It’s better to be prepared than to be caught off guard. Wouldn’t you agree? Storing food for survival seems ever so important with every day that goes by.
When storing food for survival, you may want to buy in bulk. I have found and linked to many bulk items in this post. Most of these links go to Amazon and they are affiliate links. Other links in the post you will find how to’s, recipes, and other helpful posts full of information.
When storing food for survival, we need to remember in many SHTF scenarios we won’t have electricity. Having the knowledge and tools to cook over a fire, or with a sun oven is going to be just as important as having the food itself.
Storing Food For Survival
When storing food for survival, remember to only keep stuff that you’ll actually eat or barter with. Also, be very mindful of expiration dates, and how long things typically last unopened vs. opened.
It’s also very important to remember to use FIFO (first in first out) method of storing. When you get new items to make sure they go to the back of the shelf at the bottom of the bucket. That way the oldest items get eaten first and foods are rotated properly.
Use the FIFO method. First in first out. When you buy new supplies make sure they go in the back of the shelf, or the bottom of the bucket. That way the oldest food is out front and will be eaten first.
Take Stock & Throw Out-Dated Foods
Expired foods that are bad should be thrown out. Dented, swollen, rusty, or leaking canned food is dangerous and should be thrown out.
There are some liquids that you might find are necessary to stockpile. Some liquids like soy sauce come in handy for adding some much-needed flavor to rice.
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.
Dry Goods & MISC
Most canned foods are good for about 2-5 years. For foods with high acidity such as tomato products and canned fruit will naturally be good for about 18 months.
DON’T: Please don’t eat dented, swollen, rusting, or even leaking cans! These are warning signs of a possible botulism contamination inside of the can.
Commercially canned foods should be stored in a cool dry place. Don’t store them near the stove, or in damp areas such as under the sink, garage, basement, etc…
Also, don’t store them where they might experience extreme temperatures whether high or low, like the attic or shed.
- Canned butter
- Canned cheese – Bega is like a very mild cheddar.
- Canned veggies – Corn, beans, peas, etc…
- Canned meat – Chicken, spam, ground beef, etc…
- Canned Seafood, like tuna.
- Canned soups
- Canned Bread
- Canned Fungi – aka mushrooms.
Condiments & Spices
You will find other condiments in the liquids section of this post. Here are the solids. Some condiments like salad dressing and mayo don’t last long. Pickled condiments will have a longer shelf life.
- Mustard – Yellow mustard can last for around 1-2 years unopened, but dijon and honey mustard are said to last about 2-3 years unopened. Most mustard will last 1 year after opening.
- Pickles/Relish – Pickles can last up to 2 years whether opened or not.
- Pickled Peppers – Peppers that are pickled in vinegar can last up to a year in the fridge.
- Ghee Butter – Ghee is good for about 9 months unopened they say. You can also stock up on butter powder. It has a 10-year shelf life.
I love herb gardening. I have plenty of herbs dried and stored to keep us flavoring our food for many years. This is a great way to go, but if you can’t grow your own. You could buy in bulk.
When I worked in a natural food grocery store, we often purchased BULK herbs and spices by the Frontier brand. They also had great quality items, and even offer organic!
You don’t have to keep all of these herbs and spices. When storing food for survival, you should only store what you’re willing to eat or barter.
- Rosemary whole leaf and powder
- Ginger Root Powder
- Garlic powder – You can also make your own garlic powder.
- Onion powder – You can also make onion powder at home.
- Bay leaves
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili powder
- Salt – *This is also on the barter list.
- Nutritional Yeast
- Yarrow – Yarrow has many amazing uses.
- Cinnamon Sticks
Tea & Coffee
You may also want to think about buying tea and coffee in bulk. You can make tea by adding 1-2 tsp to an infuser and steeping it for a few minutes.
- Peppermint leaves
- Raspberry leaves
- Spearmint leaves
- Chamomile Flowers
- Eucalyptus Leaves
- Black Tea – Early Grey is one of my favorites and you can buy a big tin of earl grey for cheap. I also suggest buying some black tea for making sweet tea.
- Coffee – * Also on the bartering list.
- Powdered creamer
Bartering Food Items
- Coffee – Whole beans keep for longer supposedly.
- Dry Milk – Nonfat milk powder, or whole milk powder
- Canned Food
- Other shelf-stable food
- Herbs & spices
- Seeds for gardening
Homemade Items to Make Yourself
These homemade items aren’t just for storing. You can make most of these even after SHTF. Knowing how to make them after SHTF will be a valuable resource.
- Jam & Jelly
- Pemmican – A dried mixture of meat, fat, and berries. They say it will last for 20 years in the freezer and 3 to 5 years at room temp.
- Hardtack – is like a hard biscuit. It’s a mixture of flour, water, and salt. If kept in an airtight container, some say they will last indefinitely.
- Fruit Rolls – Or fruit leather, is pureed fruit spread out on parchment paper and then dehydrated.
- Vegetable Broth
- Bone Broth
Manual Kitchen Gadgets
- Manual meat grinder
- Pasta roller
- Coffee Grinder
- Manual can opener
- Hand powered food chopper (I have this one and love it!)
- Manual Juicer
I think I’ve compiled a pretty good list. If you think of something I’ve missed let me know in the comments!
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