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10 Best Survival Foods At Your Local Supermarket
Activist Post ^ | Oct 1, 2012

Posted on 10/01/2012 12:20:57 PM PDT by djf

As food prices continue to skyrocket, having a bulk supply of food is a great investment. But it also provides security and peace of mind against potential emergencies.

By now most people should be aware that grocery stores only have about 3 days of food in stock when crises strike. So if anything was to disrupt the food supply chain for an extended period of time, there would be untold chaos in most communities.

Any number of events could trigger mass disruption to a fragile food system, many of which are well documented and even predicted. Even NASA has warned its staff to prepare for potential disasters with survival foods and other precautions with their "Family Preparedness Program."

Prepping for disasters can seem overwhelming with so many aspects to be considered. However, for those just beginning to recognize how perilous these times are and are new to prepping, you can find many great survival foods at your local grocery store.

There are many fancy freeze-dried food companies offering light-weight storable meals. These are cost effective and great for new preppers. But if you don't have $1000 laying around to by a large supply, it may be better to pick up a few key items each week at the supermarket to build up your food bank gradually. And by buying base foods at the store, you'll ultimately save money.

It's best to keep your survival food list simple, and concentrate on storing foods with the highest amount of calories and the longest shelf life. This list is geared toward foods that will help you survive a crisis that lasts for extended periods of time.

Here are the ten best and cheapest survival rations available at any store:

Rice: Every time you go to the store you should buy one 10-lb bag of rice. You can find them for around $5 at most supermarkets. Rice will stay in good condition for 10 years or more if stored properly. It offers high carbohydrates which is especially important if you are exerting a lot of physical energy during a crisis.

Beans: Beans are known to be one of the best all-round survival foods. They're high in protein, and if sealed in food-grade buckets with a small amount of dried ice, they'll stay for up to ten years. Make sure to store them in a cool, dry, dark location. Buy a 4-5 lb bags of dried beans every time you go to the store. All dry beans are good to store; black beans, red beans, pinto beans, lentils, etc.

Cornmeal: All-purpose flours are good to store, but cornmeal may be the best overall. Cornmeal is packed with dense carbohydrates and contains oils that helps extend its shelf life. Additionally, if the power grid is down during a mega disaster, it is much easier to make good corn breads and tortillas with cornmeal in a simple skillet or solar oven, where refined flour will need yeast and oil to make decent bread or biscuits. Get a 5-lb bag of cornmeal ($10-$15) at each grocery visit. Seal and store the same way as beans (buckets, salt and dry ice), and it will safely keep 8 months to 2 years.

Lard: If you're a health-conscious reader, hydrogenated lard does not sound very appetizing, but in a survival situation you can't afford to be picky. Animal lard or vegetable shortening both offer much-needed calories during times of crisis, cooking oil for multiple uses, and it will keep longer than cooking oils because of the hydrogenation. Buy a 6-lb can ($12) and store in a cool, dry, and dark place and it will stay good for 2-3 years or longer.

Salt: Salt is one of the most useful survival food items. It's used for storing food, curing beef, and flavoring most meals. Salt will stay forever, so always buy extra when you're shopping.

Canned Fruit & Vegetables: These are another obvious survival food, but not as practical as many would think. They're heavy and somewhat costly for the calories they deliver. Additionally, acidic fruits and any cans with tomatoes will not keep as long as most people think. But most canned food is good for 5+ years. Buy green vegetables and fruits like peaches and pears for long-term storage, but more importantly, buy what you already eat in case you need to rotate them into your diet before they go bad.

Canned Meat: Canned meats like ham, tuna, and chicken are excellent to store. They typically will keep for 6-10 years and they're an excellent source of protein. However, if the grid is down for a long time (apocalyptic), hunting and fishing will likely provide most meats. Therefore, it may be sufficient to buy extra canned meats every other time you go shopping.

Sugar: Brown and white sugar will add much-needed flavor and calories to a survival diet and they'll keep for ten years or more if stored properly. Honey is also excellent as it will store forever. Make sure to buy extra every other time you go grocery shopping. You won't need too much, but they'll be well worth having if a crisis strikes.

Pasta: Pasta is a good light-weight storable food that is also a great source of carbohydrates. Pasta will not keep as long as rice, but it can stay for around 5 years in good conditions. Pasta is also very inexpensive and extra should be bought at each trip to the store. It will take up more space in your food bank that rice, beans and cornmeal, so plan your space the best you can.

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a terrific source of protein, fat, and calories. Plus, it's just a great treat to have on hand. Peanut butter can last up to five years in root cellar conditions. Stock up whenever there are good deals at your grocery store. You'll be happy you did if the SHTF.

