An emergency can happen at any time, and most people are taken by surprise when it does happen. That’s why it’s best to have survival foods ready. These foods will keep your body nourished while you deal with the emergency.
Here are some of the best survival foods to have stored in your home:
Canned fish is one of the best survival foods that can be stored easily and last a long time. Fish like tuna and wild Alaskan salmon contain a lot of omega 3 fatty acids and protein, which are healthy for the body. Alaskan salmon specifically will have less environmental contaminants than other canned fish. The fish can be eaten from the can without any additional cooking, because it has already been cooked before the canning process. Typically the fish will last for 4 days in the refrigerator, but in cases where refrigeration isn’t available, eat the fish all at once or share it with others to minimize the risk of getting sick.
Beans, which are high in protein, calories, and nutrients, are an essential part of any diet, and they make a great survival food. The shelf life of dried beans is incredibly long, and they are one of the cheapest foods to get. All it takes is a soak in some water for a few hours to make the beans ready to eat. You get more beans in a pack than you would in canned beans, without all of the included sodium, and they weigh less, making them easy to transport as well.
Another food with a long shelf life that is great for survival is brown rice. This rice is much healthier than brown rice, and is well known for its nutritional contents, as well as its high amount of protein. Either boiling the rice for 30 minutes or letting it soak in hot water for a day will produce edible results.
Nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans, are rich in protein, nutrients, and fatty acids, and should be added to any survival pantry. Nuts can be bought in bulk for a reasonable price, and they will provide many servings while being lightweight. Some stores may offer salted nuts, but these should avoided, because they will lead to thirst, which will result in more water consumption in a time where water may not be as plentiful. Keeping the nuts in an airtight container and a cool place will help them last longer.
Peanut butter, almond butter, and other nut butters carry the same health benefits as nuts while being stored in smaller containers and being easier to eat. In situations where food is scarce, a few tablespoons of nut butter can give a person some of the nutrients they need to survive. Try to find natural nut butters and look for ones that don’t contain too much salt and sugar. Nut butters also have a long shelf life, increasing their usefulness as a survival food.
Dried meat, also called jerky, has been a food source in survival situations for many years. Unlike most commercial brands, natural jerky isn’t loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Some people can make their own jerky, but if you don’t have that option, it’s best to either buy it in bulk or in small packs. The dried meat gives you the protein needed to survive, and makes a tasty treat that will last for a long time.
Oats, much like rice, can be stored for a long time in dry conditions, and only takes a bit of hot water to prepare it, although it can be eaten dry in a pinch. Oats are nutrient rich and high in fiber, which any survivor will need. If you don’t want to eat the oats by themselves, you can mix them with some other survival foods such as nuts and dried fruit to make trail mix.
Energy bars are made to give people the nutrients they need in a small edible package. High calorie and protein energy bars are easy to store, last a long time when sealed, and offer a pleasant taste, which can be a blessing when surviving. While chocolate bars aren’t exactly the healthiest food, they can also be used in survival situations. They provide a quick energy boost, and make you feel good, which can give you the morale you need to keep surviving when things look grim. You can get a little healthy when choosing bars for your survival kit by selecting dark chocolate bars, which contain less sugar.
If you haven’t stared storing survival food, now is the time. Remember to pay attention to the expiration dates of some of the foods listed here. Rotate the foods when necessary, and be satisfied that you’ll be able to keep yourself and your loved ones fed in an emergency.
P.S – Other useful recommendations regarding survival foods to store can be found in the video below. Have a great day!