Canned food may fill a big gap in food storage preparedness because they have a number of good attributes:
– They come in a wide variety of food groups.
– Available at all grocery stores.
– Easy to store on your deep pantry shelves.
– A pretty good shelf life.
– None of them technically need to be cooked prior to consumption.
This makes canned foods one of the quickest and easiest ways to store some food ahead for preparedness.
I am not discounting OTHER foods and their own unique packaging & processing, rather I’m saying that canned food is simply… simple. It’s one aspect of an overall food storage plan.
Canned Food Groups
Food storage diversification is important! If and when you actually need to access your deep pantry during a time of disruption, SHTF, or whatever… you WILL be glad that you have a variety of foods!
This will satisfy the sweet tooth. Plus, a serving of fruit each day is good for you. Things like peaches, pears, oranges, mandarins, strawberries, blueberries, cherries. You name it and it’s probably available in a can.
Vegetables are nutritionally good for you and compliment just about any meal. Consider green beans, corn, carrots, spinach, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, variety packs…
You can get some pretty good calories and protein from canned pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo, navy, black beans and black eyed peas. A variety of canned ‘baked beans’ in their sauce will add up in the calorie department (an important consideration for ‘survival’).
Canned Soups & Stews
Soups and “Cream of ‘xyx’ soups” go a long way towards complimenting some foods (think ‘rice’ for example). There are plenty of stews available which are meals of themselves.
Canned Beef, Poultry, Seafood
Need to store meat for preparedness (proteins & calories)? One way is in the can. While you will pay more for it due to its processing, you won’t have to worry about needing the grid for your freezer (storing fresh foods). Obviously home canning is an alternative but that’s another topic.
You can find canned beef, chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, ham, and of course… SPAM!
Note: “Use by” “Best by” “Sell by” dates may not be what you think they are…
Use by, Best by, and Sell by Food Expiration Dates
Sell by, Use by Dates
Okay, so no excuse especially for newbies out there. Next time at the grocery store start diversifying your food storage. Pick up a few extra cans of ‘this or that’…
Any other canned foods or canned food groups to add to the pantry for preparedness?