Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store

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I realize a lot of us don’t eat a lot of canned foods. My concern is when I receive emails asking for suggestions for food storage that is cheaper than freeze-dried food. Dehydrated food is a lot cheaper than freeze-dried but also usually has a shorter shelf-life. So today I’m talking about storing some canned food. Now, before everyone starts telling me they can’t have the salt in them, let me explain my thoughts.

For one thing, a lot of people can’t afford to purchase freeze-dried food. I get it, trust me. I didn’t buy my freeze-dried food on a pallet. I bought a few cans a month for years, and I mean for years. Yes, I rotate it, but I can sleep at night knowing I have some really good food storage for many years to come.

BUT, I also have some cheaper dehydrated carrots and potatoes with a shorter shelf-life. Another thing I really recommend is stocking up on canned foods. You can always donate the cans you choose not to eat in a year or two before it expires to the Food Bank in your area.

Please make sure you have food for your family, you can’t expect your neighbors to feed your family. And please don’t think the government delivers food right after a disaster. It’s not going to happen for days, weeks, or possibly months. Please be prepared.

Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store

Local Store In So. Utah

I saw this sign at my local grocery store. I do not like scare tactics but let’s be real. You and I both know all the storms we have had this year are going to affect our food supply chain. Please be prepared.

Home Canned Foods

Of course, if you have access to a Farmer’s Market or your garden is flourishing, by all means canning your own food is so much healthier and cheaper in some cases. But not everyone has the equipment, jars, lids, etc.

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Plus, we must consider the health and strength of family members. We can only do what our health and budget warrants.

Great Canned Foods


Yes, we still need 4-gallons of water per day per person, but today I’m just talking about canned foods.

Dairy Products:


  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Stewed tomatoes
  • Pizza sauce
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Sauerkraut
  • Green chilies
  • Water chestnuts
  • V-8 Juice
  • Rotel Tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste


  • Fruit cocktail
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Applesauce
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Cherries
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Pie filling
  • Pumpkin

Canned Protein/Meats:

  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Ham
  • Corned Beef
  • Vienna Sausages
  • Canned ground beef
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Canned bacon
  • Peanut butter/Jams/Jelly
  • Spam

Dry Beans Are Awesome:

  • Pinto
  • Black
  • Garbanzo
  • Navy/White
  • Kidney beans
  • Cannellini
  • Lentils
  • All beans work for me, I love them


  • Mayonnaise
  • Miracle Whip
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Oils
  • Honey
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Spices
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Electrolyte Tablets
  • Soy Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hickory Smoke Sauce
  • Barbecue sauce

Ready-Made Boxes or Canned Foods:

  • Chili
  • Stew
  • Soup (just add water or milk)
  • Boxes of Mac and Cheese
  • Muffin mixes
  • Pancake mixes
  • Ravioli’s
  • Spaghettio’s
  • Cake mixes
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Cream O’Wheat
  • Malt O’Meal

Temperature Safe For Storage:

We can’t all keep our houses at 65 degrees. If you have a very cool basement you are one of the lucky ones. The cooler we keep these foods the better. I’m not saying to store them in the refrigerator, but definitely not in the garage due to high temperatures. Please keep all boxes in airtight containers, if possible, so rodents can’t chew through them.

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Final Word

Let’s make this list as long as we can, I will add the canned foods you use to my list. Let’s help the world be prepared for the unexpected. Let’s stock up as soon as possible. May God bless this world, Linda

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51 thoughts on “Canned Foods I Highly Recommend You Store

  • July 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Thanks Linda, Great Post ! Not all disasters are long term, I’d rather have a supple of short term use items to go to, before I break into the long shelf life items. In our area ice storms can be common, but tend to be short in duration. But when it all goes South, I plan to be ready.

