Putting back food is an essential part of prepping. Spices may not have a lot of calories or nutritional value necessarily but they can go a long way towards making all those staple foods you have put back taste a lot better.
I am sure that in a real situation we would just be glad to have something to eat but food that tastes better is going to help morale and mood. How many of us have ever had to live on the foods we have put back?
While some of us may have tasty foods put back from canning or even some special treats, the majority of prepper food is the basics. Let’s talk about some tips for buying spices and which ones are the most useful in terms of versatility and availability.
The links in this article are mostly to Frontier Co-Op bulk spices. I have found them to be the best deal for the quality. They are member owned and their spices come in mylar already.
Amazon offers exceptional prices on their products with a minimum $25 Amazon order. Prices in the spice budget I set forth are set by that. I am going to add it all up for you so you can see how inexpensive it is to put back a lot of flavor for hard times.
Spices are best bought in bulk
You pay a lot for those small 1-4 oz jars that are plentiful on grocery store shelves. Packaging costs and other factors come into play. For prepping purposes you should be planning on buying in 1 lb containers or larger.
The difference in cost alone will leave you amazed. You can often get organic spices for less than what you are paying for standard spices in those small jars. Mrs. Dash is a good all around salt free seasoning but it is $3 for just over an ounce. I can buy a 21 ounce container for $17.
Creating your own blends that mimic the name brands that cost a lot can be worth it.
We generally like to add salt into our cooking separately so we buy salt free blends sometimes. You may have favorite spices that you always seem to run out of because they come in small sizes and you use them often. Plenty of these spices list almost all of their ingredients.
A few try to be vague with the exact recipe but you can get a pretty good idea from the label and your own taste buds. I buy Chef Paul Prudhomes Blackening Seasoning when I get a chance to catch it on sale because it is convenient but it is not cheap and is on my list for creating a generic version.
A lot of blends are high in salt
Basic salt is cheap, Even sea salt doesn’t cost that much but when you are buying spice blends the first ingredient is often salt which means you are paying a lot for something that is ¼ salt. You can add salt to a salt free spice blend and come out ahead.
Creating your own blends helps manage sodium levels
Plenty of my fellow preppers and members of their family are on sodium restricted diets or are at least supposed to be. Salt is actually an acquired taste. My husband and I used to eat more processed foods especially when we lived in Southeast Alaska where fresh food could be a challenge to get a good part of the year.
Towards the end of our time there we started getting fresh produce shipped from Washington State and eating less salt. When we returned to NC I started cooking more from scratch and we reduced the salt we ate. Now when we eat out or processed foods we often find them unpleasantly salty.
Medicinal Herbs to Grow in a Survival Garden
There are hundreds or possibly even thousands of medicinal herbs that you could choose to plant if you have unlimited space and the leisure to learn the various conditions they can treat.
However, if you’re just starting out or if you only want to grow some basic herbs, these are eight good ones that you would need in order to start a bare-bones survival garden. They each have many different uses and are relatively easy to grow.