Perfecting Bucket Food Storage: The Key to Ultimate Preparedness

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Originally published on www.healthrangerstore.com

One of the most important things at the top of every prepper's priority list is ensuring your family's long-term food supply. Whether you're bugging out or in when SHTF, having an adequate food and water supply, along with a safe shelter and the right tools or gear, can give you peace of mind and the best chance of surviving a disaster scenario.

Being prepared for any emergency food-wise requires a lot of careful planning and serious consideration. After all, no food lasts forever in storage. While canned foods offer more in terms of storability and portability, they don't provide as much nutrients as fresh, organic and unprocessed or minimally processed foods.

In emergency situations where being physically strong and mentally sharp are requirements for survival, your body needs to get the most out of the foods that you eat. This is when you should prioritize quality over quantity (especially if food is scarce), and only nutritious foods can boost your brain power and keep your body sufficiently energized while allowing you to keep portions under control so your family can maximize your food supply.

To get the nourishment you need to be survival-ready, make sure you have plenty of energy-boosting foods in your food stockpile. But instead of simple carbs - the quickest source of energy for your body - opt for longer-lasting energy sources like complex carbohydrates and proteins.[1][2] Because your body takes longer to digest these foods, they can give you energy for a longer period than simple carbs.[3] This is exactly what you need in a survival scenario.

Some of the best energy-boosting foods to stock up on are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Not only are these organic foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates like fiber, which is good for your gut, but whole foods in general are more nutritious than their refined counterparts.

For instance, in the case of grains, whole (unprocessed) grains are nutritionally superior to refined grains because their bran and germ layers remain intact. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of grain kernels that also contains B vitamins, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, antioxidants and other beneficial phytonutrients. Meanwhile, the germ layer is the core of the grain seed that is rich in healthy fats, B vitamins, vitamin E, antioxidants and other health-supporting plant nutrients.[4]

While your food stockpile should ideally be packed with these survival foods, it is common knowledge that plant-based foods don't last long in storage. Fortunately, there are now ways to store food that not only helps extend their shelf life by protecting them from external elements, but also ensures they retain their nutritional value for as long as possible.

For example, vacuum sealing helps food maintain their peak texture, flavor and nutrient content.[5] When you store foods in vacuum, it not only limits their exposure to air but also helps slow down the oxidation process that leads to food spoilage.[6][7] Vacuum sealing also protects food from dust and pests that could eat or contaminate them.

A good thing to do with vacuum sealed foods, especially if there's no need to freeze or refrigerate them, is to store them in durable containers with lids that can be tightly sealed. Food buckets are excellent for storing such foods because they can protect them not just from pests but also from moisture and light.

Because vacuum-sealed foods don't consume much space, you can easily stock and organize them in sturdy food buckets. Survival foods stored this way not only stay fresh for a long time, but they are also doubly protected from environmental elements that could otherwise cause them to spoil. 

8 Nutritious, Energy-giving Foods to add to your Emergency Food Stockpile

 According to studies, a diet rich in whole foods comes with many health benefits. Wholesome foods can support a healthy brain, digestive system, heart and immune system.[8] Because whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes contain high amounts of fiber and protein, consuming them can also make you feel full for longer.[9][10]

In an SHTF scenario where food is a limited commodity, filling foods like these can help keep you going while conserving your food supply. Whole foods are also naturally abundant in essential nutrients that can help you maintain healthy energy levels all day long. If you're planning to build a robust emergency food stockpile, consider adding these nutritious and energy-giving foods to your list: 

Organic Beans

Beans are the edible seeds of plants that belong to a large family called legumes. This family also includes chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, peas and soybeans. Beans contain little to no fat but can give you plenty of protein for energy and fiber for a healthy gut. They are also great sources of folate (vitamin B9), iron and magnesium, which are nutrients that can support your body's natural energy production.[11][12]

If you're looking for long-term storable organic beans to add to your stockpile, the Health Ranger Store has got you covered: Mega Bucket Pinto BeansMega Bucket Organic Adzuki Beans and Mega Bucket Organic Black Beans are clean, nutritious, energy-giving survival foods that come in durable 10-lb buckets for your convenience. To ensure optimal quality and purity, each pack of organic beans in our Mega Buckets has been carefully vacuum sealed by hand. Our premium organic beans are also lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology. 

Organic Amaranth

Although categorized as a grain, amaranth is actually the edible, starchy seeds of amaranth plants, which have been cultivated for thousands of years. Despite their small size, these tiny seeds are packed with flavor and nutrients, boasting high amounts of protein, fiber, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, selenium and copper.[13]

According to studies, selenium is an important component of selenoproteins, which play a crucial role in your body's antioxidant defense.[14] Selenium is also involved in the regulation of energy metabolism, and manganese is needed by your body to produce energy.[15] [16]

Enjoy the sweet, nutty flavor and nutritional benefits of organic amaranth by adding Mega Bucket Organic Amaranth to your food stockpile. Naturally filling and versatile, organic amaranth can provide you with stamina and plenty of energy without adding empty calories to your diet. Our perfectly packed, long-term storable organic amaranth is certified Kosher and organic and lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology. 

Organic Peas

Although widely considered a vegetable, peas are the fruits and seeds of the Pisum sativum plant. The different varieties of peas can be enjoyed in various ways, being versatile culinary ingredients with plenty of nutrition to offer.[17] Like beans, peas are a great source of fiber and energy-supporting nutrients, such as protein, folate, iron and magnesium. They are also high in vitamins B6, C and K, and zinc.[18]

For a reliable source of nutrition that you can easily add to stews, soups, salads and curry, stock up on clean organic peas with the Health Ranger Store's Mega Bucket Organic Black-Eyed Peas. Our premium black-eyed peas are vegan, non-GMO, certified Kosher and organic, and lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology. 

