Food Diversification. Your own may include a quantity of various grocery store canned foods. That’s what I do… It’s fast, easy, available, and will store well for several years.
Something to keep in mind when considering which canned foods to stock up on… In addition to the food type, you should also be considering the calories per can. (As well as an overall balance and variety of nutritional value.)
Some canned foods contain surprisingly few calories (though possibly high in fiber and nutritional assets – such as vegetables). While others are packed with lots of calories (possibly high in fat) and more beneficial to ‘survival’.
Calorie-dense canned foods may be advantageous in some survival situations where food may be hard to come by (logical).
Here’s a thought… In a SHTF world, we will likely be burning lots more calories than we do in a fairly modern sedentary world.
Note that this is not a recommendation to use ONLY canned food in your food storage, but it is advisable to include them in your overall inventory for diversification and variety.
It seems that almost any food can be bought it cans. By the way, here’s some information regarding canned food shelf life. Generally speaking, it’s suggested to consume most grocery store canned foods within two years. Although with that said, most will be fine much longer than that – mostly safe, but perhaps with less desirable palatability.
Note that anything with tomato sauce, which is highly acidic, generally should be consumed within 3 years. Also, low acidic canned food items like corn and beans will last a very long time, but still advisable to consume under 5 years. Canned meats are about the same.
When you are considering what foods to store, and other food or cooking staples to go along with your food storage plan, don’t ignore the possibility of appetite fatigue — which is where a variety of foods are important — including canned foods.
Diversified Grocery Store Canned Foods For Preparedness
Here are a few ordinary grocery store canned food categories-ideas to get you thinking about the possibilities.
- Vegetables, Beans, Carrots, Corn, etc.
- Meats, Chicken, Beef, Ham
- Tuna, Salmon, Shellfish
- Canned Stews
- Canned Pasta, Ravioli, Spaghetti’Os
- Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Sauce
- Potatoes, Hash-browns
Personally, in this category of grocery store canned foods, I have focused on a variety of protein products. Various canned meats – mostly chicken, some canned beef, some pork products. And Spam – which is technically meat, right? Fish related too, such as tuna, salmon, sardines. I also have a decent supply of canned spinach which is very healthy and nutritionally dense especially with potassium. Other veggies and products too.
Don’t forget about proper food storage rotation!
[ Read: FOOD STORAGE – Date and Rotate ]
You might check total calories per can. Usually the calories are listed “per serving”. So look for #servings-per-can, and multiply times calories-per-serving. (Sometimes it does show total calories per can, but not that often…)
Example: I picked up a can of Chef BOYARDEE Mini Ravioli which indicates “Servings About 2” and “Calories 220”, which totals about 440 calories per can. Simple…
[ Read: How To Can Chicken Breast At Home (DIY) ]
Speaking of grocery store canned foods, what are your recommendations for canned food-related assets for storing back in your food storage? What else comes in cans?