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Hemp Seeds: Nutritional Info & Storage Tips For Your Prepper Pantry

Mac Slavo
June 22nd, 2019
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Hemp seeds (also often known as hemp hearts) are underrated! Not just in the prepper community, but everywhere else too.  They are nutritious, easy to store, don’t spoil quickly, and are pretty good to eat too.  If you have ever considered adding some hemp seeds to your prepper pantry, here’s what you should know about these nutritional powerhouses.

Hemp seeds have a mild “nutty” flavor. They are the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, but contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.  “Trace amounts” are even less than can be found in full spectrum CBD products (.3%)! Hemp seeds are a superfood worthy of their reputation!


Three tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 174 calories, 14 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 2 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fiber and 11 grams of protein. These tiny seeds are an excellent source of iron, zinc, and magnesium and also contain a good amount of potassium. One of the most impressive things about these high protein seeds is they contain all nine essential amino acids. Hemp seeds contain 11 grams of protein! That’s similar amounts of protein as beef and lamb by weight. Hemp also boasts several important essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6.

These seeds can help control blood sugar levels and are a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.


Packages of shelled hemp seeds should be stored in a cool, dry place or at cooler temperatures, such as in a freezer. To prevent spoilage, store hemp seeds in a sealed container in the refrigerator, however, they will keep up to a year at room temperature. I pour the hemp seeds I am currently eating on into a large mason jar and just keep it in the fridge.  For longterm storage, keep them cool and dry (you can store them in a basement, just watch the moisture level) like you would chia seeds and many other long term storage foods. I seal them in mason jars and stick them on the shelf of the prepper pantry. If you use these often, rotate them through.  This will ensure you have some at all times.

To protect your hemp seeds from rodents, store in a glass or metal can that they cannot get into. Make sure all seeds are kept in well-labeled containers. If you notice any condensation on the inside of the jar or can after storing, there is too much moisture and the germination process can begin.

Hemp seeds offer a range of benefits, are easy to store, and are good enough to eat daily.  These little seeds make a great addition to your prepper pantry. But before the SHTF, you could try tossing some into a smoothie or top your salad with them.  The benefits are enough that they warrant consideration as a prepper pantry addition and an overall addition to our daily diets!

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Author: Mac Slavo
Date: June 22nd, 2019
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  1. grandee says:

    ok, since there is no link to order these little powerhouses…

    I’ll post one. I buy from these guys all the time.

    ht tps://nuts.com/

    or the link to the hemp seeds themselves

    ht tps://nuts.com/cookingbaking/seeds/hemp/in-shell.html?scpid=59&scid=scsho&sc_intid=07098-01&msclkid=1565eda8e1f818f8bc77b0a6811db5e8&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=SC%20Shopping%20-%20General&utm_term=4580496722122787&utm_content=All%20Products

  2. Justice says:

    grandee, It’s so great to see you post again! I wondered if you were still around and prepping.

    I hope you are well and everything is going good. Are you all prepped-up or are you doing anything in particular? This month and next month I have been working on SHTF Drinks. Mainly Sweetened Iced Tea and lots of Kool-Aid. Plus additional sugar to mix with the Kool-Aid.

    I just read where a guy/prepper who is going through SHTF in Venezuela listed sugar as one of the items he wished he stored more of. Consequently, I’m going to add a couple of hundred extra pounds. Because it’s so hard to grow and process, plus I have a giant SWEET-TOOTH that I plan on indulging during SHTF.

    People say to loose weight to blend-in, buy I say forget that! I want to gain a ton of weight for two reason; 1) If I’m going to probably die soon I want to enjoy one of the few things still available and 2) Like in Medieval Times weight will be seen as a sign of wealth and power!

    Let’s high-jack one these posts one day and discuss SHTF recipes?!?!

    • rellik says:

      I’m curious. I stash honey away as it never goes “bad”.
      Why would you use sugar, other than price?
      for SHTF scenearios.
      I LOVE sugar, but have weaned myself off from

      • Justice says:

        rellik, sugar is easy to work with, especially cooking. It stores so well. It is always in perfect condition to use, no matter how long I’ve stored it. The Honey I try to store comes from Costco and it’s not pure so it crystallize fairly easily. Then I have trouble getting it back to it’s more liquid form. Honestly, I’ve not had great luck de-crystallizing it.

        I love honey but have given up on storing it for SHTF. I also have to watch eating sugar, because I’ll end up getting fat. It’s very addictive, at least for me.

        Finally, I store almost as much brown sugar as I do regular sugar. I love brown sugar, but it’s not as versatile. But a major post-shtf meal will be Oatmeal and brown sugar. Yummy!

