When you think about survival food, what comes to mind? Do you imagine buckets of MREs–or do you think about shelf-stable foods that you already enjoy? These 11 foods can be easily found at any grocery store and contain the best nutrition for your buck. Stock your prepper pantry well!
Canned or dry beans should be a high priority on your list. Legumes pack a huge amount of protein in a small package. They’re versatile, easy to cook, and a healthy source of non-meat protein for you and your family. Stock a variety of beans in your prepper pantry including chickpeas, black beans, and others.
Canned Fruit and Juice
When the SHTF, say goodbye to fresh fruit. Unless you have an orchard on your property, you’ll be out of luck. Canned fruit and fruit juice–especially pineapple juice–has a lot of natural sugar as well as vitamins and minerals. You don’t need a huge amount of fruit in your pantry, but keep some as a treat and a natural sweetener.
Evaporated or Powdered Milk
Dairy will be tough to come by in a survival situation. Fresh milk goes bad too quickly to be practical. That’s where evaporated milk in a can or powdered milk comes into play. Just don’t mix up the evaporated milk for sweetened condensed milk, which is mostly sugar.
If you are lactose intolerant or simply want a variety of fat sources in your diet, then bulk out your supplies with plenty of coconut milk. All forms of coconut are rich in fat, protein, and micronutrients. Coconut milk in a can is a shelf-stable and versatile ingredient. Be sure to get coconut milk, not coconut water, and opt for the full-fat version.
Vegetable or Meat Stock
Want to make your stock of drinking water last longer? Use canned stock to cook rice, potatoes, and other dry foods. You’ll get extra flavor and a boost of nutrients–and you won’t have to touch your bottled water stock. Choose low-salt stock to avoid dehydration.
Rice and Potato Flakes
Speaking of rick and potatoes, do you have a healthy stockpile of brown rice and potato flakes? These starches will help you bulk out your meals–just remember to store them in sealed containers to avoid attracting vermin.
While it might not have the flavor and texture of fresh, canned meats are the best way to get animal protein in your diet. Tuna is the cheapest option, but you should also strongly consider canned sardines, salmon, and chicken.
Have you tried ghee yet? It’s a traditional ingredient in Indian cooking that’s gaining popularity in America. Clarified butter has had all the milk solids removed, leaving behind a nutty, nutritious fat that doesn’t need refrigeration.
Coconut Oil might be the ultimate shelf-stable fat. It’s versatile, melts at a very low temperature, and can be used for both cooking and personal care.
No prepper pantry would be complete without plenty of peanut butter. Everybody likes it–well, except for those with a peanut allergy. Other nut butters, such as cashew and almond, are good substitutes but cost more. You can also substitute sunflower seed butter.
Last but not least is nature’s perfect sweetener. Honey lasts essentially forever, and it’s packed with nutrition–far more good stuff than regular sugar or even agave syrup.