Emergency Food You Should Never Go Without

Emergency Ration Bars

They don’t taste good, that’s established. They’ve also been around since the early 1900s because they simply work and will keep you alive in case SHTF. These high-calorie ration bars are compact and can easily be stowed into a bag or kit in case you need to evacuate. While there’s been a variety of ration bars made over the years, you can also go out on a limb and try making one at home.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter should be a staple in your survival pantry. It’s cheap and widely accessible. With its shelf life of up to 2 years, it’s ideal for short-term emergencies. It’s got high nutritional value from fat, protein, and carbs—two spoonfuls a day can get you going. And let’s face it—peanut butter tastes great and can be enjoyed by everyone in the family, even pets.

Bouillon Cubes

Bouillon cubes don’t contain much nutritional value, but many preppers still have them in their emergency kits. Why? Since bouillon cubes are chicken or beef stock in a compressed powder form, they can drastically improve the taste of otherwise bland emergency food. You can mix them with instant ramen, rice, or even just boiled water to make it taste like broth. Most bouillon cubes tend to have high sodium content though, so if you have salt restrictions, make sure to stock the low-sodium variety.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit like raisins, prunes, and apricots make for good survival food. They contain high fiber and can still taste pretty good even when stored for a long period of time. Mixed in with nuts and some cereal, you’ll have a pretty good breakfast, even in a bleak survival situation.

Canned or Preserved Meat

stack of deli, preserved meat and breads

In emergency situations, you can’t expect to find fresh protein, unless you actually hunt for them. You’d have to settle for canned meat like tuna or spam, which you can mix up with rice or beans. There is also a lot of freeze-dried food available in the market, which you can easily reconstitute with some water. Freeze-dried food may be more expensive, but they also retain much of the taste and nutritional value that often gets lost in the canning or drying process. If you’re up for it, you can also make your own pemmican from meat and berries.

Nuts and Legumes

Nuts and beans are insanely rich in protein and fat; combined, they can be a good substitute for dairy or meat. Both prove to be a good source of calories. You can prepare your own trail mix using a variety of nuts.

Beans like pinto, kidney, mung, and garbanzo can last up to 8-10 years when stored properly in an airtight container. There are a variety of meals that you can prepare with beans—you’ll just have to get creative.


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Rice and Other Grains

Rice is the world’s staple food. Many preppers would prefer brown rice for its nutritional value, others prefer white because of its longer shelf life. Either way, rice has high carbohydrate content which would keep your energy up. When stored properly, can last for long periods of time. Rice goes well with any protein and can also be made into porridge. Other grains like oats, wheat, and quinoa should also be mainstays in your survival pantry.

Powdered Milk

Milk spoils fast, more so when the power’s out and there’s no fridge to keep it fresh. Good thing there are powdered varieties that you can keep for a long time. These powdered varieties have been enriched with lots of vitamins and minerals like vitamin D and zinc. They’re a good source of protein and calcium, too.

Raw Honey

Remember when archeologists uncovered a jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb? They figured that the honey was still fit for human consumption—thousands of years later! If the indefinite shelf life is not enough, honey also has many nutritional and medicinal benefits like the treatment of sore throat and cough. As a natural sweetener, it not only helps with taste but can also improve morale.

Some people even swear that raw honey might just be the ultimate super survival food.

Final Thoughts

These are the most common survival food that you definitely must have in your survival stash. Most of them might not taste so great, but you can’t discount their nutritional value and their shelf life. Learn how to properly store them and you’ll be more than prepared when SHTF.

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