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Best Survival Foods with Long Shelf Life

Can you make your own list of survival food for bad situations like catastrophes? And what about keeping that food in a safe place and making it last for years if possible?

Any catastrophic disaster can occur, who knows… maybe a hurricane, earth quick, or even war. Anything can happen, anytime and anywhere. Read this article that will show you the best survival foods to have and what you need to do with tips.

Well, we can never prevent massive disasters from striking, but, we can surely get prepared and make sure we supply ourselves with all the indispensable things to stay alive and have survival meals if anything bad happens.

Stockpiling food in an emergency is not as hard as it seems, you can find all the things you need in local stores and at affordable prices. So, before the chaos erupts, and while you got money, do not miss a thing!

Things to know when buying survival foods

We set you a list of 6 things you need to be aware of when you intend on buying or making a survival food kit. So make sure you prepare for your emergency food supply, look for online stores r nearby places. But first, let’s understand the survival food lists in order for you to make a good kit.

Calorie count

When you’re stockpiling aliment, on a budget, the first thing you need to consider is calories count. You need foods that pack powerful nutrients and healthy fats so you can provide yourself as well as the rest of the people you know with the needed energy.

Some of the best caloric foods you can purchase are:

  • dried cherries
  • Avocado powder
  • Protein powder
  • Quinoa

Weight and packaging

Weight plays an important factor when buying food for long-term storage. Many people would wonder why weight would matter in the first place when it comes to storable food, well… it does! Let’s say, in the middle of the crisis, you’re told to evacuate the area on feet, it wouldn’t be possible if all the food you have around is canned, it’s just too heavy to carry…

Now, don’t get me wrong, canned food is an indispensable part of surviving in bad weather conditions or even an earthquake, but it should not be your only source.


A lot of non-perishable foods don’t have a really long shelf life; make sure you keep that in mind so you can prevent exposing yourself and your family to harm. That can be very useful in the first months of a possible disaster. But, if your non-perishable food is soon to be expired, eat it or give it and get a new one.

Dried food

When thinking about a 6-month emergency food supply, consider storing dried/freeze aliment because it usually has a long shelf-life (several years). But don’t only purchase dried food, because if the disaster lasts longer than you thought it would, you and your family will start to suffer from what we call food fatigue.

Dried survival foods with long shelf life

The preservatives and additives found in dried food may cause harm to your health in the long term, not to mention that eating the same kind of aliment every single day is bad for your moral state.

Salt the meat

Many people would skip the meat when they’re stockpiling food. Okay, that sounds logical if the meat gets bad quickly and won’t make it during an emergency, but, this common thought is a little misleading.

Actually, meat can be really good food for surviving in the most difficult situations, all you have to do is to salt and smoke meat. That way you can preserve it for the long term.

And last, but not least…

Top 10 aliments list to store and survive in disasters

Now, here are the top 10 foods to own and survive.

1. Beans

Beans have a shelf-life that goes from 8 to 10 years; they’re very high in calories and full of proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

However, they should be sealed and kept away from oxygen to help them maintain that long shelf-life.  You can find various types of beans, they’re listed below…

  • Pinto Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Adzuki Beans
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Mung Beans

Various types of beans

2. Flours and pasta

This should be on the top list of the best survival foods to have. In fact, all-purpose flour, white flour, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and pasta can last from 5 to 8 years, which makes them a really nice choice for stockpiling.

If you think that humidity and other bad conditions can cause a problem to your survival food, then, choose long-term food storage containers, there are many companies that sell them.

Flours and pasta

3. Brown rice

Brown rice is known for its tremendous health benefits, it’s rich in vitamins and high in calories. This survival food might last for 10 years, it’s one of the best foods with a long shelf life.

Brown rice survival food

Even if rice is one of the best non-perishable food for any situation of emergency, you should think about how you’re going to use it. It’s recommended to store it in small different containers, so, you keep the big container clean, dried, and well stored.

4. Chocolate bars (or dark chocolate)

Dark chocolate contains about 70% cacao and besides its good impact on moral state, dark chocolate is considered as one of the top food highest in calories:

So, if you’re thinking about stockpiling, make sure chocolate bars are present on your list.

5. Oats

Oats are very nutritious, inexpensive, and rich in calories, and have fair amounts of potassium in them, so they’re very useful since potassium is beneficial for muscle cramps, not to mention that they have a long shelf-life.

6. Oils

Oils, in general, are known for their long shelf life, however, coconut oil might be considered as the best of oils, because it lasts longer than the others (up to 2 years). Make sure you have olive oil as it’s a good surviving food that lasts for years in the USA conditions no matter if that’s it heat or cold.

7. Peanut butter

Believe it or not, 100 g of peanut butter provides up to 600 calories, that’s more than a quarter of your total needs in calories for one day.

However, you should know what to choose when you want to buy peanut butter because some types of peanut butter are unhealthy and may contain harmful additives, fat, and too much sugar.

8. Canned cheese

This is one is the best canned food for survival for many. That’s because cheese is one of the best sources of calcium, it’s delicious and edible in so many ways, you can have it plain or accompanied with other kinds of food. Each ounce of cheese contains about 130 calories, which makes cheese high in calories and very energetic.

Some of these canned cheese is a 25-year shelf life aliment, but only make sure you respect the storage guidelines and conditions.

9. Canned fruits and vegetables

Canned fruits and vegetables are recommended surviving foods that have a shelf-life that goes from 2 to 5 years; they’re very beneficial and not so expensive. In addition, they are emergency essentials no one wants to neglect. That being said if you need to have a 30 day emergency food supply, make sure you choose quality products from trusted companies. Also, remember that the condition of storage can affect how long you can keep that food healthy.

10. Hard grains/ Soft grains

Hard grains like dry corn, red wheat, millet, buckwheat have a shelf-life that extends to 12 years. They’re on the top list of the long-shelf-life foods you can store and use.

Soft grains like barley, rye, quinoa, and oat groats, if sealed without oxygen, their life-shelf may extend to 8 years.

Hard grains/ Soft grains

Bonus tip

Do not limit your preparations only to survival food, there are also items that are as important as nutrition, so make sure to stock up on them at the grocery store. Some of those items are listed below:

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Charcoal
  • Lighters (many of them!)
  • Medicines and bandages
  • Bottled water
  • Vitamins, Etc…

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