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Time To Stock Up: The Price Of Peanut Butter Is Set to Soar 40% In the Next Two Weeks

Mac Slavo
October 18th, 2011
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After having risen over 30% in just the last year, peanut crop damage is forcing wholesalers and grocery store retail chains to raise the price of this prepper staple as much as 40% in the next two weeks:

Another hot, dry summer has devastated this year’s peanut crop, sending prices for the legume skyrocketing and forcing peanut-butter brands including J.M. Smucker Co.’s Jif, Unilever NV’s Skippy and ConAgra Foods Inc.’s Peter Pan into startling price increases.

Wholesale prices for big-selling Jif are going up 30% starting in November, while Peter Pan will raise prices as much as 24% in a couple weeks. Unilever wouldn’t comment on its pricing plans, but a spokesman for Wegmans Food Markets, the closely held supermarket chain in the Northeast U.S., said wholesale prices for all brands it carries, including Skippy, are 30% to 35% higher than a year ago.

Kraft Foods Inc., which launched Planters peanut butter in June, is raising prices 40% on Oct. 31, a spokeswoman said.

As with any crop, the challenges facing peanut farmers begin and end with the weather. In Georgia, the leading U.S. peanut producing state, the planting season was the driest in memory for John Harrell, a sixth-generation peanut farmer in Whigham, Ga. Peanuts, typically planted between mid-April and the beginning of June, had to wait until several weeks after that for any rains, he said.

“I don’t remember a year that you didn’t catch a shower or had so little moisture in the ground to get the seed up,” said Mr. Harrell, age 56. “It was dry about as deep as you can dig down.”

Source: Wall Street Journal (Cached Version)

If wholesale prices are rising 25% to 40% by November 1 of this year, it will only be a matter of time until grocery retailers will be forced to pass those costs on to consumers.

The crunch will affect the 90% of U.S. households that consume peanut butter — Americans eat about 1.5 million pounds of peanut products annually. The industry, according to the National Peanut Board, contributes more than $4 billion to the domestic economy each year.

High prices are expected to trickle down to consumers soon.

Source: Los Angeles Times

While the larger manufacturers are feeling the crunch, they still have the ability to buy peanuts in mega-bulk quantities, as opposed to smaller producers who don’t have similar access. This means that smaller brands may eventually see even larger cost increases, which may significantly impact the price of dehydrated peanut products often found in the reserve food closets of preppers.

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Date: October 18th, 2011
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  1. anonymouslady says:

    I live in GA farm country. This has definitely been the worst drought I can remember. But also, I have noticed that there doesn’t seem to be as many peanut fields as there used to be. Most fields that I see now are cotton and corn.

  2. AZ Ready says:

    Won’t just be peanut butter. Anything related to peanuts will go up.

  3. Mr. Blutarsky says:

    We bought 10 jars this week. When we were in Walmart there was a woman in there grabbing armfuls of it while telling us about the 40% increase (of course we’d already heard about it).

    Peanut butter is a great calorie dense prepper food. Get some now if you haven’t already!

    America is waking up……..but not fast enough I’m afraid.

    • smokey says:

      30% of a $4 billion dollar crop is $1.2 billion. I’ll bet we could pipe a lot of water from the Ohio or Mississippi basins for that kind of money.

    • DaveyBoy says:

      I found a great deal, locally on 1 lb. jars this week. I saw a spectacular sale on a new brand coming into the store, that was $2, with a $1 off coupon on every jar (happens almost always when a new product is added at this store, nevermind the price will triple in 3 weeks when it’s no longer new). I felt very blessed to have stumbled upon the deal. That’s nearly a day’s worth of calories for a dollar, a great addition to food storage.

  4. lennea says:

    My mother and I were talking about this yesterday. She asked if I had any stored, I said of course but told her I was going to get more. She said she was too. Also she’s going to try to grow peanuts in her garden this yr. I am going to reserch how well they grow here. I sometimes wish we were nearer to them, (She is in Florida and I’m in the Pacific Northwest) but at least I know that my family down there will have a fighting chance. Lol and I’m the only of her kids she doesn’t worry about….

  5. Patriot One says:

    Thanks Mac I was going to Sam’s today anyways. Hey does anyone know the shelf life of Peanut Butter?

  6. Beefcake says:

    Mental note: stock up on peanut butter cups as barter items, they are conveniently shaped like coins.

    I’ve already got lotsa PB guess it wouldn’t hurt to buy more.

  7. laura says:

    We eat the natural unprocessed PB in moderation, so the exp dates don’t go out a long way. Most PB has saturated palm oil, etc. and longer exp dates. In the S.E. we have been slammed with dry weather and low yields. Me and others give way less to charities and church donations, with food prices high, next it will be higher power and gas bills!

  8. MaryAn says:

    I don’t know if they make peanut butter in powder form, now that would be a great idea. We get most of our freeze dried long term food storage from http://www.shelfreliancesanantonio.com. They have a great sale right now for a 1 year supply for $950. We have tried a lot of their food. It tastes great!

  9. Gods Creation says:

    Peanut Butter is one of my favorites, even if the S is not hitting the fan. I can eat for a week with a big jar of peanut butter, jelly, and a loaf of bread. And most importantly, not feel deprived in doing it.

    Time to invest a little extra now. It seems there will be a return of approximately 40% on that investment within a few months. Beats the hell out of the stock market….

  10. A lot of food crops are impacted. Food will soar over next 12 months …. Just about all types. I prefer a .308 delivered venison steak and red meet for 3 months……someone I know got one of those last year w/o the necessary documents…IDK….but it seemed to taste better 🙂

  11. SmokyMtnLady says:

    Just bought 2 cases/ 24 jars for $28.00…Bargain Barn in Newport,TN has some really great prices!! Peanut Butter and hoe cakes(flour, salt, a pinch of baking powder and water) goes along way in filling an empty stomach!

