Food basics that you should have on hand for an emergency

Food basics that you should have on hand for an emergency

There are certain foods that you should have on hand, should you ever need them. There are tons of things that could happen, forcing you to rely on the resources that we are about to discuss. The goal with this list, is to keep you within your comfort zone with foods that you are already eating. Of course, if you feel led to do so, there are other options as well such as buying freeze dried food, MRE’s, and buckets of disaster-proof food available for purchase from companies such as Wise (who is currently offering discounts and free shipping!). However, you don’t need to buy your emergency food like this.

It is completely acceptable to go to the local grocery store to buy your food. There are a few essentials that you need to have. You need protein, carbohydrates and a few other things to keep your body alive, should you ever find yourself in that position. This is a basic list, that is designed to get the beginner going. If you are a seasoned prepper, I’d love to hear what you keep on hand.

Nuts and Nut Products:

First on the list are nuts and nut products. This is a very versatile food that can be stored for a long time. Furthermore, peanut butter can be a comfort food that you can eat when you’re about to lose your mind during a power outage. But, the key here is to think beyond peanut butter. There are all types of nut spreads that are both delicious and nutritious. And, even if you are allergic to peanuts, you may not be allergic to almonds, cashews or walnuts. Why? Becuase technically speaking, a peanut is a legume. They aren’t related. You may still be allergic, however, so please test the waters before you jump in. Best idea, would be to consult your physician about it.

An even bigger benefit that you may not realize is that you may have nuts growing in your back yard and don’t even know it. We have several black walnut trees in our yard that produce hundreds of walnuts each fall. These can be used in recipes or eaten raw. They are a little more bitter than their relative, tan (English) walnuts that you’re likely used to. But, they are an excellent survival food that even have some medicinal value. They are, however, a bit hard to crack. The conventional nut cracker won’t usually do the job unless you have gorilla hands. Have no fear, because if you’ve got a hammer, you can crack a black walnut. The featured picture above shows black walnuts floating in a local creek. Generally speaking, most nuts (and products) are safe to eat in under a year.

Canned Goods:

This should be a no brainer. Every survival plan should have canned food. Why? Because canned food doesn’t really go bad. Obviously, if you see damaged cans, you should stand clear from it because there could be a host of problems with it, such as botulism or other bacteria that could make you sick.

Taking it one step further than just buying canned foods, is learning how to can your own foods. This way, you can prepare your own meats and essential proteins that actually taste really good. Learning how to can your own food is a necessary survival trait that you should learn. We’ll cover that in more detail in a later post.


Rice is one of those foods that is great to have because it can last for a long time, and is a good carbohydrate. Many people don’t know this, but white rice can stay good for up to 25 years if it is kept in an air tight container. Brown rice, on the other hand, can keep for up to 5 years. The thing with rice, too, is that when the food prices are on the move, it is the first one affected. Why? Most likely because so many people rely on it worldwide.

Salt and Sugar:

One of the most overlooked foods are salt and sugar. Not only do they make your food taste better; they are essential for your survival. Your body needs a certain amount of each to stay alive each and every day. But, the benefits of having these essentials far outweigh the fact that you can eat them. Many people don’t realize that salt can be used as a preservative to keep foods fresh for longer.

The reason it is able to do this is because salt tends to pull the moisture out of things. Bacteria needs moisture to grow on something–and if there isn’t any on your food because it has been preserved with salt, it won’t go bad as fast.


The best practice is to buy a little bit at a time. Money doesn’t grow on trees–and food is expensive. That is why we usually buy a jar of peanut butter each time we go to the store. It doesn’t matter if we need it or not. We realize that we’ll need it one day, and it is one of the cheapest survival foods that you could buy. Not to mention that we actually go through certain foods like it’s going out of style. One last thing, make sure you rotate your foods when needed. I’ll go over my rotation in a later post, but definitely try to develop a system that works for your family.

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