?

    Everything else in those two lists if you have the ingredients for them you can make them. For example, chocolate coated nuts and fruit. Chocolate, different nuts and dried fruits they are not that hard to make and you control the type of chocolate and the quality and types of the fruits and nuts. Hard candies are sugar and flavorings/essential oils. Cookies, cakes, pies, and granola bars are not that hard to make from scratch IF you have the ingredients in the pantry AND you have the basic formulas/recipes on the cookbook shelf.

    I consider being able to make treats (cookies, etc.) and junk food (Potato chips anyone?) essential to my prepared pantry. You and your loved ones mental health is as important as their physical health without one you can’t have the other.

    And because I can’t resist, egad woman, cold cereal? I will go hungry first before eating cold cereal; unless it is coated in melted marshmallows, vanilla and butter, and then in small quantities. I will also note cold cereal and marshmallows have a short shelf life, but marshmallows can be made from scratch not sure about cold cereals (shudder).

    So my suggestion is, if there is a ‘junk food’ you or your family likes, go out on the web and find a knock-off recipe, prefect it and stash the ingredients for it. That is what I have done.

    And thanks for bring up this topic Bam-Bam, even if I did poke you a little hard there!

    • Judy, Another One,

      No problem. I agree that we should have the basic ingredients on hand to make snacks. But having an interim supply of “junk” food will be convenient. My point was that junk food has a place in food storage. And most of the stuff on the list will store at least two years, including the cereal.

      • I saw a food storage program on BYU TV where the food storage expert had chocolate chips stored for 7 years in a vacuumed sealed canning jar. You can google her and see some of what she recommends. She has all the ingredients to make sweet and sour chicken in her food storage program.

        Her name is Wendy Dewitt.

        • Kate,

          OMG. I can’t watch this video right now. I just got home and need to fix dinner. Ugg. Dh is at band practice.

          Here’s the link if anyone else is interested. YUM

  16. Marilyn Culverson says:

    O.k here is my take on junk food. Most of what YOU have posted I don’t consider true junk food. Most have some place in a balanced diet, have some nutritional value, other than just calories……but that being said… I would use your list to MAKE…the cookies, candies, cakes, sweets etc Hard candy is REALLY easy to make, My favorite easy cake is fruit cocktail cake( can be any kind of canned fruit, diced) Fig/oatmeal squares using any sticky dried fruit. Macaroons …with those dries egg white and nuts or coconut. Some version of rice crispie squares with that dry cereal. Jello with fruit in it..or using unflavored gelatin into any juice, pudding with powered milk and corn starch and or flour. ( maybe an egg if you are flush… You just need to know how to cook from scratch.

    Now your DH’s list is REAL junk food. The comfort stuff from an old life. With that in mind pack away the makings for ginger beer, and root bear. Know how to brew some wine, meade etc. Now you have a little more room for the real junk food…… Now I still would be stocking up on cocoa, dark chocolate…..and searching the internet for the recipes of some of his favs….

    Just a thought! Even early settlers celebrated, served basic desserts. You can only stay in crisis mode for a very short time. Once you are into long term survival, you have to have some rewards…a psychological break from the stress. That is why holidays and celebrations are so important. If you look on a calendar they almost fall one a month. Add in birthdays, anniversaries, mile stones in life, you have frequent reasons to have a special meal. We need them when life is good…when it isn’t …it is even more important to mark the events!

  17. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    Don’t forget that some of those snacks are good fire starters. Peanut butter is a very common bait used for trapping animals.

    Not sure I classify beef jerky as junk food, as the home made versions are darn nutritious and extremely lightweight. I keep a bag of GORP (Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts) in my truck for snacking – high energy food that has a pretty good shelf life. I sometimes add chocolate chips to this, but in heat, it makes a real mess if left inside truck.

    Don’t forget Atomic Fireball candy, it is great for keeping me awake during deer hunts while on stand – just the thing for guard duty.

    • Rob Crawford says:

      Atomic Fireballs? Really? The deer don’t smell them?

      Shared a cubicle with a guy who had one in his mouth continuously for a month or so. Still get slightly nauseous at the smell of cinnamon.

      • 20 years ago,i was able to kick a 3 pack a day habit by constantly keeping an atomic fireball in my mouth. after a while i had blisters in my mouth but i never went back to smoking.

      • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

        Deer probably do smell them, but compared to people odor, cinnamon odor probably does not make that big a difference. Long stays in deer blind with nothing to see but same ole same ole and guard duty has a lot in common as far as wait goes.

        The AFB is just to keep you awake and alert

  18. i keep a stock of snacks for emergency situations. i will have many family members at my door step, including kids with allergies. it is a bit challenging but manageable. biggest problem is – the expiration dates are sometimes short term. and it seems like a lot to throw out. twice a year i donate all foods to a charity but only food that will be good for several months still.

    • dj,

      Most of the foods that have “expired” are still okay to eat. Manufactures don’t want to take risks of getting sued if consumers eat something that was stored improperly. Heck, even the hard plastic insets I put in my running shoes have an expiration date. I tend to think of these dates as suggestions or “best by” dates.