    • July 17, 2019 at 7:43 am

      Hi Beth, I totally agree with you. You know sometimes we have to have an ice storm, and earthquake, hurricane or whatever to gently remind us we have to be ready. Those ice storms lock down everything. If you have a four-wheel-drive car it’s useless, you still slide. We both understand the need for short term and long term disasters. Stay safe my friend, Linda

    • March 19, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Beth ~
      I feel the same way. I am going to first use what I have in my freezer – just the top of my fridge. That is just in case there is a disruption in power although that seems unlikely. And use up my refrigerator items. I will supplement both with my store bought canned goods and dry goods but I want the canned/dry goods to last as long as possible! I don’t want to dig into my FD long term items unless/until I must!

  • July 17, 2019 at 8:19 am

    One of your best. This is a good basic, concise post that I will use to try to get more people onboard. Thanks for all you do.

    God’s blessings from Texas!!!

  • July 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Great list, I never thought of some of those items. I would add coconut milk and lentils. Lentils are great for storage and coconut milk really adds flavor to a dish. I don’t know if this is considered food but the electrolyte tablets are great to store. When a disaster hits, they are helpful to have on hand.

    • July 17, 2019 at 9:38 am

      Hi Linda, great comment, yes we need the electrolytes. Adding lentils, coconut milk, and tablets. Thank you, Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I just watched your video and realized I should add Velveeta cheese to my food storage!

    • July 17, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Hi Linda, I confess I love Velveeta cheese even if it’s processed! I don’t eat it all the time but it’s great for nachos and grilled cheese sandwiches! Thanks for stopping by, Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I have a question? You have under condiments you have baking salt, do you mean
    baking soda or is this a item I’ve never heard of? Thanks.
    I have been blessed with good neighbors and family. My cousin brought me a 5 gallon bucket of
    cucumbers plus 2 Walmart bags full. I have canned 22 jars of pickles plus I have more to can today.
    My tomatoes are doing good with just enough to eat. I have 2 neighbors who have said they would
    give me tomatoes this year. Hope I can have plenty to can. Next year I am back to my garden I hope.
    No green beans to can this year, I am lost.
    I am lucky to have a spare fridge and I keep all my cake mixes, box mixes and some fruit in the
    freezer. I think using the extra electric is worth it.

    • July 17, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Hi June, nope that’s a typo! Thank you I fixed it. LOL! Wow, a whole bucket/bags of cucumbers, score!! Yay for homemade pickles!!! I’m glad you have enough tomatoes to eat, and some neighbors who share. I deliver tomatoes every day to neighbors. I love doing it! Yes, the freezer right now is awesome! I do the same thing. Life is so good! I pray you can garden next year my friend, hang in there! Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 8:37 am

    A few we use often, that could be added to this list to make meals with some of the other items on list… tomato sauce, ro-tel or tomatoes with chilis, enchilada sauce (or dry red chili powder to make it) tomato paste (could do without but…)
    Also soy sauce-we use tamari and a basic.
    Worcestershire sauce. Hickory smoke sauce.
    Are there dried sour creams etc to make/add to dips and dressings? Powdered dips/dressings – if can find canned/dry carriers for some of them. These would be nice treat.

    Love your information. Best out there. I can trust it, its thorough (researched or a result of someone’s experience) detailed, informative. THANK YOU!

    • July 17, 2019 at 9:49 am

      Hi Lois, oh you made my day!!! Yes, you can buy Sour Cream Powder on Thrive Life, I will add it to my post. I’m going to add all your tips to the post, thank you for sharing! I get to typing and sometimes forget some of my favorites! Thank you so much, Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

    1. You know if you go to a fast food place ( not much any more) they tend to give you lots of the little packets of condiments, can you vacuum seal those in bags and or mason jars?
    2. Is anyone else having a hard time finding canned fruits????? I can find the little plastic cups, but not the regular sized cans!
    3. If I buy # 10 cans, can I either store in vacuum sealed freezer bags? Or re-can them in mason jars? ( doing the whole process as if the were fresh?)
    Thank you for your time.

