If you're looking to build up your emergency food stockpile, here are 10 foods and food-related products to add to your grocery list the next time you go shopping. (h/t to SHTFPlan.com)
Staying healthy during a crisis is crucial. This means you have to eat natural and healthy foods. Stock up on nutrient-dense vegetables like leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables. You should also get a variety of vegetables so you don't get bored of your food.
Canned foods, such as canned soups, can last for years on your shelf, making them excellent emergency survival foods. Much like vegetables, getting more than one kind of canned soup is essential to stave off food boredom. Fortunately, there's a huge variety of healthy canned soups out there, like chicken noodle soup, lentil soup, garden veggie soup, chili and black bean soup.
Rice is an excellent survival food. Most uncooked kinds of rice, such as jasmine and basmati rice, have an indefinite shelf life when they're kept in a secured pantry, in the fridge or in the freezer. The healthier varieties of rice, such as brown rice, may have a shorter life span of between three to 18 months, depending on where it's stored. Many brands of rice sold in supermarkets will even sell their products in vacuum-sealed packages. Rice is a great filler that can easily be added to soups and other meals. (Related: Food safety tips: How to reduce the arsenic in your rice by 80 percent.)
Whether it's pinto beans, black beans, cannellini beans or Mexican-style refried beans, these wonderful little superfoods are an ideal, shelf-stable source of protein. They are ultra versatile. You can sprout them, grind them into flour or add them into your soups and stews.
If you have pasta in your survival pantry, then you will definitely need spaghetti sauce. Getting several cans of spaghetti sauce is relatively inexpensive and spaghetti is easy to make. If you're in the mood for some soup, you can even heat up the spaghetti sauce and add some water to make tomato soup.
If nobody in your family has nut allergies, peanut butter should be on your shopping list. It's universally well-liked by young and old alike and it's full of healthy fats and proteins. If you're looking for a quick meal in the morning or a snack in the afternoon, you can't go wrong with a peanut butter sandwich.
No good day starts without breakfast. Buying the brands of pancake mix that only require water will make this process of enjoying some nice breakfast pancakes easier. If you're worried about storing your pancake mix, you can seal it and then put it in a freezer bag or into an airtight container.
Aside from shelf-stable meat like jerky, you can also get canned meat and even raw meat, especially if you have a freezer or if you know how to preserve food. Assuming that the food supply chains haven't gone down, your local grocery might still have a variety of meat like chicken, beef, pork, tuna and salmon. Meat will be one of the most difficult kinds of food to restock during disasters, so buy as much as you can.
Salt will be important not just for seasoning your food, but also for curing your stored meat and making them last longer. In fact, there are dozens of reasons why your prepper pantry should have a lot of salt in it. Among other things, salt can be used for hygienic, medical and home improvement purposes.
You should get at least one gallon of healthy cooking oil. Extra virgin olive oil is a great choice, but you can also get coconut, avocado, safflower, peanut, sesame or flaxseed oil.
Hopefully, with the help of these tips, you can build up a survival food stockpile that will help you weather any disaster.