Best Prepper Recipes Ideas: What to Do with Stockpiled Food

Avatar Samantha Biggers  |  Updated: May 11, 2020
Best Prepper Recipes Ideas: What to Do with Stockpiled Food

What are you going to do with all that rice and beans and other prepper foods that you have put back?

This is a question that I think is important to address. A lot of foods all of us have in quantity are pretty plain. The good news is that you can do a lot with some plain foods used creatively and some spices. Good food can drastically improve morale during hard times. This post is going to offer you multiple survival recipes that taste good and that will fill you up.

You can actually make some fairly believable copies of dishes you love to eat. It can take some time to get used to cooking with ingredients that are dry or well preserved rather than fresh. You may want to practice some survival recipes a few times or get creative and invent your own.

Those on limited diets should be thinking about what recipes will suit their needs. Basically anything I have listed below could be done as a low sodium dish or gluten-free if you have prepped with low salt foods or gluten-free flours and pastas. A lot of these dishes could also be utilized in a diabetic diet. Survival recipes do not have to be full of processed junk. There are so many highly nutritious shelf-stable foods that offer great versatility and flavor in the kitchen without being terrible for your health.

Getting creative with what you have

This article is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what can be done with a well-stocked stash of prepper foods. Using that train of thought I want to say before we get started that while some of these ideas and recipes have measurements, a lot are just ingredient list and basic instructions for preparing.

This is not rocket science. You can really just thrown some meat, veggies, and spices in a pot and add some water, boil, and eat. What I hope this article does is get you thinking about food combinations that will get you through tough times and makes those that are just starting out with cooking realize that you don’t always have to measure everything down to the tbsp.

I have concentrated on hearty and comfort food dishes that offer a lot of nutrition, are filling, and do not require a million pots and pans and prep dishes to accomplish. A lot of the recipes that I have included can be done in one or two pots at most.

Basic Stew

  • Dried or canned meat
  • Vegetables
  • Cornstarch or flour for thickening
  • Spices
  • Water or broth

Combine in pot and simmer until everything is tender and hydrated. Thicken if desired and add seasonings. Serve over rice or other grain and this dish will go further. If you want to make it richer, you can add some bacon grease if you have it.


Making bread is not as hard as you might think. Getting used to doing it in a Dutch Oven or solar oven is different but totally doable. I think the solar oven would be much easier to regulate the temperature and prevent burning but if you are cooking on a woodstove or hearth then you can still do it but you will have to pay more attention during cooking times.

Bread may seem like a challenge to new cooks but it is actually not that hard to make. I recommend the book Artisan Bread In 5 minutes a day for those just starting out. In no time at all you will find that you are able to just feel the dough and know it is right

Bread, Meat, and Cheese Loaf

I learned this recipe from my mother in law who actually taught me all the basics of making bread. While I use typical from the store ingredients for it usually, the prepper dried food version can feed a lot of people and satisfy hearty appetites.

This is a very versatile recipe and you could easily substitute the cheese for some other gravy filling or similar.

Any bread recipe will work. You might want to make your dough a little drier than usual if your fillings are very wet. Here is a basic bread recipe but I encourage you to try others or add seasonings to the mix if desired.

  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2-2 ½ tbsp yeast
  • 10 ounces liquid

Put dry ingredients in a bowl and sift through. Add liquid and knead for 5-10 minutes. Let dough rest in bowl covered for at least 10 minutes. You can wait a few hours even if you get distracted. Knead again for 5 minutes. At this point, you can leave your dough until later or you can shape or roll it out and fill it and let rise for 30 minutes to an hour before baking.

With bread, you are dealing with something that is alive until baked. Bread dough can set all day and still be fine so long as there are no insects around. Under colder conditions, you may need to add some heat during rising times.

Try combining some chicken and bacon bits with cheese or use beef and cheddar as a base for the filling. You won’t regret it.

To make the loaf or pocket

Roll out your dough into squares. You can make these loafs individual sized or sized for a whole family to slice and eat. Put fillings in the center and then fold over to make a pocket or shape however you want. Seal with some water. Cut or poke a few small slits. If you are lucky enough to have an egg you can brush it on the outside of the loaf to get a golden brown crisp crust.

