Survival Food and Emergency Food Storage

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Sometimes thinking about storage for survival food may seem a bit overwhelming, I get it. But let’s make this simple, we can do it together. It may be the cost to purchase it, or maybe we’re not sure where to start when choosing the right survival food. First of all, you do not need to buy 100 #10 cans and stash them in a dark closet. Depending on how many people are in your family you can make a plan to fit your needs. This plan is quite simple and I will tell you how to get started. The first thing is to gather your family around and decide what survival foods everyone will eat, not only today but after an unforeseen emergency. Hopefully, they will be the same foods. We don’t want surprises and sick family members eating foods they can’t tolerate or don’t want to eat. I know, I can hear my dad saying if you are starving, you will eat anything.


When I started my survival food stash, I had to make a plan to match my budget, my food choices, and I had to know the right foods for Mark and me. Mark does not care for sweet potatoes, but I bought a case of six #10 cans because they were cheaper by the case. I will eat those and love every bite! My plan was to buy one case of #10 cans every month that included the foods we both like. I mainly purchased things like fruits and vegetables. When I started buying food storage items, there weren’t any zero organic or non-GMO choices of any emergency food storage items. I purchased freeze-dried cheeses, freeze-dried meats, freeze-dried fruits and freeze-dried vegetables. They are not organic, but I bet they are GMO. What can you do when certain companies own the seeds? I will still eat the food in those cans, I cannot afford to replace them. That would be wasteful.

Emergency Survival Food Storage

Freeze-Dried Versus Dehydrated

Freeze-dried foods are more expensive but they use less fuel and water to prepare meals. Dehydrated foods typically need water to cook them and are a lot cheaper. But dehydrated foods will use more fuel to heat the meals to be able to eat them. This is where you have to weigh your options. The more dehydrated food you buy the more fuel you will need. If you have the sunshine, I highly suggest a Sun Oven. This gem uses zero fuel, yay! But if you rarely have the sunshine needed to make them work do not buy one.

I have tried just about every emergency survival food storage item on the market. I have been blessed by many companies giving me boxes to try and then write a review about them.  Whatever you decide to buy please look at the ounces in each can and the cost of shipping. Not all #10 cans are equal in price and quality. Look at the ingredients to compare them. Here are just a few of my favorite companies.

Honeyville, Thrive Life, Moutain House, and Valley Food Storage to name just a few. Now, emergency food storage is awesome, but we need water to go with it.

Water Is Critical

By now you know that the American Red Cross recommends one-gallon per person per day. I highly recommend four-gallons per person per day. We need water to hydrate ourselves, cook meals and personal hygiene to name just a food things.

Emergency Survival Food Storage Staples

Instant milk

Baking powder

Baking soda

Bread flour




Spices we love to use


Unsweetened cocoa

Oils-coconut, olive oil, etc.

Chocolate (this is my very important treat)

Pancake Mix

Maple Syrup



Chia seeds

SAF Yeast

Hard White Wheat

Beans: Dried AND canned beans such as pinto, refried beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, chili beans, etc.

Here’s the deal, you can buy ready to eat cans of food like chili, beef stew, green beans, canned corn, fruit cocktail, canned peaches, canned pears, and so much more.

If you have a garden and learn to produce enough to preserve it by water canning or pressure canning, you rock! There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing quart jars lined up on shelves that you canned yourself. Please be aware I have seen some blogs that are teaching you how to can butter, eggs, and bacon. That is not safe to eat. I remember one ICU nurse saying if they can those foods I hope they make it out of the ICU alive if they can and eat those foods. Here is the best USDA Canning Book I recommend you use.

There is something about having a garden to produce emergency food storage, but also have the skills to cook from scratch. If you can learn to make bread, tortillas or crackers you can survive with the foods I have listed above. Of course, this is a very short list, but it gives you an idea where to start with a few cans here and there. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you for your efforts.

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7 thoughts on “Survival Food and Emergency Food Storage

  • July 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I have lots of sprouting seeds to use if things get bad. I love sprouts, and they can grow in just a few days.

    I have tried almost every food storage also, and I personally love Honeyville the most. Being retired, and cooking from scratch, some parts of our life wouldn’t change much, in an emergency. We would still garden, we would still have our wood stove working in the winter.

