If you do not regularly bake, it can sometimes be hard to know what supplies you should keep in your emergency prep supply if you ever need to bake during an emergency. And some of the most critical items – for example yeast, baking soda and baking powder – can be completely overlooked but make a world of difference if you are making your own bread or baked goods.
Having baking supplies in your emergency preps can be a smart and practical way to ensure you have access to essential ingredients for making your own bread, cakes, and other baked goods in an emergency situation. Here are some baking supplies you might want to consider including in your emergency preps:
- Flour: All-purpose flour is the most versatile type of flour and can be used for a variety of baked goods. You should also plan on storing some whole wheat flour for added nutrition, but be aware that whole wheat flour tends to have a much shorter shelf life, so it will need to be replaced more frequently, so be sure to check expiry dates when purchasing to get flour with the furthest away expiry date. If you are using non-traditional flour (such as coconut flour etc) be sure you have recipes for using it, as they are seldom 1:1 interchangeable with traditional flour.
- Yeast: Active dry yeast or instant yeast can be used to make bread and other baked goods rise. Yeast also tends to have a short shelf life, so it should be checked and replaced regularly.
- Baking powder and baking soda: These leavening agents are essential for making quick breads, muffins, and other baked goods.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar is a common ingredient in many baked goods, while brown sugar is used for its caramel flavor.
- Salt: Salt is used to enhance the flavor of baked goods, as well as being critical for your overall health, especially if you are not eating processed food that tends to have a significant amount of salt.
- Cooking oil or shortening: These are used to add moisture and richness to baked goods. This also does not have a long shelf life, so purchase with the furthest expiry date out.
- Milk powder: Milk powder can be reconstituted with water and used in place of fresh milk in many recipes.
- Eggs: Fresh eggs can be difficult to store long-term, but powdered eggs can be a good alternative.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is a common flavoring used in many baked goods. Not crucial but nice to have.
- Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices can be used to add flavor to baked goods. Also not crucial, but the enhanced flavorings will make a lot of difference.
- Non-stick cooking spray: This can be used to prevent baked goods from sticking to pans, especially if you are baking in a makeshift oven with fire.
- Parchment paper: Parchment paper can be used to line baking sheets and prevent sticking, but not necessary if you are planning on an electricity-free prep stash..
- Mixing bowls: Large and small mixing bowls are essential for mixing ingredients.
- Measuring cups and spoons: Accurately measuring ingredients is important for successful baking – while this seems like something not necessary, if you have little baking experience, this will help you get the right ratio of ingredients for baked goods such as bread to turn out properly, until you can eyeball the amount..
- Baking pans and sheets: Having a selection of baking pans and sheets, such as cake pans, loaf pans, and baking sheets, can help you make a variety of baked goods.
- Cast iron Dutch oven: If you are looking with fire, you can bake with a Dutch oven by placing your bread dough inside, placing it in a campfire and building the fire around it on the sides. Ensure it is cast iron to be able to withstand the prolonged exposure to open fire needed for bread.
It’s important to note that these supplies are only suggestions, and your individual needs may vary based on your personal preferences and dietary restrictions. You might decide to have an entire bin of herbs and spices, or perhaps you have allergies that dictate adjustments to the list.
Additionally, it’s important to store these items properly to ensure their freshness and longevity. Store in a cool, dry, dark space and ensure that you check regularly for both expiring supplies as well as signs of anything going bad.