Allow to rise for 30-60 minutes and bake. I use an oven set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take out the loaf when golden brown. It takes an hour or a little more. It really depends on how big a loaf you have made.

Hint: You can use this bread loaf recipe for a dessert too. Simply fill the inside with a mixture of dried fruit and some jelly or honey and bake. A loaf of good bread can be filled with just about anything as long as you make sure to balance out the moisture content. Too much moisture in the interior of a loaf will cause it to not bake right or the filling will leak out. Don’t fill with too much liquid. A peanut butter or almond butter and jelly loaf would be a great lunch loaf when combined with a glass of milk mixed up from the powdered milk you have on hand!

Tortillas For Beans & Rice & Other South Of The Border Recipes

Tortillas are simple to make. All you need is flour, oil, water, and salt. That means all those beans and rice combined with some spices and powdered cheese for the sauce can be made into some great Mexican dishes in little time.

Basic Flour Tortillas

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp oil or fat of your choice
  • Water
  • Salt to taste

Combine dry ingredients and oil then add enough water to make a soft but not sticky dough. Knead for 5 minutes and let rest for 15 minutes. Roll out to whatever size you want them to be and then fry in a lightly oiled pan on medium heat, flipping once. You can flip more if needed. It can be hard to gauge cooking times well when you are using heat sources like wood fire or a camp stove.

Prepper Pizza

Basic Pizza Crust

  • 2 cups white flour (whole wheat can be used but the crust is a bit too heavy for a lot of people)
  • 1-2 tbsp yeast, the more you use the faster the rise generally
  • Enough water to form a soft dough
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil or fat

Knead dough and let rise for a few hrs in a warm place. Near a wood stove or on top of a warm oven works well. Roll out pizza crust or shape in a greased pan. Allow 10-15 minutes then add toppings. You can poke a few small holes or use a dough docker if you prefer a more crispy crust.

Bake until bubbly and slightly browned. I cook my homemade pizza in a gas oven that has been preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit normally. With a wood stove or solar oven you will have to keep an eye on it because times will vary a bit depending on a variety of factors.


Now here is where you can get creative. Dried tomato powder, spices, and oil, can be combined for a red sauce or you can use oil and herbs by themselves.

Dried onions, mushrooms, meat, ect can all be rehydrated and used.

The cheese can be dried cheese or you can mix some cheese powder and water to make a creamy sauce type cheese to add. This is about using what you have!

Potatos Au Gratin

Auguason Farms sells dried potato slices for a good price that are sealed in a bucket. These and some powdered sour cream, yogurt, milk, cheese, etc can be combined to make potatoes au gratin that taste better than the tiny yet pricy boxes you get at the store during good times.

In fact, you may want to start doing it this way now and save yourself some money on a family favorite.

Macaroni & Cheese

This is a classic that keeps the kids happy and you can make variations of it with canned or dried meat that makes it a whole meal. I do this recipe during good times but it is so versatile for prepper foods.

I use dried cheese powder and powdered buttermilk with a little water to make the cheese sauce when using dry ingredients.

Macaroni pasta is cheap to put back. Even at the regular grocery store in my area a 5 lb bag is $7 or so. Dried cheese powder and a dried dairy product of your choice and you have a lot of macaroni and cheese that will make you not want to go back to buying the small boxes with the packet of sauce mix included.

This can save a lot during good times too and takes up less space than all those boxes in a pantry!

Pasta & Red Sauce

Another easy to make classic.

Powdered dried tomato powder seems expensive but it goes a long way when combined with a little bit of your favorite oil or fat and a little meat if you have it. Any pasta you have on hand is good.

Spices should be part of a prepper pantry

A lot of us don’t truly appreciate how much spices can add to our dining experience until we don’t have them. While they don’t have a lot of calories, I think they are important for preppers to put back. A lot of spices can be bought by the pound for a low cost. I cook every day and sometimes it takes a few years to go through a 1 lb of some spices!

Chicken & Dumplings

This is easier than you might think because dumplings are not something that you have to let rise and you can make this dish in one pot.

  • Canned Or Dried Veggies
  • Spices & Thickener Like A Gravy Packet or Cornstarch
  • Canned or Dried Chicken

Make a stew like in the basic stew recipe at the beginning of this post.

