There are a lot of food options at the grocery store… almost to the point of feeling overwhelmed just choosing a box of cereal or a can of soup. There is also a lot of consensus on the standard foods for survival, which I will list below.
You can also choose to create your own survival foods. Over at The Survival list Blog, they have outlined one such recipe for survival. It consists of one half pound each of pinto beans, corn, wheat and rye. It requires cooking on a crock pot or over flame. The issue I see with these types of recipes is that it will be relatively hard for someone to prepare if a worst case scenario happens. Most people will want or only be able to eat already prepared foods, canned food, or something as simple as rice.
The following foods I’ve listed below are among the most popular emergency foods that should be seriously considered as your “must haves” in case an emergency arises. The advantages of storing these survival food items is they all have longer shelf lives. But perhaps more importantly, these foods are very affordable and also versatile. This makes them worthy of being on your storage shelves for extended emergencies.
Please keep in mind that water is your most important prep. You absolutely need water for consumption, food preparation, and for sanitary needs. Water is really crucial to everything else one might consume. So, be sure that you have a large amount of water stored away for emergency use.
The most crucial survival items to stock up on are:
- Canned fruits, vegetables, meats, and soups
- Dried legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
- Pasta sauce
- Peanut butter
- Flour (white, whole wheat)
- Seasonings (vanilla, salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, pepper, taco seasoning, etc.)
- Bouillon cubes or granules (chicken, vegetable, beef)
- Kitchen staples (baking soda, baking powder, yeast, vinegar)
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Jell-O or pudding mixes
- Whole grains (barley, bulgur, cornmeal, couscous, oats, quinoa, rice, wheat berries)
- Nonfat dried milk
- Plant-based oil (corn oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, olive oil)
- Seeds for eating and sprouting
- Popcorn (not the microwavable kind)
- Instant potato flakes
- Packaged meals (macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, Ramen noodles, etc.)
- Purified drinking water
- Fruit juices, teas, coffee, drink mixes
You can use this survival food list as a starting point to growing your own list of must have items. When making any foods it’s always a good idea to keep your family’s food preferences and dietary needs in mind when investing in your food supply.
Do you have any items that we should have added above to the list?