    • July 22, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      HI, Janet, I like Honeyville the most as well maybe because I taught classes there. I need to try sprouting seeds. I think I had a white tray deal years ago, man it;s been years. Great reminder, Linda

      • September 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm

        Linda and Janet:
        An easy way to sprout seeds without a sprouting tray thing is to get some cheese cloth, make several layers and cover the top of a quart jar with it – attach with the ring or a rubber band. Then, when you rinse the seeds, they don’t all go down the drain. Also, Amazon has some lids that fit on wide-mouthed quart jars:
        Sprout-Ease – Econo-Sprouter Toppers Set – 3 Piece(s)
        by Sprout-Ease
        $ 6 83
        Sprouting Jar Strainer Lid (4-Pack) – Fits Wide Mouth Jars – For Growing Sprouts & Other Uses
        by Cornucopia Brands
        $ 7 75
        AND we could go on and on depending on how much one wants to pay! I was able to get screens at my local food co-op for just pennies – well a couple of $$!! They are just some sort of screen like in a screen door, cut to the size of a wide mouthed jar. You simply use the metal ring to hold them in place. Easy!

        When I was growing up, if my mother could SEE the shelf in her pantry, she knew it was time to go shopping. We never had room in the pantry. I suppose it was due to growing up during the Depression. That and the fact that her father died just months before the Depression actually got started and there were still 7 children at home. Seven children were adults and on their own with families as well. Some of the older kids at home were “farmed out” to the older siblings for the duration of the Depression. Mom said that there was very little money and they ate what they could grow in the garden and barter services for meat. My grandmother took in washing/ironing/mending and earned a bit from that; I also believe some of the older kids helped monetarily when they could.

        Also, growing up with parents who survived and thrived the Depression gave me skills that few have now days. We always grew a huge garden and I learned to can at a very early age. We also raised our own meat – beef, pork, poultry – and never lacked for food on the table. I learned not only food preservation but also cooking from scratch, baking and sewing. We rarely had (with 6 kids) money to spend on luxuries such as store bought clothing, processed food, etc. To this day, although I probably waste way more than I should, I tend to make do and wear things out or re-purpose things when I can.

        Linda, I really enjoy reading your posts. Just wish I could get more people on board with prepping. At least, my daughter and son-in-law are starting to think in terms of prepping.


        • September 22, 2017 at 4:48 am

          HI Leanne, I love your comment, it makes us all realize how hard we all had to work as children and adults. I was 9 or 10 and I was cleaning houses and taking laundry to the laundromat while my mom was at work trying to make enough money for us to survive. When I helped put Mark through school I was ironing clothes for people and cleaning their houses so we had zero student loans. I’m not sure there were any student loans or grants for that matter. Mark worked three jobs and went to school fulltime. Please tell me if you can remember how much land did you need to have so you could raise the beef, poultry, and pork to barter with and eat of course. I’ve never owned more than 1/2 acre and raised enough fruits and vegetables to raise a family of six. I’m too old to start thinking of starting a farm. You are more like me and I would respect your opinion on how much land is needed. Great comment, I love the sprouting idea, I’m on it. Linda

          • September 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm

            Linda –
            As to how much land we had – my father raised cattle for sale (beef) so there was never less than 500 on the property. Seems we always had at least 10 horses (had to round up the cattle). We generally had 3-5 hogs as well. So, that did not answer your question but we had 640 acres of bottom land as well as hills, draws, etc., for grazing cattle. We also had a milk cow or two and 20-25 hens (and a rooster!!). We also raised our own hay for the most part but Dad often had to purchase hay as well.

            You know how people are talking so much about grass fed beef? Well, I didn’t know there was anything else. Dad never fed our cattle anything but grass (grazing) and hay. Of course, those he sold at auction got a few weeks of grain but only to put weight on them so they brought more money. I doubt it was enough to get much fat on them, however!

            I certainly wouldn’t want to have a farm/ranch at my age – WAY too much work involved. I know that there are books and magazine articles on very small “farms” but if you were able to have animals other than hens, you would not be sustainable as 1/2 acre to 1 acre doesn’t give enough room for, say, a milk cow much less a meat animal. You would have to purchase all of your feed – hay, grain, etc. You would also have vet bills on top of it all! My dad was not a vet but he could pretty much diagnose and treat any illness in the cattle. He had been working with beef since childhood and back in those days, you learn a lot because you have to!

            I say keep growing the fruits and vegetables you can on your small part of the world and work with local farmers who are able to raise beef, poultry and hogs for sale.


          • September 23, 2017 at 7:57 am

            Hi Leanne, I have never known anyone who had a farm personally. When our kids were little we would ask some neighbors if they could show our girls a “farm”. I do remember hearing if you hire someone to work for you that was raised on a farm, you will have a really good hard worker!! So true! I totally agree with you on the land, I can hardly take care of the land I have at my age. LOL! I think it’s .19 acres, not even 1/4 acre! We do have local meat farmers here, I try to buy local whenever possible. Thanks for the info, you were born into a proud hardworking family with a lot of knowledge. I love it! Linda

  • September 29, 2017 at 9:29 am

    We have a butane stove, but only three cans of butane. I can’t seem to find info on how long the cans are good! We’ve had them for several years, and want to add more, but need to know the answer before adding more.


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