Survival Food Basics 101

What is Survival Food?

I get a lot of emails asking about what is the best survival food? So I thought that you might like to know what we keep in our survival food pantry. You may not consider it a survival food item but it is definitely necessary for your survival and that is water. If you ask 100 people what is survival food you would get probably 100 different answers and 90 would be wrong.  Here is my list of must-have survival foods. 

 Water– In our basement, we have two tanks that stack each hold 160 gallons, we also have 4-15-gallon barrels for an additional 60 gallons for a total of 380 gallons. We also keep 3 or 4 cases of bottled water in our upstairs pantry.   You can find the tanks we use here                                                            Canned Meats and Fish– We keep a variety of canned meat and fish like Tuna, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Sardines, Crab, Clams, SPAM, Chicken, Beef, you can also get freeze-dried Chicken and Beef. These are all good sources of protein and have a long shelf life. Canned Fruits and Vegetables – There are so many different fruits and vegetables out there that I won’t even begin to advise you what you need it is a personal choice. I have found the best source for these canned goods is COSTCO or SAMS CLUB because you can buy them by the case. We include Soup and Chili with our canned goods purchases. Rice and Beans – These are another food staple you should keep stock up on. Brown rice is probably healthier but the white rise will last longer as survival food. We buy ours in 25-pound bags at Costco and transfer it to mylar bags and 5-gallon buckets don’t forget to add Oxygen Absorbers. Use food-grade buckets we get ours from a local bakery and have also got them from the bakery in Walmart and Safeway stores. For Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers Amazon is as good as any for them. We store our dried beans in the same manner and keep a supply of different types, Pinto, Nave, Lima, and Black Beans as well as lentils and dried peas. You can store them the same as rice in Mylar Bags and buckets. We have about 300 pounds of rice and 50 to 100 pounds of each type of bean that will last my wife and me 2 to 3 years without any of the other foods mentioned. Seeds and Nuts – Since we live in an area with an abundance of Hazel Nut and Walnut orchards and we have many of those trees on our property we don’t really have to store that many. We do gather a couple of 5-gallon buckets of each every year. They are stored in the shell in the buckets with Oxygen Absorbers we open them up after harvesting the new crop and use them for the next year in this way we are rotating them each year. If you don’t have access as we do to nut trees most grocery stores have a bulk section where you can purchase all types of nuts trying to get them unsalted and still in the shell they will last much longer this way. The grocery stores in our area have all types of nuts in bulk during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

Some Other Survival Food Items

Peanut Butter – Peanut butter packed with protein and essential fatty acids we keep a case couple cases of JIFF Natural Peanut Butter in our survival food storage. We have found the best price at Amazon for a case of 10 28oz jars. You can also get peanut butter in powdered form. Honey – Honey lasts forever. Ceramic jars containing the world’s oldest honey (as far as archaeologists have found) — about 5,500 years old — were discovered in the tomb of a noblewoman in Georgia, not far from Tbilisi. We have two 5 gallon buckets of honey stored in our basement with our other survival food storage it should last us for quite a while. Check around for local beekeepers and at farmer’s markets if you want this kind of quantity. You can smaller quantities at Costco or from Amazon. Coffee and Tea – Coffee may not be your top priority in an SHTF scenario and may not be considered a survival food but it is good to have some put up anyway. We have a few pounds of ground coffee still sealed in the original container and about 10 pounds of roasted beans. Find these at Amazon, Costco, or Walmart/Sams Club. Tea is another one of those staples you might not consider Survival Food but is always great to have on hand.

Don’t Have The Storage Space For Survival Food

So you think you need a lot of storage space to store your survival food? I have a friend who keeps all of his survival food stored in a closet in his apartment. Unlike my basement filled with water, food and every other survival gear I can think to have Jake has a double closet where he keeps a few of the items mentioned above including a 15-gallon water barrel and lots of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods. He purchases it already in buckets and stacks it up nice and neat in the closet. He has enough survival food in there to probably last him 5 years if he stays single. Check it out here if this sounds like you might like this as an alternative.

One More Thing To Consider About Survival Food

Survival Garden Seeds – It doesn’t matter how much survival food you have now it won’t last forever if things get really bad. You will have to think about growing your own food or finding a friend who can. That’s why we have Survival Garden Seeds included in our survival pantry our supply is 2 of each bucket and we rotate them every other year just to keep it fresh. you can get everything you need here or on Amazon.

I hope this will at least give you an idea of some of the foods you should be considering for your survival food storage. If you have any additional ideas or comments leave them in the comments section.

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