    • Justice,

      Just a heads up on your “fat is beautiful” plan to impress.

      In the nineteen hundreds, the perfect upper class woman was 5′ 2″ and 120 lbs; plump but not really over weight let alone obese.

      I agree that storing sugar is the way to go. I don’t think a little sugar is unhealthy. It’s just that sugar is so cheap and available that it’s way, way overused. But because it’s cheap and available, we are all in a position to stock up on it now. And imho, a very sage decision.

      I’m not sure what Koolaid is made of, or if I want a ton of it; but tea is a different story, medicinal teas especially.




      • Justice says:

        Honeypot, I’m currently dieting, so I find myself fantasizing about sugar frequently these days. Sorry, but I think I would “k*ll” several people for my sugar fix right now. There’s a lesson in there somewhere?!?!

        I need no further lessons in the importance of storing sugar for SHTF. Talk about storing things people are addicted to, sugar is a no-brainer. Really!

        My Kool-Aid stock pile is mainly as a additive to the sweetened iced tea. It’s impossible to find just peach flavoring but Mango Peach Kool-Aid is GREAT! Also, the Fruit-Puch flavored is my second favorite iced tea additive, to make it a super special treat.

        Finally, I’ve purchased a TON a Raspberry Powdered Flavoring, the Walmart brand (Great Value)

      • Justice says:

        Honeypot, “I’m not sure what Koolaid is made of”? Nobody does. It’s best not to think about it. LOL

  3. Justice says:

    Hey Relik, sorry for the delay in responding but I ran out to the store. How’s everything?

    We had a bit of a thing with Iran, not sure it’s over though. Because I just read an article on Zero Hedge that Iran just started trading oil in NOT dollars. We know what happens to someone stupid enough to try that. We could ask Saddam or Mo’ Kadfy, oops!

    “This leaves only one question: Who will be next on the list of U.S. illegal invasions cloaked in bullshit justifications? Well, last week, Iran finally did it: It switched from the dollar to the euro. And sure enough, this week, the U.S. military-industrial complex, the corporate media and Israel all got together to claim that Iran is lying about its nuclear weapons development. What are the odds that this news would break within days of Iran dropping the dollar? What. Are. The. Odds?”

    h ttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-19/i-know-which-country-us-will-invade-next

    • Justice says:

      Must Watch: Iran Is Targeting US Critical Infrastructure, Are We Heading Toward World War Three?

      h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1Pdbs66zZM

      We should take this very seriously!!!

      • Seminole Wind says:

        True about Iran. I have a “Buddy” who works in Federal Law Enforcement. He says that Hezbollah has about 40,000 Agents world wide, with many of them in Mexico and Venezuela. No telling how many have slipped across our border?

  4. Justice says:

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  6. i don’t know how to see a reply if oe given, but i am looking to purchase HEMP seeds and thought i could here. Can someone tell me where to go to purhase? thank you

    • if you are looking to order online, see the very first reply. Personally I buy mine at the local Kroger, look in the pharmacy section with the mct oil and protein powder.

      Funny, I linked to someones backcountry meal plan who uses these in his breakfast smoothies recently…..

  7. Clown World says:

    How many square feet, manhours, and gallons of water are required to cultivate and also prepare what is shown in the illustration.

    How long will the pictured portion size support an average man, through hard labor.

    If you had to answer, mathematically.

    “…a superfood worthy of their reputation!”

    This is an advertisement, which doesn’t account for living space or the liability of labor.

    • no more or less than the average grain, and given the nutritional content for the same volume of one of the more common grains is a better “bang for the buck” so to speak.

      I also don’t think anyone is suggesting you grow them, but rather use them as a supplement in which case you could store a considerable amount

      • Clown World says:

        Like children in big pants.

        shopping. google -> hemp seeds ->
        1lb. $16.99 +$1.32 tax and $5.99

        How long does this catastrophe last, if you believe this is a responsible course of action.

        • I don’t understand your big pants remark.

          Hemp hearts- <$10/pound at my local supermarket

          Answer: Depends entirely on the crisis severity, frequency, and duration. The more catastrophic the event, the less likely it is.

          you are more likely to use a battery powered flashlight during a spring storm/power outage than you will hand dipped candles you made from rendered fat or beeswax.

          That's not to say it wouldn't benefit you to be a beekeeper and know how wax is rendered in the unlikely event someone sets off an emp

  8. Bert says:

    Hemp is too low in fiber per cals. Best to consume chia and flax. But then again the writer of this shit needs to earn a living by selling the gullible idiotry substandard nutrition.