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, and then there’s the issue of where to store what you buy. First of all, you don’t 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.

Food You Can Tolerate

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 organic or non-GMO choices of any emergency food storage items. It’s great now because several companies offer Non-GMO food items, as well as certified Organic food in #10 cans.

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I purchased freeze-dried cheeses, freeze-dried meats, freeze-dried fruits, and freeze-dried vegetables. They are not organic and may be GMO. What can you do when certain companies own the seeds? I will still eat the food in those cans, I can’t afford to replace them. That would be wasteful.

Emergency Survival Food Storage

Freeze-Dried vs 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, Mountain 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 maintain personal hygiene, to name just a few things.

Emergency Survival Food

Instant milk

Baking powder

Baking soda

Bread flour




Spices we love to use


Unsweetened cocoa

Oils-coconut, olive oil, etc.

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Chocolate (this is my very important treat)

Pancake Mix

Pancake Syrup

Maple Syrup



Chia seeds

SAF Yeast

Hard White Wheat



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

Ready To Eat Food

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. Peanut butter and jam are great for this section too.

Extras For The Pantry

And don’t forget spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, or tomato paste. I love Rotel tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and green chilies. Every time you pick up a can, think about this, will I eat this? Can I prepare a meal with this? Mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, and pickles are great to add as well.


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 then eat those foods.” Here is the best USDA Canning Book I recommend you use.

Final Word

There is something about having a garden to produce survival food and emergency food storage. But we also need to 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 of where to start with a few cans here and there. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

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16 thoughts on “Survival Food And Emergency Food Storage

  • May 11, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Linda, tomorrow and every day.
    Thank you so much for all you do and all the information you impart to us. I am so grateful for these great newsletters and the advice to be prepared for life. You are correct that we must provide for ourselves and our family. We have had such a long time of prosperity that the memories of long food lines are long gone and the folks born after that time do not have a clue of the hardships our parents, grandparents and great grandparents endured.

    • May 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Kathie, thank you for your kind words! They mean the world to me! It’s interesting, we have had a long time of prosperity and it’s going to change and very soon. Some people have no idea how to cook from scratch or take care of themselves. May God bless them, the government can’t take care of us. Linda

  • May 11, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, Linda. Love your website. Actually look forward to your email every day.

    • May 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Kristen, you are so nice! Life is so good when I have readers like you! Happy Mother’s Day!! Linda

  • May 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Concerning the dehydrated foods, could you let it sit in the water for a period of time to soak, rehydrate some before cooking. Wouldn’t that cook faster and use less fuel? We do that with oatmeal overnight or a few hours.

    • May 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Lee, oatmeal is so different than dehydrated food. I would try experimenting with a few foods. It will still take more fuel to cook it. Linda

    • May 16, 2019 at 10:12 am

      Lee, you will save cooking time if you soak dehydrated foods, especially overnight. Not any different than soaking white beans for soup, with one exception: with beans, most people drain the soaked beans, throw out the water, then soak again/cook the beans. With other dehydrated veggies, save the water as it can be used to make vegetable broth. A lot of nutrients will be in this water! Oh, and flavor too for stews, etc.

  • May 11, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day, Linda! So appreciate all your newsletters!

    I was able to find an All American Pressure Canner last month. Will be getting the book you recommend soon. I have water bath canned jams and jellies, but never used a pressure canner. I will be teaching my daughter in law and grandchildren once I am comfortable with the process!

    My gardens are doing fairly well so far. We did get invaded by some black grasshoppers ( locusts, i think) last year. These have begun showing up again this spring. I had seen on one of my gardening sites that grasshoppers don’t like agricultural lime. I bought some pelletized lime and sprinkled in my raised beds and tub gardens. So far, the lime is working. I do apply a bit more every couple of weeks as we get so much rain at this time of year here in NW Florida.

    Thank you again for all the information you provide. I print out many of them, especially the lists and recipes! And I forward the newsletters to several of my friends!

    • May 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      HI BDN, you are so nice!! I’m so excited you got an All American pressure canner! I LOVE hearing you will be teaching your daughter and grandchildren to pressure can!! Yahoo!!! I need to get some of that lime! Great tip!!! Happy Mother’s Day!! Linda

  • May 12, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I would als suggest for gardeners to store an heirloom seed vault. Many are organic/NON GMO. This way if you know what hits the fan, gardeners can still garden. It might also be good for non-gardeners!

    • May 12, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Leanne, you are so right, let’s hope people understand the need to learn to garden and store seeds. Great comment! Happy Mother’s Day! Linda

  • August 23, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Linda,
    I came across your site as I was researching food dehydrators for the thousandth time, I have been a fan of freeze dried for the past 20 years or so for emergency stores, and have been told that I need to have a dehydrator. I can make jerky in the oven, and I can air dry herbs, canning is an option, but I always feel like I am missing out.
    Thank you for the real facts about dehydrated food- they don’t last like freeze dried, the nutrition is not protected, and if you have a monster crop of peaches, you can air dry between screens if you want to dehydrate.
    I am seeing so much to love on your site, and I will be a frequent visitor, so thanks for being here! Karen

    • August 23, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Karen, oh my gosh, thank you for your kind words! I have a lot of freeze-dried food but the prices are out of sight right now. I love dehydrating it is so fun! My kids and grandkids love to snack on the food I dehydrate. Dehydrated food is good for one year, maybe a bit longer but then we should dehydrate the new crops. A monster crop of peaches sounds awesome! Stay safe, Linda

  • April 9, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Hi Linda:

    I am sorta getting mad at my husband. We have over 1500# of dry beans yet he insists on buying canned beans when we make chilli and to me the mix of beans we have are much better than the canned. That is because I mix about 15 different types of beans and it makes it taste so much better. I think I will look in my book and see how to can dried beans so we don’t waste them. I am not crazy about Pinto Beans but I can put up with them if they have the other beans mixed in with them.

    • April 9, 2022 at 11:46 am

      Hi Jackie, pressure canning beans is quite easy. I love pinto beans, I just add spices and a little salsa!! Linda


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