  12. That Guy says:

    Sigh… how bad/sad will it be when even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will be considered a luxury meal?

    brings to mind the sad scene in the movie “soylent green” where he brings back a spoon in plastic (from the rich person apartment) and it has a little bit of jelly left on the spoon it and it makes the old mans day?

  13. Daisy says:

    As someone else mentioned, the all-natural kind DOES go bad, and fairly quickly in comparison to the processed PB. We are going for the long haul so we switched to the Skippy, much to my children’s delight!

  14. Plain Old American says:

    “No!!” Screams POA.

    Runs around in circles holding head in hands.

    Throws on shoes and flies out the door enroute to Costco.

    Worry, worry, worry, worry.

    Prays he doesn’t get pulled over. Prays Costco is not sold out. Prays they accept check from Nigerian lottery. OK, no just cash.

    “Oh my, oh my. First coffee and now peanut butter. Where is it gonna end ?”

  15. Copout says:

    Yes indeed I do loves the peanut butter, but that picture above reminds of my kids years ago when I was on diaper duty, thanks for the memories Mac!

  16. Peanut butter is one of the products I’ve been watching closely…don’t ask me why! 🙂

    Kroger’s generic 18 oz. jar ~
    1 year ago = $1.10 (on sale for /$1.00)
    6 months ago = $1.64
    3 months ago = $1.78
    last week = $1.96

    If the price increase has not truly hit yet, this could get ugly! That same jar my cost as much as $2.75 before this is over. (And that’s assuming hyperinflation doesn’t hit our economy!)

    Off to Kroger’s for more PB, while I can still afford it!

  17. Mr. Blutarsky says:

    Sort of related.

    Credit card companies reported a surge in late payments in September. I read somewhere that personal debt under obama is way up – I believe the figure was $5400 per household.

    I’m afraid that the economy has been held together with personal credit. Once that dries up, combined with the new & higher inflation numbers that just came out today (and the ones that are coming)……Poof!

    It’s crashes.

    • Credit card companies will be hammered as things hit the fan….seriously I’d max mine out at the last minute…who wouldn’t? When the dollar explodes and after a week its worth 1/2 or 1/3rd as much, and a month later its worth 1/100th as much and you have taken all the product you can with that fake little plastic thingy wow.

      For example. Lets say you call up Cabellas and order 5 cases of 22LR for $1,000. That is 25,000 rounds. It comes in boxes of 50 and bricks of 500. That is 500 boxes or 50 bricks. A month later the dollar is worth 1/100th of its former self. That $1,000 purchase would be $100,000. Or I could sell 2 of the 50 bricks and pay off the bill and be a good citizen. Keeping 48 for myself.

      What happens to peanut butter in a serious decline now will be peanuts later!

      • Sam not sam says:

        Jim – the problem is picking that “magic” month correctly… 😉

      • eric says:

        i thought about that buying about 10,000 worth of silver on my credit cards. then they can only charge us what the us dollar is worth. so if i buy that much my debt will be in dollars and not in the new curreny if it comes out. good idea, its all about the timing and what if the country shuts down credit cards? ever think that might happen? what if they said gas can only be bought with cash. i think that will happen and people will be hanging out at gas stations begging. thats when its going to get bad and im going to carry a gun with or without a permit. tell the judge to go to hell. this is serious and i dont care what the law says you fricken bastards.

      • Mac says:

        Thats what I was thinking,max the card the use my cash and by then the banks will probably be gone.

    • MLG says:

      And yet, I remember recently reading that consumer spending was UP in September. So…that means that people are spending alot, creating a false look of “recover” (It’s right around the corner folks, really it is….wait for it….wait for it…) but they are using credit. Not paying thier bills. That could get real ugly real fast. How soon until those cards are maxed out and then people arent’ spending, (getting desperate) AND aren’t paying thier bills. The debt and credit in this nation, both persoanl and national, is creating an illusion that things are so much rosier than they really are. I shudder to think what it would look like on the streets if all this easy credit was gone and people could only spend what they have. (not much)

      • Ben Dover says:

        I’sure at least part of the rise in consumer spending is simple inflation. Same thing with the rise in GDP.

        Some people are maintaining their lifestyle by spending their mortgage payment and dragging out a forclosure for as long as possible. I’m sure it drives the banksters crazy that so many people don’t fear forclosure anymore, and have become so adept at using legal hurdles to drag out the process.

        Banksters have been using technicalities against customers for decades. Sucks to be on the other end, doesn’t it banksters?

  18. geo-lithic says:

    Please do not go out an buy ANY Peanut butter many brands are loaded with sugars and chems that you just don’t need or want organic peanut [ or homemade ]butter can be made very easy just grind up those fresh nuts!

  19. justanotherrick says:

    hello all! just found the site and will be a solid regular, so i just wanted to say hi. if anyone is around louisville my email is g2rick at yahoo, maybe we could network.

    anywho, this is crazy! time to head to sams. if anyone wants to reply, what are your alls top 10(ish) prep foods? what lasts the longest?

    hope all is well with you and yours for as long as possible 🙂

    • 1happycountrymom says:

      Start with beans, rice, wheat, and sugar. Get some water stored and have at least 3 ways to cook. Gas, electric and solar…….get moving……..

    • Sam not sam says:

      Macaroni too.. it lasts a REALLY long time..

    • Southern Ky here..wish we were closer because every household in this neighborhood/community I seriously believe have their heads up the yahoo.
      I and dh are on our own.

    • It’s okay if Mac gives you my email since we are in the same state.