    • July 17, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Hi Angela, yes the stores are having trouble stocking canned fruits and vegetables. The stores have signs stating they aren’t sure when they will be re-stocked. I hate to put a scare tactic on my blogs, but I took a picture on my phone, I think I’ll go upload up the picture. Thanks for reminding me about this!!! You can vacuum seal the little condiments. It won’t extend their shelf life much, but they would be protected from critters. If I have a #10 can, I remove the oxygen absorber and place the product in mason jars. Be careful using the accessory hose with powders it will get sucked up into the hose and ruin your FoodSaver. I know people put a plastic bag on top sometimes and then use the FoodSaver. Linda

    • July 17, 2019 at 10:05 am

      I have had no trouble finding regular cans of fruit at my local Sam’s Club. They do come in a pack of eight cans, but if you are stocking up that should not be an issue. I would assume that Costco would have them as well, but I am not a Costco member since Sam’s Club is so much closer. Good luck.

    • July 17, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Hi Angela, I just uploaded the picture of the sign stating a canned food shortage and some empty shelves on my post. Thanks again, Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 8:49 am

    One it’s. I never see on lists is V8 juice. It’s got all the veggies and water in a can and can be used as a soup base. Costco sells cases covered in plastic wrap so storage is easy.

    • July 17, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Hi Linda, good idea, I’m going to go add the V-8, love it! Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 10:24 am

    These might be of interest:
    I don’t know that they will store for the 50yrs like the other canned water but this might be good in earthquake zones and less susceptible to sunlight

    • July 17, 2019 at 11:10 am

      Hi Matt, thanks for the link. It’s not a secure website so I put ( ) around the Http. People can check out the cans, great tip!!! Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Linda ~
    This is a great post as always!
    I was having coffee with a friend yesterday. We started talking about disasters or situations when we will have to rely on our stored foods. She mentioned that her son had given her a bucket survival kit with 2 weeks worth of food (not sure if anything else was included). I asked her if she had tried any of the foods and she hadn’t. I asked what if it was nasty tasting – she replied she would force herself to eat it. Then she said she was going to get a very large Costco bag of rice. I then asked if she eats rice now and she said no. That opened the door to discussing the very thing you have in your blog!!

    So, I told her to eat what she stores and store what she eats. I advised her to purchase one or two extra cans of veggies, beans, etc., when she goes shopping and to only purchase what she eats on a regular basis. I explained the rotation of those canned goods. She said she has 7 days worth of water stored (in her garage!!) and I asked if it was one gallon per day or more. She said she was going by the government recommendations of 1 gallon per person per day. I explained that that would be fine if she was drinking all of it to stay hydrated but what about brushing her teeth? washing her face? washing her dishes? washing her body? washing her clothing. You get the drift of our conversation. Well, this also opened the door to more discussion!

    She said she didn’t have much room to store food and water except in her garage. I explained why that was NOT the ideal place but it was better than no storage!

    I love your blog and will print out this one to give to my friend. Thanks so much.

    • July 17, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Hi Leanne, great idea, the store shelves are getting empty. Hopefully, people will see what we are talking about. It’s only a matter of time. Great comment, Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Howdy! I hope all is well with you. I have been talking up your book to as many people I can. Loved the article. There are a few items that might be included, Cream of wheat, Oatmeal, Malt-o-Meal etc. The Oatmeal can be used in all sorts of meals as filler. They are filling and delicious. The only drawback might be the water used to cook them. We have a problem with the dang little bugs that love to eat into boxes and spoil dry food. We keep a big supply of ziplock bags that we put dry goods in. That seems to stop them. Also we never throw away any large containers and use them for food storage. I ended up adding a bunch of cabinets in our sunroom to hold extra food. My wife is kind of luke warm when it comes to food storage, but I manage to sneak in extra when we shop. Just gotta figure out how to hide a big sack of rice.
    Anyway keep on posting those articles, I put them on a CD and when I figure I have enough will send them to my kids.

