Foods To Hoard | The Master List Of Foods To Hoard
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Foods To Hoard | The Master List Of Foods To Hoard

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Times are crazy. It’s pretty smart to learn about foods to hoard. Having a stockpile of foods and even non-food items can help in times like these.

With rumors of war, famines, & pestilence many people are starting to worry that we really are in a Biblical end-times scenario. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, you can’t deny that these times sure sound a lot like what’s described in the Bible.

I believe that God is ultimately in control and it helps me to pray “I lay these worries at your feet, Jesus, please wash your peace over me, so I can remember that it is you who is in control”.

Foods To Hoard List

I want to be clear…I don’t support going into a store and buying all the rice, toilet paper, etc…Other people need supplies too. Hoarding food is best done over a long period of time. However, if you aren’t prepared yet and are feeling the stress, I understand and I have some tips!

If you’re just starting out… and don’t have any long-term food storage, I suggest you buy a 50 lb. bag of rice. I buy them at Costco for about $17 and some change. You can also buy quinoa, dry black beans, flour, and sugar from Costco in bulk. Buying in bulk is a great way to get a quick food supply without making the store run out of food. Plus, their prices are pretty fair for most products.

If you can’t buy from Costco, you can buy on Amazon. Some of the items will be more expensive though. It’s important that you store your long term foods properly. I’ve been doing this for years, so I have some more information about storage at the bottom of this post.

Suggested shelf life varies with products, brands, packaging and more. I’ve linked to a couple of resources, at the bottom of this post, that have varying suggestions.

I’ve written down some possible shelf life estimates with most of these items, but you should make your own conclusion for the health and safety of you and your family.

Foods That Naturally Have A Long Shelf Life

Keep in mind that shelf life decreases when you open a product.

Long Shelf Life Foods

Some of these food items can last indefinitely when stored properly and others will last maybe 20-30 years. At the end of this post, you will find more information on how to properly store food long term.

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Foods To Make Yourself

  1. Pemmican (check out the Field and Stream recipe)
  2. Hardtack (See the American Table’s Recipe)
  3. Dehydrated Foods – Like Jerky, dried fruit, dried veggies, herbs, and more!
  4. Home Canned Foods

Dry Goods List Of Foods To Hoard

There are many food items that we eat often that are actually dried, which helps keep them preserved. Items such as rice, beans, etc…

Dry Goods: Foods To Hoard

Dry goods are foods that are mostly dried, dehydrated, powdered, freeze-dried, etc. These foods typically have fair shelf lives and are great for storing long term.

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Pickled Foods To Hoard

Many pickle products can last 1-2 years opened or unopened! However, once opened they should be eaten or placed in the fridge.

There may be a couple of fermented foods that you can store for up to a year. Most fermented foods have limited shelf lives. I keep fermented garlic for up to a year. Sauerkraut and kimchi may last for 6 months to a year.

Liquid Foods To Hoard…

Liquids are quite often overlooked when it comes to storing emergency food supplies. However, there are many items that you may be surprised that keep for long periods of time, especially when unopened.

Liquids: Storing Food For Survival - Foods To Hoard

There are some liquids that you may want to stock up on believe it or not. Some items may help you flavor bland food and some will keep your hydrated.

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Alcohol

Alcohol (21+ONLY Drink Responsibly!) - Beer and wine don't have much shelf life and don't provide other positive benefits like other alcohols do. Liquor or spirits like vodka, gin, brandy, whiskey, and tequila last indefinitely and may provide first aid for wounds (although some science disputes this).

Liqueurs are sweetened alcoholic beverages such as triple sec, Amari, Chartreuse, and their shelf life and alcohol percentage varies. You can also use liquor for cleaning around the home.

Solid/Semi-Solid Foods To Hoard

There are some products such as whole coffee beans, peanut butter, popcorn, etc…That falls into the category of solid food or semi-solid. Many of these items aren’t going to have a long shelf life. Such as whole coffee beans have about a 1-year shelf-life. I’m still working on adding to this list of solids.

  • Peanut butter – will last for about a year unopened, however, opened it should last about 3-4 months.
  • Whole coffee beans – can last (stay fresh) up to a year unopened
  • Ghee – is clarified butter. It may last up to a year in the fridge but can differ per manufacturer. Check the expiration date.
  • Cereal – Think about getting some plain cereals like rice or shredded wheat, Cheerios cereal. These may last for 6-8 months.
  • Popcorn kernels – Can last for years if stored properly. Kernels need to retain the moisture that is inside the kernels, so keep that in mind when storing. They should be stored in an airtight container and kept away from sunlight.
  • Hard Candy – should outlast most other sweets.

Canned Foods To Hoard

Canned foods are great non-perishable foods that should be in every pantry! However, they don’t come without concerns

Botulism is nearly invisible. You can’t see it, smell it, or taste it, and just a sip of it can be deadly! Home-canned food items and low acidic canned items are most likely to contain botulism.

Here are my tips: Don’t buy dented, leaking, or bulging cans. Home Canning: Use a pressure canner, NOT a water bath canner to can low acidic foods. Check out what The CDC has to say for more info on botulism!

Canned Food List

When you're shopping for canned foods to include in your long term food supply, I want you to buy only foods that you and your family will actually eat.

Buy favorite foods, like soup, beans, veggies, and even fruit that can help you make delicious meals, like mushroom soup or cheese soup...

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Canned Soups

Below you will find a few canned soups to stock up on. This list is basically just an idea list of things you could buy. Obviously, there are probably 100's of soups and brands to choose from. So I can only include so many.

Canned Vegetables & Fruit

I like to keep a healthy amount of canned vegetables. There are so many to choose from, try to choose only the vegetables that you'll actually eat! I'm also including a couple of fruits to stock up on.

Canned Meat

Having canned meat is a good idea. There may come a time when we can't hunt or aren't victorious on a hunt...

Canned Seafood

Keeping fish in your diet is important. If you don't live near a waterway, you may want to buy some canned seafood.

Random Canned Food Items

Stuff like canned bread, cheese, and butter don't really fall into a category.

Don’t Forget To Store Water!

It’s not a food item, but it is extremely important for survival. Check out my post about keeping a Backup Water Supply.

MRE’s & Freeze-Dried Food

Emergency Food Rations - MRE's - Freeze Dried Food

In this list, you will find whole meals, emergency rations, etc... These usually come in individual packs and are pretty expensive if you're trying to buy for an entire family

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How To Package Foods To Hoard

Tips For Storing Food Long Term

  • Temperature – Whenever possible try to store most foods around 75ºF or below.
  • Light – Light can remove nutrients in food, and decrease their shelf-stable properties. Keep most food items away from light if possible.
  • Moisture – Yet another enemy. Moisture from the air can completely ruin some foods. Storing them in an airtight container is great. Even better if you add desiccant packs and vacuum pack them in mylar bags.
  • Pest Issues – Rodents and insects can be a huge problem when storing food. Keep your food storage area, neat and clean. Check your stash often for moths, weevils, holes, etc… Throw out any exposed foods.

FIFO Or First In First Out

Fifo or First in First Out is very important when it comes to hoarding foods. The oldest food must get eaten first. This will help avoid having expired foods in your stockpile.

When you add more to your stockpile make sure the newest items go to the back of the shelf or the bottom of the bucket. That way it’s not right on top and easiest to grab and eat before the older food items.

I’d love To Know what you think!… Leave me a comment!

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