    • WestVaFolks says:

      We use soy milk at our house (no children). Most, like the Silk and Kroger’s Naturally Preferred brand, are found in the dairy case and must be refrigerated. But others, like Soy Slender and West Soy, are found in the health foods dept. and can be stored on a shelf in your pantry for a LONG time. Another good thing IMHO to have around is liquid Slim-Fast, whether you want to lose weight or not. These are INSTANT MEALS in a can and come in delicious favors. The co. has redesigned the packaging so some of the “older” boxes are half price at grocery and drug stores right now.

      • Claymation says:

        Good to know West VA, Our three year old is allergic to something in milk, not sure what it is she is allergic to in it, still trying figure it out. She drinks Soy, but everything I see in the supermarket is the refrigerated kind, she has developed a taste for it now, and knowing I can get some that does not need to be kept cold is great, I am going hunting for it! Thanks, Clay

        • DaveyBoy says:

          Clay and WVA, just a heads up (I cannot drink milk either), at least here locally at Sam’s Club, you can buy 6 quarts (a box of 6-1 QT containers) of the UHT (the non refridgeration kind) of Vanilla Silk soymilk for $7.00. You can also buy powdered soymilk from food dtorage places. Also, you can buy soy “flour” at most supermarkets in the health food sections or in the bakery aisle (it’s used to make baked good moist and/or to add protein) and you can make your own in a grid down scenario.

          I like the UHT (non refridgeration) Soymilk from Sam’s because it’s about $1-$2 cheaper than anywhere else. I will say though, that in the last year or so, I have noticed that soymilk no longer tastes the same, from any brands, and I wonder what that’s all about. Best of luck!

    • DaveyBoy says:

      Welcome to the website! Which Louisville, Ohio or Kentucky? Anyway, here would be my top 10 Foods, in no particular order:

      1) RICE! (This is #1 for me, because rice can go with virtually anything, and it you learn to make it well, you’ll want it with virtually every meal, it’s simple, and easy to make). I store white rice for long term (it can store 30 years or more if properly prepared), and brown rice (doesn’t keep nearly as long, about a year, without packaging/storing, or a couple of years if you lay it up right).

      2) Beans. I prefer canned beans, because I don’t want to wait several hours for food, and the cost is pretty close if you can get a good sale. It also takes no fuel, vs. the all day beans. But hey, if you’re heaing the house with a wood fire, etc., the all day beans are ok. Beans can become virtually impossible to soften, with age, so be sure to keep baking soda (it helps soften old beans, that would otherwise be uncookable). Ditto on the 30 year shelf life.

      3) Lentils. Beans can be problematic (see above), but lentils are very similar in nutrients to beans, but only take about 30 min to cook, and can take up flavors easier (in my experience).

      4) Canned tomatoes. I love tomatoes, if I can’t eat fresh all year, i’m going to get canned. I can make meals fancy to mundane with a tomato, so, there it is.

      4) Potatoes. I wouldn’t recommend buying fancy potatoes, but I like to doctor potato flakes. You can add herbs, butter (or olive oil if you’re storing that) sour cream or sour cream powder (if you store that), for a kick, and can make potato cakes, potato rolls, etc. etc. with them, and they last 30 years, also, stored properly.

      5) Wheat. I have a grinder, and while I also keep flour for ease (lasts only 2-5 years, sealed with oxygen absorber before it startst o go bad), what can last longer than you will live and still be edible. You can make crackers, tortilla, bread, and on and on with wheat, I recommend getting a good cook book. Technically studies have shown that wheat will last longer than 70 years, but I’m NOT interested in tasting that.

      6) Oil. I prefer olive oil. Oils will add calories to anything. Many people do not know, but you well never feel satisfied unless you get fat in your diet. It’s impossible to eat enough greens to live, you have to have a fat with them, like beans, peanut butter, etc. So I recommend oil. Or Butter flavored “Crisco” shortening, if you like the taste of butter and don’t want to pay the full price, or try and can it. You can also use it as a heat and light source (oil), so it’s worthwile in that respect. Peanut butter and mayonnaise would go into this category.

      7) Vegetables. I like canned fruit and vegetables and keep as much frozen as I can fit in the freezer. Without them, you’ll probably die quickly. You can grow you own and harvest them only for about 3-5 months of the year, depending on where you live, a little longer, if you can plant early varieties and make sure to maximize land use and crop types (lettuce, peas, etc. early and late, everything else in the middle). This includes fruit, which I think is important, but not necessary.

      8) Cheese/milk/eggs. I don’t much care for eggs, or egg powder, but you can get it. You can also buy powdered and dehydrated cheese. You can wax cheese to store for months. You can make cheese simply from milk. Cheese in cans is available, too. Dairy isn’t high on my list, but I do want to be able to have thinks like lasagna, omelettes, pizza, etc. Pasta gets old without cheese. I know, I’ve been there, and done that. I suggest getting “Morning Moos” brand of milk if you get dehydrated milk. Nonfat powdered lasts the longest, but has the worst (albeit not bad, IMHO) flavor in taste tests. I like the Morning Moos, and it comes in white or chocolate. It’s not exactly milk, but it contains milk components, with fats to maximize shelf life (about 10 years). It’s fats that give things short shelf life, but again, without fat, you’ll never walk away from a meal satisfied (It should make up about a third to a quarter of your diet, or 1 part fat to 1-2 part(s) protein to 2-3 parts carbohydrates.

      9) Canned meat. Spam, Tuna, Chicken, roast beef, you can have them all. Or you can slaughter your own. Or you can hunt. Meat isn’t really essential to store, because there’s lots of animals you can keep years round (rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, goats, etc.) to be culled at your discretion. But you’ll probably miss meat, and rather quickly.

