21 Food Storage Items You Need For Survival

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There are 21 food storage items you need for survival and I’m going to share these with you today. There are more, but if you have these you can survive. Keep in mind you need water, lots of water. I prefer four gallons per person per day. I know the Red Cross and other emergency centers say one gallon per person per day. I’m a realist. I need more water. But I am talking about food today. I want you to picture what you could make with these items. I remember in the olden days we would store wheat (hard red wheat), sugar, powdered milk, and beans. Lots of beans.

Years later we would give the wheat to farmers or take it to the dump. We’ve come a long way, baby. I know we’ve all canned fruits, vegetables, salsa, spaghetti sauce, beets and whatever we could raise or pick from trees and bushes. I am talking about food storage basics today. Let’s get started.

Food Storage Items-The Basics

These give you some ideas for protein, carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables:

  1. Wheat, I prefer hard white wheat
  2. Flour of choice
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Sugars and honey, liquid or powdered milk, instant or powdered
  5. Baking Powder
  6. Baking Soda
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Spices-all your favorites
  9. Eggs
  10. Beans
  11. Rice
  12. Oats
  13. Yeast
  14. Powdered cheese or freeze-dried cheese
  15. Macaroni
  16. Tomatoes, canned, flakes or powder
  17. Vegetables, canned, dehydrated or freeze-dried
  18. Fruits, canned or freeze-dried
  19. Canned Meats
  20. Peanut butter
  21. Jam or jelly

Here is a list of food items you can make with the items listed above:

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If you can learn to cook from scratch you will save money and you will shop less. Plus, if you have an ice storm you are prepared to make any meal you want to fix at the last minute. If you have a butane stove or a Dutch oven with some charcoal and a match you can cook if the power goes out. Just cook outside with the Dutch oven.

  1. Pancakes
  2. Muffins
  3. Crackers
  4. Waffles
  5. Macaroni and cheese
  6. Rice dishes
  7. Bean recipes
  8. Oatmeal
  9. Bread
  10. Rolls
  11. Cheesy potatoes
  12. Tortillas
  13. Enchiladas
  14. Tacos
  15. Soups
  16. Puddings
  17. Cookies
  18. German pancakes
  19. Pasta
  20. Mayonnaise
  21. Wheat cereal
  22. Biscuits
  23. English muffins
  24. Crepes
  25. Meatless dinners
  26. Meatless Casseroles
  27. Chili
  28. Casseroles
  29. Creamed tuna on toast
  30. Sandwiches like grilled cheese, peanut butter or canned meat
  31. Spaghetti
  32. Pizza
  33. Cheese and crackers
  34. Tuna or chicken on crackers
  35. Bagels
  36. Donuts
  37. Pretzels

Now, this is just the beginning of what we may all need and can fix at home, but it’s a start and we all need to start somewhere, right? Please be prepared for the unexpected.

Food Storage by Linda

USU Education Extension Food Storage Guide


10 thoughts on “21 Food Storage Items You Need For Survival

    • November 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Hi Tiffany, thanks for commenting! Now if we can teach the world to cook from scratch! :)Linda

  • November 19, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for this great list!

  • November 20, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Thank you Linda for all that you teach. I’ve been storing food and doing emergency prep. for several years and try to spread the word. I just did a talk on emergency food storage a week ago Monday to a group of home childcare providers. I get the rolled eyes occasionally. Then 4 days after my talk Paris happened and I think it makes people think. I read your blog every day for more ideas.

    • November 20, 2015 at 6:19 am

      Hi Melissa, you just made my day! I am so glad you like what I am trying to teach the world to do. I live in Utah and unfortunately, I get the rolled eyes occasionally too. I think some people think nothing will happen to them here or anywhere. I recently talked with some local church leaders and they said less than 10% of the people in Utah are prepared for anything. This really scares me because I live here. We need to keep teaching the people and hopefully a few will get it. I’m so glad to hear you are teaching emergency prep to home child care providers. Great idea! I applaud you for storing food storage and emergency preps. May God bless you for your efforts. Linda

  • November 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I realize this is not an exhaustive list but for those who are not experienced at
    raising, preserving and storing foods or even cooking from scratch I would
    have added at least dehydrated fruits and vegetables. And it may be easier to
    store pasta rather than make it from scratch? Thank you for making us think
    and prepare.

    • November 20, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Hi Rebecca, yes I have written posts about dehydrated and freeze dried foods. I am hoping people learn to cook from scratch because in a power outage they will have to once they exhaust their dehydrated or freeze-dried food storage. This list is to help people think about being prepared. We will all prepare in different ways depending on our own budgets. Thanks fo commenting. Linda

  • January 5, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Emergency preps are very important nowadays because we never really know when a disaster is going to happen. Your list is a great way to start, it is really helpful. I just want to add that if you are going to buy food at the store make sure to check on the expiration dates so that you can keep and store food that will last longer than you need and also the food you buy will not be wasted.

    • January 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Hi Tedd, great tip on rotating our food items. I am going to add this to my list. Thanks so much, Linda


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