  19. I did not know beef jerky and peanuts are considered junk food. Guess I better move them over to the comfort section.

    • Okay. Okay. We can use the term “comfort foods” if you all prefer or better yet “snacks”.

  20. Ohio Surveyor says:

    If momma aint happy….nobody is happy…that is why i have a years suppy of ALL the “goodies” she likes. 😉

  21. Aside from hard candies, jello (puddings and gelatins), powdered drinks (Tang, Koolaid, etc.) I tend to just stock the ingredients to make the treats that we eat now.

    The big Exception is a large stash of milk chocolate for The Boss. Makes life much more pleasant for her. And safer for me…lol.

  22. sw't tater says:

    So far we have Raisins, Prunes, Dehydrated Banana’s and tropical fruit mix. Then we have a container of Baking materials that include butterscotch chips, chocolate, white chocolate, and powdered cocoa.several kinds of Jelly and Jams. Root beer mix.Beef jerky, several kinds of puddings and Jello’s.Coffee.regular creamer,( plus the lactase enzyme.), cherry and punch drink mix, Instant tea mix, lemonade mix.
    We don’t typically use canned milk, but I have some that is reserved for baking, along with lemon Juice, lime juice,Marshmello creme, Splenda, or the equivalent..(2 insulin resistant), coconut shreds,and the typical baking spices.
    I have planted sunflowers and have hopes of harvesting the seeds this year.
    I have several items on my “want” list that includes skittles, m&m’s(plain),
    strawberry vines,peppermint and butterscotch hard candies, butter crackers, small pretzels, honey- graham and cinnamon graham crackers,water crackers, vanilla wafers,dry cereals.Honey nut cherrio’s, frosted flakes,cocoa puffs,Rice crispies.

    • Sw’t tater,

      I am with you on this one. I have all the basic ingredients stored: chocolate chips, cocoa, etc. And I do have some sugar cereals. I have cake and brownie mixes as well. And the healthy snacks: raisins, nuts, seeds. But we don’t have any candy or pastry treats. I think I am just going to have to bite the bullet and stock some junk food from my dh’s list. I have never bought a box of Twinkies. I guess there is a first time for everything. I did get my dh a box of Christmas Tree shaped Little Debbie Cakes one year for Christmas. He opened every package in the box, and dumped out the contents in a large bowl and ate them in one sitting. He wasn’t even sick afterwards. I ate at McDonald’s a couple years ago and barfed on the way home.

      • If you have all of the normal long term food storage items (wheat, honey, sugar, etc.) then you have most of the ingredients to make cakes, brownies, cookies, etc. Storing some cocoa and nuts will give you some variety, but much of what we need can be made from scratch instead of box mixes. Things like hard candy keep virtually forever, and add to that some extracts like vanilla, and whatever other flavors you like gives you variety to stop food fatigue in its tracks.

  23. Betty Crocker now has Shake and Pour cupcake and brownie mix. you only have to add water. im not sure on their shelf life but being able to whip up a small batch of cupcakes and only needing water is a plus in my book!

    • sheesh!!! even i couldnt mess up water!!! ill have to look for that.

    • If you have a good set of recipes, I’ve found that most things like cakes, brownies, and cookies can be made from scratch and take not much more time than a box mix. Instead of two ingredients, the mix and water, you may have 5-10 ingredients, each of which can be measured into the mixing bowl in perhaps 30 seconds each, adding maybe 5 minutes for scratch “anything” vs. the mixes I have on hand. You also know the shelf life of the individual ingredients and have infinitely more variety available. The DW still uses some box mixes, but I have slowly gotten her to do more from scratch, and she’s found that it doesn’t take much more time, but can be significantly less expensive. So, start collecting those recipes.

  24. Nice article, Bam Bam. It’s so easy to get caught up in the need for a limitless supply of beans, rice and toilet paper, and forget about the little luxuries that will be so welcome! I love junk food, and so does the DH. I have vacuum sealed cake mixes (I cut a small slit in the plastic bag so the foodsaver sucks all the air out) same for brownie mixes. Also have hot cocoa mix, regular pop corn, and various other items for making sweets, snacks, etc. And for us, several forms of chocolate rank right up there with the basics, like TP !!!! We don’t have everything on your list, but I’ve tried to cover all the things that I know we like to eat under normal circumstances, because “normal” is what we will be wishing for in a SHTF event.

    • DJV,

      Good night. We don’t have hardly anything on that list. Actually, I don’t think we have anything on dh’s list. Oh my. I will go to the store and get my dh some junk food.

  25. Soggy Prepper says:

    Rofl! LOL! I think your DH has spent quite some time thinking seriously about his junk food list!!

    October is a terrific time to get Halloween candies to mylar and store.
    One thing about jolly ranchers is that they will “melt” in high humidity so be sure (as with everything) keep free from moisture and heat.
    We had the death of Easter chocolate once when the “bunny” hid the Easter basket chocolates in the garage and the temp got high. Warped and melted bunnies and chocolate. Every try getting Easter candy on Easter eve?