Organic Flaxseed

One of the world's oldest crops, flax or linseed is widely cultivated for its edible seeds, which are an excellent source of fiber and protein. Flaxseed is also known as a heart-healthy superfood owing to its high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids - healthy fats that have been shown to support healthy blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range.[19][20]

But that's not all flaxseed has to offer. According to research, the omega-3s in flaxseed can also provide calories that your body can use for energy.[21] So if you're planning to stock up on nutritious, energy-giving foods, flaxseed is exactly what you're looking for!

Mega Bucket Organic Flaxseed Brown from the Health Ranger Store can provide you with an abundance of fiber, protein, healthy fats and energy-supporting micronutrients, such as selenium, vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium and copper, an essential nutrient for energy metabolism.[22] Our premium brown flaxseed contains no GMOs and is non-China, certified Kosher and organic, and rigorously lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology. 

Organic Barley

A cereal grain that you can use to make bread, stews and beverages, barley is another versatile superfood that deserves a place in your survival pantry. Like flaxseed, barley has a heart-healthy component - in this case, a type of fiber called beta-glucan - that can support healthy blood cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.[23] Aside from fiber and protein, barley can also provide plenty of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.

One of the best filling foods to incorporate into your diet, organic pearled barley can make you feel full for longer while also supporting healthy digestive and nerve functions. You can easily add this superfood to your survival stockpile with Mega Bucket Organic Pearled Barley from the Health Ranger Store. Our premium organic pearled barley is non-GMO, non-China, certified Kosher and organic and lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology. 

Organic Quinoa

A healthy alternative to highly processed white rice, organic quinoa - that is, the seeds of the Chenopodium quinoa plant - is one of the best sources of plant protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids your body needs, making it a complete protein that's great for vegans and vegetarians. Naturally gluten-free and high in fiber, quinoa also boasts impressive amounts of energy-supporting minerals, such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and zinc.[24][25]

When SHTF, you can count on quinoa to keep you feeling full for longer and help you maintain healthy energy levels. What's more, a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that a polysaccharide in quinoa can help you maintain healthy cognitive functions, making it an excellent brain food.[26]

Mega Bucket Organic Quinoa and Mega Bucket Organic Red Quinoa are two great offerings from the Health Ranger Store that allows you to enjoy the health benefits of clean organic quinoa while ensuring long-term stability in storage, so make sure to include them in your emergency food stockpile. Our high-quality quinoa is sourced from top growers in Peru and is vegan, non-GMO, non-China and certified Kosher and organic. They are also lab verified for cleanliness and purity. 

Organic Lentils

Lentils are lens-shaped seeds that are widely consumed in countries like Turkey, Syria, Morocco and Jordan.[27] Like all foods on this list, lentils are highly nutritious and boast high amounts of protein and fiber. Lentils are also rich in B-vitamins and other energy-supporting nutrients, such as copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.  

Bursting with all the right nutrients that can help keep your mind and body in top shape, Mega Bucket Organic Red Lentils are the perfect food to have in your stockpile when SHTF. Unlike other legumes, there's no need to pre-soak them before cooking. Just two servings of our organic red lentils will leave you incredibly full and satisfied, making them the ideal survival food to stock up on. 

Organic Popcorn

Popcorn is an enjoyable snack made of corn kernels that pop when they're heated. While often thought of as unhealthy, popcorn prepared the right way can be a delicious and reliable source of nutrients. In fact, without the large amounts of sodium, fat, sugar and other additives commonly added to store-bought popcorns, popcorn is a high-fiber, high-protein food that can also provide you with B-vitamins, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and zinc.[28]

Because popcorn has great potential as a survival food, the Health Ranger Store is offering Mega Bucket Organic Yellow Popcorn Kernels. Healthier and more nutritious than microwave popcorn, this product contains no dangerous chemicals, artificial flavorings or any harmful additives. Our premium organic popcorn is the perfect health snack for people in need of a nutritional boost as well as an extra dose of energy-supporting nutrients.

Mega Bucket Organic Yellow Popcorn Kernels is guaranteed non-GMO, made in the USA, certified Kosher and organic, and extensively lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology.

For preppers aiming to build a well-rounded and well-stocked survival food stockpile, we also offer (536 servings) Ranger Bucket Set - Organic Emergency Storable Food Supply (A23/A24/A26 + B17/B19). The world's first emergency food supply that's certified organic and laboratory verified, all the foods in our Ranger Bucket Set are non-GMO and lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and microbiology.

(536 servings) Ranger Bucket Set - Organic Emergency Storable Food Supply (A23/A24/A26 + B17/B19) contains nutritious, energy-giving survival foods like organic long-grain brown rice, organic red lentils, organic black beans, organic rolled oats/baby lima beans, organic brown flaxseed, organic almonds, organic cashew, organic millet, Himalayan salt, organic white quinoa, organic yellow popcorn, organic pinto beans, organic coconut sugar, organic dark kidney beans, organic chia seeds, organic amaranth, organic black-eyed peas, organic milk powder and organic adzuki beans.

Choose the best storable foods for your survival stockpile with Mega Buckets from the Health Ranger Store! 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any diseases. 


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