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(Note: Please wait for the pandemic to end before buying in bulk unless there isn't an ethical problem with it in your specific situation.)
I'm defining a prepper here as someone who wants to be prepared for scenarios where they won't have access to grocery stores for months or years. This isn't about sustainable living.
Get a Whirley Pop, a good supply of cooking oil, and a few hundred pounds of organic popcorn (because if you're surviving on it, why not get organic?) You'll have quick food for a long time to come (until your oil goes rancid, but I think the oil is optional.
Get a good supply of rolled oats. They're fast and easy to use and provide a lot of the things you need to live and work.
Obtain a large supply of organic grains, especially soft ones like millet, because they are much easier to grind with mano y metate, rocks and such.
Get a lot of baking soda. It's very, very useful, especially if you know how to cook with it. Few leavening agents are so easy to keep without spoiling. Baking soda is a sodium source. It has lots of other uses. It's inexpensive.
Get a large supply of Skippy Natural peanut butter. Why, you ask? Because it tastes good and contains no hydrogentated oils. It does contain some sugar and non-peanut oils, but that's not exactly a disadvantage. Peanuts are high in fats, proteins, and minerals. Peanut butter keeps for a long time.
Honey. It keeps a really long time. Other similar products, like maybe date molasses might also be of interest.
Seasonings. In a world without access to grocery stores, people are going to want flavor. So, stock up on salt, vinegar, and all your favorite seasonings. Herbs and spices, too. Also, condiments, like ketchup, mustard and such.
Grow Jerusalem artichokes, Welsh onions, potato onions, prolific tomatoes, etc. Keep some viable wheat seeds that you could grow (or other grains).
When buying stuff you want to keep for a long time, maybe buy it from say Walmart instead of the Grocery outlet, for items that might expire too soon from the Grocery Outlet. Some items to watch out for include mayonnaise, etc.
Get some cast-iron cookware. You can use them in a lot of ways (including on a campfire), they last a really long time, and they help add iron to your diet.
Get to know your local edible weeds, and which ones you actually like eating.
Get a large supply of epazote, especially if beans aren't what hits the spot for you most, bit you have a lot of beans anyway. You'll probably enjoy bean dishes a lot more with epazote (not because of the tastez but because of how it feels after you eat it).
Realize that you can cook wheat berries (pieces of wheat) pretty much just like beans. They're pretty good.
Get a lot of carob powder. It just doesn't seem to go stale, even if exposed to the air. It has a lot of calcium, for a plant source. For me, it seems to quite reduce nausea if I have a stomach flu, to the same degree as soda pop (not sure if it does that for anyone else, but I've read that it's helpful for pregnant women with nausea). Carob powder has a good supply of minerals in it. It's a legume; so, I imagine mixing epazote with it might make it feel better to eat.
Get a good supply of dried white mulberries. In addition to being nutritious and able to keep for a long time (much as raisins and dried cranberries), studies show that they have immune boosting, antiviral properties, and that they have a positive influence on the body's response to dopamine and serotonine. They taste great, too. They can also alleviate constipation without giving you diarrhea.
Learn how to make biscuits without lard, butter, milk, or baking powder. Use baking soda, water, and oil instead.
Get a supply of food grade diatomaceous earth. It has a lot of uses. You probably wouldn't believe them all, but some of them are true, IMO. You can filter water with it. It can remove toxins, as well as heavy metals from the body. It's a mineral source. When I'm not tolerating foods very well, I find that I tolerate them better if I eat some food geade diatomaceous earth. It's a pretty strong diuretic if you consume very much of it (so drink extra water). It's a good source of amorphous silica.
Get a good supply of vitamin C powder, and ascorbic acid powder. They're useful for flavoring, and also for dechlorinating water.
Get a supply of milk thistle seeds. It's good for your liver and stuff.
Get a good supply of water filters. They come in handy. When you use a water filter, if you refrigerate it, don't take it out of the refrigerator for any longer than necessary (or else it will go bad faster). Refrigerators have microbes in them that colonize your filter and grow when the filter is warm enough. If you don't ever refrigerate your filter, you might not have to worry about this.
Keep a large supply of Ramen noodles on hand. They provide a good amount of calories, salt, and flavor, without requiring things like butter.
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