      10) V8. A good source of fiber, and basic vegetable-like food, I like to drink it anyway, and coupled with crackers and bread, I can eat simply, quickly and be happy. (I used to be a vegetarian). This is my particular comfort food, and would otherwise go into vegetables, but I consider it a beverage more than a food, like say, green beans, which may go into a dish (where I would just drink the V8).

      11) Sugar. (I know you asked for 10, so this one’s a bonus). I don’t cook much with sugar (although I use it in beverages a lot), so it would not make my top ten. However, it is a MUST for storing your own fruits, etc. I could list about 100 items I find useful, but I think I should mention sugar, honey, jam, etc. because it will make life more enjoyable. That goes for condiments and herbs/spices, too. You can die from appetite fatigue and LITERALLY STARVE TO DEATH surrounded by food. You need something to break up the same flavors each and everyday. Sugar can be used for syrups, candies, etc. It’s important, but not vital, in my opinion, unless you’re putting up other foods. It never goes bad, it’s literally impossible. It can only be contaminated (like getting wet, or getting pests inside, etc.)

      I hope that that helps, and if you have any other questions, just ask. I’ve been prepping for years, it’s part of my family and culture, and just as familiar to me as normal grocery shopping (not a single month goes by without prepping in my opinion.)

      Take care, and God bless,

      • Claymation says:

        Dave, Great post, I even learned a couple things, Thanks

        • DaveyBoy says:

          Thanks for the kind words. I have taught a few people locally about food storage, which i was luckily brought up with. My parents liked to shop sales and keep a full freezer (they not have a couple), and my dad would buy canned goods by the case whenever he could. I remember filling up two carts for just over $100. Acording to an inflation calculator, I should be able to fill a cart for under $100, since they say we’ve only inflated 100% in the last 30 years. My @$%& we have. Ham alone has inflated 300% in the last 10 years. Cheese, 100% in the last 2 years. Milk 75% in the last year, meat 100% in the last 4 years, and on and on.

          My dad (my mom was disabled, so my dad and I did all the grocery shopping) used to stock up in large part for convenience. My mom sent him to the store once on New Years to buy Horse-radish. He waited in like for 3 hours, and vowed to never again. I took the lesson from that, and I try and keep anything I may possibly want with the exception of rare and exotic short shelf-life foods.

          Originally from a town that never stops, I moved to a rural area, and I remember the first year that I was here for Christmas EVERYTHING was closed for 3 days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the Sunday after–things are mostly closed here on Sunday anyway). Because I had just moved, was still single (and didn’t bring food), I had food in the house, but not a wide selection. Not being able to get anything other than bare staples for 3 days made me an unhappy camper. Needless to say, before every major holiday, I buy anything I can fathom I may want to eat in the event of an entire week without being able to shop, just in case! 🙂

      • midwestgal says:

        7. Vegetables. I also dehidrate them, store in a linen bag or strong plastic juice bottle with some corse salt. They will last for years and bugs won’t eat them(because of salt). I made some 2 years ago, used them this year with stews, soups, etc.

    • Claymation says:

      Welcome, reading through your thread, I would only add make sure you buy things your family will eat and you know how to use, it would suck for SHTF and you find out that you don’t like the taste of what you stored. Check out the Ready Nutrition link at the left hand side of this page, lots of great advice and ideas on how to get by. Hope this helps.

    • KY Mom says:


      Hi and welcome! I have found the people here very knowledgeable, supportive and willing to share their knowledge. In the comments they have given some great advice. 🙂

      Sam’s Club is a great place to start stocking your pantry. Good rule to remember – save what you eat and eat what you save. Rice, wheat berries, pinto beans, olive oil, & oatmeal are good items to stock and will last a long time if stored properly. We bought a “Food Saver” at Sam’s Club. It extends the shelf life of your food. Many people “food saver” beans, rice, wheat berries and otameal and store them in mylar bags in 5 gallon buckets.

      Sam’s Club now also sells freeze dried food – must order online and free shipping when pick up at store. The brand is Augason Farms.

      Mac posted an article last year (June 3, 2010) listing the top 100 items that would disappear first when SHTF. I found this list very helpful. Search with the title.

      “When SHTF These 100 Items Will Disappear First”

      I live in E. KY but travel to Lexington sometimes. The Sportsman’s Warehouse sells packs of dehydrated/freeze dried food and has alot of other “stock up” gear. Lexcon (in Nicholasville, KY) sells containers of all sizes. They also sell mylar bags, gamma seal lids, etc.

      Good luck!
      KY Mom

      • KY Mom says:

        Another great article to help you get started.

        20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins

        Source: The Economic Collapse blog

    • NunJoBizness says:

      POPCORN! You can get boxes of four at the Dollar Store. Extra Butter, regular, and Kettle Corn…..

      • I love popcorn… it’s an awesome, low cost prep with lots of carb, bang for the buck (and protein and fat). I got buckets… buckets of it! Can be used to make the standard movie-going treat (for those with Faraday shielded laptops who make it through an EMP blast and have solar chargers) and also tortillas (if you’ve got a solid grain mill).

  20. Anonymous says:


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  21. Ranch says:

    Weather-related food price hikes have been going berserk since 2008.

    The last two weeks have been a disaster for Thai rice production also. As Thailand is a global leader in rice production, this will cause price of all rice to go up significantly (again).

    One clear trend in food price hikes is that they can rise very quickly when something like this happens, but prices are VERY slow to go down (if ever).

    So you can expect that even after the peanut farmers have a good crop next year or the year after that, prices will not likely go down ever again.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Manos, I calling it for the 23rd this weekend for the other shoe to drop.