Flour, Water, Salt, Fat for Dumplings

  • 1 cup of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp fat or butter if you have it
  • Water, broth, or reconstituted milk product

Mix and make a soft dough. Drop into hot chicken and veggies with broth and simmer until bread is cooked. You can also pop it in an oven to brown some on top at the end if you have the ability.

Practice Your Recipes Now

Getting better at cooking with prepper foods is something that might be worth it to practice. Dried foods take some time to get used to cooking with. A lot of people are not used to cooking a lot anymore so getting some time in is a good thing.

This also gives you a chance to try out some recipes on your family during good times so you can get an honest opinion and make any improvements you can. Good food improves morale during hard times and gives everyone something to look forward to.

If there is more than one person that cooks in the family then get them involved too. This is a good opportunity to start teaching kids about cooking or cooking under less than ideal circumstances.

Cream Of “Whatever You Have” Soup

I am going to give the general guidelines for making creamed soups. Cream of potato, mushroom, or chicken is quite easy to do with dried and canned foods. Here is what you need to make a variety of creamed soups.

  • Dried Potato Flakes
  • Spices ( I like the dried low sodium vegetable broth from Frontier Coop for a base flavor)
  • Powdered milk, cream, or other dairy
  • Dried Mushrooms
  • Dried or Canned Vegetables
  • Canned or Dried Chicken

For your base, you will want to use either potato flakes, powdered dairy, or possibly both. Add water to get the consistency you want. If you are adding dried veggies or meats then you may want to simmer them in some water and then add your thicker ingredients like potato flakes.

There is a ton of room for experimentation with this recipe. Dried cheese powder can add some extra calories and flavor if you have it. You can even use this cream base as starter for chicken and dumplings if you want. So if you make too much soup then turn it into something else for your next meal. It is certainly better than wasting it!

Substitutions are great but here are some tips!

While I have given you some information to go on, my ingredients are pretty basic and you can substitute a lot of things if you have something similar but not quite what I said to use. Here are some examples.

Powdered milk, yogurt, and sour cream can be used as substitutes for one another.

Cornstarch or flour can be used as a thickening agent. Just put the dry flour or cornstarch in some cold or tepid water and stir until smooth before adding to dishes.

Cooking fats can be substituted in most cases with the exception being frying. Some oils and fats have a lower smoke point than others. I have never had any luck using olive oil for trying to fry potatoes to a crispy state but grape seed oil, peanut oil, or lard does just fine. Pie crusts made from lard, flour, salt, and a little water are really good. You really don’t need butter to make a flaky crust if you have lard.

Flours are tricky to substitute and get the right texture. The recipes above use unbleached white flour. If you want to add in wheat or other grains then just be aware that the more heavy grains you add, the heavier the texture. This is why when doing pizza crusts or similar, a lot of people will use half white and half wheat at most for their crust. Any more whole wheat and the crust can just seem too heavy.

Gluten free flours are another tricky cooking skill to master. One of our close friends and neighbors eats a gluten free diet so I have learned to cook some things without wheat but when it comes to baking I usually just buy the gluten free baking mixes that you can use just like regular flour. For SHTF, you may want to mix up your own mix and vacuum seal it for easy use.

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29 Responses to “Best Prepper Recipes Ideas: What to Do with Stockpiled Food”

  1. Great article! I’ll be trying out several of these soon, since my family is in a tight spot financially and I’ve made the decision to stop buying dry goods or canned foods for the next several months in order to reduce spending. So we’re eating from long term food storage whenever I can incorporate ingredients into meals — one of our family favorites is canned meat fried up with rehydrated potato shreds & eggs & cheese to make sort of a corned beef or Spam hash! And we’ve already had good experiences with using cheese powder & dehydrated potato slices from the grocery’s “bulk food” section (very similar to the same items in our long term food storage) to make au gratin potatoes.

    • Mind if I ask, what grocery stores sell food in bulk packages? I don’t remember seeing any before where I live.
      Thanks for a great article!