    • Soggy,

      Actually, he rattled all that off while doing the dishes. (I cook; he does dishes.) I was sitting at the kitchen table typing up everything he said. It was like taking dictation from a nine year old who has been asked, “Now what do you want for Christmas?”

      What made me laugh is that I never knew he had a preference for this or that brand of pudding or cookies.

  26. SurvivorDan says:

    I buy many canned foods primarily for hi-calorie and hi-fat content. Energy for survival activities.
    I don’t like any junk foods including chocolate but will reconsider the matter if I stumble upon any Twinkies. Twinkie berserker rage might come in handy in a scrap.

  27. Dont forget the specialty foods , like junk food can be a realmoral booster . I have plenty of chewing gum and other stuff . A few protein powder containers that body builders use are good as well , I use them when I travel because the road diet sucks , also in baking to boost the protein content of my hiking bars . I would love to find a good recipe for the old WW2 army D ration ( fortified chocolate bar ) .

    • T.R.,

      Surely we can come up with a recipe for fortified chocolate bars.

      • Backwoods Prepper says:

        chocolate protein bars
        1 cup Oat Flour
        4 Egg Whites
        2 scoops Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
        ½ cup Splenda, Truvia, or Ideal
        ½ tsp Baking Soda
        ¼ tsp Salt
        3 tbsp Baking Cocoa
        8 oz. apple sauce
        4oz Water
        Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
        Mix dry ingredients (oat flower, vanilla whey protein, baking soda, salt, baking cocoa) together in a large bowl.
        Mix wet ingredients (egg whites, Splenda,apple sauce,Water) together in a medium sized bowl.
        Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
        Spray cooking dish with a non stick butter spray and add batter to dish.
        Bake 20-30 minutes in oven.
        Makes 16 squares, serving size=2 bars.
        Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life.

        • Homeinsteader says:

          BP: we all have different opinions, but I have to share this one:

          Chemical sweeteners? EEEECCKKKK!!!!

          No! No! No!

          They are neurotoxins (kill brain cells) and cytotoxins (cause various cancers). There is AMPLE evidence available to this truth. The only internet posts you’ll find “proving” these safe are from the producers themselves – but you’ll have to do your homework to uncover that truth – it’s huge $$$ – almost as big as Big Pharma.

          These toxins are one of the reasons we are the cancer generation and the Alzheimers’ generation; they simulate Alzheimers’, so, you could find yourself diagnosed with it when you don’t actually have it – also true of Epilepsy and other “neurological” diseases. Problems start with memory issues (they’re not all “normal” aging process); then proceeds to difficulty with ambulation and motor skills…then vertigo diagnosis…then on to the big boys…

          I speak from personal experience, by the way. I found a good neurologist 20 years ago who correctly and immediately identified the “problem”; I’m very careful about what I eat and drink (you’ll find it in all kinds of on-the-shelf foods!), and I haven’t had any of these problems since.

          Not everyone responds in the same way to chemical sweeteners, any more than everyone responds in the same way to Big Pharma drugs. But why would you risk it?

          TruVia? Nope. Yes, it’s Stevia, but it’s processed with ethanol, just as is PurVia. Why? Because it has to be processed with something and ethanol is cheap for manufacturers. Better choice? Stevia in the Raw – lots of sources for it these days. Better still? Raw Honey from your area, or molasses, or some combination of the two. You’ll have to reduce the amount of liquid by about one-quarter (1/4) for any recipe where you substitute gooey sweeteners for dry.

          I truly hope I do not upset or offend you, but I also do not want people to give themselves BIGGER health issues when SHTF. You suck down chemical sweeteners – you will.

          Blessings to you, and all that is yours,

          • Backwoods Prepper says:

            No offense taken. This is not something I eat often in fact hardly at all. But it was a tasty recipe.

          • Homeinsteader says:

            Well, the recipe has me salivating, and I sure don’t want to take away from that! : )

          • Aye on the artificial sweetener , but other than that , I really like the recipe . I would probably add just enough sugar to make it barely sweet . Then again , I’m a guy that likes the 70% bitter sweet dark . Even the 80% isnt bad ………..90 is too much for me .

          • Encourager says:

            Then use Stevia. You can even grow the plant in your garden or as a houseplant. It is not an artificial, lab-created chemical. Dry the leaves, whiz them to a powder and use. When I make a smoothie, I use 1/4 of the tiny scoop that comes in the Stevia bottle. Plenty sweet!

        • I like that ! TY

    • T.R.,

      Look here what I found:


      Re: D-ration recipe

      Postby coulterww » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:10 pm
      Here is recipe I found online on how to make your own. Enjoy.

      Here’s how you make,

      D Rations, D Rations yummy yummy D Rations. All right so they the
      ration of last resort, but at least they kind’ a keep your tummy full
      and if you use my recipe they don’t taste too bad. What I have done is
      take the original recipe and modify it a little considering we’re like
      60 years later. First off the list of ingredients to make 1 D Ration.

      3 oz of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate chips or chunks.

      1 oz of Table Sugar

      1/3 oz of Nonfat Dry Milk

      3 table spoons Oat Flour

      2 to 4 drops Vanilla Extract

      Paraffin Wax as needed (Gulf canning wax works fine)

      1 D Ration mold (Mine is a soap disk big enough to make 2 rations. I
      had to cut the bottom off with my table saw.)

      All of these ingredients are available at any grocery store. Ok here’s
      how to cook it up.