    • manos says:


      Most possibly, since the eu meeting is about to fail.
      Greed my friend, greed is what screwed the planet.

      • durango kidd says:

        Manos: Greece defaults but the EU won’t fail. The rumblings you hear are just political posturing by those that have, to get the best deal Even China is bellying up to the bar to buy a round.

        There’s no free lunch, Manos, but drinks are on the house!

  23. EAGLEDOVE says:

    O.P.B. OCCUPY PEANUT BUTTER ! Lets all go to Krogers an occupy the peanut butter aisle till the prices soar.

    Sorry.., I had to say it. 🙂

  24. At least there is no shortage of the Mr. Peanut look-alike, Jimmy Carter, aka “Jimmy Carter Obama.”

    Sure wish there WAS a shortage,though!

    • Neophyte says:

      I think there is currently a shortage as the TOTUS has been kidnapped, along with podiums and presidential seals. He can’t speak without his teleprompter so he is strangely absent.

  25. DRD5508 says:

    This all reminds me of a high school project a classmate and I were assigned. We were military brats overseas. (won’t say where/when to protect the innocent) The project: to affect consumer purchasing without advertising. So my partner and I loaded up two shopping carts with TP. As the shoppers were going by they’d ask what we were doing and why. We told them that there wouldn’t be any paper products coming in from the states for at least three months. And that are dads had asked us to pick up some for the barracks.
    Needless to say, the commissary was emptied out within 30 minutes, including our shopping carts that we left in the isle.
    We only got a B, teach was worried it would come back on her. The commissary was flooded with calls and the housing area was a buzz with the latest shortage at the commissary. (By the way, it wasn’t uncommon for the base commissary to have shortages).
    Hope this brings a smile to you all; we laughed in class till almost everyone was crying, including the teacher.

  26. dreamer8280 says:

    Someone asked about top 10 prep foods, on my top ten is spaghetti noodles and a jar of sauce. High in carbs, protein and vitamin c, very cheap, easy to make and filling. L-O-N-G shelf life on both, and you can get the sauce with meat

    • anonymous says:

      You will hurt your eyes looking for the meat.

    • People really should stock up what they eat. The best prep foods are the one’s you are use too. Lets remember that SHTF will be stressful and changing your diet instantly will add to that stress. Even a few months of “normal” food could help you ease into the round. Since kind of retiring last year I shifted what I eat to more “SHTF” friendly foods:

      1) Rice (white and brown)
      2) Lentil beans – I don’t care for a lot of others but know they are a must eventually – lentils I like though
      3) Pastas
      4) Meat sauces
      5) Pop Tarts – lots of calories/fat when you need it
      6) Pop corn – small easy to store
      7) Pancake mix
      8) Powdered milk
      9) Cereals
      10) Snak bars

      • DaveyBoy says:

        Jim, I just have to say, I’m with you. I prefer lentils as they require no soaking/extra cook time, and can be flavored easily. Also, pop tarts are nearly a perfect balance between fats, carbs, and protein, however, they are obviously not vitamin rich. Pop corn is fantastic, can be flavored, and was the original cold cereal, IIRC. Corn flakes were flattened popcorn kernels, because the cereal companies couldn’t come up with a cost effective way to package already popped corn. Best of luck, and warm wishes in your retirement, take care.

    • I have a story about that–dh is really good about anything I cook; we eat whatever is handy, and no big fuss..and I’m a good cook.
      At SaveALot one day they had a canned generic sauce for $.72 cents a can; I bought a case of 12…didn’t fix it for a while and last night I fixed spaghetti—of course I add meat, onions, and mushrooms.
      He couldn’t get over the taste and asked if I’d check to get more next trip.
      I said a humble, “yep”!!
      Generic in this house ain’t all bad.

      • OOps..not generic–it’s hunts or del monte since they are the only canned sauce I have ..just checked..sorry.

        • DaveyBoy says:

          No Need to be sorry, canned is still much cheaper (usually) than jarred and they are probably the same as generic. THis is addressed to everyone, and I hope they see it. It’s a plea, not a commandment, but PLEASE DO NOT PAY EXTRA FOR NAME BRANDS. I worked in a cheese factory that supplies something like 70% of the cheese to the west coast. Name brand, or generic brand, or specialty brand was ALL the same cheese, just put into different packages. I would sit on the line, watching the change in names, but no change in product. There is also plastics company in the area that made all manned of plastic products like plastic wrap and garbage bags. I have friend who worked there that said they just switch out labels, too, and that they always shop by looking at the mils (thickness) and that the brand name means nothing. I saw a special about batteries a few years back, and they said that other than the high end lithium batters, all alkaline, generic or brand name (NOT “HEAVY DUTY,” they must be alkaline) are all the same battery, with just a different label, and that the consumer tests showed that all lasted the same amount of use with very little statistical difference.

          Anyway, buy as you please, but please, please consider buying generic. I’m willing to bet that 9/10 times it is exactly the same thing. Studies show that perception affects taste, which is why most ice cream used to come in round containers, rather than square, and why margarine has a foil wrapper, not paper. People will rate the EXACT same ice cream as tasting better if it comes from a round container, and not a box, even if the taste test is of the same sample, it’s a trick of the mind. Foil was used for margarine, because people didn’t like the idea of it being “cheap” so they said its taste was less than that of butter, but aluminum foil 50-60 years ago, was a luxury (or considered to be), so margarine (by Imperial) became packaged in foil, and people said it now tasted great. Don’t be fooled by packaging and brand names. You will probably taste a difference at first, but it’s mostly psychological, so please be willing to consider the cheap stuff.

          Oh, and on another note, I live by the phrase, “Never by new, what you can buy used, at half the price.” Take care.

