What are the best survival foods to stockpile for any kind of emergency? What do you have to grab before it’s too late? Whether it’s a hurricane, a terrorist attack, an EMP, or a major drought, access to food will be hard. That is why you should start preparing by stocking up on the best survival foods so you’re ready for anything.
Read on as we discuss the best survival foods to stockpile in your pantry in case shit hits the fan. Remember that survival foods depend on how long the disaster lasts and whether you’re indoors or outdoors!
Distilled Water and Seltzer Water
We know that water isn’t a food to hoard or stockpile, but it’s more important than any food on this prepping list. Distilled water is purer than any type of water, so go for this type. You can also consider adding canned seltzer water since it lasts longer and adds a fizzy pep to your water supply unless you have acid reflux.
High in calories and protein, brown rice is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as iron. This dry and non-perishable food makes it a great survival food, although it still needs to be boiled for several minutes. That is why it is ideal for extended survival emergency situations only. Remember to store it in a cool dry place to maintain its freshness.
Canned and Dehydrated Meat
Meat is the number one prepper protein to stockpile. In fact, if you only have to stockpile one kind of meat, canned meat is the way to go. Tuna, jerky, and ground beef are also great. Meats provide humans with around 90% of sustenance needed to survive, and 90% of plants are deadly to humans.
Try to go for grass-fed meats, like Yoder’s brand. Canned salmon, canned sardines, canned mackerel, and canned tuna are rich in necessary Omega 3 oils. More specifically, you can look for “Alaskan Wild Salmon” and you’re likely to get salmon with minimal or no environmental contaminants that can sometimes show up in other canned fish from other parts of the world.
Oats and Oatmeals
Oatmeal is a prepper food that is low in saturated fat and is a good source of fiber, which is essential in survival events. You’ll need to store adequate water as making the porridge requires 4 cups of water for every one cup of oatmeal. A tip for preparing is to soak the oatmeal overnight so that it takes just 9-12 minutes to boil.
Containing high calories, dried beans like kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, and lima beans contain a fair amount of protein as well as essential vitamins and minerals. They also come in packages larger than canned beans but for the amount you get weigh quite a bit less.
The key difference is that you have to add water and let most beans soak for several hours before eating. Split peas, for example, have a much shorter soak time. Split peas are part of the dried bean family with many of the same vitamins and minerals. Finally, dried beans have a long shelf life. Dried beans will stay good in the back of your car, your office survival kit, and of course your pantry of survival foods at your home or cabin.
Peanut butter isn’t only a tasty snack or spread for your sandwich since it’s packed with protein and essential fatty acids, as well as many vitamins and minerals like copper and iron. Always choose natural brands like Skippy Natural Peanut Butter, taking a few tablespoons a day to survive with just limited food intake.
Stock your pantry with coffee, tea, and juice as well. Coffee provides mental alertness while tea can help you hydrate quickly when you can’t wait for the boiled water to cool. Tang is a prepper fave that enhances the water supply. In fact, NASA flew astronauts to the moon and back with this product since it has Calcium and Vitamin C that helps avoid scurvy.
Whole Wheat Flour, Bread, and Pancake Mixes
Your long term pantry should include whole-grain wheat and you should have a grain mill. If you’re new to prepping, ensure you have some flour on hand. Over a long period of time, you can start learning how to grind your own wheat into flour-like most preppers do. You also need to stock bread mixes and flour for thickening sauce and for frying your freshly caught fish.
This is extremely important to stockpile since you can’t cook much without fat. It won’t last long but it can be used as fuel if it becomes rancid. For long shelf life, bitter is a good choice. But for health benefits, go for lard or coconut oil. Shortening usually has trans fats, so consider coconut oil as cooking lard to replace Crisco or another vegetable shortening, which is made of dangerous trans fats.
Sea veggies come in powdered form or pills. During an SHTF event, most communities are going to be hurting for fresh produce. Sea vegetables are a superfood, packed with vitamins and nutrients and health benefits that help boost immunity, provide tissue repair and wound healing, and can even have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.As a bottled supplement, they go a long way to provide enough vitamins and minerals.
Stock Up and Prepare
Remember, just because you have numerous food supplies in your pantry for a survival situation does not necessarily make you ready for a catastrophic disaster. Having everything in your house is great, but consider having to be away from home when the scenario occurs. All your preparation and stockpiling means nothing if you don’t have access to it. THat’s why you need a get home bag or a backpack with some emergency supplies to get you home safely.