      First measure out the table sugar, nonfat dry milk and oat flour and
      put them into a food processor or blender. Now mix it up until you
      have a fine powder. The reason for doing this is that if you don’t you
      will get a D Ration that is really gritty when you eat it. Also, it
      makes it easier to mix with the chocolate later.

      You need a double boiler; it can be nothing more than a smaller pan
      that sits in a lager pan that has water in it. The thing is you need
      to heat the mixture from the boiling water not from the stove,
      otherwise you will burn the chocolate. Place the chocolate into the
      double boiler and melt it the best you can until you get a smooth
      mixture. I have found that I have to add some paraffin wax to get the
      chocolate to melt into a smooth mixture. Don’t add any more than you
      have to. Also, here is a tip from Hershey’s. When melting the
      chocolate add a drop or two to it. The trick is that it keeps the oils
      mixing and will help keep the melting temperature up and will last
      longer in the heat.

      Once the chocolate and wax o is melted add in one half of the ground up
      sugar, milk and oat flour. Mix it up as best you can and then add a
      teaspoon or so to the mixture. This will allow you to get the mixture
      to a consistency that allows you mix it all together. Once you get it
      mixed add the other half of the ground stuff and add another teaspoon
      or so to get it to mix up.

      One thing you will notice is that as the mixture sets under heat in the
      boiler, the water will start to separate out. Don’t worry about it, it
      mixes back in just fine. Now let the mixture cook for about 10
      minutes. Give it a good stir every minute or so.

      Now it’s ready to pour into the mold, but first give it one last good
      stir. Pour into the mold and then put everything into the freezer.
      Let sit until it is good and cold. Remove from the freezer and then
      remove from the mold and let it heat up to room temperature. Cut with
      a sharp knife to shape as necessary and you got a D Ration.

      What you end up with is a hard block that will crumble up with a little
      effort, just like the original. Unlike the original, at least from
      what I have read, the taste is pretty good considering and is entirely
      eatable. I would however, following the original instructions and eat
      it slowly. Wrap it up and put in a Repo D Ration box and you are good
      to go.

  28. Junk foods do have their place in emergency food storage. Just remember that little child who wouldn’t eat anything unfamiliar.

    I have been taught about emergency food storage since I was little. We were always encouraged to store wheat, but MORE importantly foods that are actually eaten by the family. Wheat grain in food storage is a must, unless you can’t digest it. In that case, grain becomes CURRENCY, which it might become anyway since we are in a huge drought.

  29. I agree with some of the others that nuts, raisins, popcorn beef jerky is not junk food but great high calorie , easy to digest foods. I consider junk food to be something that in it’s natural state is wrapped in plastic, not grown from the ground or a plant, and has as it’s first few ingredients giant words that did not really exist 50-75 years ago. If a large part of the ingredient list can only me understood by a food chemist then it is junk food, you can grow it , and it is has a an ingredient list of under 5 things that you can pronounce and know what they are with a high school diploma it is more than likely real food and not junk food.

    That being said great list Bam Bam and it gives us all things to think about that we might want to add to our list. I TEOTWAWKI does happen if you have a very large stash of sugar and can make sugar and candy you may just be the king of the new world.

    • George,

      I am thinking of planting some sugarcane. A hundred years ago, this area was surrounded by sugarcane and cotton. I already have the seeds for the cotton (acquired the natural way).

      • Up my way they used to have sorhgum mills they would hook up to the mule and grind the canes/stalks and then boil the juice down to syrup or mollases, another one of those things I wish my grandparents were around to ask them about..May be some of the other pack that grew up on farms know something about growing sorghum cane.

        As and additions to the junk food angle I was in Kroger today and they had a ton of stuff marked down and the big find for me was 4lb bags of Domino Pure Cane sugar marked down to $1.79 a bag makes that 45 cents a pound!! Picked up 40lbs and will put in mylar this week so heads up if any of yhou have a Kroger in your area you may want to check it out!!!
        Have no idea why they marked it down as it looks just like the bags in the aisle with the same production codes, never can figure out why they mark some stuff down and I worked in retail for 20 years, oh well take advantage of the deals when you find them.

        • GeorgiaBoy says:

          One of the Foxfire books has a chapter on milling and boiling down sorghum-it’s a pretty involved process.

        • George,

          We have a working 1800s farm down the road and each year they have a cane grinding day–with the whole set up, the mule turning the grinder and the men dressed in period attire cooking the cane syrup.

          • sw't tater says:

            I got to help when we had cane one year, Dad went in half on a field of cane with a neighbor, I was too young to do very much,but it was very involved process, …and he didn’t want the “little girl” to get hurt….UUUGGGHHHH!

          • Sw’t tater,

            When my dh and I went to the cane grinding festival, they wouldn’t let us get very close. I am thinking about volunteering at the park so that I can learn all the old ways, like grinding and cooking down the cane.

          • Homeinsteader says:

            That would be so much fun, BamBam! And you WILL post some of that for us, eh?!