    • July 17, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Walt, you are so nice, thanks for talking up my book, I really appreciate it! I will add those items to the list. My husband is a little lukewarm when it comes to food storage. But I’m taking charge of it! LOL! Keep your rice in airtight containers that rodents won’t chew through. We need rice and beans, we can use the liquid from other cans like corn, green beans, etc. Plus we store water for emergencies. Keep prepping, we all need to! I had to laugh over the “sneak a big bag of rice”!!! Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Linda,

    I would recommend coconut oil over canned butter or dehydrated butter. It’s a lot cheaper and has a shelf life of at least five years if stored properly. It substitutes very, very well for butter in baking most anything. Yes, if you buy it in organic aisle it’s going to be pricey, but at grocery outlet stores, you can get it for about $3.00 per pound. Last I checked, WinCo had it for about $2.50 per pound. And Dollar Tree has 7.25 ounce bottles for a dollar. It can even be used in Magic Mix. I have several posts about using coconut oil on my blog at PrepSchoolDaily dot blogspot dot com.

    Have a great day!

    • July 17, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Jennifer, great tip on the coconut oil substituting for butter, I love that idea!! Linda

  • July 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks Linda for all the great info you provide. When I took care of my mom who had Alzheimer’s getting her to eat was such a problem. After putting her food on a plate to be sure of portion size, I put her food into a blender and used either V8 or gravy to make a drink that she could now swallow. Many thanks.

    • July 17, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Leonor, great comment about the V-8 juice and gravy. I had a neighbor who had Alzheimer’s and I used to take a small chocolate cake to her once a month because that’s about all she would eat. It had cream cheese frosting on a chocolate cake made with pudding and sour cream. She needed the calories, and I needed to see her smile each time I went to see her. Life is so good! Linda

  • July 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Another great article! Thanks.
    Since you love beans ( the magical fruit…)
    Have you tried the Churches refried beans in #10 cans… ? (Dehydrated) They are awesome 5-7 yr. shelf life I think.

    • July 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Dave, I have not! I will have to try those, thanks for the tip!! Linda

  • December 1, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Is there a way to download your printables with out using dropbox?

    • December 1, 2019 at 8:27 am

      Hi Karl, yes, I do not like Dropbox. An old one may be set up with dropbox. I’m hoping all my printables download onto your computer and you will see a box on the bottom of your computer. Let me know which one you are talking about. I will fix it for you. Linda

      • December 1, 2019 at 9:15 am

        Linda, thanks for the quick reply. I’m interested in both the Green and Blue Canned Food Printables. I know that they are the same, but what the heck! 😉

        • December 1, 2019 at 9:38 am

          Hi Karl, I just tested it. They do not need DropBox. It likes to bug us. LOL! They do not need Dropbox, thank goodness. Go try downloading it again, you need to click out of the dropbox deal asking for you name. Click the X in the top right if it has one. Then a black bar will appear on the bottom of the graphic. Click the print button. Let me know if this doesn’t work and I will call you to walk you through it.

          • December 1, 2019 at 11:43 am

            Actually, I had to do it a little differently. The sign up box didn’t show up. So, on the sidebar on the right side of the screen there is a down pointing arrow. Clicking on this allowed me to download it into a PDF folder on my computer.

            Thanks for all the articles you provide. They have been quite helpful.


  • December 1, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Hello Linda,
    Really love your articles…I have already learned a lot & am much better prepared now!
    Unless I missed it, the ‘lower salt’ SPAM is a great product, and is a good addition to have in your stores. It is occasionally on sale at CostCo. And at other markets, it comes in different flavors (variations).

    • December 1, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Hi Jake, that’s a great tip, I better go add Spam, thank you! Linda

  • March 19, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Linda, another great post. During the current crisis I think cans are a great option. The fresh produce has been wiped out in my store. I just checked on your egg link. It says they are out of stock and do not know when they will have some. I’ve realized through these recent days the holes I have in my storage. Eggs are one thing I need to get.
    Hope you are well. Kinda crazy out their in Utah.

