Canned Food Groups for Survival Storage

June 26, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin


In addition to your consideration of our sponsors who offer excellent food supplies for long term storage, if you are stocking up your food pantry to withstand a period of ‘down time’ just in case you cannot get to the grocery store for awhile, or worse, for a disruption or collapse in the food supply distribution chain, consider adding some basic grocery-store canned foods from the following categories.

Keep in mind that when considering which canned foods to stock up on, you should be considering calories as well as a balance of food types. You should look for canned foods with a decent amount of calories while attempting to balance protein, vegetables, grains, and fruit. Note that some canned foods contain very few calories, which although great for a healthy diet, they may not bring you the best bang for your buck (survival preparedness is not necessarily ‘weight-watchers’…).

Canned Soups
Vegetables, veggies with meat, with grains, look for higher calorie soups.

Canned Meats
I know that Costco sells canned chicken and beef for example… there is quite a variety of canned meat sauces too, plus canned ham, etc…

Canned Tuna and/or Salmon
Even with the Mercury risk, once or twice a week consumption OK according to many reports.

Canned Stews
These usually have lots of calories and quite a variety of mixtures with vegetables.

Canned Beans
Brown rather than green will typically contain more calories.

Canned Pasta
With sauce – meat sauce – Ravioli, etc…

Canned Vegetables
Although somewhat low in calories, corn, carrots, etc… will offer a variety of flavor to add with your other foods.

Canned Fruits
For the sweet tooth, a good desert, and a healthy supplement to your diet.

Also, for optimum food rotation efficiency, it is always best to purchase what you normally eat, so that you will consume through your food storage over time, while replacing it with more of what you normally eat. This way, there would theoretically be no spoilage over time.

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