          • Hunker-Down says:

            Bam Bam,

            Before acceptance you will be required to hand sew a period dress cut from a chicken feed sack.

          • Sw’t tatter,

            Yes, should learn quite a bit.

      • Bam Bam,
        I don’t think sugar cane would grow here in OH, but I have considered sugar beets. Also, with the illness and the drought we didn’t get to try peanuts this year, but I think they should grow here and down where you live. If I can produce my own honey, cane sugar (from beets) maple syrup, and peanuts, then making my own junk food should be rather easy, even long term. I only wish I was 15-20 years younger so I could experiment and enjoy these new things longer.

        • O.P.,

          You could make peanut brittle.

        • If you are making sugar from beets, you are not making cane sugar. You are making beet sugar. Are you seeds Roundup Ready? Yes? Don’t use them. Notice the packages of sugar–some say “cane sugar,” and some just say “sugar.”

          • Homeinsteader says:

            Yes! Another Pack member who recognizes Monsatan!

          • In either case, the sugars are 99.5% sucrose, which for most normal baking, cooking, and sweetening should be fine. I haven’t tried beets yet, but I will purchase in small quantities from a non-GMO source when I do try them.

  30. Belle Prepper says:

    You always pick such interesting topics, Bam Bam! I would assume that even those of us who are still working on basic food storage could probably make a fruit cobbler or crisp for dessert with sugar, flour, maybe oatmeal, some sort of fat, and rehydrated or canned or fresh fruit. I’ll also admit to storing sugary breakfast cereal as a basic item because I want to live a little, not just survive.

    • Thanks Belle Prepper. I do hope folks can make such desserts. There is a ton of shelf stable dessert recipes in The Wolf Pack Cookbook–cookies, pies, cobblers, brownies. But it would be nice to have some comfort foods that don’t have to be cooked.

      • Belle Prepper says:

        At the risk of sounding like a clueless newbie, is there a consolidated Wolf Pack Cookbook on the site, or do I need to keep going through the Food Storage & Cooking links and printing the recipes I want to try? While I enjoy my ready-to-eat junk food, I cook and bake when I get stressed, so it would make sense for me to have a collection of recipes that use shelf-stable ingredients for tough times ahead. I’ve been collecting and printing ones that look interesting but would love to find a ready-to-download-and-print collection of the tried and true, sort of the web version of a church or school cookbook. Suggestions, please?

        • Belle,

          I used to bake when I got excited. Then my dh gained 40 lbs. He liked pie so much I baked him a pie a day the whole time we were courting–peach pie, blueberry pie, cherry pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, chocolate pie, coconut cream pie. LOL

        • Belle,

          We were all clueless newbies at one time. I had to ask where folks bought stuff in #10 cans. And I had to announce to the pack my decision to take a gun class. LOL I felt so independent getting up early on a Saturday and driving by myself to the range. (It was a woman only class.)

          • Homeinsteader says:

            Well, you know why they offer women only classes, don’t you, BamBam? They know that women with years of experience dealing with the opposite sex might get a little confused as to the target….I notice that DH stands well behind me when we’re on the range! And no, bullets are not splaying all over the place.

            (OK, just kiddin’, y’all!)

          • Encourager says:

            ROFLOL!!!! Actually, my NRA instructor (a man) will only have women in his classes. He says they LISTEN, ask INTELLIGENT questions and don’t have an attitude. He said men don’t listen, think they know it all, won’t ask a question, and usually at least one man will have some type of ‘accident’ including shooting himself in the foot (true story…)

  31. Uncle Charlie says:

    Twinkies last forever! Corporate Hostess says this is an urban myth because they want to buy more, but I have discovered Twinkies after years of storage (actually misplaced) and consumed them with no (apparent) ill effects. Just about everything in them is bad for your, but they are so good for the soul: enriched wheat flour, sugar, corn syrup, niacin, water, high fructose corn syrup, vegetable and/or animal shortening – containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed and canola oil, and beef fat, dextrose, whole eggs, modified corn starch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch, corn flour, corn syrup, solids, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, dextrin, calcium caseinate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, wheat gluten, calcium sulphate, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, yellow #5, red #40.

  32. Mother Earth says:

    Good post Bam Bam! I have the majority from your list, none from the DH though..can’t eat it. I also have all sugars, corn syrup, cocoa and baking chocolate, spices and pretty much everything I need to make our “junk food” which I have pretty much done for years. But I do believe each family must buy a stash of their favorite junk foods. I know my DH would be licking the honey hives if I didn’t have sweets on hand for him!

    • Mother Earth,

      My dh as well. Couldn’t you just see them with a bee sting on their tongues?

      • Mother Earth says:

        Bam Bam, I would be laughing to hard to stand up! He’s been stung by them before robbing and messing with the hive boxes even with his gear on. However, tongue stings might keep him quiet…mmm

  33. I too have a stash of ‘junk’. My family has no idea where it is as I’ve hidden it in the 5 gal food grade buckets…along with the wheat! I get into it for the odd movie out or just a surprise for all of us. I’m always adding to it. Humm…guess I’ve got more than one bucket of goodies now that I think on it. 😛

    • Homeinsteader says:

      Yeah, now the truth comes out Debbie…this isn’t about’s about “secret stash” to keep the fam out!