    • March 19, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Hi RitaMarie, I’m writing a post on what we can substitute eggs for other items. Stay tuned. Linda

  • March 19, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Linda –
    This post was from last year and now look what has happened. If more people took this kind of advice, there wouldn’t be the scrambling for supplies – food or otherwise – right now. I have been to the stores a few times since COVID-19 became the big issue here in Washington state and have had to forego some of the items I would like to have had a few more of but I don’t have to panic BECAUSE I started prepping a few years ago.

    I hope and pray that people stay healthy and weather this “storm” well but as the news is very good at reminding me, it isn’t that way for many people here in the USA. I imagine it is getting progressively worse in Canada and Mexico as well. Another thing I pray about is that when this virus is resolved and things get back to whatever normal is going to be like, that people will continue to prepare and stay prepared.

    • March 19, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Leanne, I totally agree with you! I listened to Pres. Trump this morning (nothing political here, you know me well) but I felt much calmer after he spoke AND his medical specialist’s thoughts and actions. They are working very hard to get solutions for us. We will get through this, I hope sooner than later. Prepping is a way of life for us, we were preppers before someone came up with that word. Life is good when you are prepared! Hugs, Linda

  • June 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Hello, Linda,
    Two of the books that I have found the most usefull right now are”Store This,Not That!” by Crystal Godfrey and Debbie Kent and “I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage” by Crystal Godfrey. Both have many ways to buy and use your food storage. Excellent ! There are definitely ways to stock up and still save money and use what you store. It is important to buy what you need and be able to store it properly. Yes, one can at a time,etc. is important. Thank you!

    • June 21, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Cheryl, thank you for the recommendations on the books. I have seen both books. Cute authors! I wish more people would cook from scratch that’s all they need to learn. Start with the basics, and buy the food they can make meals with. If people stock their pantry you can cook anything, literally. One can at a time, Linda

  • November 3, 2020 at 8:42 am

    What ever happened to pressure canning? I store can goods too but pressure can mostly because of the taste of the food and I control the salt. Sure it takes some time for preparation but I can fill that canner up with 18 pints of carrots ( 2- 5 lb. bags, store bought) for about $10.00, not bad. And I also pressure can my meats. I have pressure canned food all the way back to 2013 and they are still good. They are kept in a dark cool room about 70 degrees. They last longer that way. I did 36 pints of purple hull peas (from garden) 18 pints carrots last week and saved a bundle. If you want to save even more, you can do dry beans, peas, etc.

    • November 3, 2020 at 8:52 am

      Hi Judy, I still water bath and pressure can food. Mark and I took classes to get our Master Canner Preserving Certificate. I have been canning for 50 years but I wanted to learn the new techniques because our food supply has changed where the food is less acidic. I think because of the pandemic people wiped out the canning supplies. People are now realizing how important it is to preserve our own food. Great comment, Linda

  • November 22, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Linda,
    I’m truly grateful to have discovered your blog today! Thank you for sharing so much wisdom. I’ve been working on our food storage for some time, & probably have about 6 months worth of food although I’m questioning if that’s enough given the unpredictable state of our nation right now.
    I definitely need to work on water storage, but am grateful to have a beautiful, natural spring in our backyard. We live in Pennsylvania & are fortunate to be surrounded by clean natural springs! A couple of items we’ve enjoyed adding to our storage are herbal/medicinal teas & garden seeds.
    Blessings, Amy

    • November 23, 2020 at 6:46 am

      Hi Amy, it’s so nice to meet you! If you have six months worth of food storage, you rock! I applaud your preparedness. You are so lucky to have some clean natural springs. I recommend you have some water purifiers just in case the water becomes contaminated. Heaven forbid it does, but it can happen. Just be prepared with some Life Straws, a Big Berkey, or install reverse osmosis in your home. Big Berkey’s are awesome for emergencies. Good job! Linda


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