        • Sam not sam says:

          Dead on right again DB… in my area, we have Publix stores.. a lot of people say that they are expensive; but I MUCH prefer them to Winn-Stinky or Al-butt-sons.

          What I noticed, it that the store brand is often far superior to the name brand. Publix premium ice cream is in my opinion far superior in taste and texture to Bryers or Blue Bell. We have also noted that the store brand will almost always contain far less sodium.. we no longer buy Velvetta brand, we buy the Publix brand; not because it is cheaper ( far cheaper ) but because it actually tastes MUCH better and has 1/3 of the sodium per serving. That is just a couple of examples..

  27. Sam not sam says:

    Well, all this talk of PB getting more expensive made me go enter another large order for FD veggies and TVP meat substitutes.. If you’ve got your basics covered and just want to bulk up on long storing stuff that tastes pretty good and is not expensive… TVP is the way to go.. IMO. Example.. 6 #10 cans of beef flavored TVP, 2.5 pounds per can = $65.99 + $4.95 flat rate shipping. Shelf life 10-15 years. Sausage flavored ( adding to eggs or cooking with beans / rice, same # of cans and weight = $80.99 .

    • anonymous says:

      Ok Sam, your starting to scare me! Meat, it’s what’s for dinner…

      Creamy or chunks? Quit using my name anonymous. Skippy or Peter Pan?

    • Have not tried the TVP meat substitutes. I need to give those a try. The link from this web site to their sponsor had a 528 serving package of 4 different types for $80 last I looked. 528 servings I know are small but combined with rice, beans and pasta my guess is that’d last a while – and for $85 – doesn’t sound like a bad option.

      • Sam not sam says:

        Of course, it isn’t meat; but it really does taste good. If you have ever had a Boca Burger, you’ve had TVP. Most of the frozen entrees “Amy’s” brand are made with TVP. I have chosen to “top off” my preps with it and would make use of it to stretch my other preps. I tend to get mine from Honeyvillegrain DOT com. Mainly because they ship really fast and for a flat rate of $4.95 regardless of shipment size or weight.

        I’ll check out the sponsor here that you mentioned.. 528 servings for $80 sounds like a really good deal.

        • DaveyBoy says:

          Which of the flavors of TVP have you liked? In my experience the beef is far superior (edible, but not tasty), to the chicken (unpalatable to me), but I have not eaten a lot of TVP from a can. (Though I’ve eaten plenty from the freezer section). Specific flavors would be appreciated, because after buying some of the #10 cans of the dry TVP, it was so terrible I returned it (something I very seldom do). I keep livestock, so I don’t have to have stored meat/protein (and I’ve been vegetarian for long periods over the years, so meat is optional anyway), so it isn’t a big deal, but I am interested in recomendations. After my last fiasco with the canned TVP I’m very wary, but willing to make one more try!

      • DaveyBoy says:

        I strongly, STRONGLY recommend AGAINST buying TVp unless you try the specific brand first and like it. I have eaten a wide range of TVP/Soy products and let me assure you, it is NO substitute for meat. I recommend against buying TVP because most of the brands/types I have tasted were terrible. I have had some good stuff, but it was not cheap, and would prefer to pay the marginal extra amount (over the good soy) and just get the meat. Do as you like, but make sure the taste is agreeable for YOU and not someone else first. Caveat emptor. (Buyer beware)

        • Sam not sam says:

          DB – I concur with your statements / warnings.. I am definatly not vegetarian; but I do like a lot of the stuff. I think most people that have a problem with TVP have it because they have expectations that it will be identical to meat.. it is not. So when I eat it, it is without the expectation that I am “replacing” one thing with another but with the understanding that I am choosing to eat something different. I LIKE tofu.. some people don’t but my whole family likes the texture and taste. As far as flavors, I like the sausage flavored stuff.. and I LOVE Boca Burgers as well as Morning Star Spicey Black Bean burgers.. again, if someone has the expectation that they are eating “fake” meat, they will be disappointed.. I have the expectation that I am eating tofu so I don’t have a comparative disappointment; I just go on stand alone taste..

  28. Mal Reynolds says:

    The cost of PB already went up at Sam’s and Costco here. Extra $1 or so for x2 40oz jars. I’ve got two cases in the basement. Maybe I’ll grab another x2 before it gets outrageous…

  29. caryn says:

    dont forget that the usgov has it hands in the growing / not growing of peanuts…farmers like jimmy carter have been paid high subsidies for growing/not growing peanuts.

    also, the reason peanut butter was actually invented-it is high in protein and can be eaten by the elderly who may not have the teeth or digestion for other proteins.

    seems to me that if a farmer is receiving subsidies from the government for planting and harvesting peanuts some of that subsidy dollar should be paying for watering those fields..

    with all of this on my mind at the moment, i need to put buy more peanut butter on my list.

  30. we go through a lot of peanut butter in our house. I need to buy it by the cases before the price goes up! LOL

    • WestVaFolks says:

      Last winter we spread peanut butter on day-old bread and placed it in hanging suet cake baskets for the wild birds in our yard. Those baskets would be empty in about 45 minutes! This year, however, while we still plan to feed the birds, we’re a little more focused on our own survival.

  31. geo-lithic says:

    yes jj I am from another planet but most regular peanut butter has added sugar as the second ingredient, hydrognated veg oils, GMO soybean, dextrose, salt and monoglycerides yum yum lets rush out an buy some real soon!! don’t belive me read the jar also much research has been done on the quality of nuts used in peanut butter and its not good!