  34. Mary in GA says:

    I have a few 5 gallon buckets of individually wrapped hard candy, lots of sugar and cocoa stored for homemade goodies, and well a few jars of Nutella, shhh!

  35. MENTALMATT says:

    Great post, I have several cans of chockolat candies, supposed to have a 20 year shelf life, good for the kids and or barter.

  36. Tinfoil Hat says:

    3 words, 7 syllables, 1 obsession: Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

    • Homeinsteader says:

      And NOW we know the best way to tempt Tinfoil! : )

    • Tinfoil- at Christmas time, I take round pretzels, put a hershey kiss in the middle of it, place them on a cookie sheet, stick in the oven until the kisses get soft, and then place a m&m on top, squishing the soft chocolate down, to ‘fill’ the hole. Sooooo easy! and Addicting!!

      • Homeinsteader says:

        Oooohhhhhh…nice. Thanks, Kathleen! Do you use parchment paper to keep them from sticking to your cookie sheet, or, is it necessary?

        • Homeinsteader- I use wax paper (forgot to add that) I also stick the cookie sheet in the freezer top of the refrig. for a few minutes, until the chocolate gets hard again, making them easier to remove. And of course, for Christmas I use just the red and green m&m’s. I send these in the mail to my kids and they love them!

      • Tinfoil Hat says:

        I’ll take 6.000 please… 🙂

  37. Petnumber1 says:

    Bam Bam, WONDERFUL post!! I agree with you 100%, and to me the definition of “junk food” is anything unnecessary that brings you joy. For some, it could be beef jerky and almonds; for others it could be chocolate.

    I’ve been storing junk food in equal proportions to everything else. My theory is that I can’t possibly store enough food to last indefinitely, so my life definitely has a shelf life. 🙂 So while I’m around, I want to be as un-miserable as I can. 🙂

    To me, storing lots of junk food is easy – I rotate the bulk of it at least once a year. After Christmas, I buy the leftover Christmas candy/goodies on clearance. Same thing after Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, etc. The following year, I get it out and we use it (after just a year, there is no change in taste) and then re-buy it the day after the holiday. We also eat it throughout the year as special treats and replace it after the holidays. I have tons of it vacuum-sealed in the freezer. I also have ingredients stored as well. By the way, has anyone ever tried to dehydrate chocolate?

    And +1 to Tinfoil – chocolate covered pretzels are The. Best. Ever. Well, and M&Ms. And… 🙂

  38. Homeinsteader says:

    Amy at Homestead Revival does a great post today on appreciating what it takes to eat well and gratitude for the ability to do so…

  39. Portlyboy says:

    One time, long ago, in a country far far away I got a box from my big sister. In it were enough HoHos to make me the most popular grunt in the squad. Until beer call. Week later my dear Dad set me my boyscout hatchet packed in Regular M&Ms. I filled an extra canteen with em and let my bunker mates riot over the rest. They stayed nice and solid in that canteen. It stays sorta cool up in the highlands. Amazing how long you can make a handful last when you savor every last one.

  40. I buy m&m’s after all the holidays, and vacuum seal them in jars. Some are now 2 years old and still good. I have also stored hershey kisses in vacuum sealed jars (after un-wrapping them all). I store chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, almonds, pecans, walnuts, coconut, and marshmallows; all in vacuum sealed jars. I have just now started storing brownie mixes, cake mixes, and poppyseed muffin mixes in jars; only buying them when they go on sale. I also store all the baking goods, as I have a favorite recipe for chocolate cake, made from “scratch”.

  41. Homeinsteader says:

    Romney: Gun control is not the answer

    In the wake of three recent high-profile shootings, a gun rights advocate is pleased that Mitt Romney still rejects calls for stronger gun control.

    Romney recently acknowledged that there had been three tragedies in a row: the one near Texas A&M University, another earlier this month at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and the July massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. But he insisted that stricter gun laws are not the answer.

    “This is not a matter of the weapon that’s used,” he declared. “It’s a matter of the individuals and the choices these people make. And we have to understand how to prevent those kinds of choices from being made. I don’t think gun laws are the answer.”

    Larry Pratt (GOA)Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), says Romney understands that he is running for president — not governor of Massachusetts.

    “Unlike the president, who’s a hard-nosed ideologue who just will not budge, I think Romney has been willing to change his views on a lot of issues,” Pratt observes. “This is a right-of-center country, and we don’t want gun control … abortion … homosexual marriage … higher taxes [or] government pushing us around.”

    He recalls there was a time when Romney would have stood differently on gun rights. As governor of Massachusetts, for example, he signed several restrictive gun measures. But the GOA executive director believes the Republican’s views have changed since then.

    • Hunker-Down says:


      Let validly held concealed carry, carry everywhere. Stats show that states that enact concealed carry have lower crime rates. Its time to stop herding together unarmed crowds into theatres, schools and stadiums for insane cowardly criminals to stalk.
      Send school teachers through the same gun training the police receive and arm those who want to be armed.

