Keep in mind that when considering which canned foods to stock up on — you should be factoring the calories per can as well as an overall balance and variety of food types and nutritional value.
Some canned foods contain surprisingly few calories (though possibly high in fiber and nutritional assets) while others are packed with lots of calories (possibly high in fat).
Although some calorie-dense canned foods may be high in fat and considered fairly unhealthy for a modern prolonged diet, these attributes may be advantageous in some survival situations where food may be hard to come by.
In a SHTF world, we will likely be burning lots more calories than we do in a fairly modern sedentary world. Here’s more…
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.
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.
Here are a few canned food categories-ideas to get you thinking about the possibilities.
Canned Vegetables, Beans, Carrots, Corn, etc.
Canned Meats, Chicken, Beef, Ham
Canned Fish, Tuna, Salmon, Shellfish
Canned Pasta, Ravioli, Spaghetti’Os
Canned Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Sauce
Canned Potatoes, Hash-browns
Total calories per can equals the calories posted multiplied by the number of servings per can.
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…
Speaking of canned foods, what are your recommendations for canned food-related assets for storing back in your food storage? What else comes in cans?