Top Ten Foods To Store for Emergencies

Top Ten Foods To Store for Emergencies

( – Whether filling up a prepper pantry, getting ready for a rainy day or even stockpiling a bomb shelter, there are certain foods that are better than others for long-term storage. When considering foods to store for emergencies, there are universal qualities that the chosen consumables should have.

For starters, emergency foods need to have long shelf lives, as they are generally hidden away until needed. Second, the chosen foods need to provide enough calories and nutrients for a person to live on.

In the following video, Prepper University shares their top ten foods to store for emergencies.

  • Dried lentils/beans While beans may not be everyone’s favorite food, they are high in nutrients, protein and fiber. Additionally, when stored correctly they have an extremely long shelf life.
  • Rice – Rice also has a very long shelf life and can be added to a variety of other foods to increase the calories and carbohydrates one is consuming.
  • Pasta – Pasta is high in carbohydrates, which can provide an energy source. Again, it also has a long shelf life.
  • Sugar and honey Honey will last indefinitely if stored correctly, and sugar has a very long shelf life as well. These items may not be enough to sustain life, but they will add some flavor to other foods when they begin to become boring. As an added bonus, they will make great bartering items after a SHTF scenario.
  • Peanut butter – This makes the list if no one in the family suffers from peanut allergies. Peanut butter has a lot of protein and good fats that will help sustain the body, plus it is filling, which will help stretch food stores longer.
  • Lard – Lard is essentially solidified oil, making it easier to store than liquid oil. Additionally, it will make cooking easier and bolster meals with additional calories to keep the body running. In a pinch, it can be used for a candle as well.
  • Salt – Salt lasts forever, so long as it’s stored in a dry location. Not only can salt add flavor to meals, it’s also great for preserving foods and happens to be an essential nutrient for survival.
  • Cornmeal – While some may consider flour a more important item to stockpile, cornmeal has a longer shelf life than flour and doesn’t require as many ingredients to make bread.
  • Canned meats – Canned meat can bolster meals with some needed flavor and protein. When stored correctly, these meats will last quite a long time.
  • Canned fruits and vegetables – Unfortunately, canned fruits and vegetables don’t have a lot of nutritional value. They can, however, supplement other foods and make them more enjoyable to eat — and they tend to be affordable. As an added bonus, they are relatively easy to store and have a long shelf life.

As the video points out, these foods all have long shelf lives and are inexpensive. This makes them easy to slowly add to the stockpile with each trip to the grocery store.

Unfortunately, even foods that have traditionally long shelf lives can go bad when stored in the wrong conditions. To see the best places to store emergency food, check out our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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