      How many decades of failure will it take politicians to realize that they cannot legislate a gun free criminal element? Isn’t their repetitive actions, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result the definition of insanity? Makes me ashamed to admit that I vote.

      • Homeinsteader says:

        I do believe that IS the definition of insanity, HD. And I, personally, would be more ashamed to admit if I DID NOT vote, even though I always mutter things like, “which evil shall I pick today?”! Without question, in my mind, Pres B-HO wins that award. And his wife, too. Every time I look at that woman, I see pure evil. But then, I see it in him, too. OK, politicized rant over for now.

        Note to self: Must send $$ to MD for the rant fund.

        Sadly, we can’t legislate intelligence, wisdom, or common sense. And stupidity is not yet a crime (if it were, we’d all get locked up, at times!). ; )

        I’m sure that I’m preachin’ to the choir here, but, in order to carry a valid firearm WITH A CCWP across state lines, the issuing state must have a reciprocity agreement with that “other” state, or you will need a CCWP from that state; I believe that’s how it works,all you gun gurus? I carry into states with whom I KNOW FOR CERTAIN we have a reciprocity agreement; you can find this info online. Wouldn’t want someone unfamiliar with gun laws to think they could just run into any state because they hold a CCWP from their home state. That may or may not be true.

        Another gun law we all need to know: it’s my understanding that even with a CCWP, if you get stopped (while traveling) by a duly-authorized officer of the law, the first thing you are supposed to tell them is that you are carrying a firearm, where it is, and whether it is loaded; you’d better be able to produce your CCWP real fast, after that. Not informing an officer of this will, as I understand things, give them a good excuse to haul your butt to jail. I’m not telling people it will always be in YOUR best interest to do this; just want to make sure those not familiar with carry law are aware of this requirement.

        One of many things I love about my South is that we have reciprocity agreements with our sister states all around, and they tend to have the same political philosophies when it comes to personal defense. “I own this; you weren’t invited…you’re an intruder…get gone or get shot!” Not much of a legal get-rich-quick scheme for intruders. Pretty much. Love my Southern Rednecks!

  42. Waterlady says:

    These can be made using your food storage items and require VERY little cooking and they are delicious.


    1/2 CUP COCOA
    1/2 CUP MILK

    Place sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in pan. Bring to boil, stiiring continuously for one minute. Add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Stir well. Remove from heat. Drop by spoon onto wax paper. Let cool and harden. Makes 3 dozen.

    • Hunker-Down says:


    • petnumber1 says:

      Oh!!! I LOVE those things!!! Yes, must store more chocolate, oatmeal, and peanut butter!

    • Homeinsteader says:

      Ooooooohhhhhh, I haven’t had these in a long time! And they ARE good! Thank you for recipe and reminder!

    • A favorite of mine as well , I usually make it light on the sugar and heavy on the peanut butter . Good high energy indulgence .

    • Encourager says:

      Thanks for the memories! I thought that sounded familiar, so I looked in my recipes and found that exact recipe my dear Aunt (and Godmother) gave me back in 1964. Think I will make a batch!

  43. just remember if you want to make hard candy, best have a candy thermometer. And sometimes, just seeing the label of a familiar junk food can be a comfort to children, that little bit of normalcy in a bad situation.

    • Homeinsteader says:

      Very true, Sewist – the same reason they need to be surrounded by familiar toys, games, people, etc. Heck, we adults we need some o’that!

  44. I try to store junk food but end up getting it out and eating it all obsessively until it’s gone! LOL! This is why I keep MRE’s in the trunk of the car but not gorp. I’d eat the gorp. I sometimes keep a can of peanuts in the front, just expecting to be eating it all along.

  45. Homeinsteader says:

    Those darn peace-loving Muslims are spreading the love again; I’m surprised they haven’t started beheading them yet; they will; it’s in His Word.

    Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt Begins Crucifying Those Who Oppose Morsi

    • Homeinsteader,

      It’s a religion of peace – or so I’ve been told. You just have to look past all of the violence and killing… Sarcasm off.

    • Hunker-Down says:


      Muslims ARE a peace loving people. They state that there will be peace after they install their religion worldwide. Their method is kill, crucify or exile all infidels (then there will be peace).

      Oh, its morally proper for a Muslim to lie to an infidel.

      Example? TDL.

      • Homeinsteader says:

        YEP! If you have not read the Q’uran (Koran), I DO recommend it (you’ll find it online); I have not read ALL of it, but have read parts of it. Like hundreds of parts where it encourages adherents to “do whatever is necessary to overcome the infidel”; lie, steal, cheat, murder, marry an American woman to gain auto citizenship, then do your dirty work.. this is how this whole ugly door opened in our country.

        It is forbidden for a Muslim to marry a non-Muslim, except when it helps overcome the infidel (any one who is not a Muslim).