  32. S.W.P. says:

    I live in CA. so maybe the price is higher here already.Went to Albertsons and their brand was 3.39 or so for a 18 ounce jar.Had seen in the Vons flyer 2 for 4$ for their brand.Stop off there and they also had 28 ounce jars of their brand for 2 for 5 $. So I bought 4 jars.I had 3 of 4 jars already as long term Prep. So now I guess I will be eating more peanut butter.ps…gold and silver are nice,but you can’t eat it when TSHTF.

  33. DoubleTap says:

    I was talking with my brothers friend this weekend about the increasing food prices. He works for Kraft Foods and works in financing and is over the western U.S. He said that they are planning price increases on everything in the next few weeks. From 2010 to 2011 alone Kraft is spending north of $900 million more on the commodities that they buy to make all of their products. Kraft also owns Nabisco, Oscar Mayer and Cadbury. They now cut back on the portions and increase the prices. He said that they have about a 6 to 8% increase in revenue because of the inflation (they use it to their advantage) that we are experiencing now, which is about 11% according to Shadow Stats. So it’s working out for Kraft, just not us. Unless you’re working for Kraft.

    I’ve really noticed the decrease in amount of food in the packing now because I have been watching for the effects of inflation. I wish I had the old price and weight of certain things.

    The large box of Honey Nut Cheerios is the same size as far as height and width goes but is considerably more narrow. I can feel the difference.

    A box of Nabisco Graham Crackers from Costco has a total of 12 packages in it. But instead of 11 crackers in each bag there is only 9 now. That’s taking 2 bags out of the entire box.

    You can’t buy Ocean Spray “100% Cranberry Juice” anymore, as far as I can tell. It’s “100% Juice” now. And it tastes totally different to me. So I looked at the ingredients and grape juice is listed first.

    A 10 pack of Oscar Mayer hot dogs went to 8 about a year ago. I thought I grabbed a bun length package and went to put it back on the shelf but they weren’t the bun length. Now I’ve noticed that there are 10 in a pack now but I can tell that they are narrower.

    Anyways, just some things I’ve noticed while watching for the effects of inflation.

    Oh yeah, he also said that their (Kraft) sales are way up the fist week of the month as compared to the last few weeks of the month. Anyone have any guesses why? Yep, food stamps. He said that they compared charts of the increases in sales with the increases of food stamp usage and it’s the reason for the increase of sales. Now Kraft in considering only running promotions at the end of the month. No reason to run promotions when people are using someone else’s money to buy their crackers. Haha, this is long so I’m sure nobody will read it now.

    • DaveyBoy says:

      I read the whole thing! You are absolutely correct. But food sales have ALWAYS been at the first of the month. I learned that a while back. If you want to find the best sales, look at the ads on the 1st and third weeks of the month. Food stamps (at leas tin my state), are paid out over three of four weeks in the month, so at least in my state that’s not applicable. However, for people that get paid semi-monthly and monthly, the two major shopping weeks are going to the the first week, and to a lesser extent, the third week. So, while a rise in food stamps maybe correlates with the first of the month food buying, I wouldn’t say it was the cause (though may be a small factor).

      In any event, I’m grateful that you posted that to give us the heads up. I’ve noticed about a 20% reduction in the amount of food in packages in the last 6 months, coupled with about a 50% price increase. It got so bad at Sam’s club (I make a shopping list every two weeks, because…our household is on a semi monthly schedule), and it got to be that the prices for some items at Sam’s were changing in between the two weeks. So I had to adjust the budget/shopping list. Then I started looking up the prices online on the off weeks (2 and 4th weeks, in between pay days) and making a list. I then found that some of the prices would rise between the time I wrote down the price and a week later! It was getting to be weekly, $0.10 here, $0.25 there. Really, really annoying. Finally they just upped the prices by about 20-30% and quit moving them.

      I noticed that Pecan sandies (the only junk food I buy more than once or twice a year) nearly doubled in price and droped 20%. A half gallon of ice cream is now 48 oz (a 25% reduction in size), I don’t buy ice cream, but I saw an ad just this morning. I noticed that a 1 lb. bag of tortilla chips dropped to 10 oz, and was now 9 oz. in the ad yesterday. I keep up on the prices of food because I compare them to silver, and food is inflating at about 20% over a year ago, and increasing. It’s speeding up folks, and the time to stock up was yesterday. The more we buy in advance now will not really save us money (if we have to replace it at the higher cost later, eventually), but it will smooth out the rough times, if the breadwinner(s) is (are) sick, or if a job is lost, etc. etc. It can also save money if it teaches you to budget wisely, but it’s not a magic bullet, because anything you consume will be used up eventually and have to be replaced, unless you just hang onto it, but that’s not exactly a cost cutting principle, but a planning ahead one, unless you stock up on something when it’s very cheap and ride out the twice a year sales or what not. If you do stock up enough ahead, you have the blessing of not being worried about the rought spots, and that’s one reason I do. It’s also convenient to go to the pantry rather than the store if you need something in a pinch. Store what you eat, eat what you store, keep a meal planner, and over the long term you WILL save, as long as you throw nothing out. Keeping stocked on low cost staples will also help you to not impulse buy as long as you have variety to put with it already. Food storage saves money over the long haul, but only if you’re smart about it.

  34. SSPXER says:

    Well, peanut butter only has about a 1.5 year shelf life, so I’m not sure stocking up on loads of peanut butter is a very smart strategy.

    But so far as the greater observation is concerned (i.e., All food is skyrocketing), yeah, stock up on those things with a 2.5+ yr shelf life (e.g., any canned goods).

