The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington: Recipe Test

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I received a review copy of The Prepper’s Cookbook:  300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals by Tess Pennington.

In it you will find 300 recipes using common food storage items, many of which you may already have in your kitchen shelves.  The recipes are easy to follow, and require no special equipment.

The book includes practical tips for starting, building and using your emergency pantry.  I liked the section on making your own seasoning mixes, ingredient substitutes, and enjoyed the section on beans and rice.  Beans and rice are some of the most common and inexpensive items you can keep in your food storage, but sure can get boring if you prepare the same thing day after day.  The Prepper’s Cookbook includes a lot of variations that no one will mind eating.

I tested the recipe for Cuban Black Beans and Rice because I already had all the ingredients available.

The dish turned out very well – here is a photo:

Beans and Rice

Even if you don’t like beans and rice, there are lots of recipes to choose from, and there is a whole section on kid-friendly snacks.  You too can try these recipes – I recommend you pick up The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington.

The Giveaway

A copy of The Prepper’s Cookbook is reserved for one lucky winner.  For a chance to win, just leave a comment below:

— What is your favorite food storage tip?


— How many months worth of food storage do you currently have?


The winner* will be chosen at random on Saturday,  August at 8 pm Central.  Good luck!


*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.


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  1. I have about three months of food stored for me, but only one month of food for my furry and feathered family. Trying to find acceptable food for a finicky dog can be interesting. Oreo lives on air. Where I am really lacking is water. You can never have enough of that.

  2. My favorite food storage tip(s):

    Shop wisely and consistently. Buy what you eat, rotate your stock and be consistent. You won’t regret it. If you are consistent and wise your stock will slowly add up and you will have a wide array of necessary items.

  3. I have about 4 months, 5 months if we keep the freezer going. The kid friendly snacks would be great! I have made sure to stock food my kids will eat, so I can rotate my stores.

  4. Water is always been and issue but I started recycling my pop bottles the 2 liter kind after about a year we had 100 gallons just in those plus what we had in water jugs an cases of water. We stopped buying the expensive soda an bought the store brand half the price and taste about the same

  5. Our food storage levels vary based on the time of year and how many people we have living at home at any given time (college kids). With the freezer/fridges I would estimate that we have about 3 months of food, perhaps more if we followed portion control and were creative with what we have. We only store what we eat, so I sometimes find us getting low in areas if I don’t monitor things carefully enough…especially when the young adults come home full time in the summers and eat through things without me realizing it.

  6. I have a 1yr supply of food, approximately. My supply of stored water is lower, but I have a well and am planning an alternative power source for the well pump.

  7. I think my main tip would be water…plenty of water. You need water to digest food and to make most shelved items. You also need it for cleaning and bathing. Water is essential to food storage.

  8. As a prepper and a chef I can never pass up such a great give away.

    Sadly my food storage is very low because I lack space and the rest of my family thinks prepping is a waist of time…(they’ll see lol)

    As for favorite storage tip find ways to reuse things you have like bottles or some mylar bags and learn to dry your own food it saves money and for me give me a lot of pride I did it on my own 🙂

  9. We’re in the beginning phases of our storage, but getting there and learning a lot. We have about a month’s worth of food and two weeks of water stored, in addition to a month’s worth of food for two kitties. We would love to try the recipes in this cookbook, so we can get a feel of what we would like to eat. We recently joined Thrive’s Q (Shelf Reliance), and I LOVE that I can set a small budget, and get foodstuffs delivered monthly. It’s not costing me extra, I’m just allocating part of my regular food budget toward it, and building our supplies reasonably. Just start small- you’ll get there!

  10. Food and supplies are very adequate for a family of 5.but we arelacking in a steady supply of accessible water.20 gallons on hand,if anything was to happen.we wwould have to hike a little over a mile to fresh water creek

  11. My favorite food storage tip is to buy extra food/soap/etc. when it’s on sale and to rotate. Keeping an inventory is a good idea-and one that I fail at!

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