        In the 1970’s a law was enacted that made citizenship automatic for any man or woman (foreigner) who married a naturalized citizen of the U.S.A. The Muslim men came in droves, slobbered all over the unsuspecting, gullible young American women who were focused on finding that “Knight in Shining Armor”, and, thus, it began…

        I saw this many times in the major public university I worked for…I was young myself..fortunately, G-d’s grace made it possible for me to see…but, oh, the broken hearts, wounded spirits, battered bodies, and broken dreams I saw when some of these young women figured out what they had signed up for….and G-d help the ones who had children with these evil men.

        That law has since been repealed, but, too late! The damage is done…and the fox is in the hen house.

        Oh, and I did read the part where it tells men, “if your wife displeases you in any way, beat her into submission”…yeah, it’s in there…don’t let any Muslim tell you it is not. You can read it for yourself. Well, what would displease you? Whatever you want to displease can displease you! Now you are directed to BEAT HER. You don’t have a choice; it’s in the Q’uran; you must beat your wife into submission; she must learn YOU ARE BOSS – all the time, over everything.

        Christianity is the only religion I know of that gives, and gives, and gives, where others take, and take, and take. “For G-d so loved the world, that He gave….” John 3:16

        It’s even o.k. to lie and pretend to a an adherent of Y’eshua/Jesus Christ (a Christian) if it will help you overcome the infidel…think Pres B-HO.

        • Hunker-Down says:


          Warning…. this is disgustingly ugly.

          Several months ago Ann Barnhardt ( posted a quote from one of their leaders instructing the faithful, saying it is morally OK to have sex with your dead wife.

      • Of course, they seem to spend more time and effort killing each other. They’ve been at war with Israel since 1948. Since then the Israelis, in multiple battles have killed a small fraction of the Muslims slaughtered by their own.

        As for lying to infidals: Its called “Taqiyya”. It meand dissimulation.
        They also have a name for peace with infidals. “Hudna”. It means a temporary ceasefire. There can be NO perminant peace with unbeleavers.

      • LOL Great minds think alike, H-D.

  46. Homeinsteader says:
  47. Homeinsteader says:

    Planning a cruise soon? You might want to know this….

    Tropical Storm Helene threatens Mexico

  48. Homeinsteader says:

    “Modern Alternative Mama” does a good piece on Homeschooling without going broke….might find some useful tips to use for homeschooling, either now or after SHTF (but collect what you need NOW, while you still can):

    Homeschooling Without Textbooks

  49. Homeinsteader says:

    Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

    Who IS Savulescu?
    a Romanian-Australian philosopher and bioethicist. He is Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Head of the Melbourne–Oxford Stem Cell Collaboration, which is devoted to examining the ethical implications of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. He is the editor of the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics, which was until 2005 the highest impact journal in medical and applied ethics (as ranked by Thomson-ISI Journal Citation Indices). In addition to his background in applied ethics and philosophy, he also has a background in medicine and completed his MBBS (Hons) at Monash University. His approach is consistently utilitarian and he draws heavily on notions of rational outcomes.

    HE’S A ‘HUMANIST”, among other things. I, personally, would not follow him anywhere but to the outhouse, and then only if I could throw him in. – Home’r

  50. Beef Jerky IS NOT JUNK FOOD!

  51. Encourager says:

    Okay, Pack! I have 25# of soft wheat berries to put up. I want to use my 5 gallon bucket and have a gamma lid for it. I also want to use dry ice, and I can’t remember how to do it. Does the dry ice go in the bucket first? Or do you put in a few inches of berries first? I think I remember you must leave the lid ajar until the dry ice is gone or the bucket could explode.


  52. I know this will sound impossible, but after a bout with both bronchitis and and upper respiratory infection, the impossible sleep due to coughing desperately led me to Fire Jolly Ranchers. I kid you not….my mom was right and they DO work. Due to their sugar content, they are easy to store for years. Yes, I do have bags and bags that I stash away. Now, I’ll find a container with an oxy-pack for good measure and put it in the long term storage. 🙂 Plus, they are yummy. Butterscotch disks will also be nestled right beside them.

  53. EB.Esquire says:

    Welchs makes fruit snacks that you can buy at Costco in bulk, that are packed in vitamins and very low in fat and carbs. I have two boxes stored away. Target also makes their brand in almost the same style.
    Pop Tarts do not store for very long. FYI.
    Granola bars only have about a 6 month shelf life.

  54. nutflush55S82 says:

    Hi first time post, brit guy in madrid, found these choc chip biscuit/cookie bars in my local shop, 70 euro cents retail, this is the nutritional content
    You could try find something similar
    Name: Chiquilin Energy
    4 thin, 5 or 6 cm across, chocolate biscuit bars, 50 grams per pack:
    Calories per 100 grams
    484 calories
    Protein 6.5g
    Carbs 66g of which sugars 28g
    Fat 25g, 14g saturated
    Fibre 3.5g
    Salt 0.24g

    Vitamins: 15% recomended D A of:
    E B12 B6 D Calcium Phosforous

    made with powdered eggscooa powder cocoa butter powdered egg

    Also try and find Marmite or bovril, Both are love or hate but are beef and vegetable extracts, very think paste super hig B12 and other god vits, can be diluted with hot water, spreadable also Veggiemite

  55. Great post! We are linking to this great post on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.

Before commenting, please read my Comments Policy - thanks!