    • midwestgal says:

      Real shelf life is longer than you see on a package. I have a jar of PB from 2004(exp 2004). I use that one jar only for mousetraps. It is an open jar(for years) I take couple of teaspoons from it once in a blue moon, so, it’s been opened years ago. No smell, no funny taste, no refrigiration, I’ld eat it if I starve, with no problem. And it is not even a fancy brand, some cheap generic from aldi. You can safely stock up:)

      PS. ones who have Aldi store in town-I got lots of things from there, cheap. Lots of things are imported, so there is no MG, GMO, etc.

  35. Katy says:

    Have you considered stocking up on just plain PEANUTS, too? Peanuts have a longer shelf-life than most natural peanut butters (they don’t taste right too far past the date, as there aren’t any preservatives in them; I have experimented). I am assuming that peaNUTS will be going up, too, right? Unopened, peanuts will last for about two years and still taste good. Also, they are a quick and easy snack and less messy than peanut butter.

  36. Charlie says:

    Oklahoma Prep Expo October 22nd. The next prep expo will be held on Saturday October 22nd. It will be in the American Legion Hall at 5000 SE 24TH DEL CITY (near Sooner Rd and 29th) from 9 am – 5 pm. The cost is $5 a person or $8 for a couple.

    That is all.

  37. Charlie says:

    Okay, sounds crazy, but I was just trying to do a math problem and it took me awhile to find some pencil and paper. Suggestion: make sure you have some pencil and paper in your survival gear. I suddenly realized that I don’t have near as much as I should.

  38. rachel says:

    nothing worse than a child who is brand sensative to peanut butter. Has to be Peter Pan. In the hospital for open heart surgery and the kid could not only tell it wasn’t peter pan on her toast but she also refused to eat it.

    myself, I prefer all natural peanut butter. the kind you have to stir. Smuckers is really good.

    then hubby like honey roaster flavor PB. I have three open jars of peanut butter all different kinds right now.

    when I was a kid my mother got crunchy skippy PB. I hated that stuff. so, when the SHTF and mom moves in it will be 4 open jars of PB.

  39. anonymous says:

    Any thoughts on boiled canned peanuts? They are good once you try them fresh.

  40. Sandy says:

    With my luck I’d stock up & they’d do another RECALL on the brand I bought. That’s the good part of prepping though, usually the pantry items get to go through a “quarantine period” before it gets eaten.

  41. Just went to Walmart and bought all I could before the hoarders could get any.

    (My grandmother used that turn of phrase when buying rationed items during WWII.)

  42. robbo says:

    I hope the price of peanuts and related products goes to the sky and beyond, so that there is no more peanut consumption. I am deathly allergic to peanuts, and most people who eat them could care less about my plight or that of others. They eat them in public, like at athletic events. There should be peanut free zones so people like me don’t suffer. Even most school systems now ban peanut pruducts in the schools. Finally a little public consciousness of this health issue.

    • SSPXER…I read on a prepper forum a man opened PB that had been on the shelf for 7 years–was fine.

      Hey, Robbo—didn’t know there was a law making you eat anything with peanuts in it; how insensitive your complaint is–grow up..what are you?? 12?

      Yes, Davey Boy—I tell dh they are quartering us to death with the price increases.

      Double Tap—I read it and every item in this house is generic…down to the $1 hot dogs I froze(didn’t know you could freeze hot dogs and bologna) from SAVALOT and folks, even thawed, they were delicious..gonna buy more if $1 still.

      Geo—I don’t bother reading any labels any longer–can’t trust the printers of mentioned labels;
      I’m 61 and it’s waaaay too late to be worrying about the MSG, etc. I’ve been eating for 40 years…when I’m hungry, that PB is gonna be dee–lish–us!!
      And by the way—dr MAKES me do yearly checkup—no meds, no problems, healthy as a fricking horse, whatever that means..I bet many eating all organic and all-natural WISH they were as healthy as I am. 5’1″ @ 115 lbs–not bad for old granny.

    • Sam not sam says:

      I agree.. I think we should also ban air. People fart. Farting makes air smell bad. Just because some people demand to breath ( as IF everything is about ONLY them ) does not mean that I should have to smell stinky air.
      BAN PEANUTS !!! BAN AIR !!!! Occupy Everything !!!

  43. Goldenfoxx says:

    If nothing else is available to eat, you can live on peanut butter for a very long time. I stocked up 2 weeks ago and glad I did. Peanut butter and toast in the morning is about all we eat for breakfast any more. You can make so many things from peanuts and peanut butter.

  44. frank says:

    A little off topic but Chemtrails and Barium in the Blood!

  45. Granny oaky says:

    We dont permit peanut butter in our house do to its dangerously high levels of fat. Its probably a good thing that ot is being priced out of reach.

  46. Helen says:

    Umm, you realise that you need fat right? That it is a highly concentrated form of energy and necessary for your brain and body to function? Fat is not the enemy. Now sugar is a different story…
    You’ve heard of essential fatty acids right?, I’ve never heard of essential carbohydrates.

  47. Sandy says:

    I buy the reduced fat Jif, tastes just as good and I get less indigestion from it.

  48. Just a question says:

    How many people believe it is necessary to refrigerate an recently opened peanut butter jar.?
    Some say not necessary, because nothing can grow in peanut butter, others say it attracts bacteria at room temp once opened and should always be refrigerated.

    I don’t want my kids getting sick so we never chance it and always keep it in frig once it is opened of course.

    What do you think?

  49. Ed_B says:

    “The crunch will affect the 90% of U.S. households that consume peanut butter — Americans eat about 1.5 million pounds of peanut products annually. The industry, according to the National Peanut Board, contributes more than $4 billion to the domestic economy each year.”

    Geez, LA Times, do the math. If 1.5 million pounds of peanut products cost $4 billion, then we are paying $2,666.67 per pound. Now THAT would be some serious inflation! Clearly, the 1.5 million should be 1.5 billion.