  2. Great article it’s a keeper for down the road. Tho I have not stockpiled much other than beans and rice flour and Masashi too are good . I keep the Masashi for low money times now .great to fill in and tastes too

    • Can anyone tell me what Masashi is? I tried looking it up and can’t find anything about it online. Thanks for a great article. As the cook for a family with multiple food a allergies, general ideas for cooking are often better than specific recipes. 🙂

  3. A very timely article! I’ve been purchasing some basic dehydrated foods to experiment with this past month or so and hope to start cooking with them in the new year. I want to see what I will use and what, if anything, won’t be as popular. I’m starting small, but really looking forward to playing with them. 🙂 Also, there is something very seductive about not having to worry about whether or not I have any fresh eggs or milk or sour cream on hand just when I need them!


  4. Samantha, or anyone who knows, what kind of dried cheese and milk/buttermilk do you use and where do you get it? Also, if it is put in smaller bags and “food-saved”, how long is it good? Thanks for a great article.

    • I use Bob’s Red Mill Buttermilk Powder.It is about $10 a bag but it goes a very long way. It will make 45 cups of sweet cream buttermilk. I did some research and vacuum sealed buttermilk powder can last up to 10 years. Of course this is dependent on storage conditions. Keeping it out of direct sunlight and extreme heat is required to get a long shelf life. Even under mediocre conditions I would expect 5 years. There is a lot of varying opinions on shelf life unfortunately. Thanks for reading!

  5. What happened to the green “Print” button? Allowed us to get rid of some of the pictures and save paper when printing the articles. It left all of a sudden. Please put it back…thanks.

    • I will look into this Sparky. I would fix it now but I am not sure how. Bear with me while I find an answer and I will try to reply in this thread when I get one. Thanks for reading!

    • I submitted your request to the tech team. Just wanted to update you that this is being looked into!

    • I agree, Scott. I live by myself but am stockpiling for family members who will probably bug in with me. I intend to rotate my stockpiled food of course, but since I can’t possibly eat all of the food that needs to be rotated out, I plan on donating it to a food pantry.

    • That is a great idea Scott! When I started writing this article it was my intent to get people thinking about how to cook in an emergency or SHTF situation. While a lot of the readers of Backdoor Survival are experienced at cooking, there are also a lot of folks out there that are just learning how to cook. I am 34 and I have to say that a lot of people my age don’t cook but they are learning. I always have cooked. Mom headed out the door when I was 4 so it was me and my Dad who cooked for me a lot of the time but I had to do some too. Donating food is a great thing to do if you are not able to use what you have stockpiled and it is set to expire. Thanks for a great suggestion as we enter the holiday season!

  6. One of my favorite dollar meals, pasta salad:
    pasta, black/green olives-sliced, onion-chopped, Italian dressing, salt/pepper(all long term storage)

    Home grown green peppers, cucumber, tomato in summers is a bonus.

    If not, I can live without and just use the two above since I have olives and dried onions and Italian dressing stored for years now and still great items.

    • Note: one of my neighbors says walmart italian dressing is the best. I have learned that it is true. Much better than all other brands and I’ve stocked many.

    • So sorry ! Somehow a few typos snuck in here. Thanks for pointing it out so I can get it fixed. Just in case the site doesn’t update it right away, here is how it should read! I will try to make sure to look over articles after they go through the editing process. Sometimes either on my end or the other something slips past. Thanks for reading!
      3 ½ cups flour
      1 ½ tsp salt
      2-2 ½ tbsp yeast
      10 ounces liquid

  7. Bread, Meat, and Cheese Loaf

    1 ½ tsp salt
    2-2 ½ tbsp salt Which????

    Roll out your dough into squares. ahhhh, WHAT?

    • For that amt of flour I would guess the 1 1/2 tsp is salt and the other yeast. I’ve made bread for decades and that’s about what I would use for pizza dough.

    • So sorry D Clark. Somehow a few typos snuck in here. Thanks for pointing it out so I can get it fixed. Just in case the site doesn’t update it right away, here is how it should read! I will try to make sure to look over articles after they go through the editing process. Sometimes either on my end or the other something slips past. Thanks for reading!
      3 ½ cups flour
      1 ½ tsp salt
      2-2 ½ tbsp yeast
      10 ounces liquid

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