If you consistently buy these items 3-4 times per month, you'll quickly acquire a year's supply of survival rations for your whole family.

How to store it?

A really basic way to store the rice, beans, cornmeal, sugar and pastas is to buy several 5-gallon seal-able paint buckets or food-grade buckets from your local hardware store. Put a cup or so of salt into a sandwich baggie (opened) at the bottom of the buckets. Then fill it with food stuffs and add a couple of ounces of dried ice (found at large grocery stores) which will remove the oxygen from the bucket after it's sealed. Finally, label each bucket with its contents and the date, and place it in your cellar.

Please let us know what other food items you think will be useful for new preppers....


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Good list!

I might add those dried gravy packets. A cup of water and one of those packets, you can have some nice turkey or country gravy, does very well over ride or beans or egg noodles.

1 posted on 10/01/2012 12:21:01 PM PDT by djf
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To: djf

“ride” sb “rice”!


2 posted on 10/01/2012 12:22:34 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: Kartographer

prepper stuff...


3 posted on 10/01/2012 12:23:20 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: djf

Food prep...for later


4 posted on 10/01/2012 12:25:50 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: djf

I get frustrated reading these articles, because I’m no where near prepared for such a situation and for one big reason: I live in Florida.

A lot of preppers in my area lament the warm, moist conditions as not being conducive to adequate long-term storage. It’s often very humid, water gets into everything over time, and storage of things like rice, beans, and pasta is often measured in months and not years.


5 posted on 10/01/2012 12:31:42 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: djf
Cornmeal: All-purpose flours are good to store, but cornmeal may be the best overall. Cornmeal is packed with dense carbohydrates and contains oils that helps extend its shelf life.

Uhhh, I may be wrong, but I've always thought the oils in ground cornmeal would turn rancid after being stored for a long while (assuming the bugs didn't ruin it first), unless you oven can the cornmeal in jars with lids, or vacuum sealed it in #10 cans or mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.

I would think for really long term storage (i.e. years) it would be preferable to vacuum seal or mylar bag whole corn and then grind it as needed for cornmeal. Keeping it as whole corn until needed makes it less likely the oil in the kernel will turn rancid.

Someone with more experience with storing corn/cornmeal can maybe confirm this or explain it better.

6 posted on 10/01/2012 12:34:13 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (November 6th is the tipping point for freedom in America.)
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To: Codeflier

Where’s bookmark? Great list!


7 posted on 10/01/2012 12:35:31 PM PDT by Bubbette
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To: djf

I might add powered milk and complete pancake mix.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 12:36:27 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: djf

Ping!


9 posted on 10/01/2012 12:37:57 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: djf

What about the life of cured meats, like smoke, sugar or salt cured hams?


10 posted on 10/01/2012 12:38:04 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: djf
Canned Meat: Canned meats like ham, tuna, and chicken are excellent to store.

Why is there no canned pork? I can get chicken, beef and tuna, but I can never fond pork. (besides ham)

11 posted on 10/01/2012 12:38:32 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Bubbette

Never mind! Swear it wasn’t there a minute ago!


12 posted on 10/01/2012 12:38:33 PM PDT by Bubbette
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To: djf
I'm getting there, slowly:


13 posted on 10/01/2012 12:38:47 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: djf

I’m also interested in learning how best to store salt, sugar, and spices, for long term storage. For large quantities of salt and sugar is vaccum packed in large mylar bags in plastic buckets with oxygen absorbers and dessicant packs adequate to keep it good/useable for 2 years or more?


14 posted on 10/01/2012 12:39:16 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (November 6th is the tipping point for freedom in America.)
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To: djf

My favorite recommendation: 50 pounds of rice or bread flour costs under $20 at Costco. One sack for one “yuppie food stamp” and you can feed an adult enough calories (maybe not nutrients, but at least energy) for over a month.


15 posted on 10/01/2012 12:39:48 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: carriage_hill

Wow. Impressive and inspiring!


16 posted on 10/01/2012 12:39:55 PM PDT by Bubbette
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To: rarestia
It’s often very humid, water gets into everything over time,...

Even if it is vacuum packed?

17 posted on 10/01/2012 12:40:46 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: MileHi
Why is there no canned pork?

SPAM! the regular stuff lasts for many years. Mostly pork in that stuff.

18 posted on 10/01/2012 12:40:59 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: MileHi
You can order canned Yoder Meats from MreDepot.
19 posted on 10/01/2012 12:41:52 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Codeflier

Mark


20 posted on 10/01/2012 12:42:02 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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